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The Navisworks template, available to all Vcad users, is  good starting point for creating Power BI reports based on Navisworks models.

Report pages

The report template is divided in the following pages to showcase some of the possibilities when using Vcad:

  1. Summary
  2. Model Info
  3. Themes
  4. Markers
  5. Asset Details
  6. Tree



The page offers a brief overview of the model structure and the extracted data.
If an elevated number of assets or properties have been extracted from the model, a warning will suggest possible actions to improve performance and link to additional resources.


Model Info

The page presents a rendering of the model with a series of slicers allowing to focus on data coming from the various files that compose the Navisworks model.



The “Themes” page contains a rendering of the BIM model and three tables, which display theme colors based on: file type, source file name, and object type.

The theme coloring option has been enabled for the custom visual in this page and the three color themes have been bound to the visual, allowing users to select which colors to apply to the model.



The “Markers” page contains a rendering of the BIM model with markers for each asset. The markers are automatically placed in the geometric center of each asset and are colored based on the type color.

The page also includes other visuals to filter assets and markers.


Asset Details

The main features of the “Asset Details” page are the rendering of the model and two related tables: Asset List and Property List.

The Asset List table lists all the extracted assets present in the model.
By selecting rows in the table, the model will be filtered and highlight the selected asset.

The Property List table presents all the extracted properties of the various assets in the model.
When the Assets List table is selected, the Property List table will display only the properties of the selected asset.

The report page also contains slicers and a search-bar to aid in finding the desired objects.



The “Tree” page contains a rendering of the model and a matrix visual showcasing the model tree structure.


Available data-sets

The Navisworks template will include various data-sets divided into folders. These tables contain all the data extracted from the BIM file:


VCAD_Data folder

The data-sets defined in the VCAD_Data folder constitute the core of the data extracted from the model.



The VCAD_Assets table lists all the assets defined in the model.
The Table also contains the information of the source file which defines the asset as well as the object type of the asset.



The VCAD_Properties table lists all the properties of every asset in the model.
The properties are normalized in the following columns: objectId, section, name, value.


VCAD_ColorTables folder

The VCAD_ColorTables folder contains data-sets used to assign themes to file types, file names, and object types. They are example data-sets, which may be deleted if not used.



The data-set assigns a color to each file that composes the Navisworks model.



The data-set assigns a color to each object type of the assets in the Navisworks model.



The data-set assigns a color to each file type of the files that compose the Navisworks model.



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