Civil 3D 2020

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Autodesk has released the latest iteration of their Civil Engineering modeling software, namely Civil 3D 2020.  Go to the Autodesk Account page to download the software or get it from the Desktop App.

Note, it was released on April 10th and it may not appear immediately in your Desktop App or even Autodesk Manage for a day or two.

Here are the features of note in this release:

  • Of course, everything that is new for AutoCAD.
  • The Civil object format has not changed.  You can share files between users of Civil 3D 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • The Export Civil 3D drawing to AutoCAD tool has been overhauled and it should yield more predictable results.
    • We now have the option to export feature lines as 2D or 3D objects.
  • The survey database is now SQLite, different from SQL Compact like previous releases.  Note, the default Working Folder has changed.
    • Your existing survey databases can be converted to the new format after downloading the conversion tool and running the Migrate tool.

  • Changes to the gravity network analysis tool and SSA.
  • Dynamo is a workflow-based programming tool and it is available for 2020.  It must be installed using the Desktop App or from Autodesk Account.  After installation, the tool is available in the Manage Ribbon.  When run, users have access to many resources such as tutorials, primers, and more.

  • Connect to ArcGIS online .

AutoCAD 2020

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Autodesk has release the latest iteration of their flagship drafting software, namely AutoCAD 2020.  Click here to see Autodesk’s page detailing what’s new.  Go to the Autodesk Account page to download the software of get it from the Desktop App.

Here are the features of note in this release:

  • There is no DWG format change.  Files back to 2018 are compatible with this release.
  • New installation technology allows for an install time about half that of previous releases, when a Solid State Drive is in use.
  • A new block palette exists containing all of the blocks within the current drawing.  The INSERT command no longer displays the usual block insert dialog box, it now runs the BLOCKSPALETTE tool, displaying the new blocks palette.  The new CLASSICINSERT command displays the old block insert dialog.

  • The purge command now indicates the reason why some objects cannot be purged.  This has been a request for many releases.

  • Use the Quick measure tool to more efficiently measure objects.

  • Access to drawings saved to online services such as Box and Dropbox has been streamlined.

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.

SolidCAD Collaborates with Leading Data Management Solutions Developer, Accruent

By Mark DiPinto, Marketing Assistant at SolidCAD

SolidCAD, Canada’s premier technology solution and professional service provider, has teamed up with Accruent for Autodesk University 2018.

For several years, SolidCAD has been a reseller of the leading data management solutions software developed by Accruent and will be demonstrating how their solutions can leverage clients workflows throughout the conference.

Connecting around 10,000 professionals from construction, manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and media creation; Autodesk University (AU) is developed for those who design and make the world around us. The three-day conference will feature some of the largest names in the tech industry including Intel, Dell and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Additionally, four of SolidCAD’s Technical Specialist will be presenting six AU sessions; one of which will be live streamed on November 13 at 7:30 (PST). If you’re attending AU be sure to visit SolidCAD at booth #B924 in the Construction & Fabrication section.

To learn more about AU, click here

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.

Autodesk Multi-User (Network) Licensing

Infraworks 

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Attention Autodesk multi-user customers!  Excellent news follow.

The 2019 license manager provides additional functionality which resolves two issues present in previous versions:

  1. In previous versions, if you have multiple versions of the same software installed (AutoCAD 2018 and 2016) and you launched both 2018 and 2016 simultaneously, 2 seats were consumed from the license manager.  With 2019, only a single seat is consumed.
  2. In previous versions, one could run only up to 2 products within a Collection simultaneously (AutoCAD 2018 and Revit 2018 for example).  If you attempted to run a 3rd product, say Navisworks, it would not run.  This restriction has been lifted for 2019.

To reap the benefits:

  • The 2019 license manager must be installed.
  • A new 2019 LIC file must be obtained.

Autodesk’s official documentation can be found at this link.

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.