BIM Interoperability Tools

Autodesk has released some new tools for Revit 2019. Look for this new update in your Autodesk Desktop App. Included in this update are the following tools:

  • Autodesk Classification Manager
  • Autodesk Model Checker
  • Autodesk Model Checker Configurator
  • Autodesk Enhanced DWG Exporter
  • Autodesk COBie Extension
  • Autodesk COBie Extension for Navisworks

You can read more about these tools here.

Civil 3D 2016.0.5 Update

Autodesk has released a new update for Civil 3D 2016. The updated includes the following fixes:

  • Civil 3D no longer closes unexpectedly drawing a circle using a some linetypes.
  • An issue has been resolved that resulted in annotations along parcel segments to be created incorrectly.
  • As issue that resulted in lines to display inconsistently after using the REGEN or REGENALL command has been resolved.
  • An issue where linetypes are not scaled as expected when an alignment mask is used has been resolved.
  • When importing an expression into a drawing, and issue where the expression is not updated if the expression already exists in the destination has been resolved.
  • An issue where the <[Source Object Name]> label property would display point numbers instead of point names for projection labels on section views has been resolved.
  • An issue with the curb inlet calculation in sag in Hydraflow Storm Sewers and Hydraflow Express has been resolved.

 

InfraWorks 2019.3 HOTFIX 1

Autodesk released a new HotFix for 2019.3, and it is available now in the Autodesk Desktop App for download. You can find the release notes here and summarized below. It is important to note, that after applying this hotfix, all Model Builder models will be created as local models. You can still publish the model to BIM360 after it has been created and downloaded locally. 

Civil Structures
Fixed an issue where girders with plinths were not properly fitting with
the bridge deck, given various lateral offsets.
Model Builder
Fixed an issue where users of Autodesk InfraWorks 2019.3 (February
2019 release) were unable to create local models with the Model Builder
if they did have a BIM 360 account. Please note: After you install this
hotfix, all Model Builder models will be downloaded locally. Once you
create a local model, you can publish it to BIM 360 Document
Management using the Publish tools in the InfraWorks utility bar (see To publish a local model to the cloud).

Autodesk InfraWorks 2019.3

Autodesk InfraWorks 2019.3 (February 2019 release) is the most currently released version of Autodesk InfraWorks 2019.

New and updated features are listed below…

Below are the fixed issues in this release…

General
Fixed an issue where the sketch Row of Trees tool would only place a single tree.
Fixed an issue where pressing the Esc key after sketching a feature would cause the bounding box and edit gizmos to disappear.
Fixed an issue where InfraWorks would unexpectedly close some models.
Fixed an issue where IMX and FBX export operations failed if the selected area of interest to export was not within the coordinate system boundary. An error log will now warn users if selected export extents are too large, and the export will not proceed in that case.
Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS
Improved logic so that “Drainage End Structures” will now be treated as point features rather than polylines.
Improved login authentication and token management so that users don’t have to login with their ESRI ArcGIS credentials every time the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS is opened.
Civil Structures
Fixed an issue where a parametric part could not be selected in the sketch component catalog after the part was added to the Style Palette.
Fixed an issue where shortening bridge length would position piers incorrectly in relation to bridge abutments.
Collaboration
Fixed an issue where replying to an existing comment thread on a Shared View was not working as expected.
Fixed an issue where reloading or reconfiguring a data source imported from the Autodesk Desktop Connector did not work as expected.
Road Design
Fixed an issue where resizing the Profile View would cause some annotations to stop displaying.
Visualization
Fixed an issue where InfraWorks would unexpectedly close in models using 3D model objects that were configured to use dynamic level of detail.

 

Remove Layout1 and Layout2 tabs in AutoCAD

This is a great write up on how to get rid of those pesky layout tabs. Thanks Sam!

CADproTips

Do you every get annoyed by those default layout tabs in AutoCAD?  Why are they there? Can I remove them? I always instruct my users to rename the layout tabs (right-click-rename) to an appropriate name and/or remove if they are not used.  Here is a trick on how to remove those tabs using a macro placed on a tool palette.

The default setting in AutoCAD will display a Model Space Tab along with a Layout1 (1) and Layout2 (2) tabs as shown in the image below. The Model tab represents model space which is where you draft and design the model of your project. The Layout tab represents the paper space environment where you create layouts typically including title blocks, general notes, and a window of items drawn in model space.

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First of all, you cannot delete the Model Tab; that is default by AutoCAD and used to create your model or geometry…

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Civil 3D 2019.2 Update

Autodesk has released Civil 3D 2019.2.

Note: The Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2019.1.2 Update is a prerequisite of the Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2019.2 Update and must be applied prior to installing the update. If applying the update through the Autodesk Desktop App all prerequisite updates will automatically be installed. The Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.2 Update includes all of the updates and features in the Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.1 Update.

The following enhancements have been included in the Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.2 Update:

Transparent Command Enhancements

  • Transparent commands now accessible using the right-click menu
  • New Transparent Commands ribbon tab
  • Contextual ribbon tab when a transparent command is active
  • Profile Toolset

Crossings in Profile Views

  • Add linear crossings in profile
  • Profile crossing label style

UNC Path Support for Civil 3D Projects

Data shortcut projects now support using a UNC path. This eliminates the earlier limitation of using mapped drives to host projects.

Sample Line Group Support in Autodesk Vault

Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.1 introduced the ability to create a data shortcut to a sample line group. In Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.2, this functionality has been extended to Autodesk Vault.

LandXML

  • Property set support for all Autodesk Civil 3D objects
  • Existing objects are updated on re-import

Rail Platform Edge

New standards for Belgium and generic rules based on a single carriage

The following issues have been resolved in the Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.2 Update:

API

  • An issue where the SurfaceStyle.GetDisplayStylePlan API call produced an error has been resolved.

Cross Sections

  • An issue that caused corridor sections and labels to disappear in the section view after syncing a DREF has been resolved.

Data Shortcuts

  • An issue where, in some circumstances, a user may experience a long delay when creating a data shortcut has been resolved.
  • An issue that created an unexpected error when referencing rest sample lines has been resolved.

Drainage Analysis

  • The Analyze Gravity Network wizard has been updated to use the units that are expected.
  • An issue where the grate and combo inlet design in Hydraflow Express and Storm Sewer produced incorrect dimensions has been resolved.
  • An issue where the depth and spread were incorrect for grate in sag with a local depression has been resolved.

Import/Export

  • The stability of the Export Autodesk Civil 3D Drawing command has been improved.
  • An issue where some drawing entities are not exported when using the Export Autodesk Civil 3D Drawing command has been resolved.
  • An issue where the Export Autodesk Civil 3D Drawing command does not explode external references despite the Bind, insert and explode command being enabled has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused an unexpected error when opening a drawing that was exported using the Export Autodesk Civil 3D Drawing command has been resolved.
  • When opening a drawing that was exported using the Export Autodesk Civil 3D Drawing command in Autodesk AutoCAD, a proxy state dialog box is no longer generated.
  • An “Export feature lines as” option has been added to the Export Autodesk Civil 3D Drawing command.
  • An issue where a background mask was displayed as a bowtie after exporting a drawing using the Export Autodesk Civil 3D Drawing command has been resolved.

General

  • An issue where clicking on the more information column header in Event Viewer causes an unexpected error has been resolved.
  • Several updates have been made to correct untranslated dialog box messages and command line warnings.

Interoperability

  • An issue with the availability of the “Get Location from Survey Point” command in Autodesk Revit 2019.1 has been resolved.

Labels

  • An issue where deleting a component from a parent label style resulted in the deletion of all components in the child label styles has been resolved.

LandXML Import/Export

  • Stability when importing a LandXML file has been improved.

Pipe Networks

  • When extending a pipe using the arrow grip, the slope of the pipe is now maintained as expected.
  • An issue was resolved where creating a Pipe Network from a 2D polyline resulted in a sloped pipe due to the Pipe Network start elevation being above the source object elevation.
  • An issue that caused pipe network structures to scale incorrectly when setting Pipe Network Structures style to “Fixed Scale from Part Size” has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused unexpected behavior with null structures listed in the Parts List has been resolved.
  • An issue where a 90 degree fitting was being placed when creating a pressure network from objects regardless of the angle pipe actual orientation has been resolved.

Rail

  • An issue that prevented a platform edge from being used as a corridor target has been resolved.

Referenced Templates

  • Stability when removing templates from the Attached Referenced Template list has been improved.
  • An issue has been resolved where section label sets with a corridor point style from a referenced template are not included in the drawings label sets.

Shared Views

  • When viewing an object’s properties in Autodesk Viewer, lines of text no longer overlap.
  • An issue where properties displayed in Autodesk Viewer were different from the properties in the drawing has been resolved.

Shared Views

  • The “Create surface from point cloud” command is now available in the point cloud context tab.
  • An issue where the smooth surface command causes an unexpected error has been resolved.

Traverse Editor

  • An issue with the dynamic display of some commands has been resolved.

Autodesk Vault

  • The performance when viewing projects in Autodesk Vault has been improved.
  • Performance when saving large drawings to Autodesk Vault has been improved.

Known Issue

  • In some cases, a corridor may not update as expected after importing a LandXML file containing an alignment.

InfraWorks 2019.2.1 Hotfix

Autodesk has released the 2019.2.1 hotfix for InfraWorks. Below is what is addressed in the update:

  • Updated the version of the .FBX SDK for exporting 3D model data.
  • Fixed an issue where replying to an existing comment thread on a Shared View was not working as expected.
  • Fixed an issue where the Sketch City Furniture and Sketch Row of Trees tools would only add a single 3D model, rather than a row.

This will require an upgrade to your models.

AutoCAD 2019.1.2 Update

Autodesk has released AutoCAD 2019.1.2 update. Below is a list of updates and enhancements:

Important: The AutoCAD 2019.1.2 Update includes all the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2019.

Security Update: As part of Autodesk’s ongoing efforts to provide the best security possible to our customers, we are proactively applying security updates to our products. The 2019.1.2 Update must be installed by October 17th, 2018, in order to maintain access to the following features:

  • Plant Collaboration Project for the Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D toolset;
  • Autodesk Rendering;
  • Shared Views

General

  • Crashes when repeatedly loading and unloading the Standards ARX files.
  • Crashes when pasting from the clipboard as an OLE object.

Display

  • Arcs and circles within dynamic blocks display correctly at large coordinates.
  • The Unisolate operation on layers is faster.

Xref

  • Xref highlight works when using the arrow keys to select the Xref from within the External References palette.

General

  • Object selection completes when the mouse is still moving.

The following table summarizes the new features and enhancements provided in this Update.

Feature
Category
Description
Drawing Compare
Feature Enhancement
Drawing Compare has been improved to support objects that were created with the AutoCAD Architecture specialized toolset, such as wall objects.

 

Icon Refresh
Feature Enhancement
The new and remaining icons on the ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar have been updated to the new icon style. The Command window now supports the light and dark themes.

InfraWorks 2019.2 Update

Autodesk has released the InfraWorks 2019.2 update. Below is a list of the newest features and enhancements:

  • Import parametric generic objects that can be placed at any station/offset along a bridge or road.
  • Added the ability to toggle on and off the display of generic objects in the component display toggle.
  • Added the ability to apply changes from one generic object to another.
  • Added the ability to save generic objects as part of the bridge template.
  • Added the ability to place generic objects on the terrain.
  • Added the ability to view the quantities of generic objects.
  • Added the ability to send generic objects to Revit.
  • Added the ability to select a generic object from the content picker.
  • Added the ability to move a generic object using the 3D move gizmo.
  • Added the ability to set the domain and component type for generic objects.
  • Improved the use of generic objects by placing grips and dimension lines.
  • InfraWorks now supports importing eight distinct spiral types from Civil 3D.
  • Enhanced roadside grading by adding a “Grading Limit” in the Stack panel for a selected grading zone, so that users can adjust limits for each roadside grading zone. See To set the roadside grading method.
  • You can now lock an InfraWorks model from BIM 360 Document Management. This will prevent unwanted syncing to an InfraWorks model. See About BIM 360 and InfraWorks
  • Set a ‘home position’ for your Shared Views. You can also click the Home button in the Autodesk Viewer to return to this view. See About Shared Views.
  • Added a context menu to model tiles for easy management of your local and cloud models from InfraWorks Home.
  • The Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS has graduated from preview status, and we’ve also made improvements and performance enhancements. See Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS.
  • You can now store and manage data sources for an InfraWorks model with the Desktop Connector. See About the Desktop Connector for InfraWorks.
  • Enhanced surface layer order adjustment by dragging and dropping. See Surface Layers.

 

AutoCAD Update 2019.1.1

Autodesk has released AutoCAD 2019.1.1 update. The AutoCAD 2019.1.1 Update includes all the updates previously released for AutoCAD 2019.

As part of Autodesk’s ongoing efforts to provide the best security possible to their customers, they are proactively applying security updates to their products. The 2019.1.1 update must be installed by October 17th, 2018, in order to maintain access to the following features:

  • Plant Collaboration Project for the Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D toolset;
  • Autodesk Rendering;
  • Shared Views

AutoCAD updates can be applied to AutoCAD including specialized toolsets installed standalone as well as Autodesk Civil 3D and Autodesk Advance Steel. You can install the AutoCAD update in addition to any applicable updates for your toolsets, products and services listed below.

AutoCAD products and services:

  • AutoCAD 2019
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD MEP 2019 specialized toolset
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2019 specialized toolset
  • Autodesk Advance Steel 2019
  • Autodesk Civil 3D 2019

After applying this update, the Product Version in the About box will be listed as P.152.0.0 AutoCAD 2019.1.1. If you use one of the other products above, the Built On version will be listed as P.152.0.0 AutoCAD 2019.1.1.

The following table summarizes the new features and enhancements provided in this Update.

Feature
Category
Description
Drawing Compare
Feature Enhancement
Drawing Compare has been improved to support objects that were created with the AutoCAD Architecture specialized toolset, such as wall objects. 
Icon Refresh
Feature Enhancement
The new and remaining icons on the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar have been updated to the new icon style. The Command window now supports the light and dark themes.

As a result of the detailed information that we received from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, we were able to identify and fix several defects with the following results:

Display

  • Occasional crashes stemming from a computer’s graphics processing unit (GPU) under some conditions no longer occur.

Import and Export

  • Occasional crashes when importing DGN files with certain types of objects no longer occur.
  • Occasional crashes when importing the layer state with FILEDIA set to 0 no longer occur.

General

  • Occasional crashes when panning while multiple drawings are opening no longer occur.

 

Several additional defects have been fixed with the following results:

Display

  • A raster image with non-zero transparency displays correctly within a polygonal or a clipped viewport.
  • The REGEN and REGENALL commands display linetypes correctly in all drawings.
    The drawing order displays correctly when inserting a block into a drawing template (DWT) file.

Dimension

  • The DIMORDINATE command displays the correct coordinates in model space when the cursor is moved to a new location.

Performance

  • The performance is improved when panning or zooming drawings containing transparent hatches.
  • The performance is improved when using the Multileader Style Manager within specific drawings.

Xref

  • The properties for external references display correctly in the Details panel of the External References palette.

General

  • A drawing file can be saved to a folder path that contains some special characters such as a percent sign (%).
  • Line and polyline objects maintain the correct lineweight after running certain commands.
  • An external reference filename path can be stored without converting characters to lowercase.
  • The FILLET command works as expected in special cases that involve splines.
    Unicode text in a multiline text object is handled correctly in AutoLISP.