Transfer Clash test results from the Clash Detective to BIMcollab Cloud

Transfer Clash test results from the Clash Detective to BIMcollab Cloud

Import clashes directly from the Clash Detective in the BCF manager as Issues. For this function to be active you need to be connected to a BIMcollab project.

Follow these steps to import the clashes.
  1. Open the Clash Detective
  2. In the tab 'Select' choose the button 'Add Test' and determine what kind of clash test you want to perform and choose 'Run test'
  3. The tab 'Results' is now open. Check the Clashes and change the status if necessary.
  4. Open the BCF Manager from the BIMcollab tab in the Ribbon and connect to a project in BIMcollab Cloud
  5. Click the 'Import' button in the BCF Manager
  6. Choose the tab 'From Clash Results'
  7. Choose the clashes you want to import:
    1. Select one or more clash tests to import all clashes from the selected tests
    2. Select individual clashes from a specific test

      By default any clash group will be imported as a single issue. When importing a clash group, the issue will contain the combined viewpoint of all the clashes in the group. You can however choose to ignore the groups and import all the clashes individually instead, by activating the option 'Show individual clashes from groups'
  8. Choose the settings for the new issues
  9. Choose 'Import'. All imported issues will be shown in the BCF Manager
  10. Once all of the clashes have been imported you can review, and if needed edit, the issues you have created and/or updated. When you are satisfied, synchronize the issues with your BIMcollab project.
Be aware that transparent dimming in viewpoints are shown differently in other BIM applications. we advice you to not use this feature of the Navisworks Clash detective when using the BCF Manager.


When importing clashes, you can choose between one or both of the following options:
  1. Create new issues
  2. Update existing issues

Creating new issues

When creating new issues you can:
  1. Set default values for issue properties such as Type, Area, Milestones, etc.
  2. Try to map the assigned user of a clash to a member of your project team in BIMcollab Cloud or otherwise to the selected team member
  3. Copy any comments added from the clash and add them as comments to the issue in the BCF Manager
  4. Add a viewpoint to the issue in BIMcollab Cloud for each individual clash from an imported clash group
  5. Give all imported clashes a title consisting of both the test name and the clash name (e.g. MEP versus ARCH - Clash 1)
  6. Add a prefix to the description of each imported clash to be used later for easy identification
Note that the BCF Manager will use the clash properties as the issue description and will place the properties of the clashing components in a comment.

The BCF Manager will create the viewpoint for each clash by importing it directly from the Clash Detective. The viewpoint will always contain:
  1. Snapshot
  2. The two clashing components
  3. The camera position
  4. The color overrides
By default, only the clashing components will be saved in the viewpoint of the issue. All other components (including dimmed components) will be ignored. If the clash's viewpoint was updated then the updated viewpoint will be used during the import. 
You can customize the viewpoints of the clashes to meet your requirements. To know how to do so, consult the article Customize the viewpoints linked to imported clashes.

Updating issues

Each clash has a unique ID with is stored in the issue.
After you re-run a test in the Clash Detective, existing issues which are linked to clashes can be updated in the BCF Manager, by importing the clash results again.
When a clash test is reset in Navisworks, all clashes are seen as new clashes, and get a new ID. The links to existing issues will be lost.
Make sure to re-run the clash tests without resetting them.
When updating existing issues you can:
  1. Try to map the assigned user of a clash in the Clash Detective to a member of your project team in BIMcollab Cloud
    When both of the assignment options are enabled, the “try to map…” option will be given priority and the “Assign updated…” will be used when mapping fails.
  2. Update the status of issues based on the current status of the clash as follows: 
  3. Reactivate closed and resolved issues when the corresponding clash is still active


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