Civil 3D 2018.1 Update Released

Autodesk has released the latest update for Civil 3D 2018, 2018.1.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.1 Update provides a combination of new capabilities, enhancements to existing capabilities, and general maintenance improvements for Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2018 users. New capabilities include the rehab corridor for modeling, assessing, and optimizing roadway rehabilitation proposals and the Infrastructure Parts Editor for the assembly and management of pipe network content. Existing functionality including reference templates, section view crossing/projection drafting, and more have been improved to increase drafting efficiency. Update 1 also includes a number of general maintenance improvements that should be installed by all users.

BOGO with Red Transit

Steve Hill, an Autodesk Authorized Developer and owner of Red Transit Consultants, LLC,  has informed me that he has an offer to extend to the public a purchase for 1 license and receive a second license for free!!

For any of his apps, with the exception of Pipe Network Productivity Tools, if you purchase 1 license he will provide a second license for free.

For Pipe Network Productivity Tools – Purchase 10 licenses, get 1 free get 2 free, Purchase 15 licenses, get 2 free get 3 free, Purchase 20 licenses, get 4 free get 5 free.​ See the attached ROI document if you’re interested.

To take advantage of this offer, login to the Autodesk App Store and purchase the apps from their respective pages and select the quantity you desire. Send Steve an email after you make the purchase, and he will credit your account with the free licenses in addition to the purchased licenses.

**This offer is not valid with any previous purchases of apps prior to the date of this email. This offer is only valid through Friday June 30th, 2017**

Steve Hill’s email address is

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, or you can call our office at (281) 445-6161.

Civil 3D 2016 Productivity Pack 3

Autodesk just released Productivity Pack 3 for Civil 3D 2016.  Below is taken from the README file…

Key Features of this Productivity Pack

Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 Productivity Pack 3 consists of the following features:

1. Traverse Editor – Create points, lines, and curves representing traverse legs and sideshots using a broad set of COGO input and editing tools. The traverse can be used to generate polylines, COGO points, and a .TRV2 traverse file. Note that this new tool provides significant improvements over the COGO Editor that was included in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Productivity Pack 1.

2. Traverse Adjustment – Perform traverse adjustment and generate reports using Compass, Transit, Crandall, and Grant Line adjustment methods. Update COGO points and traverse geometry within the drawing.

3. Subassemblies – A new library of subassemblies is included that you can integrate into your projects. All of this content was created in Autodesk Subassembly Composer and can be edited and expanded to meet your individual or organizational needs. Not that there are separate metric and imperial libraries and detailed Help that you can access to learn about the behavior of each subassembly.

You can learn more about Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 Productivity Pack 3 via the online Help.

New Civil 3D Reporting and Productivity Tools

Autodesk Subscription

The AutoCAD® Civil 3D 2016 Transportation Extension, a Civil 3D Subscription entitlement, is now ready for customers to download through their Autodesk account. This extension provides a compelling reason to engage with your Civil 3D customers about getting current through Subscription. 

The Transportation Extension offers specific reporting and productivity tools to address the unique needs of civil engineers working on road and highway projects. The reports are built for the specific purpose of calculating model output, and they display results based on multiple model elements and user controls.

The new productivity tools include greater file conversion capability, a new parcel properties manager, the capability to identify surface high and low points, and quick surface cross section analysis, which can help accelerate the preliminary design process.

Read Dave Simeone’s blog for further details on the Transportation Extension.

GEOPAK & InRoads to Civil 3D : Civil 3D to GEOPAK & InRoads

Well, for those DOT engineers out there that won’t move from Microstation, [not mentioning any names (TXDOT)], you can now move freely between Civil 3D and Microstation. This can be achieved by using the Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator 2015 extension. 

This extension requires an Autodesk 360 account. The extension is stored and executed from the Toolbox in the Toolspace in Civil 3D.  You can download the extension from the Autodesk Subscription Center.

For more information and related tasks, visit the knowledge base here.

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.