Civil 3D 2019 Update 2

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

A new update for Civil 3D 2019 has just been released.  You can find it in the usual places; the Desktop App or your Autodesk Account.  Here is the ReadMe; note that AutoCAD 2019.1.2 must be installed prior to this new Civil 3D update.

See this video outlining some of the new functionality.

As always, updates contain fixes to known defects and some new functionality.  Here are the notable new features:

  • Transparent commands are now included in their own ribbon.
  • Transparent commands can now be accessed via the right click menu.
  • There is some new transparent command functionality with Alignment Station and Offset.  This in the name of efficiency and it’s an excellent addition.
  • Linear crossings in profile views.  This is, in this blogger’s opinion, is arguably revolutionary!  For many years users have requested the ability to display in profile where something crosses your alignment.  Another alignment, feature line, etc.  now we can.
  • UNC paths for projects.
  • Sample lines data shortcuts are “Vaultable”.
  • Property set data is supported in LadnXML.
  • Rail platform edge improvements.

Infrastructure Road Show Series – Recap

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Recently the SolidCAD civil team conducted the first Infrastructure Road Show series across Western Canada!

Our roadshow series was designed to uncover emerging technologies and new software, share best practices and industry trends and provide you with the best tips and tricks to streamline your workflow and finish your project faster.

As those who attended know, there was a lot of information shown so feel free to download the Powerpoint files and view them at your own pace.

Point Clouds

Design Roundtrip

Tips & Tricks

Civil 3D 2019.1 Update

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Autodesk has released the first update for Civil 3D 2019. It is called the Civil 3D 2019.1 Update. As is the new norm, updates contain fixes and also feature enhancements. You can discover all of the details in the official Autodesk ReadMe; I’ve outlined some of the highlights below.

Not everyone reads the readme before installing, so to avoid the likely error message that 2019.1 will not install…The AutoCAD 2019.1 Update is a prerequisite of the Civil 3D 2019.1 Update and must be applied prior to installing the update.

New Features
• Rail tools and content.
• Rail alignment offsets and cant support.
• Sample line groups can now be data referenced.
• Multiple connection points for pipe structures.
• Publish a surface to BIM 360 for consumption in Revit.
Fixes
• Data shortcut performance improvements.
• Pipe rules are no longer automatically applied. (See this article.)
• Vault fixes.
• Many other defects have been addressed.

Civil 3D 2019 Pipe Networks

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Please note, this issue seems to have been fixed with the release of Civil 3D 2019.1.

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If you are still having issues with Civil 3D 2019 installed and you’re using pipe networks, please read this message.

I have fielded two recent technical support cases exhibiting behavior that may not be immediately obvious, but is quite serious.  Edits to a surface can cause pipe rules to be automatically applied, changing pipe invert elevation when doing so.  Pipe rules should never be applied like this, they should only be applied when first creating pipes and then when manually invoking the Apply Pipe Rules tool.

My customer edits a feature line elevation and his pipes all change invert elevations.  When the feature lines are edited, the surface updates, the rules are applied, and the inverts change.  Imagine this is a relatively minor edit on a Friday after which you print the construction documents without first looking at the pipes in profile.  Why would you?  The rules aren’t supposed to apply when a surface is edited.

Other users are experiencing this issue and Autodesk is aware is the problem.  Let’s hope that this is fixed in the next Civil 3D update.

Here are your workarounds:

  • Use 2018.  This may be a feasible workaround because the two are compatible.
  • Delete all of your pipe rules in any drawing that contains pipes.  Not the rule set, just the rules within the set.  There are no rules, so none can be applied when your surface changes.  Be careful though, if you have any reference styles and they are reloaded, the rules may get applied.  This does not work with surfaces that are DREFd into a pipe drawing.  Imagine that you edit your surface and save the file.  Then you open the pipes drawing, the surface updates instantly and the pipe rules get applied instantly as well.

Leica Geosystems BLK360

Leica Geosystems BLK360 

By Mark DiPinto, Marketing Assistant at SolidCAD

SoildCAD, a Cansel company recently added the Leica Geosystem to their growing product line. The BLK360 imaging laser scanner is the smallest, most easy-to-use imaging laser scanner in the world. Paired with Autodesk ReCap® Pro for mobile it simplifies the way you document, design, and measure.

With accurate 360o HDR spherical imagery scans up to a 60 m and 2D, 3D or thermal imaging scan views, the Lecia BLK360 is a step above the rest.

So what do you get with the Leica Geosystems BLK360?

Hardware

The 1kg BLK360 delivers push button 360º, HDR spherical imagery combined with a dimensionally accurate laser point cloud.

Software

The ReCap Pro for mobile app running on a 12.9” or 10.5” iPad Pro (not included), processes the BLK360 imagery and scan so you can view your data, measure, annotate and collaborate.

 

To learn more about the Leica BLK360, click here

InfraWorks

InfraWorks 

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

There has been a significant change to Infraworks’ services.

1. It will no longer be possible to create new analyses such as Watershed, Traffic, Line Girder, Profile, and Corridor in 2018.2 and earlier versions of Infraworks.  In addition, web and mobile views will need to be recreated.

Upgrading to Infraworks 2019 when it becomes available is required to use these features.  This step was taken to improve the security of your data by meeting SOC2 standards, and to conform to new EU data protection regulations.

Click this link to learn more.

2. The following services will be retired.

a. Create Civil 3D drawings from InfraWorks models.

b. Some cloud-based data translation. Additional software may be required to be installed onto your workstations.

Click this link to learn more.

 

 

AutoCAD 2019

 AutoCAD 2019 

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

 

Autodesk has released the latest iteration of its flagship drafting application AutoCAD.  Here are some of the highlights.

  • AutoCAD 2019 remains on the 2018 format. Files saved with 2019 can be opened in 2018.

DWG Compare

AutoCAD will highlight the differences between two selected drawings.

Shared Views

Share a view of your AutoCAD drawing online with others. Those users are not required to have AutoCAD installed since the AutoCAD file is viewed online in their web browser.  The DWG is not uploaded to the cloud, only the shared view.  Invited participants can view, print, measure, and mark up the view.

Apps

Autodesk has two apps for viewing and editing online; The Web app and the Mobile app.

Industry-Specific Toolsets

AutoCAD subscribers now receive the following Autodesk applications in addition to AutoCAD:

  • Architecture
  • Electrical design
  • Map 3D
  • Mechanical design
  • MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing)
  • Plant 3D, including P&ID functionality
  • Raster design

Infraworks 2018.2

Infraworks 2018.2

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Autodesk has released the latest update for its Infraworks application.  You will find information about the update in the team webcast found here.  The update is not yet available as of January 2, 2018, but check your Desktop App or Autodesk Account for it in the very near future.

 

A brief look at the new features…

Reality Capture

  • Linear breakline extraction improvements.
  • Linear breakline editing tools.
  • Camera image lookup from point cloud scans.

Road Modeling

  • PI and Element based modeling.
  • Element editing improvements.

Quantities

  • Calculate drainage quantities by up to 4 depth ranges.
  • Utility and generic quantities by style.
  • QTO visualization.

Bridge Modeling

  • Manage parametric content.
  • Use inventor assemblies.
  • Export template for use in other models.
  • Automatic bridge creation over water has been removed.

Civil 3D Update 2018.2

Civil 3D Update 2018.2

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Autodesk has released the latest update for its Civil 3D 2018 application.  You will find information about the update here.  The update can be installed with the Desktop App or by downloading it from Autodesk Account.

Remember, these new types of releases are not simply service packs.  There are certainly fixes to defects, but there is new functionality to be had these days.

 

A brief look at the changes:

Various defect fixes.

Profile Layout Direction:

Some profile entities can now be drawn right to left as well as left to right.

Vertical Curves in Offset Profile Slope Transition Regions:

Vertical curves are now created in slope transition regions for offset profiles.

Rail Turnouts and Crossings Commands:

Create and edit rail turnouts and crossovers.

Subassemblies:

A variety of new PKT-format subassemblies are included in this update.

The Use Targets On the Same Side As the Subassembly check box was added to the Set Width Or Offset Target dialog box in the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.1 Update.

Pressure Network Content:

New metric and imperial pressure network content is included in this release.

3D Solid Crossing Appearance Control in Section Views:

Control the appearance of 3D solid crossings that use the style option by modifying the properties of the 3D solid layer.

Multi-Select Projection and Crossing Styles in Section Views:

Control the appearance of crossing and projected objects and labels using Shift-select and Ctrl-select.

Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator:

Translate AutoCAD® Civil 3D® files to files that can be used in Bentley® GEOPAK® and Bentley®InRoads®, and translate GEOPAK and InRoads files to files that can be used in AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Civil 3D 2018 and Large Surfaces

Civil 3D 2018 and Large Surfaces

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

If you have recently upgraded to Civil 3D 2017 or 2018 or are planning to AND you work with large surfaces (I’ll let you define what a large surface is) you’ll want to read this article!

If you want to skip past all the history and get to the point, the short story is, 2017 and 2018 store the entire surface definition within DREF drawings and this affects performance. This option can be turned off.

Most Civil 3D users know that a large surface should be created in one file and Data Referenced (DREF’d) to another file for use in such things as profiles and corridors. This helps reduce errors and improves performance.  2017 and  2018 are no different, but it contains a new feature which is meant to help another occasional user issue.

When DREFs were introduced they were, and still are, susceptible to the source file being moved. If the source file is moved, not unlike an AutoCAD XREF, the source object cannot be found and the DREF drawing is empty.

Civil 3D 2014 introduced a new feature where all Data References (except surfaces) are actually stored in the DREFd drawing file. If an alignment’s source DWG cannot be found, it’s no problem since the alignment actually lives in the DREFd file.  It’s still a DREF and it will still synchronize when the source file is found, but at least there’s something in the drawing and not a blank slate.  There is no option to turn this feature off, and you likely wouldn’t want to.

Surfaces were not included with this feature because they can be very large and performance would suffer in the DREF file. They weren’t included, that is, until Civil 3D 2017.  Entire surface definitions are now stored in DREF files.  If the source file is lost, you still have your surface.  This is great for drawings containing few or small surfaces, but it can drastically affect performance for large surfaces.

If your source surface is big enough to require an MMS file, there will be a second MMS file for the DREF drawing. These can be very large.  Not only does your drawing performance suffer, but now your hard disk must contain the additional MMS file.

This option is ON by default and I’d leave it there if you primarily work with smallish surfaces. I’d turn it off if you typically work with big ones.  There are two options:

  1. Change the setting in your template (DWT) so that future drawings will have the option set as you wish.
  2. Change the option afterward for drawings containing existing surface DREFs.

The DWT setting can be found in the Civil 3D Settings tab:

If a surface has already been DREF’d, the option can be changed in the Prospector:

2018 has been an excellent version and this feature is welcome to most, but beware of large surfaces.