Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 38: New Updates & New Workflows

Greetings from the Infrastructure Universe! Over the last few weeks, Autodesk has released a bunch of hotfixes and updates. Also, make sure you check out all the videos and tools below!

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Software Updates and Hotfixes

#1: Autodesk River and Flood Analysis Module 2018.1

#1: Navisworks 2020 Update 2

Navisworks Freedom 2020 Update 2
Navisworks 2020 Update 2

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

#2: Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin 2020.2

Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin 2020.2

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

#3: Revit InfraWorks Updater 2020.3

Revit InfraWorks Updater 2020.3

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

#4: Inventor 2020.2.1 Update

Inventor 2020.2.1 Update

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

#5: Dynamo for Autodesk Civil 3D 2020 Update 2

Dynamo for Civil 3D 2020 Update 2

This update includes new features including:

  • Added the Dynamo Player which provides the following functionality:
    • Default directory for scripts
    • Filtering visible scripts
    • Viewing the status of current scripts
    • Launching a script
    • Providing input for scripts in Dynamo Player
    • Editing a script in Dynamo

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

#6: Infraworks 2020.2 Update

The most recent update for Infraworks 2020 includes new features such as:

  • Added the ability to install both the previous release version and current release version of the Autodesk Revit Infraworks Updater and Autodesk Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin
  • Added the ability to select attributes when publishing InfraWorks features to ArcGIS Portals
  • Added the ability to use parametric bridge bearings from Autodesk Inventor in your InfraWorks civil structure projects
  • and much more!
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See the README for more info. Use the Autodesk Desktop App to download and install this update.

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Great Videos & New Tools

Surface Utility Mapping

From Michael Twohig on LinkedIn: “Utility locating and surveying the SUM results in busy travel lanes is never easy and it is often very dangerous. Distracted and impaired drivers add to the risks and even sun glare can make it to difficult to see a worker, even in high viz. In the coming years we will see more mobile mapping systems on our projects surveying and locating the high risk portions of our projects. Despite the reduced pace these systems keep our professionals inside the safety of a vehicle and the traffic lanes open to traffic. The mobility of these systems allow us to keep workers on the paths and safe areas and motors avoid being hampered by lane closures.”

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Smooth the Appearance of Sectioned Civil 3D Pipe Networks using FACETDEV

From Civil Immersion: “On occasion, sectioned pipe network components may appear “faceted” when displayed in a Civil 3D profile or section view.  In today’s installment we’ll look at a quick way to smooth out the appearance of these objects using a system variable (unique to Civil 3D) called FACETDEV.  FACETDEV is short for Facet Deviation.”

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Modeling an InfraWorks Site Plan from Aggregated Data

From Civil Immersion: “Last Friday, (2020-01-24) I presented a live demonstration that focused on modeling large InfraWorks site plans from multiple data sources.  During the session I showed how to aggregate data from SHP, 3D models, LandXML and ArcGIS Online…..”

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Displaying Empty Fields in Civil 3D Title Blocks

From Civil Immersion: “If you organize your Civil 3D projects into sheet sets, you’re probably familiar with the concept of Fields.  Fields represent “smart” text objects that populate automatically when they’re added to a sheet set…”

Read more and watch the video >>

Hot Infrastructure News

Who Owns Data?

From Tony Sabat on LinkedIn: “Data, and its value, has been at the forefront of media discussions for the past couple years. It has often been described as the new oil. So often, in fact, that there are now many arguing against this analogy. Regardless, it is clearly true that we have mountains of data before us and our next goal is to extract the value from it to deliver back to our clients through better services or with reduced costs.”

Read more >>

The Engineering Design Revolution – The People, Companies and Computer Systems That Changed Forever the Practice of Engineering

From CADHistory.net: “Sit back and enjoy a trip through the nearly 60 years that totally revolutionized the practice of engineering design.”

Read the book >>

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