Unified Meshes in Navisworks and Revit (FBX Format)

Created by John Tapia, Modified on Tue, 18 Apr 2023 at 07:01 PM by John Tapia

Importing Cintoo Cloud’s Unified Meshes in Autodesk Navisworks and Revit is possible, although you have to be careful about the size of the mesh that is being generated.

  • Low mesh resolution (1 to 2 inches / 2.5 to 5 cm) will be preferred for building interiors, walls, ceilings, floors…
  • Medium mesh resolution (1/2 inch to 1 inch / 1 cm to 2.5 cm) will be preferred for point cloud sections and slices, building structure (beams) or indoor equipment.

The proposed workflow is the following:

  • Generate a Unified Mesh in Cintoo Cloud, selecting FBX as a file format.
  • Import this FBXfile in Navisworks.
    • Colors are kept.
  • Export a NWC or NWDfrom Navisworks, that will reference this mesh.
    • This will have the effect of reducing the size of the mesh.
  • Import this NWC or NWDfile in Revit.
    • Colors will be lost when displaying the mesh in Revit.

Detailed workflow

  • Download your Unified Mesh in FBX format from Cintoo Cloud.
  • Make sure that the FBX file and the texture maps and materials are all in the same folder (default setting from Cintoo Cloud).
  • Import this FBX file in Navisworks using the ‘Append’ tool:
  • The Unified Mesh is then displayed in Navisworks with its colors:
  • Publish from Navisworks using .nwc or .nwd as a file format:
  • Import the NWC or NWD model in Revit using Coordination Model > Add:
  • The Unified Mesh will be displayed in Revit without the source colors:

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