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Live Demo on Animating Cars for InfraWorks

Below is a live demo video on using 3ds Max to animate cars for InfraWorks. Actual video begins about 3 minutes in. Enjoy!

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Civil 3D 2020.6 Update

Autodesk has released their latest update for Civil 3D 2020. Below are the fixes and new features…

Note: Autodesk Civil 3D 2020.6 includes the product fixes included in the previous updates for Civil 3D 2020.

Alignments
Fixed an issue in which alignment minor station labeling did not work as expected.
API
Fixed an issue in which a sample line could not be created at an alignment start station or end station using the API.
Data Shortcuts have been refactored away from ARX and moved to the DBX module level, in order to be moved by the API.
Fixed an issue in which the API sectionViewBandSet.ImportBandSetStyle would not import a band set style.
Added the ability to return 0 for Catchment TimeOfConcentration API.
Added a new API, SectionView.SampleLineId, to support getting the object ID of a sample line. Added a new API, SectionView.SectionViewGroupName, to support getting the SectionViewGroup name. Added a new API, SectionView.SectionViewGroup(), to support getting the SectionViewGroup object.
Added a new Expression.ReferenceString API to get the reference string of a Expression that can be used to create other expressions.
Added an API, GetDSProjectId(), to get the data shortcut project ID according to the project path. Added an API, AssociateDSProject(), to associate a data shortcut project to the current drawing.
Added a new API, SectionViewGroupCollection.Add(), to support setting section options when creating section views. The available section options in the API include: Draw, Clip Grid, Label Set, Override Style.
Added a new API parameter to the function SectionViewGroupCollection.Add() to support setting the section view style when creating section views.
Added a new API parameter to the function SectionViewGroupCollection.Add() to support setting the section view band set style when creating section views.
Added an API, RepairBrokenDRef(), to repair broken DRef entities in a host drawing. Added an API, GetReferenceInfo(), to get reference information on a DRef entity.
Added a new API, FeatureLine.CurvesCount, to support getting the curve count of a featureline. Added a new API, FeatureLine.GetCurveRadius(), to support getting the radius value of the curve in a featureline. Added a new API, FeatureLine.SetCurveRadius(), to support setting the radius value of the curve in a featureline.
Added an API, CreateReference(), to create a Data Reference entity at the host drawing according to the host and source database, entity name, and entity type of source drawing.
Added a new API, SectionViewGroup.UpdateLayout(), to support updating the layout of a section view group.
Added a new API, SectionViewGroup.ImportLabelSetForSectionsInGroup(), to support importing a label set for sections in a section view group.
Added a new API, SectionOverride.ImportLabelSet(), to support importing a label set for sections in a section view.
Added support for section corridor points labels in the API. Added a new label group SectionCorridorPointLabelGroup. Supported adding and removing corridor points label items in a section label set.
Added support for running a quantities report in the API as a new static method of the SampleLineGroup class.
Updated an API, CreateReference(), to create a Data Reference entity for a Corridor at the host drawing.
Updated an API, CreateReference(), to create a Data Reference entity for a Surface at the host drawing.
Updated an API, CreateReference(), to create a Data Reference entity for a ViewFrameGroup at the host drawing.
Updated an API, CreateReference(), to create a Data Reference entity for a SampleLine at the host drawing.
Updated an API, CreateReference(), to create a Data Reference entity for Pipe Networks at the host drawing.
Added an API, RepairBrokenDataShortcut(), to repair broken Data Shortcut objects in a Data Shortcut project.
Added a new API, Section.CorridorSurfaceId, to get the corridor surface object ID if section type is corridor surface.
Added a new data shortcut API, ExportableItem^ GetExportableItemAt(int index), to get the information of an exportable object. This includes the object and also its parent, direct children, recursive children, and dependent objects.
Enhanced the CreateReference() API to return a collection of ObjectIds, including all of the ObjectIds created.
Enhanced the GetExportableItemsCount() API to return SampleLineGroups but not SampleLines.
Added a new API, SectionCorridorPointLabelGroup.getDisplayedSubEntities(), to get sub-entity labels that are displayed in the drawing and have valid anchor info.
Added two new properties in SectionCorridorPointLabelGroup, StaggerLineHeight1 and StaggerLineHeight2, to support setting the stagger line height.
Fixed a defect in method SurfaceElevationLabel.Create(), where an elevation label created on XReffed surface did not appear.
Enhanced the CreateReference() API so that it does not return the DataShortcuts objects which are set as invisible.
Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D
Improved performance when switching data shortcut projects for projects that are stored in BIM 360, downloading source files only when required.
Fixed an issue that caused the host and consumer drawings in the cloud to be updated when dismissing the “Data shortcut definitions may have been changed” notification.
Catchments
Fixed an issue in which the catchment exclusionary property would exclude catchments from other catchment groups.
Fixed an issue in which the value of catchment exclusionary property was always ‘False’ after reopening the drawing.
Corridors
Fixed a stability issue that would occur when trying to open the corridor Rehab Manager with the German Country Kit installed.
Improved stability when restoring corridor bowties.
Cross Sections
Fixed an issue in which parts of corridor section labels would be moved to the wrong location in a section view when the source sample line became skewed.
Fixed an issue in which the default label set for section view creation would not be held when switching to another alignment while creating section views.
Data Shortcuts
Fixed an issue in which a data referenced alignment that was used as a reference for a pipe network was not updated after the alignment name was updated in the source drawing.
Improved performance when switching data shortcut projects for projects that are stored in BIM 360, downloading source files only when required.
Fixed a stability issue that would occur if the _Shortcuts folder is readable, but its contents such as ShortcutsHistory.xml are not readable.
Fixed an issue in which data shortcuts were created at a temp address which was caused by an automatic save in AutoCAD.
Fixed an issue in which the surface definition source xml was saved at a temp address which was caused by an automatic save in AutoCAD.
Updated the Data Shortcuts Editor to show the variable DSSysVar in the path.
Fixed an issue in which ETransmit did not include Civil 3D data shortcuts.
Fixed an issue in which the referenced pressure network name changed unexpectedly after synchronizing data shortcuts.
Fixed an issue in which Civil 3D would lock up (and the DWG file would become read only) when saving a source drawing with a shared data reference. The issue was caused by multiple Civil 3D sessions trying to read the data shortcut source drawing while it was being saved in another session. Please make sure the system variable DataShortcutsSourceCheck is turned off (set its value to 0) in Civil 3D on every computer working on the same project. Note that when the system variable DataShortcutsSourceCheck default value is set as 0, a notification will be displayed in the host/consumer drawing whenever the source drawing is saved, even without any entity/geometry change.
Drawing Import/Export
Fixed an issue in which the Export to DGN setting “Use remapping file” would not work for Microstation Connection.
Fixed an issue in which nested xref drawings did not show exploded objects after using the Export to DGN command.
Added the ability to use Microstation Connect when exporting a Civil 3D drawing to DGN when both Connect and V8i are installed.
Added a new system variable named DGNOpenAfterCreation to keep Microstation open after a drawing is finished being exported to DGN.
Added the ability to use the user’s UCF when exporting a Civil 3D drawing to DGN when Microstation is installed.
Fixed a stability issue that would occur when exporting a Civil 3D drawing that has xref drawings that contained points.
Added a setting to set a sleep time so that MVBA has time to run after exporting a drawing to DGN.
Feature Lines
Fixed a performance issue that would occur when selecting feature lines while the Properties Palette was open.
Fixed an issue in which feature lines that were used as corridor baselines and located in a site would disappear from the site.
Fixed an issue that caused invisible alignments to be created while updating a feature line which is the baseline of a corridor. Related to this issue, customers are encouraged to use the PurgeHiddenAlignsfromSites command on drawings that have feature line-based corridors. If you do not run the PurgeHiddenAlignsfromSites command prior to editing a feature line in a feature line-based corridor, and you subsequently have issues with the feature line that is used in the corridor (for example, it is missing and you can no longer select it), undo your changes or close the drawing without saving it, reopen it, and then run the PurgeHiddenAlignsfromSites command.
Errors that will lead to missing feature line issue are automatically detected and fixed when opening a drawing. This operation will only run when Civil 3D detects a potential error in the drawing.
Fixed an issue in which PI points would be added at incorrect locations of a feature line when using the _AeccFeatureLineCrossing command when the intersected point is far away from the feature line in 3D space.
Hydrology
Fixed an issue in which a blue line was shown in the culvert analysis results in the Hydraflow Express Extension.
Improved culvert analysis performance in the Hydraflow Express Extension.
LandXML
Fixed an issue in which LandXML import would create an additional copy of an imported pipe network.
Fixed a performance issue that would occur when importing surfaces from a LandXML file.
Added an option to the LandXML Import Settings to control whether to add breaklines. Import performance is improved when the option is set to Off.
Miscellaneous
Fixed a stability issue that could occur when opening a drawing.
Support for Autodesk Docs and the new rebranded Desktop Connector has been added. The User Interface now refers to Autodesk Docs instead of BIM 360.
Pipe Networks
Fixed an issue in which velocity values reported in different tables in the gravity network analysis report were not consistent due to precision differences in the calculations.
Added a warning message in the Event Viewer when a structure height is edited so that the height is outside the allowed range specified by the part’s Rim to Structure height.
Added the ability to store structure type and tail water data for a null structure.
Fixed an issue where the style, rules, and other settings could not be changed in a parts list for a null structure.
Fixed an issue in which the pipe network label anchor settings didn’t work as expected.
Added the ability to select the pipe length for gravity network analysis.
Added the ability to change a structure type from “None” to “Outfall” when using the Analyze Gravity Network command.
Fixed an issue in which some of the output was incorrect in Analyze Gravity Network report.
Added the ability to support more anchor points in plan and profile labels for pipes.
Profiles
Added the ability to support pipe and pressure pipe expressions in profile view bands.
Quantity Takeoff
Fixed an issue in which Quantity Takeoff was affected by an empty material subcriteria setting.
Reference Templates
Fixed an issue in which Civil 3D would close unexpectedly or a code set style would be corrupted when attaching a particular template to a particular drawing.
Reports
Enhanced the AeccReportAlignPoints command so that using the NETLOAD command to load AeccTransportationX.dll and restarting Civil 3D is not necessary in order to run the report. You can also enter ReportAlignPoints at the command line to run the command.
Fixed an issue in which many design profile types were excluded from the Transportation Extension reports.

Learn about new features in the latest release of Civil 3D. For technical details. Feature Line Editing Use new commands to insert points on crossing feature lines, to edit the grade or slope on multiple feature lines, and to set the elevation of a point on a feature-line based corridor at a given grade or slope from a specified location. Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D Support has been added for reference templates and sheet set data files. ArcGIS Workflows Refresh an ArcGIS dataset in your drawing so that it matches the ArcGIS dataset online, and add new Civil 3D objects to ArcGIS. Gravity Network Analysis Enhancements

More features

API Enhancements Several additions have been made to the Civil 3D API.

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Civil 3D and InfraWorks 2022 New Releases

Head over to Infrastructure Reimagined and read about some of the new features in the years release of Civil 3D and InfraWorks 2022.

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InfraWorks 2021.2.1 Hotfix

Autodesk has released a new hotfix that covers the below…

General
Fixed when selecting a Bridge and keeping it selected led to the memory increasing until InfraWorks ran out of memory or the user unselected the bridge.
Avoided a crash when the configure dialog box was opened for an Imported Civil drawing and InfraWorks model was synced from BIM 360.
Added more checks for consistency on importing corridors to avoid failures.
Fixed a failure to render bridge girders on corridors comprised of multiple assemblies.
Fixed failures to generate Parametric 3D due to some Python scripts issues.
Fixed foundation elevations that were incorrect after Shift-F5 in certain cases.
Updated InfraWorks to use the latest SQLite version: 3.32.3.
Fixed some terrain issues that would prevent the user from exporting a tunnel to IMX.
Plugins
Avoided errors and skip cutting terrain when a tunnel had no meshes.
Fixed excessive curve smoothing in Revit for variable width tunnels.
Avoided cutting failures when generating decks or girders.
Ensured UI strings are localized.
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Civil 3D Fixes

Civil 3D 2020.5.2 Hotfix

Autodesk Civil 3D 2020.5.2 Update addresses issues with feature lines that are used as corridor baselines. When feature lines were located on a site and used as corridor baselines, feature lines would unexpectedly disappear from the site. In addition, unnecessary hidden alignments were created when a baseline feature line was updated. This update prevents feature lines from disappearing from sites, prevents hidden alignments from being created onto a site, and includes a new command (PurgeHiddenAlignsFromSites) to purge unnecessary hidden alignments from an existing drawing.

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InfraWorks 2021.2 Update

Autodesk InfraWorks (2021.2 – December 2020 release) is the most currently released version of Autodesk InfraWorks (2021). See To install Autodesk InfraWorks if you have not yet upgraded to this release.

The following is an overview of the primary improvements in the Autodesk InfraWorks 2021.2 release.

For technical details, see the release notes.

Highlights

Decorations for Corridor RoadsLane Markings
Added Road Decorations for corridor roads brought in from Civil 3D.You can modify Lane Markings to component roads.

Other New and Updated Features

New features or enhancements in the previous update (InfraWorks 2021.1). See What’s New in Previous Releases for previous enhancements.

FeatureNotes
Add-ins for Autodesk InfraWorksWe’ve made improvements to the Autodesk Revit InfraWorks Updater to support civil structures workflows between InfraWorks, Autodesk Civil 3D and Autodesk Revit.
Civil StructuresWe’ve improved a workflow for your civil structures that spans Autodesk Civil 3D, Autodesk InfraWorks, and Autodesk Revit. Check out the whole workflow here: Civil Structures workflow.Added the ability to view the top of foundation elevation in the Stack when a bridge foundation is selected. Added Refined Bridge Analysis. Alignments with plan curvature, skewed piers and abutments are taken into account. Also, provides grillage, offset girder and finite element models that better reflect the actual layout of the bridge girders.We’ve introduced cross-frames, representing the structural framing between steel plate and steel box girders. This feature also supports steel diaphragms, which would typically be used at support locations between girders.
CollaborationWe’ve enhanced support for data exchange between Autodesk InfraWork, Autodesk Civil 3D, and Autodesk Revit. Check out the Data Exchange section of the help for more information.
GeneralWe’ve improved the behavior of the The big “B” button in the Utility Bar. Click this to open BIM 360 Document Management in your browser.We’ve added dedicated error messages to InfraWorks for instances when there is no internet connection detected or there is an issue connecting to BIM 360
InfraWorks HomeWe’ve introduced a new streamlined InfraWorks Home experience, featuring the Recent and BIM 360 tabs. The icon for the Notifications drop down menu will display an additional badge when there are new unread messages. We’ve improved the display of models on InfraWorks Home. Now, .IWM files are listed in InfraWorks when BIM 360 models are copied in BIM 360.The state of a model will be updated automatically after downloading a not yet cached cloud model and vice versa after deleting the local cache of a cloud model, without having to manually refresh the page.Enhanced the available model actions on the Recent tab of InfraWorks’ new Home screen.Added the ability to remove models from the Recent list (without deleting the model itself).Re-implemented the Notices section as a drop down of the Utility bar.Increase the number of displayed models on Recent to 10.
Model BuilderWe’ve added the ability to select a coordinate system during model creation with the Model Builder. This vastly simplifies the process of using Model Builder models in cross-product workflows.
Point CloudsWe’ve added the ability to add point cloud data into InfraWorks directly via .LAS or .LAZ format.
Road DesignA grading option has been added to the component stack for modifying grading for selected corridor regions in a corridor component road.We’ve added new menus for switching between corridor component road and component road when you have selected multiple roads or components.Civil 3D corridor-related info like baseline region name, horizontal baseline name and vertical baseline name are now dislayed in the Stack for a selected corridor component road.We’ve also made enhancements to Lane Markings control in the Stack, and removed lane marking shadow issues.We’ve simplified the mapping of materials for corridors that were imported from Civil 3D, enabled corridor parameters to be accessible on the stack, and extended the number of corridors that can be imported into InfraWorks.
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AUGI Annual Meeting

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Civil 3D Fixes

Civil 3D 2021.2 Update

Autodesk has released the Civil 3D 2021.2 update. Below is what has been fixed and some new features as well…

API
Fixed an API issue in which reading subassembly shape data required opening the database object for write.
Fixed an issue in which a sample line could not be created at an alignment start station or end station using the API.
Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D
Fixed a stability issue that would occur when opening a drawing from BIM 360.
Improved performance when switching data shortcut projects for projects that are stored in BIM 360, downloading source files only when required.
Fixed an issue in which opening a drawing with circular references would cause a message to be displayed in the Desktop Connector pending actions list that the file cannot be accessed.
Data Shortcuts
A new system variable named DSFolderXMLCreationOption has been added to provide control over where the ShortcutsFolders.xml file will be created. When DSFolderXMLCreationOption is set to 0, the ShortcutsFolders.xml file will be created in the top level project folder. When DSFolderXMLCreationOption is set to 1, the ShortcutsFolders.xml file will be created in the _Shortcuts folder inside the project folder. The search path order for the ShortcutsFolder.xml file is now as follows:_ShortcutsData shortcut project folderFor example, if there is a ShortcutsFolder.xml file in both the Shortcuts folder and the project folder, only the file in the Shortcuts folder will be used.
Fixed an issue in which data shortcut reference data was not updated after using the Repair Broken Shortcuts command if the source was changed before repairing the data shortcuts.
Fixed an issue in which data referenced pipe networks appeared as disconnected parts in the Structure Properties dialog box.
Fixed an issue in which data shortcut reference data was not updated after using the Repair Broken Shortcuts command if the source was changed before repairing the data shortcuts.
Fixed a stability issue that would occur if the _Shortcuts folder is readable, but its contents such as ShortcutsHistory.xml are not readable.
Fixed a stability issue that would occur when opening a drawing with circular references from a BIM 360 project.
Feature Lines
Fixed an issue in which the elevation of a feature line elevation point could not be edited in the Grading Elevation Editor.
Fixed an issue in which feature lines that were used as corridor baselines and located in a site would disappear from the site.
Fixed a performance issue that would occur when selecting feature lines while the Properties Palette was open.
InfraWorks Workflows
Fixed an issue in which vertical curves were discarded from roads that were imported into InfraWorks from Civil 3D using either DWG or IMX source files and appeared only as PVIs in the profile view in InfraWorks.
Improved stability in InfraWorks when editing a road that was imported from Civil 3D.
Miscellaneous
Fixed a stability issue that could occur when creating a new drawing or opening a drawing when the STARTUP system variable was set to 2.
Fixed a stability issue that could occur when opening a drawing.
Parcels
Fixed an issue in which parcel label properties would change when a drawing was reopened.
Pipe Networks
Fixed an issue in which the Rim to Sump Height structure property was not read only.
Fixed an issue in which the Rim to Sump Height structure property was always 5 feet when a pipe network was imported from GIS data.
Fixed an issue in which a pipe run profile would not appear when the Profile Layout toolbar was floating.
Points
Fixed an issue in which an invalid query in a point group resulted in the display of unexpected characters on the command line.
Pressure Networks
Fixed an issue in which the pressure pipes tab was not shown in the Panorama vista.
Fixed an issue in which the name and description for pressure part bands displayed the name and description of the profile view.
Fixed an issue in which band labels for pressure network fittings and appurtenances were not displayed in profile views.
Fixed an issue in which appurtenance label styles for pressure networks in profile view could not be specified.
Fixed an issue in which only one pressure network fitting would be selected after selecting a pressure network in the Prospector tree.
Fixed an issue in which the check boxes for some pressure pipe fittings could not be selected in the Profile View Properties dialog box.
Fixed an issue in which pressure pipe labels in a profile view band were not shown when the offset style is set to Cut Length.
Fixed an issue in which the pressure pipe fitting boundary was not shown in profile view.
Fixed an issue in which the 3D length of a pressure pipe vertical curve was not correct.
Fixed an issue in which pressure network parts could not be selected in the Prospector tree.
Fixed an issue in which a pipe run profile would lose its link to the pressure pipes.
Fixed an issue in which the parts list on the ribbon could not be changed when a pressure network that was created with a different parts list was selected.
Quantity Takeoff
Fixed an issue in which the earthwork quantity type values were not displayed in the material list when running quantity takeoff.

New Features…

ArcGIS workflow enhancements in 2021.2

Refresh an ArcGIS dataset in your drawing so that it matches the ArcGIS dataset online, and import raster data from ArcGIS into Civil 3D.

  • Refresh an ArcGIS dataset in your drawing so that it matches the ArcGIS dataset online by using the Refresh option in the Data Source Manager dialog box. For more information, see To Refresh Data from ArcGIS.
  • Import raster data from ArcGIS into Civil 3D as imagery or create a surface from the raster data.
  • Imagery and surface are different raster data source types. If you want to import imagery and create a surface from the raster data at the same time, you can select an imagery layer and a surface layer in the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS when you are importing the data. When you select the option to create a surface, a grid surface is created in the drawing from the data. For more information, see To Bring ArcGIS Data into Civil 3D. You can import the same raster data multiple times into a drawing so that you can specify different resolution settings and areas of interest. Note: ArcGIS raster data can’t be refreshed from ArcGIS or saved back to ArcGIS.

Pressure network workflow enhancements in 2021.2

Create parts lists from multiple materials, override pipe run offsets for specific station ranges, and use expressions in profile band labels.

  • Create parts lists from multiple materials and use these parts lists to create pipe runs using different materials for the pipes and bends. You can design pressure systems that include a mix of PVC or HDPE pipes with ductile iron bends and fittings, for example. When creating or editing a parts list, you can load multiple part catalogs and add parts from those catalogs into the parts list. When you create or edit a parts list, you start with the Information tab of the Pressure Networks Parts List dialog box. As you can see in the following image you can load and unload multiple material catalogs. The status simply shows whether parts have added to the parts list from a catalog. In Use means parts have been used so the catalog cannot be unloaded. Loaded means the catalog is loaded but nothing has been used from it yet.
  • Override pipe run offsets for specific station ranges. In the Pipe Run Profile Settings dialog box on the Overrides tab, you have the ability to override the pipe run’s offsets for specific station ranges. You can specify a specific offset distance or an offset style (Cut Length or Offset at Fitting).
  • For more information, see Pipe Run Depth Adjustments.
  • Expressions created for profile label styles for both pipe networks and pressure networks can now be used when creating labels for pipe data bands styles and pressure network data bands styles. The expressions appear as properties in the Text Component Editor dialog box. This allows you to create custom formulas in the band label styles such as showing the depth from the surface to the invert of pipes. For more information, see Label Expression Examples.