GIS Data with Google Maps or Infrastructure Map Server


Good morning.  This is just a quick note for those government agencies that publish GIS data. I just discovered that Google has a Public Data program to make the information available to a wider audience. Organizations simply need to fill out a form to apply to the program.

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I also found out that individuals can create their own maps using the Google Maps Engine Lite.  For me, this will provide a great venue to present my project history. You may have similar needs as an individual. But if you want to create online maps for your business, they also have something called Google Maps for Business. It appears that this service will only let ESRI users connect directly…

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If you don’t want to pay a subscription, you could setup your own web mapping service with Infrastructure Map Server. With this application, you can publish and share GIS data as well as CAD data with a web-based or mobile browser interface! And Map 3D /  Civil 3D will natively work with this option!

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Are your gutter calcs incorrect?


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It has been brought to my attention that folks are seeing different values with a model being analyzed in SSA 2013 versus SSA 2014. Alas, this falls back to an error in the 2013 version that was corrected in the 2014 version. The problem it seems relates to bypass flow and gutter spread for inlets. And I quote….

The curb and gutter inlet calculator and the inlet calculations sometimes produce different results in 2013 than in 2014. In some cases, the gutter width is missing in the spread calculations.

The corrections made now follow normal expectations in the HEC-22 model. So fear not, here is a case for at least moving your hydrology calculations to 2014 if nothing else! 

Service Pack time…


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Just your friendly reminder that a service pack for Civil 3D 2014 has been released.  Go get the update here.

In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2014 Service Pack 1, which fixes or addresses a variety of issues discovered by Autodesk’s internal testing team and by customers using the Customer Error Reporting Utility.

If you’re wondering what’s in the update, well you’ll need to read the notes. There are lots of little fixes, resolutions and enhancements. So if you’re that firm that waits for the first update, here ya go!

 

{EDIT – For the industrious few, there is a “master” update page that all support references are shown. That link is shown below. It unfortunately does not have an RSS feed. So you will have to check it occasionally or just continue to let us do the heavy lifting!}

www.autodesk.com/supportupdates

 

Civil 3D Wish – Surface definition order


Ever wonder why your surface contours aren’t behaving properly?

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In most cases, the issue can be found in the order of operations in the surface properties. In the screen grab below, the issue is simply that the outer boundary should be at the end to ensure that data added later will still be limited by that boundary.

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After having conversations with folks in training classes as well as support calls, I’ve come up with a solution. It would be great if….

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U2’s Bono interview about Christ


Kevin:

So here’s a departure from the normal engineering chatter. I found this interesting not because of the topic but because of how clearly Bono speaks of his faith. I wonder if I have that same clarity of mind, do you?

Originally posted on No Apologizing:

Okay….so I am always on the lookout for how celebrities describe their faith.  I find it interesting.  9 times out of 10 they end up creating a God that does not exist in the Bible.  Then along comes this excerpt from a book where Bono from U2 is being interviewed about his faith.  Actually the interview is from September 2010…but never the less it is an incredible read.  The following excerpt is from the poached egg and can be found at this link.

Christians in a rock band?

 

Bono: My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. Christ teaches that God is love. What does that mean? What it means for me: a study of the life of Christ. Love here describes itself as a child born in straw poverty, the most vulnerable situation of all, without honor. I don’t let my religious world get…

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Part Builder Land Mines


And… I’m back.  I’ve spent that last 2 months working on standardizing a local engineering firm. However, it was only scheduled to be a week and a half.  So what happened? Lots of answers there really. But one that most people can empathize with is Part Builder. A portion of my todo list required that certain parts be built. On the initial proposal, I gave an estimate of time for this task. Yes. I. Missed. That. Goal.

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Through all of the madness, here’s two tidbits that we need to keep in mind…

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iPad Emulator?


Just a quick note.  I came across a helpful tidbit last week regarding Apple products and how to demonstrate various things without actually owning said device. First, why do I need to do this? Well, for starters, Autodesk has become very cloud and mobile centric. As such, it becomes increasingly difficult to both demonstrate and educate firms and employees about these services. Until now.

May I introduce to you ipadpeek.com.

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I am now able to provide adequate demonstration/education with having to own or even find a way to project said devices.  Now, i do realize this is completely web based and there are no apps to display.  My primary focus using this tool is to educate people around the Autodesk 360 service as well as Infrastructure Map Server and how we can leverage design information in the field….

 

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