Spools To Search Sets

Spools To Search Sets



Search sets can provide useful tools to help the personnel in the field locate a piece of fabrication in the model. In order for this workflow to be used, the spool names must be located on a property that is exposed in Autodesk® Navisworks®. An example of this would be on Fabrication CADmep+ parts. The actual "Spool Name" data is not exposed in Navisworks as a property, but the "Notes" data is. The same workflow can be used for Revit Elements or any other part that has the spool name on a property exposed in Navisworks. For more on how to make this process work for you, and for a tool to automatically put the data in the "Spool Name" field into the "Notes" field for Fabrication MEP, see the post "Creating Navis Spool Search Sets". The "Spool To Search Set" tool will go through the model and find the unique property values on different parts in the model. This can be done either through a selection, or on the entire model.

About This Version

Version 1.1.7, 8/25/2023
Updated to 2024

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  • crashing
    Steve Lassu | May 21, 2024 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Plugin was woking well but now its continually crashing.

    Skylar Daniels (Publisher) | May 28, 2024

    Steve, I apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like to email me at sdaniels@vdctoolbox.com, perhaps we can work together to find out what is different from when it was working until now and hopefully find a solution. One thing to try would be making sure all Data tools are turned off. This is noted as a known issue within the help documentation. Thank you

  • Multi category
    Anton Terentev | September 15, 2023 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I really need to search in 3 categories

  • Very good tool
    Wouter Beukers | April 24, 2023 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Spools is a very handy tool to create search sets and indispensable in our coordination process. Hopefully it will be updated to 2024 soon.

  • Simple and HUGE TIMESAVER!!
    Ron Rico | October 26, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I love this little add-in ! Such a timesaver and simple to use. PLEASE UPDATE FOR 2023 :)

    thank you, 


  • Good tool for creating search set
    Y.H Kim | October 11, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    It's very good app when creating search set by using property, and easy to use it. If possible, please update it for navisworks 2023.

  • Best Tool for Creating Search Sets
    Bowen Call | May 23, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Makes creating search sets SOOOO easy.

  • So useful for finding spools!
    Donovan Kessler | September 23, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    What a great tool for helping me find specific spool, even amongst a maze of other pipes!

    Great product, just like everything else you have available!

  • Helps Review ISOs
    Jordan Evely | May 14, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Downloaded to make up search sets to match the contractors isos.  The Engineer can open the NWD find the ISO they are reviewing and compare with the cooridinated Navis model.

    Helps streamline the ISO review process and keeps the engineers off of the VDC backs.

  • This app is great!
    Bowen Call | September 20, 2019 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is the fastest way to create search sets I have found. Plus, you know that you are creating search sets for all of your elements when you are creating them based on parameters!

  • Created a Better Workflow
    SAL DAMBROSIA | February 20, 2019 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This can be the best add on for Navisworks ever created. With endless possibilties. This add on created a new workflow for our organization that has been a huge success.

  • Share spool sets with whoever!
    Lyle Tsosie | August 24, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Fantastic tool. Makes it possible to share spools sets with others who need to view spools in a model quickly. You build them. They click them. They see them. That simple.

  • Bill gates...eat your heart out!
    Donovan Kessler | May 15, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is the best damn programming I have ever seen. Fist bump to the guy that wrote this program, I use it all the time. This guy deserves a nobel prize. And he has a sweet moustache!

  • Changed my life forever...
    Aaron Bluhm | May 23, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Being able to pin-point a spool within a giant model, regardless of what program it was made with has sped up workflow exponentially.

  • Nice, Simple, Timesaver for SET building
    Henry Winland | April 07, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Finally!, A tool that lets you build sets quickly.The grouping/indexing feature is super handy. Having a second Category/Property (Source file) to group/index on would be a nice addition for future development. Good work!

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