As the title implies, this is the 500th blog post.
I would like to say a big thank you to all the faithful followers of this blog over the years.
This blog started out as more a tips and tricks blog around AutoCAD Civil 3D.
Over years it has expanded with BIM for Infrastructure taking hold and how best to approach the 3D model based process to help facilitate this significant shift in the industry.
Also, just as a way I can help you keep upto date with the ever moving product enhancements from Autodesk.
Thank you also to the guest contributors and other colleagues that have kept the blog going.
Civil regards and more to come as always
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.
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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:
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.
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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 184.108.40.2060 and v 220.127.116.11. The reason for this is that ReCap ships with suites (earlier v 18.104.22.168), and also is available for download on the product page – www.autodesk.com/recap (later v 22.214.171.1240)
· 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 126.96.36.1990, then update to 188.8.131.52
· 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.
This application along with many more from Autodesk developers are available on Autodesk Exchange Store
Check out the introduction video
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Start researching topics now, discuss them with your colleagues, and get an outline ready for when the call for proposals opens April 23.
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Hundreds of improvements fulfill customer wish lists forcleaner, easier user interfaces; more flexible data handling; and enhanced design and engineering tools
Autodesk today announced the Autodesk 2015 software portfolio of design, engineering, and construction solutions to help drive a global transformation to Building Information Modeling (BIM). The 2015 Suites for buildings, civil infrastructure, and oil & gas projects offer hundreds of improvements and new capabilities for Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite and Autodesk Plant Design Suite. In addition to the Suites enhancements, the Autodesk InfraWorks 360 family of offerings now includes enhanced roads and highways capabilities and new features to help civil engineers to model and visualize more realistic bridge design concepts.
“The architects, engineers, and contractors who use our products told us that they needed solutions to meet their real-world challenges, and we are responding. The 2015 Suites meet requests for greater productivity, improved collaboration, and more complete, better integrated BIM workflows," said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, IPG Product Group, Autodesk. “We also continue to offer more flexible ways to license our software, as well as more cloud services to improve customer collaboration and efficiency. Together with our customers, we are transforming the way buildings and infrastructure will be designed and built going forward.”
Here are the new features available in all of the 2015 Design Suites
· Productivity and design improvements including:
o An updated, modern interface for Autodesk AutoCAD 2015AutoCAD 2015-based products: Helps building designers and civil engineers quickly open new and existing drawings with New Tab, visually access drawing content with Ribbon Galleries, and easily find tool locations with new Help Window functionality
· Better integration with the cloud: New one-button access to Autodesk BIM 360 from Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2015, Autodesk Navisworks Simulate 2015, Autodesk Revit 2015, and Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 helps customers collaborate and manage their BIM project workflow and data
· Enhanced point cloud capabilities include improved control over point cloud datasets and enhanced display settings in AutoCAD 2015-based products, as well as Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2015, Autodesk Navisworks Simulate 2015, Autodesk Revit 2015Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2015Autodesk InfraWorks 2015provide more realistic visualizations and walk-throughs
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 software (included in various editions of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2015) includes these improvements users have been asking us for:
· Greater flexibility for designing and displaying corridor models
· More efficient creation of profile layouts
· Better production drafting to create deliverables more efficiently
· More consistency between the AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD ribbon/command set
· Simpler ways to create custom subassemblies
· Streamlined geographic location functionality includes ability to capture and embed Online Map Data (e.g. aerial map information) for offline viewing and plotting
· Better interoperability and data exchange functionality for DWG and DGN files
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 corridor modeling enhancements provide greater flexibility when designing and displaying corridor models.
Autodesk InfraWorks 2015 (which is included in various editions of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2015 and Ultimate edition of the Autodesk Building Design Suite 2015) and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 (which offers additional cloud services that add collaboration and analysis for large-scale preliminary designs) offer new features and capabilities including:
· An updated user interface for quicker access to the tool you need
· Support for additional data formats including AutoCAD 3D DWG, AutoCAD Civil 3D DWG, 3D DGN, IFC, and Sketchup (SKP)
· CityGML import now supports schema location, building asset mapping, and self-intersecting geometry
Autodesk InfraWorks 2015 and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 now offer a new, more intuitive user interface to help speed workflows.
Key updates for Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360include style zones within road sections and fixed width parametric grading for roads with discrete control over grading, cut slope, and fill slope.
The new Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360 helps civil engineers explore preliminary bridge design options more effectively by modeling and visualizing realistic civil structures in the context of the surrounding proposed site. This new application helps simplify, accelerate, and focus the layout of girder bridge design concepts, and maintain consistent data and context.
Autodesk also released previews today for upcoming industry-specific applications for InfraWorks 360 including Drainage Design for InfraWorks 360 and cloud services including Model Builder for InfraWorks 360 and Corridor Optimization for InfraWorks 360.
Autodesk Building Design Suite 2015, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2015, Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2015 and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 availability and related cloud services vary by country. Details and purchasing options are available at www.autodesk.com/purchaseoptions, with subscription options outlined at www.autodesk.com/subscription/overview.
*Autodesk Revit 2015 software is available in the Premium and Ultimate editions of the Autodesk Building Design Suite 2015, and in the Ultimate edition of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2015. Autodesk Revit Structure 2015 software is available in the Premium and Ultimate editions of the Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2015, and in the Premium edition of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2015.