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.
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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.

Civil 3D 2019.1 Update

Autodesk has released the Civil 3D 2019.1 update. Below is a list of enhancements and fixes…

The following enhancements have been included in the Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.1 Update:

Rail Ribbon Tab

Railway-specific tools are available on the new Rail ribbon tab.

Rail Subassembly Content

New rail-specific subassemblies. All are available from the New Rail tab on the Autodesk Civil 3D Subassemblies tool palette. To install the New Rail tab, click Rail tab > Content panel > Subassemblies.

Rail Offset Alignment Cant Support

    • Create offset alignments from a Rail alignment.
    • Calculate cant on the offset alignments.

Profile – Floating Tangent by Fixed Grade

Create a floating vertical tangent that is defined by a fixed grade. Available on the Profile Layout Tools toolbar.

Best Fit Enhancements

    • Alignments with non-clothoid spiral types.
    • Profile Draw Options:
      • Always above EG
      • Allow above and below EG

Referencing Sample Lines Across Drawings

Data shortcut support for sample line groups. You can create a shortcut to a sample line group, and then create a reference to the full group or a subset of the group.

Rehab Report Enhancements

New sample rehab report formats that include material leveling area.

Pipe Network Structures with Multiple Connection Points

Users can snap a pipe to a pipe connection point on a structure. The pipe will stay connected when moving or rotating the structure.

During layout, pipes will snap to either the structure:

  • Insertion point
  • Default connection point
  • Nearest connection point

LandXML Enhancements

LandXML Import/Export now support:

  • Rail alignments with cant calculations
  • Surface breaklines (as either feature lines or 3D polylines)
  • Property data on surfaces and breaklines

Publishing an Autodesk Civil 3D Surface for Consumption in Revit

Publish one or more Autodesk Civil 3D TIN surfaces to Autodesk BIM 360 Document Management so that a Autodesk Revit user can link to it.

Best Fit Enhancements

  • Property set support for Autodesk AutoCAD objects (including solids exported from corridors).
  • Geolocation support in derivative data.
The following issues have been resolved in the Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.1 Update:

Alignments

  • An issue where curves are spirals are not imported as expected from InfraWorks has been resolved.
  • There is now a Rate of Change of Cross Slope (%) value that can be set in the Superelevation Options.
  • When exporting an alignment containing an arc to IMX format, the arc now imports into InfraWorks as expected.

API

  • Using API to explode COGO points now works as expected.

Cross Sections

  • The ability to add a sample line to a referenced sample line group has been removed.
  • The ability to edit the geometry of a sample line in a referenced sample line group has been removed.
  • Sample line groups no longer display a broken reference icon when reopening the drawing.
  • When promoting a parent alignment, the associated referenced sample line group will now be promoted as expected.
  • After deleting a section view, the sampled sources are no longer missing from the Section Display Option tab.
  • After deleting an alignment data shortcut, the associated sample line group data shortcut is now removed.
  • An issue with the display of sampled objects when creating a single section view has been resolved.

Data Shortcuts

  • Performance when setting the working folder to a project with a large number of data shortcuts has been improved.
  • An issue that caused an unexpected notification of an out of date view frame group has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused Autodesk Civil 3D to close unexpectedly when cutting and pasting an alignment that is a data shortcut has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused and unexpected notification of an out-of-date pipe network has been resolved.
  • An unlocalized string of text displayed in the Manage Referenced Settings dialog box has been resolved.
  • An issue where it was not possible to create references to additional sample lines in a previously referenced sample line group has been resolved.

Pipe Networks and Pressure Networks

  • An issue where pipes were sized incorrectly when imported from InfraWorks has been resolved.
  • An issue with importing a STM file that resulted in an incorrect sump depth in structures has been resolved.
  • An issue where some pipe network structures display improperly in profile view has been resolved.
  • The centerline of a pipe network is now retained after using the explode command.
  • An issue that caused Autodesk Civil 3D to close unexpectedly when using the Export to DWG command in some drawings that contained a pipe network has been resolved.

Profiles

  • Additional display options for the display of block references have been added to Profile view.
  • Pipes with flared end sections that are displayed as a boundary now display as expected in profile view.
  • Horizontal geometry labels now display tangent labels as expected.

Reference Template

  • When referencing a template that contains pipe rules, the rules will no longer automatically be applied to existing pipe networks in the drawing.

Reports

  • The stability of the Export Project Summary report has been improved.

Shared View

  • An issue that caused an unexpected error when using the shared view command when Autodesk Civil 3D is side by side with Autodesk AutoCAD has been resolved.

Surfaces

  • When exploding a surface, the surface boundary is now a closed 3D polyline.

Autodesk® Vault

  • An issue that cause a drawing in Autodesk Vault to be renamed when checked in has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused a duplicate profile to be created under an alignment has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented creating a reference to a corridor in some cases has been resolved.
  • An issue where the Autodesk AutoCAD drawing check-in dialog box is displayed instead of the Autodesk Civil 3D check-in dialog box when using the command from the ribbon has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused Autodesk Civil 3D to close unexpectedly when starting a new drawing from the Autodesk Vault ribbon has been resolved.

Known Issue

    • There is a known issue where the Publish Surfaces command fails to upload the published surface to BIM 360. This happens when the source surface uses a render material that is external to the source drawing. To resolve this issue, either:
      • Use a render material that is contained in the source drawing (ByLayer and ByBlock work), or
      • Add the render material to the source drawing.

Autodesk University 2018

It’s that time of year once again. Or at least getting there, quickly. I have been chosen for 2 classes this year. One of the classes will show you how to animate objects for use in InfraWorks. And the other one will show you how to use Civil View within 3ds Max.

Below is a pic of the classes and the ID’s for the classes. If you would like to sign up for them, registration will open August 8, 2018. Click on the pic to take you to Autodesk University website. I look forward to seeing as many people as I can fit in the room…

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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):

Collaboration:

  • 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.

What’s New in Civil 3D 2019

Autodesk has released the newest version of AutoCAD Civil 3D.

As you will notice above, AutoCAD has be marked out. They have dropped the AutoCAD from Civil 3D because it’s not included with the new Only One AutoCAD package.

New and enhanced features in Civil 3D® 2019 improve design to construction documentation workflows with enhanced efficiency for design, production, collaboration, and data exchange. See about these below…

Profiles

Offset profiles are more accurate with support for vertical curves.

  New Civil 3D features: Dynamic offset profiles

Subassemblies

Expanded corridor capabilities with more than 60 additional subassemblies.

New Civil 3D features: Subassemblies

Sections

Represent 3D solid objects more accurately with more control over visual properties.

Pressure pipes

Meet more design standards with additional fittings and appurtenances.

Label property set data

Add custom data to Civil 3D object labels by using property sets.

Enhanced | InfraWorks interoperability

Use preliminary design models within Civil 3D.

Advance roundabout design

Bring new roundabout designs into Civil 3D.

Civil 3D with Revit

Enhance structural and civil design collaboration.

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
https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/infraworks/getting-started/caas/simplecontent/content/upcoming-changes-to-infraworks-services.html
   

AutoCAD 2019 is Here

There are some MAJOR changes in this year’s release of AutoCAD. Not only are there some great new features, there is also some important integration from some of Autodesk‘s verticals. That’s right, AutoCAD now includes the following:

Architecture Toolset: Use specialized building design features and 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to speed architectural drawing and documentation.

Mechanical Toolset: Use specialized mechanical design features and 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features, and symbols to speed product design.

Electrical Toolset: Use specialized electrical design features and 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols to boost productivity for creating, modifying, and documenting electrical controls systems.

MEP Toolset: Use specialized MEP engineering features and 10,500+ intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects to draft, design, and document building systems.

Plant 3D Toolset: Use the specialized plant design and engineering toolset to efficiently produce P&IDs and then integrate them into a 3D plant design model.

Map 3D Toolset: Use specialized mapping features to incorporate GIS and CAD data to support planning, design, and data management. Access spatial data stored in files, databases, and web services, and aggregate it with your AutoCAD design data.

Raster Design Toolset: Use raster to vector tools to help you edit scanned drawings and convert raster images into DWG objects.

For some of the new features, and a more in depth explanation of the the new Only.One.AutoCAD, visit their page here.

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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