Last couple of days I attended an internal training on Vault Collaboration AEC 2012. It was held down in Munich and by my colleague Adam Peter from the US.
The two days spanned over installing it all, incl server settings and clients, but also gave us time to get a proper meal in the evening. A nice German steak that was…
I am pleased to say there is a lot of various benefits using Vault Collaboration with Civil 3D 2012. Of course it takes a little time getting used to a different workflow, but it is well worth it as it makes life easier in the later phase of most projects. Just “simple things” like automatic naming conventions, user rights/restrictions, revision control and different Categories will make any project within infrastructure just so much more organized. It will be heaven for project managers and IT, and (at start) a bit harder for some users. But even those "stubborn” users will like it and save them selves quite a lot of time and efforts in the end. (my guess)
Changing a drawing from “Work in progress” to “Approved” can be done straight from the standalone Vault Client (using a DWF for viewing) by a manager. This will (if wanted) automatically change the drawing panel/stamp to “Approved” without anyone going through the pile of dwg’s just to update them with the new information. It can as easily change the drawing with it’s panel to “Revision A-1” or similar at the same time.
Vault Collaboration integrates well with Civil 3D and and also your email system (if using Outlook) and can automatically copy incoming emails for the project straight in to Vault.
I will explore this quite much more myself and get back to you on what I find interesting. But so far I am happily surprised on all the benefits I actually found.
Today I spent some time learning and trying out things in Subassembly Composer. Most things I did was pretty straight forward, but I had to spend 1h to figure out things around custom/user definable codes.
In the end I managed to create a .PKT-file which allows the users (Estonia and Finland in this case) to enter what ever value/name for codes.
It will allow targeting for widening and follow superelevation, as well as an option to enter a different grade on the Datum level.
Preview in SAC
Imported to Civil 3D Tool Palettes
Default Properties when inserted. Note the “—“ value for Codes. It will bring in the standard Civil 3D codes as well (ETW etc) but it is optionally possible to add your own.
Assigned to an Assembly. Note the codes for Shapes
The Autodesk® Subassembly Composer for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2011 & 2012 software provides a powerful, yet easy-to-use interface to visually modify or create complex subassemblies without the need for programming.
The Autodesk® Subassembly Composer provides a user interface that is designed to help streamline workflows:
•The flowchart provides a more intuitive view of the subassembly logic and is easily modified using drag and drop functionality.
•The graphical preview displays the subassembly geometry and can be used to help simulate how the subassembly can behave with different target values.
•Selection in the flowchart and preview are synchronized making it easier to find and edit the properties of a subassembly component.
•Subassembly Composer works directly with PKT files that can be imported into AutoCAD Civil 3D
The Autodesk Subassembly Composer provides the following set of subassembly functionality for corridor modeling:
•Use geometric relationships to set and control subassembly points, links and shapes
•Create simple and advanced links including arcs, fillets, parabolas, daylight rounding and surfaces
•Create rehabilitation subassemblies with built in parametric characteristics that automatically adapt to varying existing conditions
•Set parameters that will be used to create corridor feature lines, annotation, and other model output
•Define shapes that will be used in corridor output including material volumes
•Define input parameters such as depth of pavement and super-elevation slope
•Define target parameters such as surfaces, offset alignments and controlling profiles
AUGIuk would like to invite you to an open Autodesk User Group meeting on 2012 Infrastructure applications to be held at the Penta Hotel, Reading on Friday 15th July 2011. See the following link for location: http://pentahotel-reading.h-rsv.com/
Jack Strongitharm, Autodesk
Paul Napier, Halcrows
Martin Jefferies, Savoy Computing
Paul Oakley, AUGIuk
and others too ...........
Details of the planned agenda are given below which is FREE to attend and includes lunch and refreshments. Please do come along and meet Autodesk Infrastructure specialists and learn what the 2012 range of applications can do for you. This meeting is open to all whether you are an AUGI member or not.
09:00 - 10:00 Registration, Coffee and Tea 10:00 - 10:15 Introduction to the speakers and to AUGIuk Council members 10:15 - 10:30 Overview of the Infrastructure Design Suites 10:30 - 10:45 Civil 3D website tools available 10:45 - 11:15 Lab tools and testing - an overview of the River Modelling Extension. 11:15 - 12:15 Roundabout tools, Arcady from Savoy Computing 12:15 -13:00 Lunch 13:00 - 13:30 Civil 3D Sub Assembly Composer 13:30 - 14:00 Project Galileo 14:00 - 14:15 BIM - changes to Government policy.
I am just amazed how quickly China is progressing with it’s infrastructure. This single bridge clearly show what they are capable of – built in only a few years, with 10.000 construction workers… 42.5 kilometer long and with 5500 pillars in the water…