Welcome to the Infrastructure Universe

The software and technology that we use to do our jobs are constantly changing and updating. It can be difficult to keep with all the changes and determine which ones actually impact your day-to-day work.

To help make sense of what’s going on in the Infrastructure Universe, James Lord (also known as StarLord James) compiles a list of important software updates, new technology advancements, and current news each month.

Read the Volumes

Volume 34
News and Updates
October 1, 2019

Volume 33
News and Updates
September 1, 2019

Volume 32
The Expanding Universe of Infrastructure
August 1, 2019

Volume 31
Stay Cool with these Hot Topics
July 1, 2019

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Free Resources

As an expert in the world of civil infrastructure, James Lord has put together a series of downloadable guides and checklists to help you stay on top of industry news and best practices.

Civil 3D 2019 Backward Compatibility

This chart quickly shows what is and is not backward-compatible in Civil 3D releases 2013 to 2019.

Speed up Your AutoCAD & Civil 3D Drawings

This guide gives you some easy steps you can take to spend less time waiting on your computer and more time working on your projects.

AEC Collection vs. Design Suites

This chart shows you what you’ll have access to with an AEC Collection subscription as compared to the former Design Suites.

What’s New in Civil 3D from 2015 to Now

This PDF describes all the updates and changes that have occurred in Civil 3D since the 2015 release.

Software Updates

In each volume of the Infrastructure Universe update, James highlights important software updates, hotfixes, and service packs from Autodesk. Below is a list of all the updates that have been highlighted. To learn more about one of them, just follow the link to the specific volume of the Infrastructure Universe updates.

Autodesk Civil 3D




  • 2016 Service Pack 3: Vol. 1
  • 2016 Productivity Pack 1: Vol. 2
  • 2016 Productivity Pack 2: Vol. 2
  • 2016 Productivity Pack 3: Vol. 2
  • 2016 Productivity Pack 3.1: Vol. 3
  • 2016 Service Pack 4: Vol. 3
  • 2016 Transportation v1.2 Extension: Vol. 3


  • 2015 Service Pack 3: Vol. 1
  • Storm & Sanitary Analysis 2015 Service Pack 1: Vol. 1
  • 2015 Productivity Pack 1: Vol. 2
  • Productivity Tools for Civil 3D 2015: Vol. 2
  • 2014 Service Pack 2: Vol. 1
  • Storm & Sanitary Analysis 2014 Service Pack 1: Vol. 1
  • 2013 Service Pack 2: Vol. 1
  • Storm & Sanitary Analysis Service Pack 1: Vol. 1

Autodesk ReCap


ReCap 360

Autodesk AutoCAD





Autodesk Vehicle Tracking



  • Extended Vehicle Libraries for AVT 2017: Vol. 4
  • 2017 Service Pack 1: Vol. 4
  • 2017.0 Hotfix 1: Vol. 9


  • Extended Vehicle Libraries for AVT 2016: Vol. 4
  • 2016 Service Pack 1: Vol. 4


  • Extended Vehicle Libraries for AVT 2015: Vol. 4
  • 2015.3 Update: Vol. 4
  • 2015.2 Update: Vol. 4
  • Extended Vehicle Libraries for AVT 2014: Vol. 4

Autodesk InfraWorks



InfraWorks 360

Other Updates

Navisworks 2018 Release: Vol. 6
Revit 2017.2.1 Update: Vol. 7
BIM 360 Glue AutoCAD 2018 Add-In: Vol. 8
Navisworks 2018 Update 1: Vol. 8
AutoCAD Map 3D 2017.0.4 Hotfix: Vol. 9
Revit 2018 Site Designer: Vol. 10
Map 3D 2018.0.1 Update: Vol. 11
AutoCAD Electrical 2018.1 Update: Vol. 11
Revit 2018.1.1 Hotfix: Vol. 11
Revit 2017.2.2 Update: Vol. 11
Structural Precast for Revit 2018: Vol. 11
Navisworks Manage 2018.2 Update: Vol. 12
Navisworks Freedom 2018.2.1 Update: Vol. 12
Revit 2018.2 Update: Vol. 12
Plant 3D 2018.1 Update: Vol. 13
Revit 2017.2.3 Update: Vol. 13
3ds Max 2018.4 Update: Vol. 14
Navisworks Manage 2018.2 Update: Vol. 14
Revit Roombook 2018.1 Extension: Vol. 15
FormIt Pro 2018 v16.2: Vol. 16

Helpful Tools & Resources to Use

James frequently shares tools and resources that he finds helpful in the Infrastructure Universe updates. Some are free, while some have an associated cost. Similarly, some are available through U.S. CAD and some are unaffiliated. To learn more about any of James’s favorite tools, follow one of the links below to read the full volume.

Volume 17

Importing Civil Object Layer Settings
Moving Roadway Striping from Civil 3D to InfraWorks

Volume 16


Volume 15

IF() function in Civil 3D

Volume 14

Code set styles in Civil 3D

Volume 13

LineworkTrim & LineworkDivide

Volume 12

Drainage Structure Catalogs Created with Infrastructure Parts Editor

Volume 11

Tips, Tricks, and Unnatural Hacks for Civil 3D

Volume 10

Dynamic Grading in Civil 3D
Converting digital photos to material maps

Volume 9

Infrastructure Parts Editor

Volume 8


Volume 7

Pipe Editor for Civil 3D
Structure Editor for Civil 3D

Volume 6

Leica Infrastructure Link for Civil 3D

Volume 5

Regapp ID Cleanup Utility for AutoCAD

Mini-Update #1


Volume 1

Scale List Cleanup Utility for AutoCAD 2017

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