Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 27: The Hottest News in Civil Infrastructure

U.S. CAD has shown tremendous growth over the last two years but as we go into the third year of Infrastructure Universe, we continue to strive towards excellence in providing relevant and useful resources and information to you.

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Software Updates and Hotfixes

Autodesk InfraWorks Mobility Simulation Update 

This document contains the latest information regarding the release of Autodesk InfraWorks Mobility Simulation. It is strongly recommended that you read this entire document before installing.

IMPORTANT: After installing this update, you will not be able to use Mobility Simulation for Autodesk InfraWorks until a new, supported Java Runtime Environment is installed.

About This Update

The supported Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Autodesk InfraWorks 2018.2 and 2019 has changed.

  • This update removes the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that was previously shipped with Autodesk InfraWorks 2018.2 and 2019 (release versions 2018.2, 2019.0, 2019.1, and 2019.2.).

Known Issues

  • Beginning in February 2019, users of Autodesk InfraWorks 2018.2 and 2019 will need to install and maintain a supported Java Runtime Environment on their own in order to use Mobility Simulation services. For information on how to install a supported Java Runtime Environment for Autodesk InfraWorks and Autodesk Mobility Simulation, please review Java Requirements for Autodesk Infraworks.

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

Autodesk Infrastructure Parts Editor 2019.2

This document contains the latest information regarding the release of this software. It is strongly recommended that you read this entire document before installing.

You can review release notes for the current release version of Autodesk InfraWorks in the online help.

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

Autodesk InfraWorks 2019.3 WARNING – Alert! Maybe you should hold off on upgrading to the latest InfraWorks release!!! There is a WORKAROUND in the Forum link.

Autodesk Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin 2019.3

Please review release notes for the Autodesk Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin in the the online help for Autodesk InfraWorks.

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

Great Videos & New Tools

FEATURE APP: Automatically Purge Regapps When Opening and Saving a Drawing

Recently I have discovered a cool App on the Autodesk App store! Everyone should use this. I wish it would add AUDIT and Fix Errors.

BlackBox AutoPurgeReg for Autodesk® AutoCAD® allows users to automagically Purge Registry Applications ( RegApps) at drawing Open, and Save.

There are many ways to purge unused Registry Applications from a drawing, and users have been doing so for years. The difference being, this plug-in does it for you, and faster than traditional LISP or Command calls.

Locking Civil 3D Structure Label Leaders to ANY Location

On occasion, structure labels placed in a Civil 3D profile view may need to be pulled into a dragged state.  When dragged, the default leaders will point to the “center” of each structure which isn’t always what is wanted.  In today’s installment we’ll look at a simple trick that gives us more control over the location of these leaders.


A Beginner’s Guide to Annotation Scaling in AutoCAD

Annotation scaling in AutoCAD allows you to plot annotation at the same height or size regardless of the viewport zoom scale. Annotation scales can be associated with annotative objects so that these objects can be sized properly for specific annotation scales in model space and displayed correctly in paper space.

Kade King gives an overview of annotation scaling, looks at the actual tools for annotation commands (including the styles and how those work), and discusses how you can use these tools to reduce the time spent in annotating drawings in this Infrastructure Tuesday guide.


Infrastructure Tuesday: Useful Features in MAP for Civil 3D Users

We missed having you join us for February’s Infrastructure Tuesday webinar but you can still earn something new about AutoCAD MAP and Civil 3D. If you would like to learn Kade King’s tips and tricks, watch the recorded version of the webinar.

VIDEO: Useful Features in Map for Civil 3D Users

Creating Custom Civil 3D Label Styles to Annotate Linear Crossings in Profile Views

After experimenting with the new “Show Profile Crossings” feature in Civil 3D 2019.2 you may be wondering how difficult it might be to develop your own custom label styles.  Fortunately, EVERY Civil 3D label style is created the same way; the crossing labels are no exception.  In today’s installment, we’ll explore a few workflows to produce custom crossing label styles.

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Hot Infrastructure News

This City Has a Sustainable Solution to Rising Sea Levels

Magnetic North Just Changed. Here’s What That Means

National Geographic

The foundation of many navigation systems, the World Magnetic Model finally got a much-needed update with the end of the U.S. government shutdown.


A Tale of Two Municipalities: Government Goes Digital for Plan Review

Believe that government is slow and can’t innovate? Snohomish County in northwest Washington state, and the city of Westminster, Colorado, beg to differ. See how those jurisdictions modernized their electronic plan review programs with Revu, improving both internal and external collaboration.


China is opening the world’s longest sea bridge — and it contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers

China is in the midst of several megaprojects that will transform its cities.

Over the next decade, China plans to encourage 250 million people (29 times New York City’s population) to move into the country’s growing megacities. To cope with that huge migration, the country has invested tens of billions of dollars in giant infrastructure projects.


A Typeface Designed to Mimic the National Park Service Signs That Are Carved Using a Router Bit

Absurd Maps That Are So Bad They’re Good



Autodesk Civil Engineering Community Webcasts

Learn, experience, and inspire with the Autodesk civil infrastructure community and their resource of available webcasts.


Infrastructure Tuesday: Using the Surface Analysis Tools

March 5, 2019 @ 11am PST

Join Doug Benoit for a 45-minute presentation focused on workflows using Surface Analysis Tools in Civil 3D, including the following:

  • Watersheds
  • Catchment Tool
  • Water Drop
  • Basin Calculator

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

And A Little Humor...

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