This method is to emulate the keyboard controls of InfraWorks and InfraWorks360 to use a joypad with InfraWorks.
I use a Xbox controller with USB.
To set this up I use a keyboard emulator called Xpadder
It is a freeware application which you can find on the internet.
Plug in your controller until it finds the device.
Next, add the sticks, dpad, buttons and triggers that you want to run.
Follow the steps to initialise each one
Next we have to tell it what each movement or button push will do in InfraWorks
Below is the setup I use
Save your profile.
Then to use it, just have Xpadder running in the background and your joypad all works :)
There is extended documentation on all the keyboard shortcuts on the help system
So much more fun than a mouse and low cost addition to your experience.
So I have been getting a lot of questions on how to use the new Oculus Rift DK2 and especially around InfraWorks and InfraWorks360.
You might have seen us use at various events the original DK1 system, which we did have a little support to make a prototype.
However the DK2 has changed a lot and we received our new kit the same time as most of you as we are also just developers like you that have also signed up to their developer network.
So it is not supported by InfraWorks (or hidden prototypes)
However it is possible to make it work (there is always a way ).
First install the drivers from the Oculus Dev website with your developer sign in.
After installation plug in your device.
You do not need to plug in the additional camera as we cannot use the tracking at this point.
So just the one cable and the USB and HDMI plug
In the Windows tray you can access the Oculus driver and open the Rift Display mode
Set as 'Extend Desktop to HMD' and 'DK1 Legacy App Support'
Next we need to set the screen resolution
The screen runs in portrait mode, so set this and the resolution of 948 x 1080
Your screen will now flip over and the Oculus will work.
Your laptop screen will not be really usable as it will be on its side unless you have a monitor and can rotate it around.
So the experience is actually not as good as the original DK1 as there is no head tracking and you cannot see all of the screen
But is ok and works well enough.
Also use with a joypad to navigate is much easier
So just because you see this post, I am not necessarily recommending here to go out to buy them.
There is no current Autodesk product support and of course this is still a dev kit, so the final specs could change again.
Do you have a laptop from the last two to three years?
Big fancy dedicated graphics card?
Autodesk software runs slow in graphics and you haven't seen an improvement on your old laptop?
Products like InfraWorks especially are demanding some graphics grunt to navigate around a whole city.
Probably this is you?
So the problem potentially is that you have switchable graphics.
This is to save battery power that your laptop is consuming the on board graphics card only.
Right click on your desktop and screen resolution and the ‘advanced settings’ and see what it is showing.
If it says Intel HD, then you are not running with your fancy graphics card
This is an example of what you could be seeing (Image from Intel.com)
With NVidia and AMD ATI cards, they have a desktop tray control to potentially switch the graphics or have automatic switching where you can choose a product to use the dedicated graphics.
Example of a graphics card control panel for setting graphics preferred graphics processor, i.e. switchable graphics
To be honest the automatic switching, I have never got to work.
So the other way around you will need IT assistance as we need to touch the BIOS (here be dragons as they say )
So when you boot your computer you normally can press F5, F8, F12 or something to enter the BIOS setup (they are all different)
Then look for display or video and you hopefully will have an option like this for ‘Switchable Graphics’
TURN IT OFF
Save and your computer will restart
When you enter Windows, it could look bad like safe mode and you will see that the drivers are reinstalling and will potentially ask for another restart
After restart, you will find you have the graphics power, less battery time but software that really performs
Do the same test and you should see your fancy graphics card (other manufacturers are available)
Please, work with your IT to test this as it applies for everyone and is affecting ALL your software performance in a big way.
Some of you might have noticed that the surface from point cloud feature had disappeared in the original release of the 2015 version of Civil 3D.
Well for good reason.
So this extension has been posted on the subscription centre for a couple of weeks, but thought I would make a quick video to show you how it works.
Thanks to Topcon for the supply of the point cloud from their IPS2 mobile mapper solution which I had indexed in our Recap technology and comes in directly into AutoCAD.
The Recap point cloud can be consistently controlled and accessed through AutoCAD Civil 3D for this technique.
Currently limited to only extracting 800,000 points to a surface by filtering out non ground points is making point clouds now useable beyond just viewing to a huge user base.
Think of maintenance, widening etc to capture all the defects in the existing surface is much easier than just traditional survey.
Depending on your equipment used to capture the data, the time can be reduced to how long it takes to drive the route
Some people have been experiencing troubles accessing the OS onDemand product using AutoCAD MAP3D so here is the correct workflow you should follow;
1. Data Tab > Connect > Add WMS connection
2. Add Server URL > Add user name & Password (If you do not currently hold a current OS onDemand licence you can apply for a trial version following this link http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/products/os-ondemand/index.html)
3. Make sure you select Version 1.3.0
4. Change the Layer CS Code from LL84 to British National Grid (You just need to change it in one layer and it will automatically change in all the others)
5. Change the Server CS Code from ESPG4326 to EPSG27700 (Unfortunately, you need to change all of them one by one, including the ones you do not intend to use)
6. Now select the last Layer “GB overview” as first layer, and all the other layers you need to bring into you Map (Note; the OS free trial will only give you access to OS OpenData products http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/products/opendata-products.html)
7. Select Combine into one Layer
8. Click on Add to Map
9. You should now have access to OS onDemand via WMS connection.
Please note; The display of individual layers in OS OnDemand is controlled by scale threshold settings. This is to ensure that the appropriate map products are automatically displayed for the map scale requested.
You can find more detailed info on the OS onDemand User guide. http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/docs/user-guides/os-ondemand-user-guide.pdf
I must admit I do some of these posts so I can remember how to do some of these tricks myself when I am not always working with the software.
Here’s one of those I lost in emails.
So draw out your linework/area in Map 3D or Civil 3D, 2D is fine unless you have specific levels you want to use.
Here I am drawing against my InfraWorks model via the FDO link in Map3D/Civil 3D pointing to the SQLite file and also drawing in the Bing imagery using the ‘Geolocation’ feature
Ensure there is a break in the line and that the polyline is set to open, otherwise InfraWorks will treat it as an area.
Type ‘Mapexport’ and save to a SDF or SHP file
Import the file into InfraWorks and choose ‘Barriers’
Select your 3D model that you want to array along the line
Under ‘Table’ tab set the spacing, here you need to know to know the length of your 3D model, in my case its a fence panel of 2m
**If your output is rotated, you can come back to the rotation in this table on the Z axis**
You can choose the drape option which will stagger your models on their insertion point or fix a ground level/elevation
Thought I would do a playground as the kids are off on holiday now here in the UK and kept my son entertained for 10 minutes while working from home.
Quick quiz, who recognises where I got my 3D blocks from?
Hi - We've had some questions from and discussions with customers on this topic, so I thought it worth documenting the way fixed curve points are passed between Civil 3D and the HALGN data contained in the generated output file.
The start and end points displayed in the Civil 3D UI are the calculated points after the current entity has been fixed to the next entity in the alignment. The HALGN data in the output file uses the input points for a fixed curve (known as pass-through points in Civil 3D) - these are the ones defined by the user whilst the alignment is being created. This means that the XY values in the HALGN data are usually not the same as the calculated tangent points on an alignment which consists of more than one connected entity.
In my example below you can see that points 1, 2, and 3 are passed through to the MX input file, not the tangent point between curve and straight.
To see the pass-through point values in Civil 3D that the GENIO Export Extension uses, you can right-click the Alignment Grid View header in Civil 3D, and select Customise View. From the list of available parameters, ensure that PassThroughPoint1 and PassThroughPoint3 are marked as visible, and click OK. PassThroughPoint3 holds the same XY value that you see for the end of this particular entity in the example below in the HALGN data.
The fact that you see "untruncated" (beyond the tangent point dumbell) fixed elements/entities in MX when you are editing an alignment is to be expected. This would also happen if the same input parameters were used to generate this alignment manually in MX. However, if you run a report of the alignment in MX you'll see that the tangent points on the alignment generated from the HALGN data from the GENIO Exporter are in the correct location.
Hope that's informative.
So in the latest InfraWorks the old fixed sky image background were removed.
However if you have an older model set like this, there is no obvious way to switch to the active sky
Copy and paste the following script into the script window
var citymodel = app.ActiveModel;
Then start the script
You will find your model will close and reopen and then you have a active sky
So in InfraWorks today there is no 2D linework support.
Well not entirely true.
So this post is based on techniques by our specialist's Claudia Zeh and Willy Campbell, so serious kudos!
So draw out your linework, or use the drawing you have in mind.
In my case I have used Autodesk Vehicle Tracking to layout some parking bays, took a couple of seconds
I have linked my initial site layout from InfraWorks via the Sqlite database through the FDO data connection in AutoCAD Map3D/Civil3D
So for this I need to explode my AVT objects, so save a copy or use the undo after this operation
Type Mapexport and export to a file.
Bring in the file into InfraWorks and use ‘Coverage’ as the type and drape to the surface
Set in the ‘Table’ tab these settings
So bringing in these roadmarkings over drawn coverages doesn’t work straight off.
They are there if you delete the coverage, but that is no much use
The problem is that you cannot move surface layer order with drawn coverage’s against data sourced coverage’s
So in Map/Civil, bring in your InfraWorks sqlite file again
Export the drawn ‘Coverage’s’ layer back to a new sdf or sqlite file
Delete your coverage's in the model
Bring the new file in and change the surface order for the roadmarkings to the top and bingo!””!
So the only thing here is to change the marking from black to white
So go to the 'Style Palette' and make a copy of the black outline style.
Click on the red cross for the 'Fill Style'
Click on the ... for 'Outline Style'
Select the white basic colour
Should look like this
So back on your data source and its properties.
Click on the 'Table' tab and change the manual style to your new White Paint coverage style
With this we can really expand our use of InfraWorks in a site context and beyond.