Naviate SimpleBIM has the following prerequisites:

  • A computer running Windows 7x64, Windows 8x64 or Windows 10x64.

  • If you have bought the Naviate product(s), the license e-mail with your unique license number(s).

  • Administrative user rights to run the installation.

Download the installation EXE file from your Naviate Community account or from the Naviate Community trial page.

Currently there are four types of licensing for the Naviate products - trial, rental, local and network. If you are using the 30-day trial you can skip this section and go directly to the next.

Rental, Local (SLM) or network (NLM) licenses all require license numbers. When ordering any of the licensed Naviate products your will receive an e-mail with your unique license number(s), automatically sent from our license system.

If you have ordered network licenses you will need to set up a license server service on one of the servers in your local network.


Please follow the instructions in the license e-mail and referenced video instruction carefully, and set up the license server before you start deploying the Naviate products on the workstation PCs. When the server is set up, make a test installation of the Naviate product and verify that the licensing is working properly before proceeding with the remaining computers.


Rental licenses need internet access to function properly. If this cannot be set up, another of the license models should be ordered and selected during installation.

Double-click on the EXE file to start the installation. Then follow the on-screen instructions, and note the following:

  • When entering customer data, please type in no-nonsense values! The information is used to simplify traceability for efficient support. You will only need to enter the information once since it is shared between all Naviate installations an will be filled in beforehand the next time you run a Naviate product installation.
  • Select the proper type of licensing and enter the license number for the correct Naviate vertical supplied in the e-mail. If you are using network licensing, enter port number@server name as mentioned in the instruction video.

The Naviate SimpleBIM installation can be run silently from the command line. The /v option is used to pass parameters through the installation EXE file to Windows Installer. The parameters should follow directly after option, enclosed in quotation marks. If any of the parameter values contain spaces, they should also be enclosed in quotation marks. To solve the quotation-within-quotation problem, inner quotations are preceeded by backslash. A couple of examples:

/v"COMPANY=\"Acne Inc.\" NAME=\"John Smith\" PHONE=+1123456 /qb"   - OK

/v "COMPANY=\"Acne Inc.\" NAME=\"John Smith\" PHONE=+1123456 /qb"  - Invalid, space between /v and first "

/v"COMPANY="Acne Inc." NAME="John Smith" PHONE=+1123456 /qb"       - Invalid, inner quotations not preceeded by backslash

Passing /qb to Windows Installer will make the installation run without user interaction.

The following Windows Installer parameters are available:

COMPANY=”company”                - Company name
NAME=”name”                      - User/admin name
EMAIL=email                      - User/admin e-mail
PHONE=”number”                   - User/admin phone number

LICENSETYPE=Trial|Local|Network|Rental  - Selected license type
LICENSENUMBER=number                    - Needed if LICENSETYPE=Local|Network|Rental
LICENSESERVER=port@server               - Needed if LICENSETYPE=Network

UPDATEMODE=0|2                   - Disables (0) or enables (2) the UpdateManager. Default is 2.


The COMPANY, NAME, EMAIL, and PHONE parameters are, except when updating, mandatory.
The licensing parameters are optional. If no parameter is specified, Trial will be used.


Post-install modification of the installed Naviate product

It is possible to modify the installation after the initial installation. If you for instance need to change the license type, open up the Windows Add/Remove Programs dialog and select to Modify (Win 7) / Change (Win 10) the desired Naviate product. Step through the installation dialog sequence and adjust the setup as desired.


Modifying the installation implies changing the machine settings and therfore requires administrative user rights.


If you change the license type from local to network and have an activated local license on the workstation, don't forget to return it to the Symetri Naviate license server!

The license system prefers local licenses before network licenses, so even if you change the license type in the setup, the local license will be used as long as it is valid.

Local license return is easily accomplished using the Local License Return function in the Symetri Naviate Start menu. 

Updates are normally downloaded and installed by the user, through the built-in UpdateManager in Naviate. If central administration of updates are preferred instead, follow these steps:

  • Disable the UpdateManager already at the scripted installation of the Naviate product (se above) using UPDATEMODE=0 on the command line to the installer.
  • Download the update (MSP file) when it is made available on the Naviate Community site. Install it using a script as follows:

    msiexec /P “<msp>” /qb REINSTALLMODE=omus REINSTALL=ALL

In order to enforce proper installation of the Naviate products a number of custom system and configuration tests are run. When running manual installation you will receive a message when any of the tests fails. When running scripted installation, messages are written to the log file if logging is active (see the Microsft documentation for msiexec.exe) and the installation will generally terminate. The following custom tests are performed:

  • Parameter check: Proper values for the parameters listed above have to be specified either from the registry for an existing installation (when updating), or from the command line, or from the user interface. If the parameter set is found incomplete, the installation will terminate with an error message. If this situation occurs during scripted installation, the installation will terminate silently.