September Issue of AUGIWorld Magazine

Make sure to check out my article “A Civil View from Your Seat” in the latest issue of AUGIWorld Magazine. Select the image below…

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AEC Collection for Land Development Seminar

Alan Gilbert with Autodesk will be visiting our office Thursday, August 24th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to share his wealth of knowledge on utilizing the AEC Collection for land development.

This is a free event.

Read more about this and register here.

Seating is limited, so sign up as soon as possible to insure your seat and free lunch in this insightful event.

Hope to see you there!

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…

Webcast

Webcast

“Extend Your Access with Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure Solutions” Webcast

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 10:00am
Where: Online

Learn how Autodesk® Infrastructure solutions can help you stay ahead of the competition.

Join our experts and your peers at this live webcast to exchange ideas and discover how intelligent model-based processes—and the latest advancements in civil infrastructure software—can help you stay competitive and profitable as projects grow in size and complexity.

You’ll also learn how the latest technologies, techniques, and strategies can help you:

  • Deliver successful projects
  • Effectively identify and resolve issues virtually—before you break ground
  • Improve communication with stakeholders
  • Minimize rework and maximize profitability
  • Enhance the detail and accuracy of project designs
  • Go from Infraworks to Civil 3D and Back
  • …and more!

    Don’t miss out—register now and get ready to Extend Your Access.

  • RSVP Today! Email nhong@tcadsys.com or call Nhi Hong (281)445-6161 to reserve your spot.
    After registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

    Autodesk Civil Infrastructure Specialization

    We here at Total CAD Systems, Inc., have acquired the Civil Infrastructure Specialization from Autodesk.

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    In addition to the Partner Tiers, Partners demonstrate their expertise through a range of Specializations. Proven ability to consistently deliver advanced customer solutions and support is at the heart of the Partner Specialization Program.

    Partner personnel are required to pass certification exams relating to the industries in which they do business. Working with certified personnel gives you the benefit of this expertise. Certified personnel are uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of your Autodesk software.

    The ”Specialized” designation indicates that the Autodesk Partner has expert knowledge and has demonstrated expertise in delivering advanced customer solutions, consulting, training, and support in this area.

    Infraworks 2014 “Bug” Resolved

    If you have been using Infraworks 2014, you might have noticed that there is an issue with some of the trees.  Notably, the road style Boulevard with Trees and another particular tree.  The result shows the trunk of the trees as transparent.  See image below…

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    You can read about my post in the Infraworks Discussion Group.

    Thanks to the user Henrik-B, there is a solution!!

    Henrik-B states that the workaround is as follows:

    1.  In Windows explorer, find your Infraworks resource folder. The path is usually something like this:

    C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\InfraWorks 2014\Resources

    Note that ProgramData is a system folder that is often hidden by default, so that you might not see ProgramData in c:.

    2.  Inside the resource folder, the texture file that causes the problem in your case is in this subfolder:

    <Your_ResourceFolder>\assets\3DSMaxContent\Trees\PalmTree007_Var01

    Here, there should be a file called PalmBark001_Diffuse.jpg

    Henrik-B also states the problem is that the models contain some monochrome .jpg textures that are not handled correctly by Infraworks 2014. The attached file is another version of the same image, but converted to color-rgb. I obtained it by opening the jpg in IrfanView, choosing "Increase Color Depth" in the image menu, and overwriting the texture file with the converted one.

    The other tree that is known to have this issue is…

    <Resources>\assets\3DSMaxContent\Trees\tree016_var05_darkgreen\Bark001_diffuse.jpg

    Thanks again to Henrik-B for the help and support!!

    Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2014? Not This Year. Introducing…Infraworks 2014!!

    Autodesk has released their new Infrastructure Modeler 2014.  However, the name has been changed.  The new name for Modeler is Infraworks

    The new release has a lot of improvements.  Having said that, you better check out the new system requirements for it.  It is eating my laptop alive!!  There are many settings to improve the performance, but doing so degrades the look of your model.

    YouTube has some good videos on the new release.  You can subscribe to the Autodesk Infrastructure channel to check out the new features.

    In the Ultimate suite you will get a new module called Roads & Highways.  This module will allow you to create about 40% of your design in Infraworks, including alignments and profiles, before you even open Civil 3D.

    I hope to see some new videos out there from my subscribers.

    Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler Workshop

     

    Total CAD Systems, Inc.’s

     

    AIM for the Sky

     

    Workshop

     

     

     

     

    Join Us February 28, 2013!

     

    The "AIM for the Sky" hands on workshop will show that the Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler (AIM) is not just about pretty pictures. AIM can also be used as a preliminary design analysis tool. Join us to find out how AIM can quickly do surface analysis and get area calculations, then see how to convey your design by developing a quality video to present to your clientele.

     

    Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler (a.k.a. AIM) is pre-construction visualization software that can aid in civil engineering, transportation, and urban planning. The software helps to create, evaluate and communicate proposals prior to construction. It can also be helpful in driving stakeholder buy-ins. The decisions of the stakeholder buy-ins can be made with visualization proposals for transportation, land, water, and energy projects.

     

    Discover how to:

    • 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
    • …and more!

     


    About the Speaker

     

    Todd Rogers worked in the Civil Engineering field for 16 years before he made the transition to become a certified Autodesk Instructor and Support Specialist in 2007.

     

     

    Todd is a Certified Partner Service Expert (P.S.E.) in multiple Autodesk platforms. He provides hardware and software solutions for customers using engineering applications within different engineering principles. Todd is a leader in customizing company standards to fit their everyday workflow and creating solutions to problems due to software or hardware error.

     

    When

     

    Thursday, February 28th

    9am to 4pm

     

    Where

     

    Total CAD Systems, Inc.

    480 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E. Ste. 234

    Houston, TX 77060

     

     

    Presenter

     

     

    Todd Rogers

     

     


    1 Day

    $150

     

    Space is limited. RSVP Today.

     

     

    After registration, you will receive a confirmation email. 

     


     

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    Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2013 R2 Hotfix 1

    Autodesk has released a hotfix for the Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2013 R2.

    The issues resolved are as follows:

    • After importing Raster data files, there are holes in the ground texture.
    • Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler hangs on startup if the user was previously logged into Autodesk® 360 Infrastructure Modeler and no longer has access to a network. Similar “hang on startup” issues may also be resolved by this hotfix.

    Download file by clicking the link for hotfix above.

    See the Result of Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2013 R2

    Autodesk released the Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2013 R2 a couple of weeks ago. 

    This release is only available to Subscribers.  Some of the new feature include…

    • New collaboration capabilities
    • Create a Storyboard
    • Create Scenarios
    • Add a Watermark
    • …and others

    Below is a video I created with the AIM 2013 R2.  Enjoy.

     

    Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2013 R2