Autodesk Navisworks supports viewing Bentley AutoPLANT objects. Autodesk Navisworks is not supported by Bentley however there are some commons issues that many AutoPLANT users encounter that can be corrected using the following solutions. If the follow does not correct the issues with Autodesk Navisworks please contact Autodesk technical support.
AutoPLANT object enablers are required to view AutoPLANT objects in Navisworks if AutoPLANT is not installed on the Navisworks may not be able to view the AutoPLANT objects. The AutoPLANT V8i object enablers can be downloaded by selecting on required version in this wiki:
Objects show as wireframe
If the AutoPLANT objects are visible but are showing as wireframe the shade mode must be changed from Automatic to shaded.
Object enablers are installed but don't work
Navisworks has an option to view DWG drawings using a file reader mode which opens the file as if it was an older version of AutoCAD. If a newer version of the AutoPLANT object enabler is installed and the file reader is set to read as an older version of AutoCAD Navisworks will not use the object enabler. Set the file reader version to a newer version of AutoCAD to use the object enabler.
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I haven't used the local options before since we have all our projects setup with SQL databases. So, I edit the AutoPLANT Central Single Project connection to point to the SQL database for the AutoPLANT project.
Hi Jesse, I toggled the AutoPLANT Local Equipment and Piping but still it does not work. when you say configure, do you mean I should edit the driver and string? If you can share the steps to fix this that will be very helpful. Thanks!
Hi Adam, you need to configure Data Tools in Navisworks to read your AutoPlant Database. If you need more info, post a question on the forum and I'll share the steps there for you.
Hi Joey, my issue with Navisworks is that I could not see the properties (equipment name, number, line number) of the AutoPlant model. Is there a way to solve this? TThanks
I am appending DWG directly
Are you appending DWGs directly or exporting NWC from AutoCAD and appending that? If you are exporting NWCs you would need to change the shade mode in the NavisWorks export settings from within AutoCAD instead of within Navis. Not sure if that is your issue or not, but hope it helps!
Hi Joey, the I am having some problems with Autoplant SS6 and Navisworks manage 2014. The object does not working properly and the Shaded mode option does not solve the wireframe visualization.
Autocad 2014 was installed first then Autoplant SS6 then Navisworks Manage 2014 then the object ennabler apoe081111113en.