How to View Decimal Units in Autodesk Navisworks

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As a program originating in the UK, Autodesk Navisworks defaults to meters as its initial unit display. For first-time users based in the US, creating a point-to-point or spot coordinate measurement with meters as the default can be a bit disconcerting. Fortunately, the unit display is easy to change to a decimal format.

RELATED: Three Easy Ways to Check Spot Coordinates

The following applies to all versions of Navisworks, including the free version, Navisworks Freedom. Here’s how to change your units:

1. Click the N in the top left of the program and choose the Options button in the bottom right of the menu. Alternatively, F12 is the default shortcut to access global options.
2. Navigate to Interface and find Display Units.
3. Click the dropdown to display what you want. We generally recommend “Feet and Inches Fractions” for most users and “Feet” with 4 decimal places for field engineers (or anyone involved in layout).

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Taking these same models into the field usually involves the BIM 360 Glue mobile application.

RELATED: BIM 360 Glue App

Thanks to some foresight from the Navisworks team, the iPad application appears to default to feet and inches if you’re US-based. I can only assume the app somehow knows what region you installed the app and sets the units accordingly. If the units are not displaying correctly, you can change this option in the Settings app. Beyond Design has a great blog post on this topic.

A senior engineer in Holder Construction's Building Information Modeling group, Zack is responsible for multiple BIM-enabled projects in all phases of construction both on-site and remotely. Responsibilities include model data management, BIM execution planning, visual controls, 4D scheduling, constructability modeling, clash detection, hardware/software procurement and maintenance, preconstruction support including trade procurement.

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