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Quantitative Easing? Autodesk Navisworks 2014 vs QTO 2013

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“Autodesk has not and is not releasing a 2014 version of QTO. Instead, Autodesk is building 3D quantification features into Navisworks Simulate 2014 and Navisworks Manage 2014.”

Joe Eichenseer, IMAGINiT Technologies’S Building Solutions Team Manager, posts an overview of the new quantity take-off features of Navisworks 2014.

For the full article click here.

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In slightly more detail, the quantification features in Navisworks that emulate features from QTO include:

Item and resource catalogs

  • Import or create item and resource catalogs
  • Associate items with resources
  • Use formulas in catalogs
  • Export catalogs

Model takeoff

  • Automated takeoff from object parameters
  • Manual takeoff for modeled objects
  • Virtual takeoff for non-modeled objects

Change Analysis

Workbook

  • Quantification reporting
  • Export to Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software

http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-navisworks-family/features

It would seem to me that QTO is going to remain as-is for the foreseeable future.  Updates will be made as needed to maintain functionality with current Autodesk software releases, and there might be an opportunity to enhance the 2D takeoff features of QTO as time moves on. However, it would appear that the focus of development for 3D or Model takeoff has migrated over to Navisworks.

Anyone who has QTO as a stand-alone product can continue working as they are today, but if you do 3D takeoffs, you will need to keep an eye on the developments of Quantification in Navisworks. At some point, you will probably want to make the transition from one to the other.  If you have QTO through a suite (and have that software on subscription), you will have access to both the Navisworks 2014 quantification workflow and the QTO 2013 workflow.