Yes, having every single sprinkler represented in 3D in Revit would be "out there", or better put, completely bonkers. There is just absolutely no reason to do that, especially as there is no object type for any of this.
As for Navisworks, that can import DWG files! So there is no reason to send a design to Revit first in order to use Navisworks.
The current status of our Revit Irrigation development is as follows:
- Send the mainline design from CAD to the cloud
- in Revit, import the mainline as Railing objects, at the desired depth below grade
- Possibly as well, place Valve Boxes for each valve (this of course is just as troublesome as it might be helpful - valves are commonly not placed where they will be located, and multiple valves can fit in one box, so how is the system to decide where to put the box and how many to place?)
So overall, we are currently focused only on placing the Mainline as sub-grade Railing. Which also speaks to just how insanely limiting and unusable Revit is for irrigation. It merits repeating again and again, and recanted back to any consultants who ask you to "put the irrigation into the 3D model".
Hopefully as Autodesk can open up the object types in Revit to better encompass Irrigation, we are poised and ready to do something.