Thanks for the praise @4bimfercesp, but I must give a shout out to all those above these posts that helped me along the way. If it wasn’t for them, it would not be working as intended.
As for your questions;
- Everyone has their own ways of doing things, but I will share my processes with you, and maybe you can apply it to your own team.
a) Create .xml from Navisworks Manage
b) Create Excel
c) Run Dynamo script to place all my clash spheres
d) Resolve Clashes - In our company, we assign clashes to each individual user, this way there is no overlapping when fixing clashes. We usually do this by floor (ie: User 1 does floor 1, user 2 floor 2, etc), but it can also be applied by taking the users and dividing it by the total clashes and dividing the work up that way (ie: 1000 clashes/10 users = 100 clashes each user). Once everyone has completed their end of the work, you can then view the clashes by schedule to see if any are still in question (I’ve created the clash sphere with 3 family types - active, to be determined, and resolved. This helps to organise each clash as we can set up schedules that only show the unresolved clashes - we can then click on each clash, and press “highlight in model” which will bring us right to the area in question).
e) once we are happy with our results of our fixes, I will delete the clash sphere family from the project completely (this will then remove every clash sphere that’s in the project. Also, by removing the family, it leaves out any user error on forgetting to delete one)
f) re-load clash sphere family into revit project
g) re run navisworks clash test
h) re run excel
i) re run dynamo
j) repeat the process
- I’d say that anyone could use this tool, and how often would depend a lot on all the disciplines involved in a project. An example I can give of a current project is this:
We have a project which had almost 1000 clashes of our models with other disciplines (these 1000 clashes were just clashes my company had to focus on, there was more than 5000 in the project total between all disciplines). I’ve reduced my companies clash count down to 67 clashes (from just under 1000) over the course of 4 months. In these 4 months, we have had 6 clash models done (technology vs structural vs mechanical vs fire vs plumbing vs electrical vs architectural). If it were done by me and only me, I could have done these tests and resolved all my clashes within acouple weeks, but due to the fact that we had to wait for other disciplines to complete their clash tests (and boy, arent they ever slow and behind), this process has dragged on for 4 months and counting.
In short to answer your questions…
- We have rerun this clash test 6 times in 4 months (and counting).
- Revit Users and BIM Admin’s could both use this tool. Depends on how the company operates, and how they assign tasks to their users.
- No, It doesnt get involved in the modelling as far as I have experienced in fixing many clashes with this script. In a rare case that it does, you can always hide it in view while your model/fix a clash, then un-hide it from view before you leave the view, but as of yet, I have not had to do this work-around
Hope this helps to answer some of your questions. As always, I am happy to answer any other questions you (or anyone else) may have.