By Jennifer MacMillan
I have now written a number of these “What’s New in this Training Guide” blog articles. In most of them I tell you that we updated the material to reflect small changes to the 2014 software and fixed issues that have been submitted to us, but with this blog I am excited to say that I get to mention some higher level changes to the course along with some great new chapters. Of course, we also updated all the existing content!
The organizational changes that have been made in the Autodesk® Navisworks® 2014 Essentials training guide were mainly driven by feedback that I had from the trainers that use this training guide to teach Autodesk Navisworks training classes. The goal here was to help improve how the content is taught in a training environment. These changes also aim to improve the experience for self-paced users. These changes include the following:
- Some of the lecture content topics have been combined with other topics to create slightly longer topics that are easier to discuss in a classroom environment.
- All of the exercises were moved to the end of each of the chapters. This reorganization enables trainers to teach multiple topics and then have their students work through associated the exercises.
- Many of the existing exercises were also combined with one another. This was done because of feedback that there was too much opening and closing of exercise files. Tasks were added in many of the exercises to explain and group steps that accomplished a single goal. Students can now move to additional tasks using the same class files.
The majority of work in updating this training guide was put into creating two new chapters that cover the new Autodesk Rendering and Quantification tools, along with presentation slides that support the entire training guide.
- The new Autodesk Rendering functionality in the Autodesk Navisworks software is the recommended workflow for creating photorealistic renderings of your scenes. A new chapter has been included in the training guide to explain and guide you through this process. An exercise with multiple tasks has also been included to practice using its tools. The exercise also introduces a new Autodesk® Revit® model to the dataset. Yay! The two Presenter chapters that were previously included in the training guide remain in the book as appendices that have been updated to 2014, where applicable. As an instructor you can teach this content if necessary, or mention that it is there for students to review after class.
- The Quantification tools that were added to the 2014 software have also been included in a new chapter in the training guide. The chapter provides detailed instruction on how to use the Quantification tools to measure quantities of materials. Similar to the new Rendering chapter, a new exercise has been added that uses an Autodesk Revit model.
- With the addition of the two new chapters and the optional Presenter topics moved to appendices, the Autodesk Navisworks 2014 Essentials training guide still contains 24 hrs worth of training material.
- Similar to many of our other training guides, our instructor tools for this guide now include presentation slides (in the pdf format) to help instructors present the content to their students.
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