Civil 3D to Stingray

As promised from last week, I am taking a Civil project and bringing it in to Autodesk’s Stingray, which is a gaming engine. This is a pretty neat workflow. A big thanks to Andy Carter with CivilE for showing me this workflow.

Hopefully you will get a lot out of this and maybe start using it. I have shown how to use a vehicle in the scene. You can also use the standard person to use in your scene as an alternative.

See video below…


InfraWorks 360 to Lumion

If you want an extremely realistic scene, you can bring your InfraWorks model into Lumion. These two programs play very well together.  The workflow is rather simple.

First, you export your InfraWorks 360 model out to an .fbx file.  Second, import it into 3ds Max. Once in Max, there are only a couple of things you need to do. The most important (and time consuming) is to rename all the models material. This isn’t so much important when working with Lumion as it is important for bringing into Stingray (a future tutorial).

Finally, you will export your file back out as an .fbx. Make sure not to overwrite the .fbx from InfraWorks. Once it’s exported out of Max, it will create an extra folder (for the materials) and a .pos file.  Import the new .fbx file into Lumion and start assigning some REAL textures to your model.

See the tutorial below…

How to Place the Built-In Bing Imagery in Surface Coordinates

I had a customer call yesterday wanting to place an aerial image into the drawing. After logging into his machine and showing them how to use the built-in Bing imagery, I noticed that his drawing was in surface coordinates. The Bing imagery is in grid coordinates. If you have every tried to scale the imagery, then you have noticed it doesn’t work.

We came up with a workaround that seems to work pretty good.

Basically what you are going to do is perform a SAVEAS. Save the drawing somewhere and rename it. Your surveyor should supply you with a scale factor. Scale the entire drawing using the basepoint of 0,0 and entering the scale factor provided to you. 

Now, turn on the Aerial image from the built-in Bing Imagery. NOTE: You must be signed into A360 and a coordinate system set in your drawing settings. Now, capture an area. Once the area is captured, turn off the Aerial. Click on the area you captured and in the ribbon change from Optimal to Very Fine. This resamples the image for better clarity.

Next, close and save the drawing. Open up the original drawing. Once there, XREF in the other drawing. Now you can scale the XREF’d image. Scale it from basepoint 0,0 with the opposing scale factor (1 / Scale Factor).

A big thanks to John Guajardo with JAG Engineering for providing the data to create the instructional video below…

InfraWorks 2017.3 Has Been Released

Autodesk has released InfraWorks 2017.3 as of this morning. The update will show in your Autodesk Desktop Application Manager or you can download it here. Below are some of the new features in the new release:

Overviews of what’s new:

Updated tutorials for component-based roadway design:

New Help topics about key updates:

  • Assign different modes to Views: views can have a mode, such as select or edit.


  • View roadway station and component station labels at key geometric locations such as start and end points of horizontal and vertical curves, points of intersection, points of vertical intersection, and road component and transition lengths.



  • Modify start/end stations for grading areas to create grading zones, and add grading transitions. Specify slopes and materials independently for each zone. Specify length of transition between grading zones.



  • Right of Ways limits shown on Cut/Fill View. You can also convert any ROW line segment to an arc.





Videos to acclimate you to new features in 2017: