Profile Abbreviations broken?


I know everyone is well aware of drawing settings in Civil 3D. And in those settings is a tab for various abbreviations used throughout Civil3D. That dialog box looks like this:

Default Drawing Settings

Default Drawing Settings

If you collapse all of the headings, the very last group is for profile label abbreviations. Yeah, yeah, get to the point.

They don’t work.

See, be careful of what you wish for.  All other properties work in each group except for PROFILE.  Wait a minute… Civil 3D has been out awhile and so has abbreviations. This can’t be right, could it? So here’s the details….

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Infraworks offerings got you confused?


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For those keeping up with the Autodesk offerings of Infraworks, there are several flavors to choose from. We have the following choices:

  1. Autodesk Infraworks – included in the Infrastructure Design Suite Premium & Ultimate as well as Building Design Suite Ultimate, no direct access to cloud collaboration and tools.
  2. Autodesk Roads and Highways Module – new functionality in the 2014 version of Infraworks
  3. Autodesk Infaworks 360 – subscription benefit for owners of the various Suites mentioned earlier. Added cloud collaboration and tools to Suite version.
  4. Autodesk Infraworks 360 Pro – Rental option for those without the Suite; reduced functions compared to the Suite version
  5. Roadway Design for Infraworks 360 Pro – additional road design functions in the rental version to match the Suite version

Sadly, even with the brevity I used above, I barely keep the various offerings organized in my head. If you have happened to download the subscription update to Infraworks (R2), this added to the confusion with several icons on your desktop.

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And, only one version would work depending on what you were actually authorized to use.

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Well, as of tomorrow, Autodesk has thankfully decided to reorganize a bit to help reduce confusion by defining two key points; where are various functions and who has access to those functions.

  1. For those with the various Design Suites
    1. Autodesk Infraworks – included version in the Suite
  2. For those using the Rental option
    1. Autodesk Infraworks 360 – renamed without the PRO label, only way to access cloud based features
    2. Roadway Design for Infraworks 360 – requires 360 license; moved roads and highways functionality from Suite to Rental version
    3. Bridge Design for Infraworks 360 – requires 360 license; NEW functionality added today!

These changes DO NOT affect the software you currently have installed, only new purchases using the updated installer will be affected. So, the additional roads and highways module in the new release will be there for current installations.

Here’s my takeaway:

  • if you don’t collaborate on the infraworks models, then you will be happy with the Suite offerings.
  • If you need to collaborate (use cloud services), chances are good that you are working on transportation projects so the Rental option will be applicable to you.
  • If you need to collaborate or share the model but aren’t doing transportation work, you will still need the Rental version, sorry. There is no current option to include those cloud services in the Suite version of Infraworks.

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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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

 

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.

Autodesk AutoCAD 360

Autodesk AutoCAD 360

 

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….

 

Washing Sketchup 3D models


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Ron Couillard over at CADsoft Consulting has 2 great posts here and here on doing laundry.  I mean using Civil 3D as a way to wash the 3D models in the Trimble 3D warehouse (previously known as the sketchup warehouse) so they can be used in Infrastructure Modeler. Pick you favorite model and drop it in AIM, or whatever we’re calling it now.  :)

Or I should say Infraworks for the 2014 version. Man, can somebody just buy everything once so I can keep track of all these things? I’m not getting any younger….  :)Washing Sketchup 3D Models

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