Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 18: Plugin Updates for 2019 Autodesk Software & Much More!

Greetings from the Infrastructure Universe! Over the last few weeks, Autodesk has released a few updates, AND IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR FOR THE 2019 SOFTWARE TO COME ROLLING OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE.

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New Software Releases

What's New in Civil 3D 2019 - Infrastructure Universe

In addition to what I covered in the last Infrastructure Universe update, Autodesk has also released even more updates! Read more about what’s new in:

Software Updates and Hotfixes

#1: Changes to Infraworks Services

As of April 9th, it is no longer possible to “create new watershed analyses, traffic simulations, line girder analyses, profile and corridor optimizations with InfraWorks 2018.2 and earlier versions.” These changes were made to improve data security to conform to new EU data protection regulations.

Read more about the changes and what you need to do to work around them.

#2: FormIt Pro 2018 for Windows v16.3

FormIt Pro 2018 v16.3 Update

This update includes several bug fixes including:

  • Fixed an issue where files saved to A360 Drive may fail to show up in the A360 gallery
  • Fixed an issue preventing SSO sign-in for some users
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent sign-in for users with proxy servers
  • Fixed an issue preventing files from saving in specific cases
  • Fixed an issue where Ungroup All would fail in specific cases

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

#3: Revit 2018.3 Update

Revit 2018.3 Update

This update addresses issues and crashes reported directly to Autodesk and contains the fixes included in the Revit 2018.0.1, 2018.0.2, and 2018.1.1 Hot Fixes as well as the Revit 2018.1 and 2018.2 Updates.

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

#4: Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin 2019

Inventor Infrastructure Modeler Plugin 2019

This plugin contains one known issue:

  • Parts will not be viewable in Civil 3D if the Surface Structure or Underground Structure parts were built in Inventor such that the outside dimensions were calculated. Therefore it is recommended to specify outside dimension parameters on the part and calculate the inside dimensions using the outside dimensions and wall thickness.

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

#5: Infrastructure Parts Editor 2019

Infrastructure Parts Editor 2019

This plugin has been updated to support InfraWorks 2019 and Civil 3D 2019.

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

#6: Infrastructure Parts Editor 2018.2

This update includes several bug fixes including:

  • Previews of parts and assemblies are now displayed when launching Parts Editor from Civil 3D 2018.2.
  • Publishing a catalog with custom parts to Civil 3D will no longer report that the command failed when there are missing optional parameters.
  • Assembly templates are now copied to the Civil 3D Templates folder when publishing catalogs to Civil 3D.
  • When publishing to Civil 3D the user can now select which Civil 3D version to publish to if there are more than one version on the machine.
  • Fixed an issue causing a Plant 3D catalog with non-ASCII characters to fail to import.
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See README for more info. Use the Autodesk Desktop App to download and install these updates

#7: InfraWorks 2019.0.1 Hotfix

InfraWorks 2019.0.1 Hotfix

This update includes several bug fixes including:

  • Fixed an issue where an existing tree’s style could not be modified to the T19-V02 light green, T02-V02 light green, or T56-V04 tree style.
  • Fixed an issue where intersections in design roads that were bounded by right of ways were unresolved after conversion to component road.
  • Fixed an issue where T-intersections were drawn incorrectly after being added to an InfraWorks model from a Autodesk Civil 3D DWG file.
  • Fixed an issue where models failed to import circular design roads, or failed to convert circular design roads to component roads.

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

#8: AutoCAD 2019.0.1 Update (Service Pack)

AutoCAD 2019.0.1 Update

This update includes several feature fixes including:

  • The Open from Web & Mobile and Save to Web & Mobile buttons on the Quick Access toolbar in 64-bit versions can now be hidden or removed.
  • The tool palette path can now be changed from the default value without being reset when exiting the Options dialog box.

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

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Great Videos & New Tools

Civil 3D Backwards Compatibility

With every new Civil 3D release, I always get the question “Will I be able to save down to a previous version?” The short answer is NO!

Of course, you can always save files back but you will lose the new intelligence built into the new versions, meaning they will just be dumbed-down basic DWG objects, similar to exploding everything. A valuable setting to help you move backward will be the PROXYGRAPHICS which will help save a visual state of those objects to be viewed in the previous release. In short, any Civil 3D objects that have been “Enhanced” or are “New” in Civil 3D 2019 will not work in Civil 3D 2018 or below. You can also EXPORT LANDXML in a newer version of Civil 3D but then you lose all your labels, profiles, sections and a bunch of other things.

Download my Backwards Compatibility chart below to help you make sense of what you lose and what you don’t when you save to previous versions.

Tool for Tuesday: Regions – ReCap Pro

From Civil Immersion: “…we will be reviewing how to create Regions in ReCap Pro. Using Regions, we can quickly cleanup / organize Point Cloud information. We do this by selecting a series of unnecessary points (as defined by our particular project needs) and rather than deleting them, we add them to a Region that can be hidden from view.”

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InfraWorks Forum Post of the Week: Export Infraworks to Revit

From Autodesk’s Civil Community: “Normally I feature an InfraWorks Forum post that’s chock full of information so that you all get a dose of community learning, but this week it’s different. Sooraj Dk of Mumbai is looking for some help with getting InfraWorks information into Revit and I know there are people who visit this site who can help out. So, if you’ve done this before, please visit the post and share what you know with Sooraj and the rest of us.”

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Little Known CAD Commands That Rock, Part 3

My colleague Ron Couillard has been writing a series of blog posts called “Little Known CAD Commands that Rock!” to highlight some under-publicized commands that you might find to have some pretty cool uses.

In this video from Part 3 of this series, see Ron’s demonstration of TSPACEINVADERSOverride Glyphs in Civil 3D, and dealing with Overlapping Viewports.

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Finish Strong Friday: Import Points from Text File Directly to Surface

From Civil Immersion: “Many times the classic “import to cogo-build surface from cogo” method is best as you have full control over the data that drives the surface.  But other times, you just want to throw a bunch of dummy ground shots into your surface and keep the drawing as lightweight as possible.”

Read more and watch the video >>

Infrastructure Tuesday: Smoothing Contour Lines in Civil 3D

In this video from a past Infrastructure Tuesday webinar, I demonstrate how to smooth your contour lines in Civil 3D by drawing them.

Scanning with the BLK360

In just 2 hours using two BLK360 scanners, Bruce White captured this laser scan of the U.S. CAD Arizona office consisting of approx. 2,000 sq. ft. of heavily segmented office space, over 10,000 sq. ft. of building common space, and over 2.1 acres of site data.

Hot Infrastructure News

Gigantic Water Tunnels Won’t Save Houston From the Next Harvey

From CityLab: “Houston is just seven months removed from the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history. With this year’s hurricane season just a few weeks away, it’s worth remembering that it’s only a matter of time before the next big flood.”

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The World’s Smallest Helicopter

World's Smallest Helicopter

This is the world's smallest helicopter looking for investors. Would you invest in it?

Posted by Cheddar on Thursday, April 5, 2018

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