Infrastructure Universe Vol. 28: Keeping Up with the Civil Infrastructure Industry
Over the last few weeks Autodesk has released a couple of updates, checkout the workflow sections, and a good video on data shortcuts.
Software Updates and Hotfixes
AutoCAD 2020 was Released March 27th, 2019
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016.0.5 Update
Primary Issues Resolved by This Update
The following issues have been resolved in the Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016.0.5 Update:
- Civil 3D no longer closes unexpectedly drawing a circle using a some linetypes.
- An issue has been resolved that resulted in annotations along parcel segments to be created incorrectly.
- As issue that resulted in lines to display inconsistently after using the REGEN or REGENALL command has been resolved.
- An issue where linetypes are not scaled as expected when an alignment mask is used has been resolved.
- When importing an expression into a drawing, and issue where the expression is not updated if the expression already exists in the destination has been resolved.
- An issue where the <[Source Object Name]> label property would display point numbers instead of point names for projection labels on section views has been resolved.
- An issue with the curb inlet calculation in sag in Hydraflow Storm Sewers and Hydraflow Express has been resolved.
Known Issues and Workarounds
Autodesk Revit 2019.2.1 Hotfix
Issues Resolved by This Hotfix
This hotfix includes new functionality, addresses issues and crashes reported directly to Autodesk, and contains the fixes included in previous Revit 2019 updates and fixes. Consult the release notes for all areas improved by this hotfix.
Autodesk Infrastructure Parts Editor 2019.2
Autodesk InfraWorks 2019.3 Country Kits Released
Country kits are content libraries that are specialized for different countries and regions. Content such as 3D models, textures, materials, parametric components, and other styles are included in a country kit.
- InfraWorks 2019.3 Country Kit France
- InfraWorks 2019.3 Country Kit Germany
- InfraWorks 2019.3 Country Kit Norway
- InfraWorks 2019.3 Country Kit Sweden
- InfraWorks 2019.3 Country Kit UK
Use the Autodesk Desktop App to download and install these updates
Autodesk Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin 2019.3
Autodesk Revit InfraWorks Updater 2019.3
Great Videos & New Tools
Sharing Properties Between Civil 3D Subassemblies using Output Parameters
If multiple parts in a Civil 3D Assembly require the same dimension or slope, it may be possible to share their common properties. By sharing properties, future design changes are more efficient because one subassembly part can be used to drive the properties of several others. In today’s installment we’ll learn about a concept called Output Parameters.
Machine Control: 5 Trends Contractors Need to Know
Moving earth and building roads with the help of machine control and GPS technology may not be standard operating procedure in the construction industry just yet, but it’s well on its way. Currently, about half of all motor graders and 35 percent of all dozers use positioning sensors and a display to provide operators with a reference between the position of the blade and the target grade.
How Kimley-Horn Surveyed an Airport 5x Faster with Drones
Drones and airports usually don’t mix, but perhaps that’s about to change.
This past summer, there was a small black quadcopter buzzing above the runways and around the control tower at Front Range Airport outside of Denver, Colorado, capturing high-resolution images without disrupting the day-to-day operations of the airport.
Trying to be Civil in a BIM World
BIM is a term that is getting thrown around out there a lot lately. You hear about BIM 360 and all the different flavors of it. There are BIM Mangers out there now. You might have even heard talk of Civil 3D being able to interact with BIM 360 Glue. But up to this point, BIM seems to have been mostly associated with Revit, right? There really has not been any Civil in BIM, has there? Well, that is not entirely true–at least from a project standpoint. I will explain a workflow that I have been involved with on a project to give you a better idea of how Civil not only fits into the world of BIM but also some workflows (or workarounds in some cases) to get your Civil objects from Civil 3D into a multidiscipline project that is hosted in BIM 360 Glue.
Using Dynamo to Generate Revit Pipes from 3D AutoCAD DWG Survey
What a massive time saver! Using Dynamo to generate Revit Pipes from 3D AutoCAD dwg survey including adding layer names as attributes to the model. Join Brisbane Dynamo User Group on Wednesday Feb 27 to learn more.
3D Laser Scanning, UAV Lidar, Point Clouds
3D Laser Scanning, UAV Lidar, Point clouds combined and used to create an as-built Revit model for a major renovation. Check out the video below for a small preview.
Infrastructure Tuesday: Using the Surface Analysis Tools
We missed having you join us for March’s Infrastructure Tuesday webinar but you can still earn something new about the Surface Analysis Tools. If you would like to learn Doug Benoit’s tips and tricks, watch the recorded version of the webinar.
Hot Infrastructure News
How to Get More Out of BIM in the Construction Lifecycle
Over nearly the last two decades, building information modeling (BIM) has proven itself to be a powerful tool for design and construction teams. Enhancing preconstruction project visualization, identifying clash detection and improving cost estimation are some of the more common and well-known benefits of BIM.
Five Reasons All Civil Engineers Should Gain Field Experience
Anthony Fasano, PE
I started out my career as a civil engineer as a summer intern for a small civil engineering company. They told me to go out in the field with the “Party Chief” and hold this “Rod.” Well I didn’t know what that meant, but I wasn’t crazy about it. All I knew was that it was hot out, I was walking through sticker bushes all day, and getting poison ivy constantly. Not fun, and certainly not what I envisioned when I decided to pursue civil engineering.
Fast forward twenty years later and that field experience as a surveyor was critical in helping me to become a good civil engineer.
Autodesk Civil Engineering Community Webcasts
Learn, experience, and inspire with the Autodesk civil infrastructure community and their resource of available webcasts.
Infrastructure Tuesday: The Basics to Setting Up a Pipe Catalog
April 2, 2019 @ 11am PST
During this 45-minute presentation by Ron Couillard, you will learn the basics of Civil 3D Pipe Network Catalogs with the following main topics:
- How the Parts Catalog Works
- Catalogs in a Multi-User Environment
- Parts Lists Basics
- Pipe Network Design Notes & Tips