Infrastructure Universe, Vol. 23: The Latest News from the Infrastructure World

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Software Updates and Hotfixes

#1: AutoCAD 2019.1.2 Update

The most recent update for AutoCAD 2019 included updates and bug fixes, such as:

  • Arcs and circles within dynamic blocks display correctly at large coordinates
  • The Unisolate operation on layers is faster
  • Xref highlight works when using the arrow keys to select the Xref from within the External References palette
  • Object selection completes when the mouse is still moving

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

#2: InfraWorks 2019.2

The most recent update for InfraWorks 2019 included updates and bug fixes, such as:

  • The Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS has graduated from preview status with additional improvements and performance enhancements
  • You can now store and manage data sources for an InfraWorks model with the Desktop Connector
  • Enhanced surface layer order adjustment by dragging and dropping
  • You can now lock an InfraWorks model from BIM 360 Document Management. This will prevent unwanted syncing to an InfraWorks model

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

#3: Shared Reference Point for Revit 2019

This Revit extension includes features, such as:

  • Two individual installations for Autodesk Civil 3D and Autodesk Revit.
  • Export coordinates and elevation from Autodesk Civil 3D to external .xml file
  • Import .xml into Autodesk Revit based on same known positions and create a ‘Shared Coordinate System’

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

#4: AutoCAD Plant 3D 2018.1.2 Update

The most recent Plant 3D 2018 update includes bug fixes, such as:

  • P&ID drawings that failed to migrate during the project migration process are resolved
  • Orthographic views can now be updated in certain cases that previously failed
  • A new variable PlantOrthoPipeBreak was added to control whether to display pipe break symbol for orthographic views

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

#5: DB Link v1 for Revit 2019

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Great Videos & New Tools

InfraWorks Update Focuses on Bridges and Software Workflow

From “Autodesk’s most recent InfraWorks update focused on integration with Esri’s ArcGIS, as the result of an alliance between the two companies that began in November 2017. The companies hope to unite the power of building information modeling and geographic information systems by building complex structures on a sturdy data foundation. In this update, the connector between the two platforms is out of preview mode. Users can preview their selections and build up several selections from multiple layers before importing ArcGIS data into InfraWorks, where the data can be added to existing or new projects. There’s also a live and refreshable connection from InfraWorks to ArcGIS, meaning that users can use field applications without losing their connections.”


How “levee wars” are making floods worse

From Vox: “Explained with a giant, scientific model.”

Hot Infrastructure News

Genoa Bridge Collapse: The Road to Tragedy

From the New York Times: “The collapse of the bridge — a signature of the port city, a source of deep civic pride, and an indispensable daily transportation link for thousands — has scarred Genoa and set off a bitter debate in Italy about who bears responsibility for the disaster and precisely what caused it.”

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Drones Will Track One of the Largest Dam Removals on the East Coast

From “This month, the Bloede Dam will be removed from the Lower Patapsco River near Ilchester, Maryland. The restoration is a one-of-a-kind natural experiment that will help test how relatively inexpensive drones can help scientists like me understand the integrity of streams and rivers. My collaborators include students and researchers from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Maryland Geological Survey, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey. If our approach works, it will allow us to track sediment movement more completely and accurately than ever before, at a fraction of the expense.”



Washington’s First Diverging Diamond Interchange Coming

From ENR: “The first-ever diverging diamond Interchange for Washington state enters the construction phase this year at the interchange between Interstate 5 and State Route 510 in Lacey, south of Tacoma. Construction on the $72 million project is scheduled to start this fall, with completion in 2020. The project is currently out for bid, with an expected bid opening of Aug. 22. The existing interchange will undergo the complete overhaul to accommodate economic development for the Hawks Prairie community and expand on traffic improvements already in place.”


Making Drones and Aerial Mapping Work for Construction

From the U.S. CAD blog: “You’ve heard it, seen it, and probably have even flown one: drones are all the buzz now in the building and construction industries. First introduced as military combat machines, drones have since been adapted to a wide range of uses in a variety of activities—and for the construction industry specifically, commercial drones are poised to be an efficient solution to one of the industry’s most challenging issues: waste. In America alone, the amount of building-related waste is estimated to be more than $160 billion, reports Fortune, and solving this kind of inefficiency is one of the reasons why more and more construction companies are turning to drones.”



Infrastructure Tuesday: How to Determine if Your Civil 3D Drawing is CTB or STB

In this video clip from KaDe King’s Infrastructure Tuesday: STB vs. CTB webinar, KaDe shares whether or not you can use both CTBs and STBs and how to determine which type your drawing is.

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