Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 16: Videos, Tips, & Tricks for InfraWorks and Civil 3D

Greetings from the Infrastructure Universe! I have some really cool videos and tips for InfraWorks and Civil 3D this month. There are also some recent updates from Autodesk. Read on for all of this month’s news.

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Software Updates and Hotfixes

#1: FormIt Pro 2018 v16.2

Software Updates: FormIt Pro 2018 v16.2

The most recent update for FormIt for Windows included extensive product enhancements and bug fixes, including:

  • Improved reliability of SketchUp import
  • Improved performance, including: Model navigation, tools like Drag Face and Move, Groups Tree
  • Improved support for customers using Metric units, including using the previously-set Unit as the default setting in new sessions
  • Added an error message when importing DWG files that are locked by AutoCAD running concurrently
  • Fixed several crashes, including: when loading certain Dynamo graphs, in certain Sweep situations
  • Fixed issues with DWG import that could result in scattered and incorrectly-scaled geometry

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

Finish Strong Friday: Rehab Corridor Part 4 – Lane Offsets and Targets

From Civil Immersion: “For Part 4, we will take a look at controlling the window of interest that the tool uses to compute the existing ground cross slope.  This window of interest will match the dimensions of the lane by default-but we can use a setting that allows these to be different.”

Read more and watch the video >>

WHIPTHREAD (System Variable)

Repairing an InfraWorks Model by Deleting the TileCache

From Jeff Bartels: “If you have an InfraWorks model that is no longer working as expected, you might want to try deleting the contents of the TileCache folder. The TIleCache folder holds the “processing information” for each data source attached to a model. If the TileCache gets “out of synch” with a model, the model may start acting irrationally. In this session we’ll look at how recreating the TileCache can help repair a corrupt InfraWorks model. Please note that this technique is not meant to solve all InfraWorks model problems!”

Read more and watch the video >>

Tool for Tuesday: CreateProfileFromFile

From Civil Immersion: “Civil 3D provides many tools to create profiles. Most of which involve creating it geometrically and/or using numeric values. Using the CreateProfileFromFile tool allows us to create the profile from values saved in an ASCII file.”

Read more and watch the video >>

Hot Infrastructure News

Esri and Autodesk—What’s Next?

From Autodesk: “Architects, contractors, builders, engineers, designers and planners face an immediate opportunity to influence significant process change to improve efficiency and project outcomes. Esri and Autodesk have partnered to make sure that our technology and our resources support this digital transformation.”


Integrating BIM & GIS Workflows

Image source: Autodesk

2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony Featured Pre-Recorded Show Of Intel Drones

More than 1,000 synchronized drones kicked off the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Create 3D Masterpieces in Virtual Reality Using Blocks

Webcasts to Register for

Infrastructure Tuesday

Join my colleague Jonathan Urizar next Tuesday, March 6th to learn all using shared coordinates in Revit and Civil 3D.

Every Revit project has internal coordinates for the elements contained in the model, but those coordinates are only applicable to that specific model. The ability to create shared coordinate base points between Revit and Civil 3D used to be a subscription-based add-on, but starting last year, it was built right into the software by default. If you spend any time collaborating on projects with Revit users, make sure to register for the webinar.

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

InfraWorks Slam Postgame Show

How do you design Las Vegas on Mars in 15 minutes? These three InfraWorks superstars will explain how they did it during the InfraWorks Design Slam Postgame Show, the follow-up to the InfraWorks Slam at Autodesk University. They’ll share secrets about how they prepared, what went through their minds before and during the competition, tricks they used to attempt to beat the competition, and how they managed to design a small city on another planet in mere minutes.

Topics include:

  • Preparing content for the Mars model
  • Getting the most design done in a short time
  • Effective presentations with InfraWorks
  • Contestant question and answer

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