Posted in Autodesk InfraWorks, Civil 3D Tips & Tricks, Civil 3D Tools

Are You Using Civil View? You Should Be…

I’m sure many of you have noticed when installing Civil 3D (especially if you have a suite or collection), that there is a plug-in called Civil View. This is a plug-in for 3ds Max. If you’re not using this, YOU SHOULD BE! This is an easy way to present to a client or stakeholder your proposed road design animated with cars, signs, lights, etc. 

The most common phrase I hear is, “I don’t have time to learn 3ds Max”, and “It’s a too convoluted to learn”. This is a big misconception. Reason being, is that you don’t have to learn or know 3ds Max, you just use the Civil View plug-in to do it for you.

In the 20 minute video below, I show you how to create a design road in InfraWorks 360, bring it in to Civil 3D, build a corridor, export it out to 3ds Max, then create an animated presentation. This process literally took me 20 minutes to do. Hopefully this will aid you in starting to use your Infrastructure Design Suite or AEC Collection to it’s full potential.

Once you view the video, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at trogers@tcadsys.com, or you can call our office at (281) 445-6161.

Posted in Civil 3D Fixes

Are You Struggling with Civil 3D Performance?

I have had a lot of calls on Civil 3D taking forever to open, and there is finally a fix. You will have to follow the directions from here. Once you have followed the instructions, open the problematic drawing. It will still take forever to open. However, once it’s opened and saved, the problem goes away.

Thank you to Steve Hill at Red Transit Consultants for reminding me to edit this post.

Make sure you do this on ALL machines. Otherwise the issue will keep reoccurring.

Take a stop over at Red Transit Consultants if you are interested in some awesome add-on tools for Civil 3D, Map 3D, AutoCAD, and much more.

Posted in Autodesk InfraWorks

InfraWorks 360 2017.2 Update

Autodesk has released an update for InfraWorks 360.  The issues that were resolved are listed below…

Bridge Design

  • A bridge must have 8 or less girders per girder group for deck haunches to be supported.
  • Haunches are not supported if a girder crosses the centerline of the bridge deck. Therefore using an odd number of girders will not allow for haunches unless you offset the center girder from the center of the bridge deck.

Design Views

  • If you are in Engineering View and have Show Sky disabled in View Settings, the sky will becomes visible again if you switch proposals. Toggle to Conceptual View then back to Engineering View to re-disable the display of the sky background.
  • Some component textures, such as the bridge component deck texture, can be difficult to see using the default Conceptual View settings. To improve texture visibility, adjust model time in Sun & Sky settings, or reduce light intensity in the Visualization tab of the View Settings panel. You can also switch to Engineering View.

Drainage Design

  • After creating a flood snapshot, toggling the display of the flood snapshot on and off more than once may cause your view to zoom in too far, and InfraWorks 360 will also select a piece of city furniture and show its attributes in the Stack. Single-click in canvas to de-select the city furniture object, then zoom out to see the flood snapshot area again.

Road Design

  • The workflow to generate Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D drawings of design roads has changed. Instead of using the Generate Civil3D Drawing intelligent tool in InfraWorks 360, open AutoCAD Civil 3D and use the Insert InfraWorks 360 Open InfraWorks 360 Model tool to bring your InfraWorks 360 data into AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • Roadside grading materials may not display properly when fixed-slope roads intersect with fixed-width roads or planning roads.
  • Roadside grading is not fully supported for roads or intersections with unresolved geometries, and may produce unexpected results.
  • Calculating earthwork volumes is not supported nor excluded in intersections with unresolved geometry, and may produce unexpected results.
  • The Cross Section Viewer does not support viewing intersection area cross sections for left turn lanes.
  • The Cross Section Viewer does not support viewing cross sections for roundabouts.
  • Superelevation is not supported for component roads if your model uses the DMRB Metric Road Standards.
  • Right of Ways are not supported for component roads if your model uses the DMRB Metric Road Standards.

Viewing Models in a Browser

  • Bridge component parts will display a white color instead of material textures when you view an InfraWorks 360 model in a browser.
  • Bridge abutments with offsets will not display when you view an InfraWorks 360 model in a browser.
Posted in Civil 3D Fixes

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 Service Pack 1.1

So in case you haven’t noticed, Autodesk pulled Service Pack 1 and recently released Service Pack 1.1. Below are the issues fixed in the new service pack…

API

  • The API has been extended to enable match line and view frames.
  • The .NET API has been extended to enable write access for setting cant on a railway alignment.
  • An API has been added to create a siteless feature line :
    static NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId Create(System::String^ featurelineName, NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId idCreatedFrom);
  • An API has been added to move a feature line to none site:
    static void MoveToNoneSite(NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId featureLineId);
  • An API has been updated to allow a feature line to be moved to none site:
    static void MoveToSite(NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId featureLineId, NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId destinationSiteId);

Alignments and Profiles

  • Use of object snaps has been enabled for profile view lines.
  • An issue where a drawing created in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 would display station numbers with extra characters when opened in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the superelevation diagrams to display a design check warning with a blank tooltip has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the Superelevation Tabular Editor to display a rate of change warning with a blank tooltip has been resolved.
  • An error is no longer reported when moving a data-referenced alignment to a different site.
  • An issue has been resolved where a blank meny woould appear when right-clicking on a data-referenced object that had its source drawing renamed.
  • When using the Export to Civil 3D Drawing command, alignments are now exported as polylines as they have been in previous releases of AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Corridors

  • An issue that prevented use of the command line to input a station range when using the Export Corridor to Solids command has been resolved.
  • An unexpected error is no longer generated when erasing an intersection while the Intersection Offset Parameter dialog box is open.

Export to DWG/DGN

  • An issue that prevented a successful drawing export to Microstation® DGN format has been resolved.
  • An error is no longer generated when exporting from a drawing that has been saved at the root directory of the local disk.
  • An issue has been resolved where the file browse dialog box for selecting a DWS file when exporting to DGN was not displayed.

General

  • An issue has been resolved where grading criteria sets were duplicated when attaching a referenced template.
  • An unexpected error is no longer generated when erasing a profile while the Profile Layout Tools toolbar is open.
  • An issue that prevented the Miscellaneous Utilities in the Toolbox from being run at the command line has been resolved.

Grading and Feature Lines

  • Running the AUDIT command after moving an overlapping feature line in a site no longer causes errors to be reported.
  • An issue that caused a grading object to not respond to changes in a feature line after a drawing audit has been resolved.

Hydraflow Extensions

  • An issue has been resolved that caused the inlet grade dimensions to not match between the Hydraflow Storm Sewers extension and the Hydraflow Express extension.
  • When plotting an Inlet Section Table the “Inlet Depth” and “Inlet Spread” column headers have been changed to “Bypass Depth” and “Bypass Spread”.
  • An issue has been resolved that caused an error when applying changes after adding an empty column to a custom report in MyReport.
  • The Hydraflow Storm Sewers extension and the Hydraflow Express extension have updated calculations for gutter spread depth of curb inlets in sag.
  • The Hydraflow Storm Sewers Help has been updated so that definitions are consistent with the current behavior.
  • The Bypass Spread depth values in the Hydraflow Express extension now use the same rounding as in Hydraflow Storm Sewers extension.
  • The Hydraflow Storm Sewers extension and the Hydraflow Express extension have updated calculations for gutter spread depth of curb inlets in sag.

Hydrology and Hydraulics

  • Linetypes that include blocks and text now are displayed correctly when used for catchment boundaries or flow paths.

Labels

  • A feature has been added where a glyph and tooltip are shown when a label component has had its contents and/or format overridden.
  • An issue has been resolved where the default projection label style that was specified in the ProjectObjectsToMultiSect command settings was not retained when the Project Objects to Multiple Section Views command was run.

Pipe Networks and Pressure Networks

  • An issue that caused unexpected behavior when using grips to edit pressure network pipes in profile view has been resolved.
  • An issue has been resolved where some changes in a pressure network data shortcut were not synchronized to the referenced drawing.
  • An issue has been resolved where edits to the elevation of a pressure network were not retained when the pressure network was data-referenced.
  • An issue has been resolved where pipe network styles were overwritten when synchronized in paper space.

Autodesk® Vault

  • An issue has been resolved that caused an error where checking in a drawing that has a TIFF XREF that is checked out.
Posted in Autodesk InfraWorks

Where is My Model Builder?

Some of you might not have the Model Builder that is included in InfraWorks 360. If you purchased the Infrastructure Design Suite Premium or Ultimate, you got stuck with having InfraWorks 360 LT which does NOT have the Model Builder. So, where do you get the data to start building you model? 

Some of the major cities have some pretty good GIS data for you to use based on the City or County you are in or are looking for; and then some of them have nothing (at least for free). We don’t want to spend a bunch of money on something we might use once. 

Below I have included some links that will get you started with creating your model in InfraWorks 360 LT. The data that is available on these sites is free. Some of this is for terrain, images, etc. Again, your City of County might have more information like centerline of roads, points of interest, etc.

GeoCommunity

http://www.geocomm.com/

National Elevation Dataset/USGS

http://nationalmap.gov/elevation.html

ETOPO Relief (NOAA)

http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/global/global.html

US Raw Data Download

http://nationalatlas.gov/atlasftp.html#shdrlfi

FEMA

https://msc.fema.gov/portal

Trimble Data Marketplace

http://data.trimble.com/market/index.html

If you are looking for some good 3D models of vehicles, people, buildings, etc., then you can download them from them from Trimble 3D Warehouse…

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/

Posted in What's New

InfraWorks 360 Webcast Series

In this web series, we will explore the different capabilities of Autodesk InfraWorks 360.

Working with InfraWorks 360 LT (Part 1) – August 30
Having trouble creating an InfraWorks project without the Model Builder? Look no further. This webinar will show you some valuable resources to obtain free data to put together an InfraWorks model using InfraWorks 360 LT.

Working with InfraWorks 360 LT (Part 2) – September 13
Part 2 of the Working with InfraWorks 360 LT webinar will show you how to build your model without Model Builder. This webinar will also explore how to put together a model and place terrain, images, roads, and buildings from free GIS data from the internet.

Striping with InfraWorks 360 and Vehicle Tracking – September 27
Striping in InfraWorks has never been as easy as using it with Autodesk Vehicle Tracking. Explore parking lot layouts with Vehicle Tracking and learn how you can bring that striping into InfraWorks to layout a parking lot in a matter of minutes.

Creating fences in InfraWorks 360 – October 11
Learn how to create a custom fence from a photograph. Google any type of fence and create a custom fence from within InfraWorks.

Creating a storyboard in InfraWorks 360 – October 25
Discover how to put together a movie in motion to share with clients, stakeholders and/or the public. Showcase your model with flyovers, animated movement, and watermarks.

Register
Posted in Autodesk InfraWorks, General

InfraWorks Fundamentals Class

Total CAD Systems now has a 1 day class for InfraWorks. The first class will be held on September 9, 2016.  This is an all day class and book is provided.

Some of the class material is listed below…

  • Connect data through the Data Sources dialog box
  • Stylize the models that are connected
  • Add 3D models from Trimble® 3D Warehouse (formerly known as Google 3D Warehouse) to the Style Palette and then place them in your workspace
  • Basic measurements and surface analysis
  • Create a video flyby

If you are interested in attending this class, please contact Nhi Nguyen.

Register
Posted in Civil 3D Fixes

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 Service Pack 1

Autodesk has released Service Pack 1 for Civil 3D 2017. Keep a look out in your Autodesk Desktop App for the download.  The issues addressed in the service pack are listed below…

API

  • The API has been extended to enable match line and view frames.
  • The .NET API has been extended to enable write access for setting cant on a railway alignment.
  • An API has been added to create a siteless feature line :
    static NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId Create(System::String^ featurelineName, NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId idCreatedFrom);
  • An API has been added to move a feature line to none site:
    static void MoveToNoneSite(NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId featureLineId);
  • An API has been updated to allow a feature line to be moved to none site:
    static void MoveToSite(NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId featureLineId, NAMESPACE_ACDB::ObjectId destinationSiteId);

Alignments and Profiles

  • Use of object snaps has been enabled for profile view lines.
  • An issue where a drawing created in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 would display station numbers with extra characters when opened in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the superelevation diagrams to display a design check warning with a blank tooltip has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the Superelevation Tabular Editor to display a rate of change warning with a blank tooltip has been resolved.
  • An error is no longer reported when moving a data-referenced alignment to a different site.
  • An issue has been resolved where a blank meny woould appear when right-clicking on a data-referenced object that had its source drawing renamed.
  • When using the Export to Civil 3D Drawing command, alignments are now exported as polylines as they have been in previous releases of AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Corridors

  • An issue that prevented use of the command line to input a station range when using the Export Corridor to Solids command has been resolved.
  • An unexpected error is no longer generated when erasing an intersection while the Intersection Offset Parameter dialog box is open.

Export to DWG/DGN

  • An issue that prevented a successful drawing export to Microstation® DGN format has been resolved.
  • An error is no longer generated when exporting from a drawing that has been saved at the root directory of the local disk.
  • An issue has been resolved where the file browse dialog box for selecting a DWS file when exporting to DGN was not displayed.

General

  • An issue has been resolved where grading criteria sets were duplicated when attaching a referenced template.
  • An unexpected error is no longer generated when erasing a profile while the Profile Layout Tools toolbar is open.
  • An issue that prevented the Miscellaneous Utilities in the Toolbox from being run at the command line has been resolved.

Grading and Feature Lines

  • Running the AUDIT command after moving an overlapping feature line in a site no longer causes errors to be reported.
  • An issue that caused a grading object to not respond to changes in a feature line after a drawing audit has been resolved.

Hydraflow Extensions

  • An issue has been resolved that caused the inlet grade dimensions to not match between the Hydraflow Storm Sewers extension and the Hydraflow Express extension.
  • When plotting an Inlet Section Table the “Inlet Depth” and “Inlet Spread” column headers have been changed to “Bypass Depth” and “Bypass Spread”.
  • An issue has been resolved that caused an error when applying changes after adding an empty column to a custom report in MyReport.
  • The Hydraflow Storm Sewers extension and the Hydraflow Express extension have updated calculations for gutter spread depth of curb inlets in sag.
  • The Hydraflow Storm Sewers Help has been updated so that definitions are consistent with the current behavior.
  • The Bypass Spread depth values in the Hydraflow Express extension now use the same rounding as in Hydraflow Storm Sewers extension.
  • The Hydraflow Storm Sewers extension and the Hydraflow Express extension have updated calculations for gutter spread depth of curb inlets in sag.

Hydrology and Hydraulics

  • Linetypes that include blocks and text now are displayed correctly when used for catchment boundaries or flow paths.

Labels

  • A feature has been added where a glyph and tooltip are shown when a label component has had its contents and/or format overridden.
  • An issue has been resolved where the default projection label style that was specified in the ProjectObjectsToMultiSect command settings was not retained when the Project Objects to Multiple Section Views command was run.

Pipe Networks and Pressure Networks

  • An issue that caused unexpected behavior when using grips to edit pressure network pipes in profile view has been resolved.
  • An issue has been resolved where some changes in a pressure network data shortcut were not synchronized to the referenced drawing.
  • An issue has been resolved where edits to the elevation of a pressure network were not retained when the pressure network was data-referenced.
  • An issue has been resolved where pipe network styles were overwritten when synchronized in paper space.

Autodesk® Vault

  • An issue has been resolved that caused an error where checking in a drawing that has a TIFF XREF that is checked out.