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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Civil 3D 2018.2 Has Been Released

The following enhancements have been included in the Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.2 Update:

Design Efficiency Updates

Profile Layout Direction:

  • Draw fixed profile tangents and lay out profiles in either a left-to-right or right-to-left direction when using the Fixed Tangent (Two Points) command and the Draw Tangents and Draw Tangents With Curves commands. Previously these commands required using a left-to-right layout direction.

Vertical Curves in Offset Profile Slope Transition Regions:

  • Vertical curves are now created in slope transition regions for offset profiles. Previously, where vertical curves were present in the parent profile, offset profiles were created with tangent segments in slope transition regions instead of vertical curves.

Rail Turnouts and Crossings Commands:

  • Create and edit rail turnouts and crossovers using the Rail Turnouts and Crossings commands. These commands can be found in Toolspace > Toolbox > AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 Update 2 > Rail Turnouts and Crossings.


  • A variety of PKT-format subassemblies are included in this update, including new subassemblies and subassemblies that were previously included in the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 v1 Enhancements release. Details on specific subassemblies that are included can be found in the New Features in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.2 Help topic.
  • The Use Targets On the Same Side As the Subassembly check box was added to the Set Width Or Offset Target dialog box in the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.1 Update.
    • When this check box is selected, the subassembly will use a target that matches the Side parameter specified for the subassembly (if a target on the same side is specified). For example, if the Side parameter of a subassembly is Right, then a target on the right side of the baseline is used. If multiple targets are on the same side, then the Selection Choice If Multiple Targets Are Found option is applied.
      Note: When this check box is selected, a target on the other side will not be used unless there are no targets specified on the same side. In that case, the first target in the Selected Entities to Target list will be used.
    • When this check box is cleared, the subassembly can use a specified target on either side. If multiple targets are specified, then the Selection Choice If Multiple Targets Are Found option is applied and will use the nearest or farthest target on either side.
      Note: When the Selection Choice If Multiple Targets Are Found option is applied, the distance between the baseline and the target is calculated as a positive value, regardless of the side of the target.

Pressure Network Content:

  • New metric and imperial pressure network content is included in this release. Details on specific parts that are included can be found in the New Features in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.2 Help topic.

Production Efficiency Updates

3D Solid Crossing Appearance Control in Section Views:

  • Control the appearance of 3D solid crossings that use the style option by modifying the properties of the 3D solid layer. For example, the color of a 3D solid crossing that uses the option is now controlled by the color of the layer associated with the 3D solid rather than by the projection style associated with the solid.

Multi-Select Projection and Crossing Styles in Section Views:

  • Control the appearance of crossing and projected objects and labels using Shift-select and Ctrl-select. Previously, projected and crossing object or label styles could be controlled one at a time.

Collaboration Efficiency Updates

Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator:

  • Translate AutoCAD® Civil 3D® files to files that can be used in Bentley® GEOPAK® and Bentley®InRoads®, and translate GEOPAK and InRoads files to files that can be used in AutoCAD Civil 3D. These commands can be found in Toolspace > Toolbox > AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 Update 2 > Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator.
The following issues have been resolved in the Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.2 Update:


  • An issue where the Daylight Bench subassembly failed to find the daylight point at certain slopes has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the ribbon to display as blank when a corridor section is selected was been resolved.
  • An issue that caused a corridor to display an inconsistent station range for the same segment in different viewports has been resolved.

Cross Sections

  • An issue that caused the arrangement of cross sections in legacy drawings to return to a previous location has been resolved.
  • An issue where turning off the visibility of a component in the Projection Styles dialog box also changed the visibility of objects in cross sections has been resolved.
  • An issue where a multiple selection of objects on the Projections and Crossings tab of the Section View Properties dialog box did not allow editing of the properties of the entire selection has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented a crossing label style from being assigned to a crossing 3D polyline in a section view using the Properties Palette has been resolved.

Feature Lines

  • An issue that caused the elevation of a feature line to change when editing the elevation of another feature line that was snapped to the PI of the first feature line has been resolved.

Pipe Networks and Pressure Networks

  • An issue that caused the center line of a pipe network to not honor the Bylayer color and linetype properties after a change to a different layer has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused pipes and structures to not preview with expected layer properties has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused descriptions to be missing for fittings or appurtenances has been resolved.


  • An issue that caused hatching to display incorrectly after editing a profile has been resolved.
  • An issue in the French version of AutoCAD Civil 3D where a pipe label in a profile view was not displaying a dot arrow head style when set to that style in a dragged state has been resolved.

Reference Templates

  • An issue where, in some cases, an update to a reference template caused a change to the elevation of a pipe has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the order of reference templates to change in the Manage Referenced Template Settings dialog box after making a change to a source template has been resolved.

Road Rehab Corridors

  • The depth value in the Rehab Parameters palette has been updated to display values that match the precision of the corresponding dimension.
  • An issue that caused the milling and leveling report to display incorrect values has been resolved.
  • In the Subassembly Properties dialog box, the link to the Help has been updated.
  • An issue where all the rehab corridors were displayed as highlighted when a single rehab corridor was selected has been resolved.
  • An issue where the Rehab Parameters palette display blank values after using the Undo command to revert a changed value has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused AutoCAD Civil 3D to become unresponsive after issuing multiple Undo commands in Rehab Corridor Editor has been resolved.
  • Performance when modifying an accepted cross slope in Rehab Manager has been improved.


  • Stability when using the Move to Site command has been improved.

Traverse Editor

  • The Traverse Editor now supports the use of “*” and “/” characters for distance and length.

Autodesk® Vault

  • An issue where the dialog box for creating an object reference was not displayed when it was expected to has been resolved.


  • An issue where some AutoCAD Civil 3D objects were shown on plots despite being on a frozen layer has been resolved.
  • The Learn page now displays the AutoCAD Learning Tips.
  • The stability of AutoCAD Civil 3D has been improved when opening a drawing.

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!

November 2nd Webinar on ReCap Pro and the New ReCap Photo

Join us in this webinar as we showcase Autodesk’s new cloud-based solution and addition to the ReCap Pro subscription, ReCap Photo. The addition of ReCap Photo expands the value of a ReCap Pro subscription with features to support UAV and drone photo capture workflows. Using ReCap Photo, you can create photo textured meshes, photo-based point clouds with geolocation, and high-resolution orthographic views with elevation maps.

In this webinar, we will explore the workflow process of:
– Collecting data with a drone
– Taking photos into ReCap Photo for processing
– Ground control points in a coordinate system
– Process in ReCap Pro for use in AutoCAD, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, and Navisworks.

Date: November 2, 2017
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST

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.

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…


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


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



New Products Added to the AEC Collection

From today, Autodesk is expanding the scope and value of the AEC Collection to deliver a better range of industry-leading solutions that help customers design, engineer, and construct higher-quality, more predictable building and civil infrastructure projects – all without a change in price!

If you are currently subscribed to the Collection, you will be able to access these programs through your Autodesk account. Your current products will not be affected by this and you will receive your serial numbers for your new product entitlements from today.

Which products are now included?

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Advance Steel detailing software is built on the AutoCAD platform. Structural engineering professionals use the software to help accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication, and steel construction

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Fabrication CADmep, uses manufacturer-specific content to create more accurate detailed models, generate better estimates, and help drive MEP fabrication

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Test the effects of loads on many types of structures, and verify code compliance. Access structural analysis software integrated with advanced BIM (Building Information Modelling) tools

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Dynamo Studio is a stand-alone programming environment that enables designers to create visual logic to explore parametric conceptual designs and automate tasks

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Revit Live cloud service turns Revit and Revit LT models into an immersive experience in one click, helping architects understand, explore, and share their designs

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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