We've been working really hard on improving and evolving the InfraWorks offering, not to mention incorporating masses of feedback over the past few years. But with this quick, reactive and frequently updating development comes a slight downside in that it can be difficult to keep up with what's currently available.
So here's a brief, need-to-know listing of the current range of InfraWorks products that can help with collaboration and up front decision making on infrastructure projects:
InfraWorks – There’s a limited version of InfraWorks found in various Premium and Ultimate Design Suites. This gets you started and lets you do things like view models in full context.
...but this is where it’s really happening:
InfraWorks 360 – The 360 version of InfraWorks is a very different product (in fact a totally different installation on your local computer and a separate purchase), it adds automated aggregation of data to create you a model within 15 minutes (yes, really… it’s called Model Builder!), it also adds the ability to share models via Google Chrome and the free InfraWorks 360 iPad app, for example with stakeholders or non-technical colleagues.
Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 – this is a module that runs on top of InfraWorks 360 (not the limited version in suites), it adds the capability to layout road junctions, analyse visibility, optimise road profiles and produce Civil 3D drawings.
Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360 – this module adds the functionality of designing conceptual layouts for bridges as structures in site context; including materials, layouts and quantities. Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360 requires the Roadway Design module.
Drainage Design for InfraWorks 360 – this module runs straight on InfraWorks 360 and is a great tool for analysing watersheds across terrains or automatically creating and updating either culverts or even complete drainage networks.
There are also a few InfraWorks 360 cloud services that can be accessed from within the different InfraWorks products, most notably Model Builder as mentioned above for automatic, 3D model creation. Basically, you select your desired area up to 15km2 and wait for the email to tell you that your model is ready for download… but as always the proof is in the pudding, so download a demo and try these different tools for yourself.
On July 3, Autodesk released an update to Autodesk® InfraWorks™ 2015 software and Autodesk® InfraWorks 360TM software that also provides enhancements to the Roadway Design and Bridge Design vertical applications.
The update provides enhancements to InfraWorks 360 that include faster proposal switching, and streamlined web and mobile model synchronisation.
Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 customers will appreciate new features that enable the automated conversion of GIS roads to design roads, the addition of left-hand driving support and new standards-driven pavement marking.
The update gives Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360 customers the ability to explore a wider range of precast concrete bridge concepts that reflect local construction practices with quantities accurately reflected.
The update will be available to InfraWorks and InfraWorks 360 Subscription customers via the Subscription Centre under Product Enhancements. Look for Release 2 which is labelled 2015.2. There is no need to uninstall and reinstall your current software; for people running both InfraWorks as part of a Design Suite and InfraWorks 360, you’ll want to run the update for both InfraWorks and InfraWorks 360. For folks with Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 and Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360 entitlements, all that is required is to update your InfraWorks 360 software.
Along with the updates to existing offerings, Autodesk® Drainage Design for InfraWorks 360TM launched on July 3. Just like Roadway Design and Bridge Design, Drainage Design for InfraWorks 360 is a separate offering that requires you to have a license of InfraWorks 360. This new offering helps civil engineers accelerate design and analysis of drainage associated with roadway design. The drainage design solution takes advantage of the robust, data-rich model created in InfraWorks 360, built-in design standards, and the computing power of the cloud, to automate processes, help improve design accuracy and better understand the drainage impacts of road design alternatives in less time.
Get showcased as a leader in transforming the world’s infrastructure.
infrastructure-excellence.com is hosting the 3rd annual competition showcasing Excellence in Infrastructure. The winners will be given over US $10,000 in prizes by our generous competition sponsors.
The competition is open to everyone planning, designing, building and managing infrastructure projects to highlight the best projects done in 2013/2014.
We are looking for the best use of Autodesk technology to plan, design, build or manage civil Infrastructure projects. Project types may include the following:
Transportation – roads and highways, rail, airports, or bridges
Land development – commercial sites, subdivisions, public parks or recreation
Water – distribution, water resources, dams and levees, or wastewater)
Energy – electric and gas distribution, electric transmission and substation design)
You can submit to be judged for a large project such as implementation of BIM across the lifecycle of a project. Or you can submit to be judged for small projects – implementation of Autodesk technology to innovate on an area of a workflow such as a detailed design or visualization.
How you ask?Submit your project today and get recognised for excellence in infrastructure.
Here’s one of the rock star submissions from last year.
Those using the latest Autodesk ReCap and have 2015 products running will find you have an Autodesk Application Manager announcing all the updates as they are released in your system tray.
The ReCap team have just released this months updates.
Some specifics regarding applying these updates
· There are two versions of ReCap 2015 out there, -- v 220.127.116.110 and v 18.104.22.168. The reason for this is that ReCap ships with suites (earlier v 22.214.171.124), and also is available for download on the product page – www.autodesk.com/recap (later v 126.96.36.1990)
· As the Application Manager screenshot says below, in so many words, you must apply these updates, in the right sequence, i.e. first update to 188.8.131.520, then update to 184.108.40.206
· Of course, you won’t be presented with two, if you only need one
Need to access ‘I’ in BIM contained in your Civil 3D model?
3AM Solutions (Autodesk Authorised Developer) has built a solution which reads the Civil model in real time and presents the information, simple graphics of section and assembly views without the need to draw and also the ability to produce custom reports which layouts can be saved and used every time.