Infrastructure Universe Vol. 32 – The Expanding Universe of Infrastructure
Hello fellow Infrastructure Universe dwellers,
It is amazing how much Infrastructure Universe has grown. The newsletter that you have come to trust will continue each month, but Infrastructure Universe is becoming so much more! It will expand to encompass other information and communications from U.S. CAD on the Infrastructure industry. We are very excited to see the changes coming in the future as they will provide you with even more tools to help you.
Software Updates and Hot Fixes
AUTODESK® LICENSING SERVICE – 188.8.131.529 – UPDATE
This update for Autodesk Licensing Service is available for all the platforms – Windows, Mac and Linux. The update includes defect fixes related to install, launch, security and resiliency of Autodesk Licensing Service and its installer. For more details, please refer to the Improvements and Defects section below. This is a cumulative update and contains all the changes from the updates previously released. Autodesk strongly recommends installing the latest available version of the Autodesk Licensing Service for better reliability and performance.
AUTODESK® CIVIL 3D® 2019.3 UPDATE RELEASE NOTES
Find out about the new and improved features in the Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.3 Update release
Primary Issues Resolved by This Update
The following issues have been resolved in the Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.3 Update:
Autodesk Subassembly Composer
• Improved performance when opening rail subassembly PKT files that use cant.
• Fixed an issue in which the superelevation of subassemblies created with the Subassembly Composer failed to be incorporated into a corridor.
• Fixed an issue that caused the outer corners of corridors to not clean up correctly where there were tangent-tangent intersections in the baseline.
• Added the ability to generate slope stake reports for data referenced corridors.
• Fixed an issue in which a data referenced corridor was not reported as being out of date after the associated data referenced alignment was deleted.
• Improved performance when synchronizing data shortcut references.
• Fixed an issue that prevented creating corridor data shortcut references.
• Fixed an issue in which data referenced alignments were created as the wrong alignment type when creating data referenced corridors that had dependent non-centerline alignments.
• Fixed an issue in which nested alignment data shortcut references appeared to be broken after data shortcuts were deleted.
• Fixed an issue in which nested data referenced alignments and corridors reported being out of date.
• Added a warning to instances when the source of a corridor data shortcut reference needs to be rebuilt.
• Fixed an issue in which pipes lost their connections to structures when synchronizing data referenced pipe networks after locking layer 0.
• Fixed an issue where in some environments, applying customization files caused Civil 3D to close unexpectedly on startup.
• Updated a zlib component to correct a vulnerability issue.
• Improved stability when performing a mapcheck analysis on a parcel with curved edges.
• Corrected an annotation issue along parcel segments created from alignments.
• Fixed an issue that caused alignments to be added to sites when they were imported from a LandXML file.
• Improved stability when performing a mapcheck analysis on a parcel with curved edges.
• Fixed an issue in which pipes and structures used the units specified in the pipe network feature settings instead of the units specified in the pipe and structure feature settings.
• Fixed an issue in which a pipe centerline that was referenced into a drawing using an xref was displayed using the color of the xref layer.
• Fixed an issue in which the point data in a .csv file parsed incorrectly during the point import process when the data contained user defined properties.
• Fixed an issue that caused properties specified on the Query Builder tab of the Point Group Properties dialog box to change after attaching an xref.
• Fixed a graphical issue that could occur near the cursor when creating points.
• Fixed an issue in which saving a drawing that has crossing objects in a profile view reported an error on the command line.
• Fixed a pay item formula volume calculation issue in QTO Manager.
• Fixed an issue where the volume of a volume surface shown in a surface elevation legend table did not match the volume shown in the surface properties.
• Fixed an issue where the volume of a volume surface shown in a surface elevation legend table was incorrect when the elevation analysis contained a range with a negative elevation value.
• Fixed an issue in which survey figure data imported incompletely.
• Fixed an issue where accessing survey figure properties in model space from within a locked layout viewport would cause the viewport scale to change.
• Fixed an issue in which the syntax for an angle was not accepted as a valid input format in the Traverse Editor. For example, 3..12°34’56” would be reported as invalid.
• Fixed an issue in which an angle with a degree symbol was treated as a bearing instead of a turned angle.
• Fixed an issue in which docking or undocking the Traverse Editor would open the Unsaved Changes dialog box.
• Improved functionality of the Traverse Editor by retaining the calculated distance from point to point when saving a balanced TRV2 file.
• Improved the numerical precision in the TRV2 file to match the Traverse Editor and Drawing Settings.
• Removed trailing zeros and added numerical delimiters for clarity when displaying traverse adjustment results.
• Fixed scaling issues in the Traverse Editor user interface when using 4K displays.
• Fixed a precision issue when closure summaries were calculated using a vector from the point of closure to the last calculated point in the adjusted traverse.
• Added scale factor and rotation angle values to the report for a Grant Line adjustment.
Great Videos & New Tools
NEW FEATURES IN AUTODESK CIVIL 3D 2019.3
Get the complete list of new features at Autodesk.com
P&ID CREATION USING AUTOCAD PLANT 3D: PUMPING STATION DESIGN WITH THE AEC COLLECTION
With AutoCAD Plant 3D you can create the schematic diagrams necessary for all aspects of Water/Waster Water design and use the generated database to direct the plant modeling process later in the design cycle.
DWG COMPARE IN CIVIL 3D 2020
By Ron Couillard
The DWG Compare tool is an AutoCAD-based function that was originally introduced with the AutoCAD 2019 release. It was a great new piece of functionality given to us to be able to compare two different versions of a drawing file to be able to see what the differences are between them. Items that are different in the currently open drawing show up in green, and objects that are different in the comparison drawing show up in red. Unchanged objects show up in gray. Of course, all of these colors can be changed as desired.
So why am I blogging about an AutoCAD-based feature that came out in the 2019 version? In the video below, I will show how to use it, what has changed for 2020, and, especially for people using Civil 3D, what you can and cannot do with it.
INFRASTRUCTURE TUESDAY: AUTOCAD TIPS FOR CIVIL 3D USERS
Watch KaDe King in this 45-minute video 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.
Hot Infrastructure News
GET A FIRST LOOK AT MSG SPHERE CONSTRUCTION IN LAS VEGAS
By Richard N. Velotta
Representatives of The Madison Square Garden Co. gave the first glimpse of progress Tuesday of the under-construction MSG Sphere — a first-of-its-kind performance venue with high-tech audio and visual capabilities.
THIS MACHINE REMOVES TRASH FROM BEACHES
NEW VIDEO MAPS EVERY CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE OF THE LAST 30 YEARS
By Elijah Chiland
Want to get a sense of just how much seismic activity exists in the state of California? A new video from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center maps every earthquake recorded in or around the Golden State in the last 30 years.
AUTODESK CIVIL ENGINEERING COMMUNITY WEBCASTS
Learn, experience, and inspire with the Autodesk civil infrastructure community and their resource of available webcasts.
INFRASTRUCTURE TUESDAY: TAKING GIS UTILITY FILES AND USING THEM IN CIVIL 3D
August 6, 2019 @ 11:00am 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 @ 11:00am 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.