AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Productivity Pack Released

Key Features of this Productivity Pack

Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2014 Productivity Pack 1 consists of the following features:

  1. AutoCAD® Civil 3D® Export Drawing – This new utility allows users to export an AutoCAD® Civil 3D® drawing to either Autodesk® AutoCAD® .DWG or MicroStation® .DGN. Users can control the drawing(s) and layout(s) that may be exported as well as how xrefs will be handled.
    a.  AutoCAD Civil 3D model and annotation elements will be converted into basic entities and saved in either .DWG or .DGN format files.
    b.  AutoCAD Layouts can be exported as AutoCAD .DWG format files.
    c.  Users can also opt to export a model space view as well as a selection of layouts to AutoCAD .DWG format files.
  2. Ability to display gravity pipe network parts as true sections (with a sliced appearance) in AutoCAD Civil 3D sections.
  3. Ability to include pressure pipe networks in Autodesk® Vault.
  4. Inclusion of the AutoCAD “Set Location” command in the AutoCAD Civil 3D Toolbox. Note that this command exists natively in AutoCAD Civil 3D but is not exposed in the ribbon. We have added this Toolbox command as a convenience to AutoCAD Civil 3D customers.

Download from here.


Update On Using Your Smartphone for Geo-locating Pictures

If you read my blog about Using Images From Your iPhone That Are Geo-referenced, you know that it took 2 programs to complete the procedure.  Well my co-worker Jeff Juniewich has figured out a way to just use Civil 3D or Map 3D by using an expression.

In my previous blog, I demonstrated that you need to rename some fields in Global Mapper, the export back out.  You do not have to do this.  You can change all of this with an expression.  However, you still need to get your image into a .shp file.  You can do this with GeoJot+.  Read my blog post about GeoJot+.

Once the pictures have been converted to .shp file, connect the .shp file through the Map Task Pane…


First, I will convert the arrow direction with an expression that will illustrate the direction the photo was taken.

In the Style Editor…


The expression will be to add a hyphen (-) for the direction…




Now we will add a tooltip that will open the picture.


In order for a tooltip to open up the actual image in it’s file location, it must act like a web address.  For example if your image in located in C:\Images, the backslash needs to be changed to a forward slash with file://C:/.


In the expression I will designate where my image files are…


Now you can hover your cursor over one of the arrows and hold the CTRL key and click.  It will open the image file…




Total CAD Systems is now a proud partner with GeoSpatial Experts, who have a mobile picture application called GeoJot+.

GeoJot+ is an annual subscription service that enables your organization to quickly capture field data on mobile devices with geotagged photos, automatically upload the photos and data to the cloud, then process the information back in the office creating reports, maps and database input.

With an intuitive interface for the field app, seamless data transfer via the cloud, and a sophisticated engine running back in the office, GeoJot+ is both simple and powerful. The annual subscription service is built on GeoSpatial Experts’ popular products GPS-Photo Link and GeoJot. GeoSpatial Experts has been the world-wide leader in photo mapping for business since 2001.

There is a recorded webinar on their website.  You can view it here.

If you would like to try this out you can download a free, 15-day trial here.

We have tested this product and it works great.  Below are some screenshots of what a very small percentage of the product does…

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For more information on how to integrate this with your product, call us at Total CAD Systems.

Autodesk Vehicle Tracking

Autodesk has released an add-on similar to AutoTURN.  The new add-on is called Autodesk Vehicle Tracking.  I tested it today and I have to say, it’s really nifty. 

Not only does it calculate if trucks or cars can make a certain turn with a specified radius, it will also lay out a parking lot, and build roundabouts.  The roundabouts are automatically labeled with signage. 

You can also animate your vehicle path in a 3D mode.  The vehicles tires turn, follow the terrain, etc. 

This is definitely a great release from Autodesk.

Autodesk Civil Infrastructure Specialization

We here at Total CAD Systems, Inc., have acquired the Civil Infrastructure Specialization from Autodesk.


In addition to the Partner Tiers, Partners demonstrate their expertise through a range of Specializations. Proven ability to consistently deliver advanced customer solutions and support is at the heart of the Partner Specialization Program.

Partner personnel are required to pass certification exams relating to the industries in which they do business. Working with certified personnel gives you the benefit of this expertise. Certified personnel are uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of your Autodesk software.

The ”Specialized” designation indicates that the Autodesk Partner has expert knowledge and has demonstrated expertise in delivering advanced customer solutions, consulting, training, and support in this area.

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Total CAD Systems Has Earned the Autodesk Civil Infrastructure Specialization!

Total CAD Systems has earned the new Civil Infrastructure Specialization designation for value added resellers from Autodesk, Inc. As an Autodesk Specialized Partner, Total CAD Systems has shown that we have made significant investment in our people, we have a business plan specific to our specialization area, we have customer references, and that we can offer a high level of technical background and support to customers in the Civil Infrastructure industry.


The new Autodesk Partner Specializations enable value added resellers to highlight and brand their expertise in delivering services in key industry areas. By completing the required curriculum and training, as well as meeting required levels of service and standards set by Autodesk, Total CAD Systems demonstrates it can be a trusted adviser to Autodesk customers throughout the world.


How InfraWorks for You Workshop

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When: Friday, January 10th

Time: 9am to 3pm

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Cost: $50 (For a limited time, register for a discounted price of $50. Original cost was $150)


Autodesk® InfraWorks (formerly Infrastructure Modeler) software provides breakthrough 3D modeling and visualization technology for desktop, web, and mobile that goes beyond traditional computer-aided design (CAD) and GIS platforms.


Discover how to:

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  • Basic measurements and surface analysis
  • Create a video flyby

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AutoTrack now available

Autodesk Expands Infrastructure Design and Analysis Portfolio With Acquisition of AutoTrack Software, a suite of software for vehicle swept path analysis and the design of parking areas and roundabouts.


Works with all AutoCAD platform 2013 & 2014 products:

  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Utility Design

Key Benefits for Road Designers, Civil and Traffic Engineers

  • Enhance productivity and evaluate more what-if scenarios earlier in the process of designing roundabouts, intersections and loading bays
  • Help save time and money integrating industry proven analysis methods in the design process
  • Conduct interactive simulations to better understand project performance related to traffic turning movements

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