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):


  • 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…


Offset profiles are more accurate with support for vertical curves.

  New Civil 3D features: Dynamic offset profiles


Expanded corridor capabilities with more than 60 additional subassemblies.

New Civil 3D features: Subassemblies


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

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.

ReCap and ReCap Photo Webinar

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.

Don’t miss this exciting webinar. Reserve your spot today.

Date: February 21, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM CST


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.

You can read more in depth from

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