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.
• 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.


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


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?


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


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



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.


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.


  • 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.


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.

SolidCAD, an Approved Provider on the Autodesk Services Marketplace

SolidCAD, an Approved Provider on the Autodesk Services Marketplace

By Mark DiPinto, Marketing Intern SolidCAD

SolidCAD, a leading Autodesk Platinum Partner and Canada’s premier technology solution and professional service provider, is excited to announce that we are now an approved provider on the Autodesk Services Marketplace. Making it easier for professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries to connect with and engage the company for convenient, custom services for Autodesk software.

As a provider of the Autodesk Services Marketplace, SolidCAD will demonstrate expertise in products serving the AEC industries. We have a proven track record in consulting, and have competencies in professional services, software development, customization, software management and training.

As an Autodesk Services Marketplace provider, SolidCAD is dedicated to providing the highest level of service, expert support and a broad range of custom professional services and product expertise.

SolidCAD offers support to an extensive list of Autodesk’s AEC products, including but not limited to:

  • AEC Collection
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • BIM 360 products including Docs, Field, Glue, Layout, Ops, Plan and Team
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • AutoCAD Map 3D
  • AutoCAD MEP
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D
  • Collaboration for Revit
  • InfraWorks
  • NavisWorks
  • ReCap Pro
  • Revit
  • Vehicle Tracking


To learn more about Autodesk Product, click here

Achieving Super Results with Autodesk Fusion 360 and ExactFlat

Achieving Super Results with Autodesk Fusion 360 and ExactFlat

By Mark DiPinto, Marketing Intern SolidCAD

Recently SolidCAD’s own Hung Nguyen created an outstanding Iron Man mask for his son who was heading to Comic-Con. With a combination of the Autodesk Product Design and Manufacturing Collection and integrated apps from ExactFlat and Pepakura, the International Winner of the Fusion 360 Model of the Month was able to get the job done with little money and time. Hung began the process with ReCap Pro and converted human scan data to a 3D mesh model. He then refined the 3D model with ReMake and used Fusion 360 to prepare the model for production. After that, Hung created perfect flat patterns with ExactFlat Online software in a few short minutes.

Since 3D modeling typically consist of “faces”, a piece creation step was taken to prepare the design for flattening since the faces may not align with the “pieces” that need to be cut. Hung used the ExactFlat Publisher Plugin for Fusion 360 to combine faces into pieces. The other key part of the process is optimizing the pattern for strain and sag which was done with Pre-Flatten tools in ExactFlat to generate the rough pattern. This optimization step provides a view of the pattern shape as well as highlighting areas of strain or sag in the pattern.  Knowing this before anything is cut is critical in saving time and materials.

Once Hung had the patterns right, he used nesting software to optimize the material cost. He then generated CNC code using Fusion 360 CAM 2D profile cutting. The final step was to assemble all the parts of the custom-fit Ironman suit together, which was the perfect shape and size for his son.


To learn more about Hung Nguyen, click here

To learn more about Autodesk Product, click here