Weekly Roundup – Civil 3D Edition: Visualization Extension, Storm and Sanitary Analysis, & Bridge Modeler

Dynamite VSP As mentioned in my last post “Weekly Roundup – AutoCAD Edition”, far too many cool things happened this week. In fact, it was too much for just one “Roundup” post, and I had to split into two “Roundups”; an AutoCAD edition and a Civil 3D edition. Here are some of the cool things Civil 3D users got access to this week:

Civil Visualization Extension

Among Autodesk’s recent acquisitions was the popular visualization product that bridged the gap (no pun intended) between AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk 3DS Max Design named Dynamite VSP. The result of that acquisition is the new Civil Visualization Extension available to Subscription customers at no additional cost. While the plug-in is free, you will of course need AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk 3DS Max Design to use the extension. After you have those installed, you’ll be creating stunning visualizations of your projects in no time. For more on Dynamite VSP, have a look at my post announcing the acquisition back in January.

Download from the Subscription Center: www.autodesk.com/subscription
Read more about the Civil Visualization Extension at Dana’s BIM on the Rocks blog

Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis Stand-alone 2011

In addition to Dynamite VSP, Autodesk also recently acquired BOSS International who produced a product known as BOSS StormNET. Today Autodesk incorporated StormNET into their portfolio, and released Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis to its subscription customers. This wasn’t just a replace the BOSS logo with an Autodesk logo; Autodesk actually added several new features including tighter integration with its existing products like Civil 3D and Hydraflow. Matt Anderson over at the Civil3DPedia blog made an excellent post outlining the new Autodesk Storm and Sanitary product this morning.

Download from the Subscription Center: www.autodesk.com/subscription

Read more about Autodesk Storm and Sanitary 2011 at Civil3DPedia

Autodesk Labs: Civil 3D Bridge Modeler

Released to work with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 last year, Autodesk has updated this plugin to work with the newly released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011. Be sure to check it out if you do any sort of bridge work. After giving it a spin, be sure to let Autodesk know what you think. Specifically, they’re looking for you to answer the following question:

How do you think of having bridge modeling capability inside AutoCAD Civil 3D, which is very limited features comparing to those in Extensions for Revit Structure?

Download from Autodesk Labs: http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/civil3D_bridge/

About Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Training Guide, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, Autodesk University speaker, and former member of the AUGI Board of Directors.