Infrastructure Universe Vol. 30 – Summertime, Storms, and Solutions

Hello fellow Infrastructure Universe dwellers, 

As Spring morphs into Summer and everyone begins the age old juggle between office duties, field work, and summer vacations, we’d like to take a moment for those affected by the extreme weather the nation has experienced over the past few months and how it has devastated many peoples lives and livelihoods. It’s as important as ever to give you the best workflows and process efficiencies as you handle not only your normal Summertime routines, but also help neighbors and communities rebuild. 

Over the last few weeks Autodesk has released a couple of updates – checkout the workflow sections and a good video on data shortcuts.

Software Updates and Hot Fixes

AUTODESK® STORM AND SANITARY ANALYSIS 2019 FOR AUTODESK® CIVIL 3D® 2019

What is included?
This update contains fixes for the following issues:
• Fixed the issue that the coordinate system list contains only one item.

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

AUTODESK® ROBOT™ STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS PROFESSIONAL 2020.0.1 HOTFIX

Primary Issues Resolved by Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2020.0.1 Hotfix
The following defects have been fixed in this hotfix:
General Issues
• Fixed an issue in which the program could crash on start for some Single-User subscription license.
Reinforced Concrete Design
• Corrected an improper calculation of the safety factor for slender columns for ACI 318-14 and ACI 318M-14 design code.
• Fixed an issue when generating multi-threaded calculation for the Reinforced Concrete columns.
Steel Connection Design
• Fixed an inconsistency between values and units in open dialogs when changing the Regional Setting in Preferences.
• Corrected column web tensile resistance calculations for fixed column bases of rectangular tube columns.
• Corrected anchor shear capacity calculation according to the CEB provisions for fixed and pinned column bases.
• Modified effective anchorage depth calculations for fixed and pinned column bases so that grout layer thickness is now considered.
Steel Design
• Corrected the unidirectional pipe verification method when, in some locations, bi-directional bending was checked.
• Corrected the nominal strength for tension flange yielding procedure in American standard ANSI/AISC 360-10.

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

AUTOCAD PLANT 2020.0.1 UPDATE

Fixed Issues

Collaboration Workflow
Fixed an issue where opening collaboration projects failed in some special network settings.
Collaboration workflow detects system proxy settings correctly now.
New projects are now created correctly with a collaboration project template.
Performance improvements for opening collaboration projects.

Vault Workflow
Fixed an issue where migrating vault projects from a 2017 version failed in certain cases.
Duplicate vault projects showed in open dialog in certain cases.
Performance improvements for opening vault projects and drawings.

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

PERSONAL ACCELERATOR FOR REVIT 2019 AND REVIT 2020 SECURITY FIX

Issue resolved by this security fix
To align with industry best practices for security and data integrity, Autodesk Identity Services and Revit Cloud Models Services, will move to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 and stop supporting TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 on June 15, 2019. Action may be required to update your software to maintain access to certain product functionality or features. To maintain connectivity, follow the instructions below. If your software is affected and is not updated, connectivity issues may occur as of June 15, 2019.

This update will allow the following feature functionality to be utilized.
• Personal Accelerator (PAC) for Revit Cloud Worksharing

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

INVENTOR 2020 UPDATES

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

BIM INTEROPERABILITY TOOLS FOR REVIT 2020

BIM Interoperability Tools v7.1.7052.0 for Revit 2020 supports the released versions of Revit 2020. Improvements made in this version:
• COBie and Model Checker – improved Excel export
• COBie fixes – XML date time localization no longer causes issue on import – system export empty in some situations now populates properly – component space names incorrectly generating their own now pull from host space/room parameter – Zone Manager UI works properly when creating new zones – contacts now properly access Classification Manager
• Classification Manager fixes – category dropdown working again with known limitations
• Model Checker fixes – report crash on Duplicate Element check no longer crashes – Configurator Advanced check tab Save and New buttons function as expected – report not showing model and checkset information if XML is not found now shows header information

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

REVIT EXTENSION FOR FABRICATION

What is included?
This update contains fixes for the following issues:
• Fixed the issue that the coordinate system list contains only one item.

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

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Great Videos & New Tools

WORKFLOW: USING VIEWPORTS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE IN CIVIL 3D

by Charles Ellison

Look at viewports and how to use them in model space without losing track of where you are in a big project.

READ FULL ARTICLE WITH VIDEO

DYNAMO FOR CIVIL 3D: GETTING STARTED

Interested in learning more about Dynamo for Civil 3D 2020. Visit: https://autode.sk/2KrKH3D

With Civil 3D 2020, we’re particularly excited to introduce Dynamo for Civil 3D, which will streamline repetitive tasks and help you get more out of your model.

WATCH VIDEO

FASTER STEEL ESTIMATES WITH BLUEBEAM REVU

by Troy DeGroot

Attention Steel Fabricators, Erectors and Estimators. Are you currently using 20 colored highlighters, scratch paper, a calculator, a Planimeter, cheater glasses and Ibuprofen to complete your takeoffs/estimates? You’re in luck, I started my career as a Steel Detailer, so I understand the drawings you’re looking through. I also worked as a BIM Manager transitioning 70 team members in seven locations into 3D workflows. Now I teach and I can assure you, there is a better way to do estimates and material takeoffs with Bluebeam Revu.

READ FULL ARTICLE

INFRASTRUCTURE TUESDAY: POINT CLOUD WITH AUTODESK AND BEYOND

We missed having you join us for May’s Infrastructure Tuesday webinar but you can still earn something new. The video begins with the basics of how point clouds can be created, learning the difference between “structured” vs “unstructured” scans, how to get surfaces out of the point clouds into Civil 3D, then covers a variety of topics and softwares, not just what is offered by Autodesk.

VIDEO: Point Cloud with Autodesk and Beyond

Hot Infrastructure News

VOTE FOR U.S. CAD CLASS PROPOSALS – AUTODESK UNIVERSITY 2019

Vote for the learning that matters most to you. Review this year’s U.S. CAD proposals and VOTE for those you want to see at AU Las Vegas 2019.

Instructions: Search the title of the class proposal below on the VOTE FOR AU CLASS PROPOSALS page and place your vote for each.


Andrell Laniewicz
Automating MEP Spool Creation and Annotation in Revit

Beyond BIM 360, the Sweat behind the Cloud

MEP Workflows that Work: Schematic Design to Fabrication

Step up your Revit Game – learn how to overcome common challenges

 

Sunny Watts
Helpful tips for managing your construction project in Revit.

 

James Lord
Go from Proposal stage, to Precon to Construction Using BIM360 and the AEC Collection

From a nightmare to a dream! Successful implementation of BIM360 Glue Coordination

Using the AEC Collection to Save Lives 2.0

Using the AEC Collection for a Road Rehab & Widening project for OCPW

 

Jack Trexler
Managing your Fabrication Database’s transition to Revit

 

Aaron Shimizu
BIM360 Field: Automatic Punchlist Generation and Quality Management for Sheraton Maui

To paraphrase a wise old proverb, the road to hell is paved with potholes.

READ FULL ARTICLE

5 TIP ON HOW TO CREATE A COMPELLING ENTRY

There’s no fee to enter the AEC Excellence Awards and you can submit up to five different projects. The same project can be submitted into multiple categories as long as it meets the requirements for the category.

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TO FIX ITS AGING INFRASTRUCTURE, THE US COULD LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM CHICAGO

In its latest report card, released in 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave US infrastructure a D+. Two years on, this rating still stands—and in the seven times the association has assessed the nation’s infrastructure since the 1980s, scores have steadily declined. By infrastructure type, the best score (for rail systems) is a B. The worst, for public transit, is a D-.

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3 WAYS HEROIC CIVIL ENGINEERS CAN SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH RESILIENCE PLANNING

Many superhero narratives can be read as antidotes to the uncertainties and politics of their time, from Great Depression–era Superman and Fascist-fighting Captain Marvel to the Black Pantherstaring down interplanetary racial injustice. The most recent Avengers installment, Avengers: Endgame, released the same week as Earth Day 2019, follows this path—but this time, the threat is environmental, a battle reflecting this age’s collective anxiety over the fate of the planet.

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Webcasts

AUTODESK CIVIL ENGINEERING COMMUNITY WEBCASTS

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

VIEW AVAILABLE WEBCASTS

INFRASTRUCTURE TUESDAY: BLUEBEAM TIPS & TRICKS

June 4, 2019 @ 11am PST

In this 30 minute webinar, both new and experienced Bluebeam Revu users will become Markup Experts by applying simple tips & tricks to their everyday workflows.

Attendees will learn:
1. Where are the markup tools in the 2018 user interface?
2. Autosize a Textbox, Add/Remove a Leader on a Callout, Draw Circles, Squares and Arcs. Along with several more.
3. How to save custom tools and set up defaults.

Presented by: Troy DeGroot

INFRASTRUCTURE TUESDAY: AUTOCAD TIPS FOR CIVIL 3D USERS

July 9, 2019 @ 11:00pm PST

Join KaDe King in this 45-minute webinar as she covers AutoCAD as the base of Civil 3D and how having some AutoCAD tricks in your bag will help you take your game to the next level! In this session she will discuss several AutoCAD commands, workflows, and features to make your work day easier.

INFRASTRUCTURE TUESDAY: TAKING GIS UTILITY FILES AND USING THEM IN CIVIL 3D

August 6, 2019 @ 11:00pm PST

During this webinar, you will learn the basics of Taking GIS Utility Files and Using Them in Civil 3D with the following main topics:

  • What file formats can be imported
  • The Importance of Investigating GIS Data & Their Attributes
  • The Import GIS Data Dialog box and process and of using it
  • Mapping GIS Attributes to Civil 3D Pipe Network properties
  • The use of data queries during import

INFRASTRUCTURE TUESDAY: THE PROS AND CONS OF PRESSURE PIPES IN CIVIL 3D

September 3, 2019 @ 11:00pm PST

This 45 minute webinar will take a quick tour through the Pressure Network functionality available in Civil 3D and discuss the Pros and Cons of the network creation workflow. Specifically, we will look at the creation tools available for pressure networks when using the Pipes & Bends and Pipes Only options, or when creating the network from an object. Next, we will look at adding fittings and appurtenances to the network and then adding the network to a profile view. Finally, we will discuss labeling and how it relates to the Pressure Network Catalog.

And A Little Humor...

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