For as long as I can remember, Navisworks has had an API (Application Programming Interface), which customers and third parties can use to extend and add to the out-of-the-box functionality. Whilst we recognize that the vast majority of customers may not use the API themselves, what it enables our Partners to achieve is something special, and this can be of benefit to everyone.
One such partner is Vela Systems who is successfully taking digital information and documentation into the field on Tablet PCs and mobile devices, including iPads. This is very cool stuff, and that isn't the half of it! As well as access to plans and drawings (imagine no more rolls of drawings and repeated trips to the job trailer), their Field BIM product for commissioning and owner handover helps manage quality and commissioning data, documents, photos and other field-generated data, linking this with the BIM model in Navisworks, for example. With the data synchronized between the Vela system and the Navisworks model, this data can then be accessed by all project stakeholders, whether in the office, job trailer, or out in the field.
Take a look at this video to see some of this in action:
If you're using a Vela Systems product, or another Partner or plugin for Autodesk Construction solutions, why not let us know about your experience.