This section will cover the different Verity Reports available to users. Once you have finished the QA process, there are a number of reporting options to get the data Verity has generated documented and into whatever resolution process is next. Reporting with Autodesk® Navisworks®
While we already covered it earlier, you can manually or automatically push the following information into Autodesk® Navisworks® as a reporting and documentation solution. Use the links below to jump to the sections on how to use these tools and what they do:
The Autodesk® Navisworks® file can then be saved and sent to other Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage or Simulate users. The file can also be saved to an NWD for distribution to Autodesk® Navisworks® Freedom users. In both cases, the properties, transforms, and the colorization of objects that were pushed will be there for the recipients to view. When an NWD with As-Built transforms is loaded back into an NWF with the original source files, you will be able to see the original geometry and the colorized and transformed geometry side-by-side in Autodesk® Navisworks®. In 2018+ versions of Revit and AutoCAD you can now link in an NWD to see the coordination models in the context of your design or fabrication models. By pushing the As-Built location to Navisworks and saving the NWD you can similarly see the as-built Navisworks models in context.
The Reports Menu provides access to reports that can be used outside the Verity and Autodesk® Navisworks® ecosystem. All of Verity’s reports are based on the active selection and function on basic WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) principles. If you want to run a report on all items, you can either use shift+select to select all the items in the table, or you can hit the “ESC” key to deselect your current selection and Verity will ask you if you want to run the report on all elements. All the exports also respect the active sorting of the table, so make sure it is sorted the way you want to see it in the reports.
You can export the points associated with the selected items to a unified PTS file on the Autodesk® Navisworks® project coordinate system. These can be brought into Autodesk® Navisworks® or any authoring platform with PTS support. This report also follows WYSIWIG and any points and heatmaps visible on your screen will export to the PTS.
For example, if you want to export JUST the As-Built heatmap points for out of tolerance items you’d need to set the heatmap to As-Built, turn off the points in the Visibility section so that the surrounding points are turned off, select all the “Out of Tolerance” items in the table, and then export Smart Points.
Smart Points is an excellent tool for resolving issues where the as-built models need updating to reflect the field conditions as you’re reducing the point cloud down to just the elements that need updating (this file with 27 items is only 9MB) making it simple for CAD/BIM operators to know what to fix.
Verity can either export one Smart Points file for the entire selection or one Smart Points file for each item in the user’s selection.
You can export the selected items to several different types of HTML reports that can be opened on any device with an internet browser. None of these reports contain any scripts or other content that would prevent them from running on any particular platform or browser. Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Linux are all supported, and they should work on other unlisted systems as long as the browser supports HTML. Once an HTML report is generated, it will automatically open in your default web browser for you to see the output; the Items report being the only exception since it creates multiple unlinked reports.
Summary Report – This will generate a single HTML file that contains aggregate data about the analysis as a whole. This includes graphics and metrics. This is identical in form to the autogenerated summary report, but will respect the current selection (as long as more than one object is selected).
- Table Report – This will generate an HTML table of the selected elements, similar in content to the CSV export but in HTML.
- Table + Items – This report will generate both the table above and individual item reports for each selected item in the Verity table. The table acts as a table of contents with items hyperlinked to the item reports and sequentially numbered so you can identify an individual HTML item page in the report elements folder. Each item report is a self-contained HTML file and has the split pane view format as images to accompany the metrics associated with the item. The views will be generated using the current settings in the Verity viewer for visibility of geometry, heatmaps, etc.… The navigation buttons at the top to move between items within the full report. These links will work as long as the report, and report elements folder maintains the same relative file path.
- Items – This report generates unlinked item reports for each selected item. The reports are identical to the item reports generated by the Table + Items option except for the Previous, Table, and Next buttons. These are meant for individual distribution, and no table is generated along with these reports.
A company logo can be added to HTML reports by saving an image file to the default C:\Users\MyName\Documents\ClearEdge3D\Verity\CustomerLogo folder. The first image in the folder will be the image that is used in the reports. The image can be left in the folder for future reports. The report will automatically resize the company logo to fit. Still, the image size in pixels and the corresponding file size of the added image directly affects the file size of each HTML file. Generally, a logo with a maximum width and height of 300 pixels will be sufficient, but even smaller logo images will work well.
Verity Web Reports operate in a similar manner to HTML reports. Table, Table + Items, and Item reports are generated similarly, but instead of containing a static image, each Item report will instead contain a fully navigable 3D view. This 3D view is, as the name suggests, hosted on the web. The weblink to each report can be found in each item report or the Manage Reports menu. Verity Web Reports can be permanently deleted from the Manage Reports menu as well.
Full documentation for Verity Web Reports can be found here.
You can export all Verity Table properties of the selected items to CSV format using the current sorting in the Verity Table. This is extremely useful for utilizing the data from Verity for business or process analytics. This can be loaded into Excel or database applications and used to aggregate data across subcontractors, projects, or even your whole company.
The OBJ export will export the selected items’ as-built geometry as an OBJ mesh file. If multiple items are selected, they will go into a single OBJ file. Since OBJ files have no scale header, Verity will export the file using meters
and you’ll need to define that on import.