Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 13: Autodesk & Esri Are Partnering to Connect BIM & GIS

Happy holidays from the Infrastructure Universe! Autodesk has recently released a few updates for various softwares that you should be aware of in addition to the major announcement from Autodesk University about a new partnership. Read on for all the updates.

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Software Updates and Hotfixes

#1: Plant 3D 2018.1.1 Update (Service Pack)

Plant 3D 2018.1.1 Update

This update includes many fixes and improvements, such as:

  • Collaboration project workflow improvements
  • Instrument improvements
  • Valve operator improvements
  • Ortho workflow improvements
  • Catalog builder fixes
  • P&ID feature improvements
  • Isometrics improvements

See the README for more info. Use the Autodesk Desktop App to download and install this update.

Important: If you have Plant 3D 2018.1 installed, you must uninstall it before Plant 3D 2018.1.1 can be installed successfully.

#2: Revit 2017.2.3 Update (Service Pack)

Revit 2017.2.3 Update

This update contains an update to the FBX SDK and provides a number of security improvements related to processing FBX, DAE, 3DS, and DXF format files.

This update also addresses issues reported directly to Autodesk and contains the fixes included in previous Autodesk Revit 2017 updates. Consult the release notes for all areas improved by this update.

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

Hot Infrastructure News

Autodesk & Esri: Make anything, anywhere

One of the big announcements at Autodesk University last month is the partnership between Esri and Autodesk! As you probably know, they have not been very good at working with each other in the past and viewed each other as competitors. But they have decided to finally work together for all of our benefits!

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From the press release: “Autodesk and Esri plan to work together to better integrate their respective technologies, allowing industry professionals to synthesize information from both BIM and GIS to enable a more connected infrastructure. Benefits are expected to include unprecedented reductions in permitting through improved stakeholder engagement, more sustainable and resilient design through enhanced project insight, and reduced risk via improved end-to-end flow of materials, resource availability and scheduling during construction.”

Read more about the new partnership and get the answers to common questions.

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Great Videos & New Tools

Tool for Tuesday:  LineworkTrim & LineworkDivide

From Civil Immersion: “Today is a special day!  Not only do we have two tools for Tuesday but they are undocumented commands.  (At least as it relates to Civil 3D 🙂 ) Being equipped with these tools extends your abilities when it comes to working with AutoCAD Blocks.”

Watch this video to see how these tools work.


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Deep Dive into Road Rehab Workflows in Civil 3D 2018.1

In this recorded webinar from Autodesk, get to know tips and tricks to be efficient with the new and latest rehab workflows from Civil 3D with Chakri Gavini. You’ll learn:

  • To use features extracted (using InfraWorks) from Point Clouds into rehab workflows
  • Interactive workflows in defining rehab strategies to optimize overlay projects
  • Extend rehab workflows to *Widen and Reconstruction* projects

Webcast to Register For

Infrastructure Tuesday

The final Infrastructure Tuesday webinar of the year is next week on December 5th! Join my colleague Ron Couillard to learn all about the differences between external references and data shortcuts in Civil 3D and when you should use which.

Watch this video for a sneak peek at the questions Ron will be answering during the webinar.

If you’re interested but can’t make it, you can still register. We’ll send you the recording after!

Have a topic suggestion for next year?

If there’s a topic related to civil infrastructure that you’re dying to learn more about, let us know. We’d love to hear your ideas!

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