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.

Visualization

  • 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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What’s New in InfraWorks 2018.2 Webcast

Join product manager Sarah Cunningham along with other members of the InfraWorks product team for a peek at the latest features and capabilities of InfraWorks.  During this webcast, you’ll hear about the latest improvements and updates that will affect how you work with.

  • Road design
  • Bridge design
  • Point cloud data
  • Quantities

Visit the Autodesk Civil Engineering Community Center to register!

New ReCap Functionality and My First Point Cloud Creation

So, I finally broke down and purchased a drone. I got a really good deal on a DJI Phantom 3 Professional with a bundle. I have read some mixed reviews on the Phantom 4 and some really good reviews on the Phantom 3.

Anyway, to get to the news and the software I used to create this so called “masterpiece”.

To begin, I used Pix4D Mapper to capture the images with the drone and my android tablet. I did a polar flight path around my house and it took a total of 23 pictures. I know what you’re thinking, “it couldn’t be that good of data with just 23 pictures”. Well, I didn’t think it would either.

Have you seen the new ReCap Photo? If you haven’t, and you are processing pictures, I highly recommend it. If you are wondering how to get it, it’s quite easy. If you are a subscriber to ReCap Pro, uninstall it, and reinstall the new version. It will then install ReCap Photo. It is now an install instead of having to use the Photo to 3D option online.

This new install is MUCH better. It has many more features, one being my favorite…

Coordinate System projection!!!

Below is a screenshot of the program with my 23 processed pictures…

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After processing this in ReCap Photo, I brought it into ReCap to generate an .rcs file to bring into InfraWorks.

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My next task is to shoot lots more photos at different altitudes and angles. Stay tuned…

 

 

Rail Design in InfraWorks Webinar

Join Autodesk’s Peter Ingels, August 23rd, as he takes you through some of the technical details of how Civil 3D and InfraWorks have been used on successful rail projects.

The topics he’ll be covering include:

  • Using InfraWorks for early project planning and communication
  • Using Civil 3D for detailed rail design
  • Common challenges in rail design projects
  • Top benefits of using Autodesk technology for rail design

Register Now

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What’s New in InfraWorks v.2018.1

Last week Autodesk released InfraWorks 2018.1.  Below you can see what has been added to this new update…

Linear Feature Extraction

Now, in InfraWorks it is possible to extract linear features from point clouds to create breaklines, paint stripes, and more. In addition, with the Automatic option, pick two points on a feature in the point cloud, and InfraWorks will find and follow the line for you – in 3D of course!  Also, this new capability introduces the new Linear Feature object to InfraWorks.

Linear Features (Extended Functionality)

Not only will InfraWorks automatically follow linear features in the point cloud, this latest release also delivers advanced tools to create and modify breaklines and other linear features – including cross section views for linear features from point clouds. Then linear features, vertical features, and ground grid can be exported for use in Civil 3D where a more accurate representation of existing conditions can be established for use in your design project.

Quantities

In this latest release of InfraWorks we made it possible to select multiple roads and calculate earthwork and material quantities on all of them, at once! And, if you want to calculate quantities for a certain area of your roadway project, now worries. Now, you can specific a station range and calculate both earthwork and material quantities for just that area you’re interested in. You can even calculate quantities for particular areas of interest such as a parcel, right of way, or easement.

Labels

The ability to control the appearance of labels using Views is another enhancement in this latest release of InfraWorks. In InfraWorks, labels are now automatically displayed (or not) depending on the current View of your project – conceptual or engineering. Oh, should you so choose, labels can be turned on or off within a View. Finally, we’re also improving clarity when stations are labeled along the road and the automatic labeling of key bridge dimensions whenever you select a bridge or bridge component.

Parts Editor

The new Parts Editor in InfraWorks allows for the management of pipe and structure libraries as well as the creation of custom parts.  Modify out-of-the box parts to create different size variations, or even create new custom parts with Inventor and export them using a free Inventor plug-in that installs with InfraWorks.

Parametric Components

Now, InfraWorks users can benefit from almost limitless configurations for bridge rails, barriers, and more. What’s more, road decorations can now be added using parametric models.  Users can even create their own parametric models in Inventor and make them part of their component road designs.

Make sure you check out this and more at the new blog site Infrastructure-Reimagined.

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…

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.

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  • 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.

Annotations

Grading

  • 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.

Roadgrading

Cutfill

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

ROWS

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Pointclouds

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Videos to acclimate you to new features in 2017:

InfraWorks and WMS

In this article we will take a look at integrating NearMap server with InfraWorks 360. If you are not familiar with NearMap, they are super high-resolution aerial images.

There is a couple of things to keep in mind when doing this;

  1. You MUST set your model extent to a minimal area. You can use as much area you need, but to get the highest resolution, a small area is indeed what is needed. You will see how this works later in the article.
  2. Check the area you are creating the model in from the NearMap website to ensure there is hi-res imagery for that location.

Keep in mind, NearMap is NOT a free service. I am using my trial version to write this article. 

Create a new model, or open an existing one. In the image below, you can see the aerial background. This aerial was created from using the InfraWorks 360 Model Builder. It’s not a very clear image as you can see. This is downtown Houston, Texas…

We are going to start by going to the Model Properties .

Set the coordinate system that you would like to use. In my case, I’m setting it to Texas State Plane. InfraWorks will convert from the NearMap coordinate system, to your set coordinate system. Click OK.

Next, you will need to open the desired XML file I have attached below. Open in Notepad. In this case, I’m choosing the nearmap_USA_GDAL_parameters.xml.

Toward the bottom, you will need to replace Demo:Demo with your NearMap username:password…

Save the file and go back to InfraWorks.

In your Data Sources click on Raster. Browse to the XML file you just edited.

Double click on the new connection to Configure it. Click on the Raster tab and check the box next to Clip to Model Extent. Click Close & Refresh.

Depending on the size of your area, depends on how long it takes to load the raster file. Mine took about 2 minutes for this small area. Why did it take so long? The resolution of these images are amazing!!

Look at the resolution of the image now…

Also, notice that the imagery was automatically clipped to my model extents.

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.