CAD Geek Interview: Streamlining Decision Making with Civil 3D and InfraWorks

CAD Geek Interview: Streamlining Decision Making with Civil 3D and InfraWorks

On July 22, 2015 I joined DLT Solutions with my company (CADD Microsystems) and Lynn Allen for an event specifically tailored to the challenges faced by government customers. During the event, I shared a presentation on InfraWorks that demonstrated ways it could be applied as a planning and preliminary design tool very early in the project cycle. During that presentation, I identified the phrase “Just Imagine” as the two most toxic words teams could use to describe their designs.

Why do I feel “just imagine” are the two most toxic words of design?

Put simply imagination is a thing with infinite possibilities, whereas your project will only be built one of those ways. Describing your project with the term “just imagine” is like playing stakeholder roulette; there’s a chance your imagination matches theirs, but odds are your imagined solution and theirs are two entirely different things.

My presentation at the DLT event focused on this very point, and how InfraWorks can be used as a tool to communicate designs to stakeholders in lieu of imagining designs with stakeholders. After the event, I had chatted with the team from DLT on what all of this means for public-sector design teams in the video interview above.

Missing Links of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite

Missing Links of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite

If you haven’t already checked out the new-for-2012 Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, stop what you’re doing and call your reseller. The various industry-specific Design Suites introduced this year by Autodesk accomplish a number of things including, but not limited to making the cost prohibitive, multi-product workflow you’ve heard about for years more attainable than ever. Over the last several weeks I’ve progressed from “kicking the tires” to actually taking the new Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite for a real test drive. While my overall impression of the suite has been positive – I have had to swing at a couple curveballs.

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

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:

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Easily manage your Civil 3D Styles and Templates for FREE

EE ProPack CAD Manager Tools
EE ProPack CAD Manager Tools Palette

Getting the initial manuscript for my upcoming book AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required submitted has made me fall behind on reading some of my favorite blogs. This morning I took a quick minute to get caught up on what’s happening in the blogosphere, and came across an announcement on the EE Civil3DPedia blog that made me double-check today was March 1, not April 1 (aka April Fool’s Day).

One of my biggest complaints about Civil 3D has been its lack of an easy way to manage styles and command settings across many drawings. It’s certainly not uncommon to add or even update a style to your companies’ Civil 3D template. Such revisions oftentimes mean changes to your default command settings, and so the domino effect begins. With styles you do at least have the option to drag-and-drop styles from one drawing to another, but even this method has its caveats. Command settings have always been a different story; short of manually making the change across multiple drawings, I have yet to find a great way to manage changes to command settings out of the box.

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