What’s New for Civil Infrastructure in Autodesk 2018
Calling all civil infrastructure engineers, designers, and surveyors! On April 13th 2017, Autodesk released the 2018 version to their dynamic duo hero products, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 and Infraworks 2018. With these new releases came several new features and enhancements that improve efficiencies, productivity, and user interaction. Here’s a look at the highlights in civil infrastructure in Autodesk 2018.
New in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018
The new features and enhancements in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 aimed for improvements in design efficiency, production efficiency and collaboration.
Connected Alignments – This a new feature that allows you to link two intersecting alignments when creating things like a curb return, an exit ramp, a merging /diverging road, or simply connecting two roads. The new feature also allows you to create a profile that will transition between the two profiles.
Creating Offset Profiles – You can now create an Offset profile using a default cross slope in the 2018 release. These Offset profiles are defaulted in a dynamic state, which means any updates are automatically reflected in the elevation or geometry of the parent profile and parent alignment.
Plan and Profile Sheet Generation – In AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018, you can finally create plan/plan and profile/profile sheets automatically with the Plan Production tools. New templates were included in this version of 2018 to use this new functionality.
InfraWorks Ribbon – If you’re a Civil 3D user, you need to be using Infraworks to help you with your preliminary engineering designs in modeling, analysis, and collaboration in your projects. The two products work so well together that Autodesk has included an Infraworks ribbon in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 to easily run, import, and export from InfraWorks.
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New in InfraWorks 2018
InfraWorks is an incredible tool that allows civil infrastructure users to 3D model, design, analyze, and collaborate in conjunction with Civil 3D. Autodesk focused the InfraWorks 2018 release on adding new tools for improved performance, more intelligent road design, greater detailed quantities, and custom bridge components.
Simplified Trees – The InfraWorks 2018 release allows you to turn off the realistic trees in your View settings and substitute them for simplified trees. This will improve the performance when displaying, panning, and zooming in sections of trees like forests, while still having the option to switch back to realistic trees as needed.
Material Quantities – Now with individual road components, material quantities in InfraWorks 2018 include light poles signs and railings. Users also now have the option to export their quantities to a CSV file for further review, reporting, or cost estimating.
Roadside Grading – The usability of InfraWorks has improved in 2018 with a new grading gizmo that makes editing grading zones easier and modifying grading zones faster and more responsive.
Road Annotations – Road annotations are now more intelligent with fixed station labels, which appear and disappear based on geometric location points and how the user is viewing the model.
Custom Bridge Components – You can now expand your design capabilities to meet more design needs with custom bridge components. Custom parametric bridge components can be built from Autodesk Inventor and added to libraries within InfraWorks to be used as part of your bridge designs in your InfraWorks models.
What new features are you excited to start using in Civil 3D and InfraWorks? Share your thoughts in the comments below!