Who Wants to Compete?

Graitec USA’s (formerly Total CAD Systems) 2018 Product Release/Roll-out Event is approaching for this year.

We want to hold an InfraWorks 360 design slam.

In order for this to happen, I need at least 3 candidates to sign up for it. Make sure you will be able to attend before you sign up.

Yours truly, Civil 3DJ, will be DJ-ing the design slam!

Please contact me at todd.rogers@graitec.com to sign up for the InfraWorks 360 Design Slam.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.


Autodesk Prerequisite Checker

Autodesk released this today…

Using the Autodesk Prerequisite Checker

At times it can be difficult to know if your computer is capable of running a particular Autodesk software product, even when presented with the published prerequisites. The Autodesk Prerequisite Checker analyzes the hardware and software environment of your computer and provides an output to let you know if you will be able to install and run a particular Autodesk product, or if you might run into difficulty. 

To Install the Prerequisite Checker:

  1. Download the installation executable from the following link: Download Prerequisite Checker. (This tool can be downloaded on a windows operating system)
  2. Double-click the executable file and click the “Install” button.
  3. Accept the license agreement and click “Next.”
  4. Click the “Install” button. The installation should complete in 1 minute or less.
  5. Click “Finish” when complete.

To use the Prerequisite Checker:

  1. If the software does not launch automatically, the launcher can be found in the Windows Start menu under All Programs > Autodesk > Diagnostic Utilities — or simply search for “Autodesk Prerequisite Checker.” 
  2. Once launched, the software takes a moment to initialize and analyze your system.

No information about your system will be transmitted. This process simply compares your environment versus the requirements of the product.

  1. When this process is complete, a window is displayed.

First select the product year (such as 2017 or 2016) and then select the product (for example, “Autodesk AutoCAD 64-bit”).

A results page based on your system analysis and the program’s minimum and recommended requirements is displayed. 

Results Meanings:

“Congratulations! No issues found which will block installation or cause significant negative impact to running this application”:
This output means your system meets the minimum and recommended requirements for your the software you selected.
Warnings for installation (Yellow highlight):
This error means something was found on your system that meets the minimum requirement but not the recommended requirement for the Autodesk software. Details are provided in the error description. Typically this type of error indicates you may sometimes experience performance issues when running the software.  
Errors for installation (Orange Highlight):
This error means that something on your system does not meet the minimum requirement for the Autodesk software. Details are provided in the error description. Typically this type of error indicates you will experience performance issues such as latency when running the software—or you may not be able to run the software at all.  
Blocking Issue (Red Highlight):
This error means your system environment has an incompatibility that will prevent you from installing the selected software. Details are provided in the error description. 

Multiple Display adapters: Many systems are equipped with multiple video cards. The Prerequisite Checker will identify all video cards and displays on your system. Your results may indicate that one video card meets requirements and one does not. If this is the case, make sure your drivers are configured so that the Autodesk software launches using the card that meets the requirements.
Multi Core Processors:  For some systems with 8- and 16-core processors, advances in Multicore processors and hyper-threading may allow your processor to run the Autodesk software without limitations, even if your processor appears to have a Clock speed that does not meet a software requirement.

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 Fundamentals Class

Total CAD Systems now has a 1 day class for InfraWorks. The first class will be held on September 9, 2016.  This is an all day class and book is provided.

Some of the class material is listed below…

  • Connect data through the Data Sources dialog box
  • Stylize the models that are connected
  • Add 3D models from Trimble® 3D Warehouse (formerly known as Google 3D Warehouse) to the Style Palette and then place them in your workspace
  • Basic measurements and surface analysis
  • Create a video flyby

If you are interested in attending this class, please contact Nhi Nguyen.


AutoCAD 2017 + Verticals Service Pack 1

Autodesk has released the service pack 1 for all AutoCAD based products. You will notice it show up in the Autodesk Application Manager. Some of the issues fixed are below…

As a result of the detailed information that Autodesk received from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, they were able to identify and fix the problems listed below:


  • There were occasional crashes when inserting some blocks a second time.


  • There were occasional crashes when zooming out of a drawing following the 3D orbit command.


  • There were occasional crashes when purging DXF drawing files.

Web and Cloud

  • There were occasional crashes when modifying the Online Options settings and signing in to Autodesk A360 from InfoCenter.


  • There were occasional crashes when launching AutoCAD in Windows 10.
  • There were occasional crashes when inputting the system time in long string format, and then using the DIM command.
  • There were occasional crashes when switching layouts.
  • There were occasional crashes when performing a 3D rotate in drawings containing a point cloud.
  • There were occasional crashes when plotting to PDF using AccoreConsole.exe.
  • There were occasional crashes when performing an Undo after detaching a reference using the External References palette.
  • There were occasional crashes when PNG images were specified in a CUI resource file.

The following defects have been fixed:


  • Xrefs on a frozen viewport layer would still be plotted.
  • AutoCAD in Citrix might not default to the primary display adapter.

Open and Save

  • Opening a drawing file using an Excel hyperlink was repositioning the AutoCAD application window.

PDF Import

  • Importing a PDF Underlay that was attached with relative path could fail.


  • The Xref status incorrectly displays the “Needs reloading” message when the dataset is opened from a UNC path to a shared folder.


  • When opening drawings created with AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD might crash if the drawing was saved again.
  • Plotting with certain visual styles might produce incorrect results.
  • Migrating custom settings might fail.


Hidden Gems

Autodesk has hidden gems that come in very handy for some users, especially the ones that need to view drawings, but don’t have the software installed.  On Autodesk’s home page, if you scroll down toward the bottom, you will see a section called Free Resources…

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Notice here, all you have to do is drag and drop the drawing onto here and it will open in A360 Viewer.  There are also links to free student software and free trials.  Watch the video below to see how easy it is…

Total CAD Systems’ 2017 Product Launch Event

Join us for our 2017 Product Launch Event.  You can register and view the agenda by clicking here or the image below…

Houston Civil User’s Group June Update

I forgot to mention that this will be held on June 1st.  I put it in the title, but it’s not all that informative.  I also forgot to put a link to register.  So if you would, please register for the event by clicking the button below…

Register Here

Houston Civil User’s Group: June 1st

Well it’s about that time again.  This will be our 3rd user’s group!  Hey, gotta start somewhere, right? 

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you that have attended and provided great feedback and presentations.

This user’s group will be held at Ward, Getz and Associates (thanks to Brandon Berry for hosting!).  They are located at 2500 Tanglewilde St., Suite #120, Houston, TX 77063.

As We have mentioned before, we are open to locations.  I know that everyone doesn’t want to drive all the way out to Greenspoint every single time, so thanks again Brandon for hosting.

The topic(s) for this user’s group will be as follows:

  • Discussion of the Civil PowerPack – Where we stand today, and what to expect in the future.  I also want more feedback and ideas.  
  • I have some questions about some of the submissions for the PowerPack that I hope you will help me with.
  • Discuss the differences between InfraWorks 360 and InfraWorks 360 LT
  • Demonstration on the interoperability between InfraWorks and Civil 3D

I hope to see each of you again, and I’ll see you soon.