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Navisworks Plugin

The 3D Repo for Autodesk® Navisworks® plugin provides a convenient way of exporting models from Navisworks to 3D Repo.
You can either upload your models directly to 3D Repo from Navisworks or export your models into 3D Repo proprietary file format (.bim), to be uploaded through our web app.
For an overview on how to access and manage project Issues and Risks, head over to the Navisworks section of the Issues viewer and SafetiBase Plugin articles.

This article is meant to guide you through:

  • The initial setup
  • Publishing models to 3D Repo from Navisworks
  • Exporting .BIM files locally

Currently Supported Versions: Navisworks 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021

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Initial Setup

  1. Sign up on for a free account
  2. Create a new project in
  3. Create a model container to which you want to upload your file
  4. Download and install the Navisworks Plugin
  5. Open Autodesk Navisworks desktop application
  6. Load a 3D Model (.NWC or .NWD)
  7. In Navisworks click on the 3D Repo tab located in the main ribbon menu

Publish Model to 3D Repo

You can upload your models to directly 3D Repo using the Publish button.
Prior to uploading, we advise you to take measurements and check that your model matches the model units in 3D Repo.

  1. Click on Publish and provide the following login details in the window dialog:
    • Username
    • Password
      Ensure that is chosen as the domain in Server
  2. Hit Login
  3. In the Upload to a model window, specify a model location in 3D Repo by selecting the relevant:
    • Teamspace
    • Project
    • Model
  4. Provide a new revision name following the required format and an optional text description
  5. Hit Upload when ready to upload to
    A progress bar will appear
  6. Upon successful upload, the message Upload completed will appear
  7. Click Done to close the window

Export .BIM Files locally

  1. Choose Export below the 3D Repo tab
  2. In Export to File dialog, specify your model units from the Units drop-down options
  3. Specify the location of your file next to Export to
  4. Hit Export to start the process
    A progress bar will appear to track export
  5. Once the model is successfully exported, the message Done will appear
  6. Close the window
  7. Head over to
    • upload the model directly in the model container from the Teamspace panel
    • the last revision contains all information about the current model revision
      The placeholder model created will display Processing or a timestamp for the upload time of the previous model revision until the new one is processed
    • the new model revision available can be accessed by clicking on Revisions

1. Upload Specific Model Selection

When you open a large model federation, you may wish to select and only upload specific elements to 3D Repo. You can do so by either hiding elements you don’t want to see or by highlighting elements with different colour appearances.

Using Select Box
  1. In Navisworks, go to Home tab
  2. Choose Select Box from the drop-down menu under Select
  3. In the model, click and drag to select all objects included in the blue rectangular area
  4. Choose Hide to only hide objects contained in this area
  5. Or choose Hide Unselected to hide all objects outside the blue rectangular area
Using Selection Tree
  1. Go to Home Tab
  2. Ensure that Selection Tree is clicked
  3. In the Selection Tree dialog, choose Standard option in the drop-down list
  4. Right-click on the name of elements you wish to hide.
    Elements picked will be highlighted in blue in the model
  5. Choose Hide (or keyboard shortcut Ctrl + H)
Using Model Right-click
  1. Directly select elements in the model while pressing + holding Ctrl for multiple selections
    Elements to be hidden are highlighted in blue
  2. Right-click and select Hide (or on keyboard Ctrl + H)

2. Colour Overriding Elements

Using Selection Tree
  1. In Selection Tree, choose Standard option in the drop-down list
  2. Right-click on elements you wish to highlight
  3. Choose Override Item then Override Color
  4. Pick the desired colour from the Colour window and click OK
Using Model Right-click
  1. Select specific model elements and click + hold Ctrl for multiple selections
  2. Right-click and choose Override Item then Override Color
  3. Pick the desired colour from the Colour window and click OK
  4. Have a play with Override Transparency too if you wish to modify element opacity
  5. To reset appearance to default, choose Reset Item then Reset Appearance from the right-click options
  6. Save the file as .NWD to show the corresponding colour changes on

You can look up video tutorials or watch directly model upload using Navisworks plugin and Navisworks federation.

For more information, please visit our Support Centre page.