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By: Brian Allen So the 2014 products in Autodesk’s Infrastructure Design Suite have been out for a little while now. One of the things I’m always asked about is “…yeah, I’m on subscription, but what do I get with that?” Well, to be quite honest, it depends. It really depends on the level of the suite you’ve purchased. For example with the Premium Suite you’re entitled to a few modules: Bridge, Geotechnical, and Rail Layout. If you have the Ultimate Suite on subscription you get all of the modules included in the Premium plus two more: Roads and Highways Module... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By: Brian Allen InfraWorks 2014 (formally Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler) has some interesting results if you change the UCS and Database Coordinate System Settings under the Advanced section. The reason I became curious on this subject as I had a surface that was collected by traditional survey methods and not a tiled DEM. I noticed the surface I connected to in InfraWorks didn’t look quite the same as the one created in Civil 3D. The surface in InfraWorks was much smoother, I just didn’t know why. Now I do and so will you. Lets dive in a little deeper here to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
Loweiling: There are some known issues with Trimble and Civil 3D working together as one would expect. Dino Lustri, and Application Expert with IMAGINiT Technologies notes the following: 1. Make sure to install Trimble Link AFTER Trimble DataTransfer. If it wasn't you'll have to uninstall and reinstall. 2. Make sure the 3 locations for Metric Conversions are set correctly. A) Survey Database, B) DWG, C) the data collector. Dino mentions the faluire usually comes from converting the RAW/JOB/DC to FBK. Hope this helps.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2012 on Trimble Link at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By: Brian Allen Last week, Autodesk released a new version of their Infrastructure Modeler. This is not a service pack. This is a complete new version with improvements to the rendering engine as well as new tools and objects. To download the new version, login to your Subscription Account and the download will be available. Some of the Improvements are: Storytelling Tools - Points of Interest and Storyboards Rendering Open Standards Support - CityGML data Autodesk 360 Modeler for Mobile - Allows access to the models in the cloud via iPads. Autodesk 360 Modeler for Mobile - Allows access to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By: Brian Allen Back in April I wrote about a Labs Technology Preview called BaseJump. It was a brief lived tool that allowed the user to connect to Microsoft Bing maps using the WMS Data Connect with Map 3D and Civil 3D, both 2013 versions. Well, its been Re-Released. Check it out at How to install and use: Download the installation from the link above (both 32 and 64 bit version are included) Close any running versions of Civil 3D and Map 3D. Run the install file for the OS version you're running Select the applications you wish to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
Part 1 -- By: Brian Allen With more and more firms downsizing some may be experiencing a shortage of jobs. A few companies have resorted to looking for other revenue streams and HD Scanning may be just the ticket! What is HD Surveying? Well, in short its High Definition Scanning…with a laser that can accurately give you a point cloud model, with imagery within hours instead of days or in some cases, minutes depending on the density you’re after. Think of Superman’s Laser Vision being used for Surveying instead of slicing cars in half and that’s HD Surveying…without the vulnerability... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
Come and get it....Another update for Civil 3D 2012. If you haven't installed Update 2, installing update 2.1 will take care of that as well. Whats in Update 2.1? Check out the ReadMe: Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By: Brian Allen Just Another Source for Maps If you’re like many users that upgraded to any of the 2013 versions of Autodesk software and found they’ve removed functions for inserting Google imagery and surfaces and are looking for alternatives try this. There’s a little known site from you may want to look into. This little gem is open source Web Mapping and we can connect to it with Autodesk Map and Civil 3D’s Data Connect features just like the short lived “Project Basejump.” If you browse the site I’ve noticed some of the features do not work properly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By: Brian Allen So how many times have you lost a bid or proposal to another group that used 3D models and renderings where you showed paper plans? I’d guess quite a few. If you haven’t yet –you will. Why not use some of the same ‘ol data you’re using in your 2D preliminary “paper” drawings and give them a boost. All you need is to AIM –Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler. This powerful program allows you to connect to all the legacy data you already have like GIS shp files, dwgs and even import models from Civil 3D to create realistic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By: Brian Allen If you've been patiently waiting for the next update you are now awarded with Civil 3D 2012 SP2. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By: Brian Allen Whoa, its been how long since I’ve posted… Hmm guess I’ve been really busy. Every designer at one point has worked on a somewhat flat site. Although we display contours to represent the topographic surface it may be difficult to see problem areas that may exist. Sure we can throw the surface into the Object Viewer but even this may not give a clear enough picture of the natural ground slopes. So, why not use the tools we have at our disposal and exaggerate the model? The Flat Model > Boring I wish I had a nickel... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By Brian Allen: So whats new in the new release of AutoCAD? Well, for starters how about another file format revision. In fashion with previous trends it was about time for Autodesk to update the platform file format and that happens this year with the release of 2013. So here are some FAQ’s we normally see when new file formats arise as it pertains to Compatibility, Interoperability between the various versions of AutoAD as well as system requirements: Compatibility and Operability Customized Menus: Upon running 2013 for the first time you will get prompted by a Migration Wizard. A nifty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
For those that use Trimble Data Collectors out in the field you can download a free add on for Civil 3D, TrimbleLink which will allow you to directly convert your *job files into a *fbk for survey database importing right from the Civil 3D Ribbon as shown below. To use this add on you’ll need to install the following in order: Trimble’s Data Transfer v155 Trimble Link Note that there are specific installations for the different versions of Civil 3D. You’ll need to search for the ones you need. These work with Civil 3D 2012. Using Trimble Link, you don’t... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
So many times I'm asked about recommended hardware for use with Autodesk products. This page takes all the guess work out. Not only does it give you certified graphics cards, it also recommends systems. Try it out your self. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By: Brian Allen No, not the ones on your key chain! The ones in Civil 3D… Description Key Sets. Many times I’m out on a client visit and I see some Description Key Sets (DKS hereafter) that could be a bit simpler. First off, if you’re new to Civil 3D you may be asking “What’s a DKS and what does it do?” Well, the simple definition would be: it controls what your points look like when they’re inserted/imported into Civil 3D. For instance: say some trees are shot in the field (PNEZD Format) 1,5000,5000,240,PINE 24 2,5025,5025,231,PINE 18 3,5050,5050,230,PINE 12 4,5075,5075,233,OAK... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
Using design applications to do our jobs no doubt leaves us wanting them to do more. So whenever you’re looking to do something your present software may not do –no matter if its Civil 3D, Map 3D, or just plain ‘ole AutoCAD, take a look at Autodesk Labs. Some of the cool stuff out there now: Bridge Modeler: Create bridges directly from Civil 3D objects Corridor Solids for Civil 3D: Extract Civil 3D Objects into AutoCAD Solids Terrain Shaping: Interactively modify/shape terrain surfaces Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By Brian Allen: AutoCAD WS has been around for a while now. Do you use it? I don't know a single person that doesn't have a smartphone...other than my dad --I just got him his first laptop about a year ago! So I know you have the ability to use this free feature from Autodesk. If you have an iPhone/iPad or Android based phone or tablet just go ahead and download the app from the app store or the market. The neat thing about AutoCAD WS is that you can upload the dwg files from the native application and use... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
In case you haven’t heard, we have a new Portal where we have many pieces of valuable information on just about every Autodesk Product –discussion forums and the like. Joe Hedrick, an Infrastructure Solutions Team Manager with IMAGINiT posted a great thread on wishes for Civil 3D. Take a look here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
By Brian Allen While browsing an old hard drive the other day I found some projects I worked on in the past using CAiCE and it got me thinking "Can we import CAiCE data directly into Civil 3D?" Well, yes we can! To import such data the CAiCE Translator Extension will need to be installed. Once installed, the extension will be located in your Toolspace >> Toolbox as shown below. Its quite simple to use. For example, I chose to 'Import CAice Project (*.PT4)' and the import wizard will allow you to pick and choose what data you wish to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
Autodesk released a new tool for calculating and analyzing volumes in Civil 3D 2012 for subscription users. This new tool allows the user to quickly visualize and report surface volumes for an entire project or specific areas of the project in a single interface. This is somewhat similar to the Volumes Tools found on the Analyze Tab on the Ribbon with a few enhancements. Some enhancements are: Quickly add boundaries to volume reporting Calculate volumes for an entire project Calculate Sub-Areas Analyze Net Graphs Create Reports Insert Volume Calculations into the drawing After installing the extension the tool will be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
Depending on the subassemblies we use in Civil 3D, we may find it quite difficult when it comes to creating quick corridor surface Boundaries. For example, if we have varying subassemblies with varying codes for tie/daylighting slopes the “Boundaries > Add Automatically” function isn’t as useful as it sounds. We rarely get the results we want. Try This Trick! Trick Civil 3D into creating our boundary automatically. Some may already know this trick but for those that create single baseline corridors you most likely have never seen this. If a corridor has more than one baseline then when creating a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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