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Project Kameleon Updated in Autodesk Labs

For anyone who has tried Part Builder in AutoCAD Civil 3D and didn’t like it (which is probably everyone), Project Kameleon is worth your attention. Currently an Autodesk Labs technology preview, Project Kameleon is a standalone parts editor that brings the process of modeling custom Civil 3D content into the 21st century. Beyond simply modernizing … Read more

Establishing Shared Coordinates Between Revit and Civil 3D the Easy Way

“Model Coordination” in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry is most often limited to what’s in Revit. While that ensures a coordinated building model, it leaves the question of what to do about the Civil 3D model unanswered. Revit has a Survey Point, but in my experience only a small percentage of teams spend the time … Read more

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

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

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

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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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Autodesk Acquires Dynamite VSP and Dynamite SIM

Over the last several years we’ve seen Autodesk feature renderings created using Autodesk 3D Studio Max Design and a third-party product from 3AM Solutions named Dynamite VSP. For the uninitiated, Dynamite VSP is a product designed specifically for the civil engineering industry. No pun intended, but it helps bridge the gap between AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk 3D Studio Max Design, making the civil visualization process more accessible.

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Undocumented Civil 3D Commands for Sites

image A couple weeks ago, I had what some would call the perfect storm; a major deadline, crashing grading drawings, and managerial pressure to get it fixed yesterday. Trouble was, regardless of the series of commands I threw at the troublesome drawings, the errors remained, and the drawings continued to crash.  In fact, there was a time in the troubleshooting process that I questioned if the AUDIT command actually did anything, or if it was simply a random number generator.  Sometimes the number of errors went down, sometimes it went up, apparently the AUDIT command had become a mood indicator for Civil 3D.  Long story short, this problem had The CAD Geek stumped (it happens from time-to-time).

Pressures mounting, I called some friends from both Autodesk and my reseller Avatech.  I really have to give it to the folks at Avatech and Autodesk Subscription Support.  Their combined insight and expertise made this a support ticket with a happy ending.  Just how did we end up solving this problem?

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 Gets Ribbonized

image Ever since Microsoft launched Office 2007 the trend has undoubtedly shifted from the traditional interface employing menus and toolbars, to the “new and improved” ribbon. Users of vanilla AutoCAD got ribbonized with last year’s 2009 release. While a classic workspace was still shipped with the product, the ribbon was an integral part of the default workspace. On the other hand, Civil 3D users got a stay of ribbonization in the 2009 release, but 2010 is a whole different story. You guessed it; the 2010 release of AutoCAD Civil 3D has been ribbonized!

Many of you have probably launched “AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 as AutoCAD” at least once since installing it. Under that configuration, you got the full ribbon experience! If you were like me, you took a look at it, thought eh’ that is cool, and proceeded to change back to the AutoCAD Classic workspace. Here’s the deal, the ribbon in 2009 was cool, but not overly useful (in my own opinion). I personally felt Autodesk ribbonized AutoCAD just so they could be like every other software manufacturer, following in the footsteps of Microsoft. To be fair, I can certainly see how the Ribbon might help someone first learning AutoCAD.

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