Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 17: New Software Releases + Recent Updates

Over the last few weeks, Autodesk has released a few updates, AND IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR FOR THE 2019 SOFTWARE TO COME ROLLING OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE.

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New Software Releases

Only One. AutoCAD 2019 has been released. With the 2019 release, Autodesk combined specialized toolsets found in AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Plant 3D/P&ID, and AutoCAD Raster Design into One AutoCAD. Read more about the new “Toolsets, ” where to get them, what else is new, system requirements, and much more.

Autodesk has also released a bunch of other software besides AutoCAD! I think they just released products that do not have any new features, except 3ds Max. Read more about what’s new in:

Software Updates and Hotfixes

#1: Civil 3D 2017 Hotfix

Autodesk has released a fix for an issue in Civil 3D 2017 where surfaces that have been brought in to a drawing file via data shortcut (DREF) cause the file size to unexpectedly increase. The issue is caused by the DREF sync process leaving older versions of the objects in the drawing. Previous to this hotfix, the workaround was to export the surface and then reimport it using LandXML.

See the Autodesk Knowledge Network article for more info. 

#2: AutoCAD 2018.1.2 Update

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This update includes several new features and enhancements including:

  • New controls for managing xref layer properties
  • Ability to easily create, retrieve, and place model views together with automatically sized and scaled layout viewports onto the current layout
  • Support for 4K displays
  • Improved 3D graphics performance

See README for more info. Use the Autodesk Desktop App to download and install these updates

#3: InfraWorks 2018.2.1 Hotfix

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Great Videos & New Tools

How to Import Civil Object Layer Settings

From Ron Couillard on the U.S. CAD Blog: “Have you ever tried to import civil object layer settings from one file to another? Even if you try to use the Styles Import Wizard, those settings aren’t imported. In this video, I will show you how to do this quickly and easily!”

Read more and watch the video >>

Moving Roadway Striping from Civil 3D to InfraWorks

From Civil Immersion: “In last week’s installment we learned how to import Civil 3D corridor models into InfraWorks.  Once inserted, corridors are converted into a series of coverage areas, each having assigned materials such as grass, concrete, asphalt, etc.  After seeing this workflow, you may wonder if it’s also possible to import Civil 3D geometry representing roadway striping.  The short answer is “Yes!””

Read more and watch the video>>

Visualizing Corridor Models by Assigning Render Materials to a Civil 3D Code Set Style

From Civil Immersion: “The geometry of a Civil 3D corridor model is defined using coded points, links and shapes. The display of these entities is controlled using a code set style that matches code names to the appropriate Civil 3D styles. In this week’s installment, we’ll take a closer look at the links that make up a corridor model. Links serve as the cross-sectional geometry of a proposed design and are typically used to define surfaces and hatch areas. By making a couple edits to the code set style, links can also be used to assign render materials!”

READ NEXT:  Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 20: Tips & Tricks for Civil 3D, AutoCAD, BIM 360, and more!

Read more and watch the video >>

Hot Infrastructure News

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Next time your client says “Google images are good enough,” show them this.

From Brandon Thompson on Linkedin: “What a great perspective on the quality of the imagery that UAV based photography can capture.  The attached screenshot is of a project we completed last summer that now has updated imagery in Google Earth.  You can see our PID location painted on the pavement.  The differences from the two photos are amazing.”

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Webcasts to Register for

Infrastructure Tuesday

In Civil 3D, “styles control the appearance of drawing objects, labels, and tables. Different styles can be created to represent objects at different approval stages, or to display the right information for different types of users.” Join my colleague Ron Couillard tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3rd to learn all about creating and using styles in Civil 3D.

In this video, Ron addresses some of the common questions he’ll answer during the webinar.

If you can’t make it, you can still register, and we’ll send you the recording after!

Autodesk Civil Engineering Community

Do you have the Autodesk Civil Engineering Community bookmarked? They frequently post articles and upcoming webcasts to help civil designers and engineers work more efficiently in the most up-to-date Autodesk software.

Register for tomorrow’s webinar about Advanced Road Design with InfraWorks.

And A Little Humor...

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