Expiration dates aren’t just for Milk!
When working with an aggregated project model during design or construction, revisions or updates can happen on a regular basis. (Updated design information, field revision, changes as the result of inspection or city comments…) When this happens, the model becomes out of date and needs to be updated with a “fresher” version.
If you are working by yourself, it is not that hard to keep track of the changes but when you are providing copies of the model to others (architect, contractor, sub consultants, engineer…) keeping track of changes and ensuring that everyone has the “freshest” version of the model is critical.
Anyone ever work on a project and find that some of the project stakeholders are referencing outdated information??? Me too! and it is not fun!!
Fortunately for us, Navisworks provides a file expiration feature to help with this. In short, when you provide a copy of the project model to a stakeholder, you can assign an expiration date to help ensure “freshness”. In other words, if someone gets a copy of the project model (NWD) it will cease to function after a date specified by you. As a result, worrying about someone referencing something other than the current version of the model is practically eliminated because the older versions will cease to function automatically.
Check out the video below to see how it works.