Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 12: Important Autodesk Vehicle Tracking Update and Much More

Greetings from the Infrastructure Universe! Autodesk has recently released some important updates for various softwares. There are also some must-watch videos and webcasts to register for below.

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Software Updates and Hotfixes

#1: Navisworks Manage 2018.2 Update (Service Pack)

Update: Navisworks Manage 2018.2

This update includes several enhancements and fixes including:

  • LMV users will now see a clear error message when the Navisworks extractor fails
  • In Recap, a viewpoint is saved at the origin of each scan
  • Navisworks now supports the ability to outline cross-sections

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

#2: Navisworks Freedom 2018.2.1 Update (Service Pack)

Update: Navisworks Freedom 2018.2.1

This update includes several enhancements and fixes that are similar to the Navisworks Manage update above.

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

#3: Autodesk Revit 2018.2 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 Update.

With this install the following will be updated: Revit 2018, Collaboration for Revit 2018, and Dynamo. The updated version of the Dynamo Revit add-in does not include a desktop shortcut and can be accessed from the Visual Programming panel found on the Manage ribbon tab. If multiple versions of the Dynamo Revit add-in are installed, a dialog will prompt you to select which version to launch.After this update is applied, there will be two versions of Dynamo Core installed, and

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

#4: Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2018 Update 1

File Format Change: Vehicle Tracking Update 1 changes the File Format of the drawings. If you have previous versions of Vehicle Tracking or Hotfix 1, you need to upgrade to edit Vehicle Tracking objects and Civil 3D Roundabouts. If you do not have the upgrade, the newer format Vehicle Tracking commands will be disabled and the Vehicle Tracking entities will be proxy objects.

AutoCAD Map 2018 Hotfix 1 should be installed to avoid the issue of grip editing in Vehicle Tracking sometimes produce unpredictable results. Here is a link to more information about the issue and the hotfix download: AutoCAD Map 2018 Hotfix 1.

There is an extensive list of Feature Updates and Fixes in this update. See the README for the full list.

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Great Videos & New Tools

Drainage Structure Catalogs Created with Infrastructure Parts Editor

In this recorded webinar from Autodesk, Charlie Ogden walked through the workflow of bringing drainage parts modeled with the Infrastructure Shape Modeler plugin for Inventor into the Infrastructure Parts Editor to create catalogs for InfraWorks and Civil 3D.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Infrastructure Part Shape Modeler tools for Inventor
  • Defining sizes and assemblies in Infrastructure Parts Editor
  • Publishing catalogs for use in InfraWorks and Civil 3D

What’s New in the Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2018.1 Update

In this recorded webinar from Autodesk, see the enhancements in Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2018 Update 1 with a walkthrough of each of the major changes and how they impact both Vehicle Tracking and users working with the roundabout tools included natively in Civil3D.

Most of the time was spent covering roundabouts. This release has the improved modeling of roundel crown lines, outer curb, approaching road alignment geometry, moved slip lanes into 3d and includes a major update to the linked Civil3D corridor. The final topics will cover other changes across the product including improved tools allowing users to add notes and record source documents for standards.

Key Points:

  • Affects both users of Civil 3D native roundabout tools AND Vehicle Tracking 
  • Extended roundabout geometry and 3d slip lanes 
  • Major update to Civil3D Roundabout Corridors 

Pasting Surfaces That Don’t Match – Adding a Buffer Between Them

From Civil 3D Plus: “Have you ever had two surfaces that you needed to combine together but the problem is, at the boundary of the inner surface, its elevations don’t match the elevations of the outer surface? In cases like this, if you paste them together you can get some really odd things going on where they are supposed to meet.”


Image: Civil 3D Plus

Hot Infrastructure News

Above Devastated Houston, Armies of Drones Prove Their Worth

From Wired: “Less than a week after the last drops of Hurricane Harvey fell, Houston is just beginning to assess the damage. At least 46 people have died. More than 30,000 houses are flooded and as many as a million vehicles waterlogged. Early estimates suggest the hurricane has inflicted $120 billion in damage on the region, making it the most expensive natural disaster in the country’s history.”


Image: Wired

Iceland has unveiled a 3D zebra stripe crossing to help slow traffic and keep the streets safe

From My Modern MET: “The use of illusion in art is nothing new, but a small town in Iceland is using the effect to help with public safety and traffic issues. In the small fishing village of Ísafjörður, a 3D pedestrian crossing was painted last month in an effort to slow traffic on a narrow street. The eye-popping illusion gives the effect of walking on air as pedestrians move from one side of the street to the other.”

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Image: My Modern MET

Mitsubishi Electric just beat Google to one of self-driving cars’ most significant hurdles

From Alphr: “In the drive to get autonomous cars on the road, one major hurdle remains – snow. In 2015, Google admitted that despite the myriad, highly accurate sensors on its self-driving cars, one of its biggest challenges in mapping roads in real time is navigating changing weather conditions. To overcome rain, Google’s Waymo team fitted windscreen wipers to its cameras, but it’s still yet to fully master mapping the terrain in snow. Step up, Mitsubishi Electric.”


Image: Alphr

Webcasts to Register For

Infrastructure Tuesday

Join my colleague KaDe King next Tuesday, November 7th to learn how to get started with annotative objects in AutoCAD. Annotative objects are text, text styles, blocks, hatches, dimensions, dimension styles, geometric tolerances, multileaders, and multileader styles that can be scaled according to the scale factor of the viewport or current model space.

In this sneak peek video, see how KaDe sets up dimensions as annotative objects in a simple AutoCAD drawing.

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

Deep Dive into Road Rehab Workflows in Civil 3D 2018.1

Get to know tips and tricks to be efficient with the new and latest rehab workflows from Civil 3D! Join Chakri Gavini on November 8th at 12:00 p.m. EST to learn:

  • To use features extracted (using InfraWorks) from Point Clouds into rehab workflows
  • Interactive workflows in defining rehab strategies to optimize overlay projects
  • Extend rehab workflows to *Widen and Reconstruction* projects

And a Little Humor...

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