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

Greetings from the Infrastructure Universe! Make sure you check out the videos and new tools section for some great workflow tips. Read on for all of this month’s news.

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Software Updates and Hotfixes

#1: ReCap Photo 2019.2 Update

ReCap Photo 2019.2 Update

This update is applicable to ReCap Photo versions and and resolves the following issues:

  • Fixed issue where the registration process hung under certain conditions
  • Fixed issue where many users were not able to initiate ReCap Photo trial

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

#2: BIM 360 Glue AutoCAD 2019 Add-In

BIM 360 Glue AutoCAD Add-In

For more information about how to install BIM 360 Glue Add-Ins, visit the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

#3: InfraWorks 2019.0.3 Hotfix

Autodesk InfraWorks 2019.0.3 Hotfix

This update resolved several issues, including:

  • Fixed an issue where Microsoft® Windows® 10 build #1083 caused InfraWorks to freeze while launching various panels or draw tools
  • Fixed an issue where modifying the start or end station of a roadway that contains a tunnel caused InfraWorks to quit unexpectedly

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

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Great Videos & New Tools

Calculating a Stockpile Volume from Point Cloud Data using Civil 3D

From Civil Immersion: “Today’s drone technology makes it easy to collect existing site conditions as a point cloud.  Once captured, point clouds provide a wealth of analytic opportunities.  In this week’s installment, we’ll use Civil 3D to analyze a point cloud and extract the volume of a large stockpile.”

Read more and watch the video >>

How to Import your BLK360 Data into ReCap + Featured ReCap Functions

From the U.S. CAD Blog: In the second installment of his new video series dedicated to the BLK360, my colleague Bruce White “demonstrated the simple process for importing the scanned BLK360 data into Autodesk ReCap on desktop and some powerful functions for creating great presentations in ReCap.”

READ NEXT:  Online Training on Autodesk Products

Read more and watch the video >>

Creating New Data Shortcut Folders in Civil 3D

In this clip from the Infrastructure Tuesday webinar series, KaDe King demonstrates how to create a new Data Shortcut Folder in Civil 3D.

Finish Strong Friday: Utilizing Survey Monument GIS Data in Civil 3D

From Civil Immersion: “As many of you know, the Map 3D FDO tools for connecting to various GIS databases and file stores are very powerful and luckily-are included with Civil 3D.  Recently, I was talking with a customer about grabbing published survey monument data and bringing it into a Civil 3D project.  Based on this discussion, I thought this might be of interest to others who may not be completely familiar with the GIS tools available in Civil 3D/Map 3D; hence this post….”

Read more and watch the video >>

How to Set Up Your First Project in BIM 360

From the U.S. CAD Blog: With some of the new changes coming to the BIM 360 platform my colleague Aaron Wagner took some time to “outline the full setup process as well as some best practices for setting up a project in BIM 360 for the first time.”

Read more and watch the video >>

Hot Infrastructure News

USDOT announces $2.1B of grants

From Construction Dive: “The U.S. Department of Transportation announced two major infrastructure allocations, with almost $1.5 billion for potential, discretionary grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program and $677 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).”


BIM and GIS, together at last: Next ArcGIS Pro release to add Revit support

From Spar3D: “When the Esri/Autodesk partnership was announced, both companies promised to establish more tightly integrated GIS and BIM workflows. They also promised a more seamless exchange, a connection between the spatial and attribute data typically captured in Esri’s GIS systems and the information from 3D BIM models in Autodesk’s design software.”

READ NEXT:  Webinar Release: Civil 3D for Surveyors - Take Control of Your Data


Take A 3D Virtual Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

From Architect Magazine: “Don’t have the time or funds to take a trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio, Taliesin West? Well, that issue will no longer limit would-be visitors, thanks to the latest immersive online virtual experience released by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Switzerland-based partner Leica Geosystems. Starting today, virtual visitors can explore the architectural site and its grounds online in 3D.”


Webcasts to Register for

Infrastructure Tuesday

Next Tuesday, July 10th, our Civil 3D expert will talk through some of the benefits of the new release of Civil 3D. If you are interested in learning all about what’s new, register for the webinar now.

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

For more of what’s new in 2019 releases, check out last month’s Infrastructure Tuesday webinar about what’s new in AutoCAD 2019.

And A Little Humor...

Which Star Wars Ships Have the Best (and Worst) Aerodynamics?

From Popular Mechanics: “Look, we all love Star Wars, and part of that love is picking apart all of the ways it’s dumb. The walking tanks make absolutely no sense. The capital ships? Questionably designed. The fighters? Not a whole lot better. And to explore that last bit in even more detail, one endeavoring YouTuber took to analyzing the aerodynamics of some of the series’ classic ships to see exactly how they’d fare in atmospheric flight.”


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