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

SolidCAD Acquires Consortech’s Autodesk Business Unit

SolidCAD Acquires Consortech’s Autodesk Business Unit

By Mark DiPinto, Marketing Intern SolidCAD

SolidCAD continues to strengthen its presence in the Quebec market through the recent acquisition of Consortech’s Autodesk business unit.  The Brossard, Quebec based company is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner and has been assisting both design and data management professionals within the architecture, engineering, construction and geomatics industries for over 28 years. Consortech helps clients analyze, recommend, implement and provide support and training on the best data management, design processes and solutions available.

Through this acquisition SolidCAD reaches an exciting milestone as they actively grow their team of professionals and expand their presence not only across Canada, but specifically in Quebec to address the needs of the local market.

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.

Vehicle Tracking Update 2018.1

Vehicle Tracking Update 2018.1

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Autodesk has clearly spent considerable resources developing this update.  There are many fixes and enhancements in this Vehicle Tracking 2018.1 update.  You will find information about the update here.  Click this link to view a recorded webinar.  The update can be installed with the Desktop App or by downloading it from Autodesk Account.

There is one critical change that will affect all users.  There has been a mid-cycle format change for the vehicle tracking objects.  Don’t worry, the drawing format is not changing, just the vehicle tracking objects; roundabouts, swept paths etc.  What this means is if a drawing is saved with 2018.1 and then opened in 2018 without the update, the vehicle tracking objects will appear as proxy objects and therefore not editable.  All users’ workstations must be updated concurrently.

Since grip-editing is very popular method for editing vehicle tracking objects, it is recommended to install the Map 3D hotfix previously blogged.

A brief look at the changes:

  • Object format change.
  • Get units from the drawing.
  • Parking tool enhancements.
  • The majority of the enhancements are related to roundabouts and their corridors.
    • Better baseline and region development.
    • Slip lanes are now 3-dimensional.
    • Fixed overlapping corridor links.
  • Defect fixes.