InfraWorks 2020.1 Update

Autodesk has released the InfraWorks 2020.1 update. Read the release notes below…


Brand New Look and FeelPublish to ArcGIS!Alignment and Profile Updates from Civil 3DMulti-User License Support!
The InfraWorks user interface has been upgraded and modernized. The new look and feel includes enhanced visual styles, more effective organization of tools and icons, as well as more consistency across dialogs and panels.We’ve added the ability to publish InfraWorks features to ArcGIS.You can now use the Reimport command to update alignments and profiles that you have brought into InfraWorks from Autodesk Civil 3D. This improvement allows bridge designers to fetch road alignment updates from Civil 3D.InfraWorks as part of the AEC collection now supports standard Autodesk Network Licenses, which allows for multi-user licensing. At install time you will now be able to select a network license server location or a single user license from the new license manager. See To Install InfraWorks for more information.

All New and Updated Features

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Add-ins for Autodesk InfraWorksAdded the ability to install both the previous release version and current release version of the Autodesk Revit Infraworks Updater and Autodesk Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin. See About Add-Ins for InfraWorks
Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS We’ve added the ability to publish InfraWorks features to ArcGIS. We’ve added the Export to FGDB command for exporting InfraWorks features to a file geodatabase that can be used in ArcGIS Online or another application. With appropriate permissions, users of InfraWorks that load a dataset from ArcGIS will now be able to save local changes back to the ESRI feature service using the Save Back command.
Civil Structures We’ve improved the Send to Revit workflow to allow for improved Revit project template set-up, as well as the ability to map InfraWorks feature types to Revit categories once your data is opened in Revit, provided that you create a new Revit model in your Send to Revit operation. See Send to Revit. Added the ability to add a bridge abutment or foundation back to the bridge after it has been removed. Improved the Send to Revit functionality so that volume information for each direct shape is passed to Revit as a shared parameter. Removed the Create Steel Bridge icon from the Bridge Design toolset. We removed this tool because it only applied to legacy, non parametric bridges and did not allow for the use of mixed girder types on the same bridge. Steel bridges can now be created with much more detail and more realistic steel girders by simply applying either the Steel Plate or Steel Box girders to any parametric bridge using the Create Parametric Bridge tool.
Collaboration We’ve added support for the “View and Download” BIM 360 permission level, which allows InfraWorks users to view models on their desktop in read-only mode without being able to sync changes back to the cloud.
Data Exchange with Civil 3D You can now use the Reimport command to update alignments and profiles that you have brought into InfraWorks from Autodesk Civil 3D. This improvement allows bridge designers to fetch road alignment updates from Civil 3D.
Extended Schema We’ve added import/export capabilities to the Extend Schema tool so that users can easily move or add schema extensions.
General InfraWorks has a brand new user interface featuring a new toolbar, new visual styles, tighter organization of tools, and the removal of the in-canvas Intelligent Tool icons. We have improved our keyboard shortcuts by removing the ones that were not frequently used and adding keyboard shortcuts for the most frequently used actions in InfraWorks. In addition, any action in the new InfraWorks toolbar that has a keyboard shortcut will display the shortcut in the user interface. The Application Options panel now provides a new User Interface tab with a button to restore original quick access settings in the Toolbar if they were changed. InfraWorks as part of the AEC collection now supports standard Autodesk Network Licenses, which allows for multi-user licensing. At install time you will now be able to select a network license server location or a single user license from the new license manager. See To Install InfraWorks for more information. We’ve added a new terrain generation option in the Model Properties dialog for choosing whether to generate the model terrain for speed or for precision.
Model Builder We’ve updated the Model Builder model creation workflow to allow all users to choose whether to store their models locally or in BIM 360. Model builder previously only allowed users to save to BIM 360 if they had any type of BIM 360 account. Now users will be prompted with every new Model Builder model to select either saving the model to their local system, or storing the model in a BIM 360 Document Management project. See To create a model with Model Builder.
Roadway Design We’ve added new context menu options for reviewing or modifying component roads in-canvas or via the profile view graph. We’ve added the ability to input design speed for a selected component road using an editable annotation. When editing road curve annotations, design standard violations and invalid input errors are displayed in a new tooltip near the editing box. The new warning messages include guidance on minimum radius for the design speed of the road and a range of valid input values. The station range of a selected road will now be displayed in the Road stack. The “Runoff on Tangent” and “Runoff on Spiral” values are now editable in the Stack when a curve is selected and Superelevation is on. In the profile view the station tracker now displays the station and elevation of the road according to its location along the road. The active tracker toggle allows the station tracker location to be controlled by moving the cursor in the profile view window. We’ve added the ability to control the color of individual cut and fill grading zones in a road design. A new material entry is now shown in the user interface, one for cut and one for fill.We’ve improved the Profile View panel so that the cross section viewer updates its display dynamically based on the location of the station tracker in the profile view.
Surface Layers We’ve added the ability to toggle the display of surface layers on or off from within the cross section view. We’ve improved the process of importing surface data to notify you when surface data is uncategorized and not visible, providing an option to open the Surface Layers dialog to categorize the data. We’ve enhanced support for terrain surfaces by adding an opacity field in the Stack panel so that each terrain layer can be rendered as transparent according to opacity. See To add or modify surface layers.
Traffic Simulation We are turning off the cloud based simulation service and will instead be hosting this service locally. From a user perspective, the Traffic Simulation capabilities will not change.
Visualization We’ve added the Performance Check and Framerate tools to the toolbar. We’ve improved the functionality of the frame per second (FPS) rate counter in InfraWorks. Previously, when toggling on the FPS rate counter using its keyboard shortcut (CRTL + SHIFT + ALT + F), the current rate of frames per second were displayed. We’ve improved this functionality to instead calculate and report the current average frame rate. This improvement can help users to optimize model performance, especially when creating custom content libraries for use in InfraWorks. See Keyboard Shortcuts.

This document lists the most recent fixes made to Autodesk InfraWorks and Add-Ins for Autodesk InfraWorks.

Autodesk InfraWorks (2020.1 – September 2019 release)

Fixed a crash that occurred on some occasions when switching between models or closing InfraWorks after having edited a model.
Fixed an issue that prevented selected features from being deleted due to a density slider displayed in the user interface.
Fixed an issue where Barrier model objects were not updating correctly after their Spacing attribute was modified.
Improved terrain generation performance for raster data sources.
Improved application stability and performance for upgrading legacy models that contain intersections.
Civil Structures
We’ve improved the behavior, for Inventor parts or assemblies, of parameters that depend on other parameters containing an equation set. A parameter’s value will now be determined by the equation defined for it in Autodesk Inventor, and the user-determined value will now be ignored. This also affects contract parameters (parameters sets internally by InfraWorks and passed to the part when rendered), which allow parts to automatically conform to bridges, such as sizing a pier to fit between bridge girders and a terrain surface. In most cases, a contract parameter should not contain an equation, but if one does, it will now be calculated by the equation and the the value determined by InfraWorks will be ignored. To revert these new behaviors back to legacy behaviors, remove all equations from the part or assembly in Autodesk Inventor, then re-export the part or assembly from Inventor. The following is a list of contract parameters set by InfraWorks: Decks: LeftDeckSlopeInPercentage RightDeckSlopeInPercentage LeftWidth RightWidth NumberOfLeftGirders NumberOfRightGirders LeftmostGirderOffset RightmostGirderOffset OuterHaunchWidth InnerHaunchWidth MidHaunchOffsetsFromCrownInteriorLeftGirderInteriorRightGirderGirderOffset LeftDeckSlopeInPercentage RightDeckSlopeInPercentage LeftBotFlangeSlopeInPercentage RightBotFlangeSlopeInPercentage Skew LeftWidth RightWidth BallastWallHeight BallastWallLeftHeight BallastWallRightHeight LongitudinalSlope SeatLongiSlope SeatOffset SeatOffsetLeft SeatOffsetRight PierHeight PiercapLeftWidth PiercapRightWidth PiercapTopSlope* StepHeightGirders:AbutmentsPiers
Data Import
Improved performance when importing parcels/easements/right of ways via SDF or SHP format.
Drainage Design
Fixed an issue where on some occasions the Flood Snapshot command was inaccurately being disabled.
Keyboard Shortcuts
We fixed a few toolbar shortcuts that were not working correctly: Press L then Press S to Launch Screenshot. Press Shift+S to open Suitability Maps Panel.
Road Design
Fixed an issue where culverts did not display at the correct elevation in the profile view when using a projected coordinate system and long roads.
Fixed a problem where InfraWorks was not supporting a specific spiral-curve combination imported from Civil 3D.
Users can now enter negative station values in the Design Speed mini toolbar when a road has a starting point with a negative station value.
Fixed an issue where PVI elevations at intersections at the end of long roads were not being calculated correctly.
Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the profile view’s station tracker and the cross section viewer to display intersection objects with erroneous elevations.
Removed the lifecycle panel from the Road stack as component roads do not support Lifecycle dates at this time.
Improved delayed road regeneration performance by disabling the Show Design Speed check box during delayed road regeneration editing sessions.
Fixed an issue where the annotation input for an editable annotation would reset if the user zoomed or panned immediately after completing an annotation edit.
Fixed an issue where pressing the ESC key within the Road Profile View could cause InfraWorks to close unexpectedly.
Fixed an issues where incorrect vertical curve lengths could occur after performing the recreate profile action.
Fixed an issue where right of ways that had been created from road(s) that intersected a road with a non-zero start station caused the right of way creation to ignore the intersection.
Disabled by default rail turnout leveling that was forcing the turnout region of a track to be horizontal, which was causing bumps at the end of a turnout when a track was sloped. For all new models, turnout leveling will be disabled by default. This change does not affect existing models.

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…

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.
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.
Fixed an issue where InfraWorks would unexpectedly close in models using 3D model objects that were configured to use dynamic level of detail.


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.

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.


Autodesk InfraWorks 2019.1 Update

Autodesk as released the long awaited update for InfraWorks. Below you will find what is new in the update…

Roadway Design:

  •  Delayed model regeneration for road design reduces the number of times a model regenerates by allowing the designer to delay regeneration until after edits to a roadway’s horizontal and vertical alignment or components are complete.
  • The Curve Properties Panel in profile view has always displayed geometric values of a selected vertical curve. Now, values such as K-value can be modified, and immediately reflected on the profile view from the Curve Properties panel.
  •  Improved spiral curve spiral support for InfraWorks to Civil 3D interoperability. In InfraWorks, users can only create roads with clothoid spiral types. However, if spiral types other than clothoid are imported into InfraWorks from Civil 3D, InfraWorks does maintain those spiral types when the centerline geometry is edited but the spiral types can not be changed. Previously, if the centerline geometry of a road from Civil 3D was edited in InfraWorks, all the spiral types in the road would have been converted to clothoid.
  •  The spiral type is now displayed in the Spiral In and Spiral Out sections of the Stack when a Spiral-Curve-Spiral is selected.

Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS (preview):


  • Choose whether or not to include Bookmarks with Shared Views. Use them to set locations you can navigate to quickly.
  • Choose whether or not to make detailed model data (asset properties) available with a Shared View, so that stakeholders can review specific data about infrastructure assets.
  • When opening, publishing or syncing an InfraWorks model with BIM 360, you’ll now see both the Account and Project names so that you can more easily choose the correct place for you model.

Civil Structures:

  • Add piers to any location along a bridge’s length using the right-click context menu.
  • Change the number of piers on a bridge without resetting girder attributes for existing girder groups.
  • Set the edge of the bridge deck above the roadway surface when using bridge deck assemblies from Autodesk Inventor.
  • Set deck continuity at each individual pier.
  • Use parametric part assemblies created in Autodesk Inventor as deck and girder components in Autodesk InfraWorks.
  • Update an existing bridge in your Revit model that was previously sent to Revit from InfraWorks
  • Model and design parametric tunnels in the context of your overall infrastructure design project.
  • Send your InfraWorks tunnel to Revit for detailed design.
  • Author custom parametric tunnel sections in Autodesk Inventor, for use in Autodesk InfraWorks.

Developing Custom Drainage Parts for InfraWorks

Sign up now for the June 6th Civil Community Webcast: Developing Custom Drainage Parts for InfraWorks.

Topics Include:

  • Modeling surface structure parts in Inventor
  • Defining Reference Points for Move & Rotation grips in Civil 3D
  • Publishing part catalogs to Civil 3D and InfraWorks

Register here.

Upcoming Changes to InfraWorks Services

Severity: 1 – Critical
Products affected: Autodesk InfraWorks 2018.2 and older
Users affected: Customers using Line Girder Analysis, Profile and Corridor Optimizations and Traffic Simulation inside Autodesk InfraWorks 2018.2 and older.
Problem Description: In order to improve the security of your data by meeting SOC2 standards, and to conform to new EU data protection regulations, we need to make some changes to InfraWorks. To continue using analysis services, as well as web and mobile views, upgrade to InfraWorks 2019.0 as soon as it is made available on the Autodesk Desktop App.


What’s changing?

On April 9, 2018 it will no longer be possible to create new watershed analyses, traffic simulations, line girder analyses, profile and corridor optimizations with InfraWorks 2018.2 and earlier versions. Also, any existing web and mobile views will have to be recreated in InfraWorks 2019.0.


Why are we making these changes?

These changes incorporate the latest in best practices for data privacy and cloud security. This means InfraWorks will comply with the European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), as well as be prepared for a security audit happening later this year.

Solution /Workaround: What should you do to prepare?

Starting today, download results from previously completed line girder analyses, traffic simulations, as well as profile and corridor optimizations.


To download Line Girder Analyses

Download the full PDF report and ASBD-ready model from the Line Girder Analysis panel in InfraWorks.

Here’s how. (No cloud credits will be charged to download the full report and model.)


To download Profile and Corridor Optimizations

Download the PDF report from the Job Monitor. (Here’s how to view and manage optimizations from the Job Monitor.) Alternatively, you can also find the PDF report attached to the email notification you may have received when the optimization was completed.

Save the optimization results with the model by creating a new proposal with those results – here’s how.


To download Traffic Simulations

Download traffic data from the Traffic Simulation panel.


Solution Article: Upcoming Changes to InfraWorks Services

InfraWorks 2018.2

Autodesk has released version 2018.2. This release has a ton of enhancements. Those enhancements are listed below…

What’s New help index

First off, check out the What’s New in Autodesk InfraWorks help topic, which has hyperlinks to learning resources for features that have seen updates or improvements, as well as new functionality. You can also see which features were introduced in previous releases of Autodesk InfraWorks.

Updated tutorials for component-based roadway design:

We’ve added new tutorials about working with component roads.

New Help topics about key updates:

Roadway Design:

  • Prefixes for labels on component roads make it easier to distinguish between fixed stations and horizontal geometry. Labels for points of change to horizontal spiral-curve-spiral geometry include a non-configurable prefix.
  • Spiral layout editing is improved in canvas and in the Stack. Curve radius, curve length, and A values for Spiral In and Spiral Out are now shown-in canvas. The curve radius and A values are editable in-canvas as well. Click on the curve radius value label or an A value label and input new values to directly modify that curve property in-canvas. 
  • Create road and bridge decorations from parametric content created in Autodesk Inventor. You can add, modify, or review parametric decorations in the City Furniture > Decorations folder within the Parametric Models tab of the Style Palette. For further customization, you can use Autodesk Inventor to create and configure parametric components for use in InfraWorks bridge design.

Bridge Design

  • Preview a bridge component immediately when adding it through the Style Palette. The Configure Paramteric Models dialog now shows when required parameters from Autodesk Inventor have been properly configured. We’ve also updated the Configure Parametric Models dialog with added import/export options, and made some adjustments to formatting of the sizing and part editing tables, to enhance your workflows.
  • Review labeled dimensions of bridge components such as piers, girders, and girder groups in-canvas. Bridge component dimension labels are not editable in-canvas, but provide information and visual feedback to help in modifying and reviewing the overall bridge design. You can modify the corresponding bridge component dimensions in the Stack. If you need more information about a specific dimension label, hover over the corresponding value in the Stack to view a tooltip with more information.

Quantities and Analysis Tools

  • View road, bridge, and drainage material quantities within a specified station range, for multiple, selected roads, and within a selected area of interest (AOI) such as a parcel, easement, or right of way. You select the AOI and then run the Material Quantities tool to display the results in the Material Quantities panel. The values calculated and shown will change if you adjust the extents of the AOI polygon. An image displays next to the tool in the Analysis Hub to indicate that Station Range is currently turned on and the selected area of the road is highlighted in canvas.

Point Clouds

  • Generate transverse lines for linear features for richer terrain information.


  • Control the display of in-canvas labels for the view from the Interaction View Settings dialog.

Infrastructure Content Authoring

  • Use the Infrastructure Parts Shape Utilities tools in Autodesk Inventor to author, customize, and export parametric road decorations, bridge components, drainage structures, piping equipment, or pipes and fittings that are compatible with Autodesk InfraWorks and AutoCAD Civil 3D.

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