Importing a BIM Model

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Note: The LATISTA Exporter is compatible with Navisworks Manage 2013 and Navisworks Manage 2014.

1.Download the LATISTA Exporter by visiting Settings -> Installers and clicking on LBIMexportNavisworks.exe through your server instance of LATISTA.  If you do not have visibility to the exporter, you may not have access to BIM.  
2.Double-click on the .exe and complete the installation process before opening Navisworks Manage.
3.Open your model in Navisworks Manage and navigate to the LATISTA tab across the top of the application. You will see three buttons: Export, Export Master Item, and Manage Filters.
Export: This button is used to export the Navisworks model and information into a .zip file that can then be uploaded directly into LATISTA, bringing with it both the model and the information attached to the model.
Export Master Item: If you have created a property in your Navisworks model and have mapped it to the “Item Master” field under Manage Filters, this will export an XML file that you can upload to LATISTA to create a set of Item Managers that can then be mapped to Inventory items.  
Manage Filters: This button opens the filter manager window that allows you to define specific model components as “Items” or “Item Masters” in LATISTA, and allows you to map data from the Navisworks model directly to existing Item information fields in LATISTA.
4.Start by clicking Manage Filters. Choose the category, property, condition, and value that you will use to identify model components that you would like to treat as Items in LATISTA.
For example, you might choose the following:
i.Category: Item
ii.Property: GUID
iii.Condition: Defined
In this scenario, the LATISTA exporter would identify any model component with a defined GUID as an Item to be imported into LATISTA. Any model component without a GUID would be exported only as model geometry.
NOTE: You can set a different filter for every branch of the model. For example, you may have different filter criteria for your Electrical models than for your HVAC models. Simply use the selection tree to highlight a model branch and then build and add a filter.
Double-click on a defined filter to bring up the Mapping Manager. The Mapping Manager allows you to map specific information from your model to existing Item fields in LATISTA.  This functionality allows you to do things like map GUID information to the specific GUID Item field in LATISTA.
5.Visit the Filter categories tab.  This filter allows you to decide which information from the Navisworks model will be brought into LATISTA as additional Item information. Select as many or as few categories as you like. Focus on those categories that will be valuable during the project’s construction like specifications, controls, or locations.
6.The Load and Save buttons will save your filters to an .xml file that can be imported at a later time. This allows you to save your work as you are building your filter preferences.
7.Click Okay.
8.If you have defined Item Masters, push the Export Item Master button to export an .xml file containing your Item Masters. This file can be uploaded to LATISTA under the Item Master interface.
9.When you are finished, push the Export button. This will export your model to a .zip file that can be uploaded directly to LATISTA under the Inventory Item interface.

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