What’s New in Infraworks and Civil 3D 2019!

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By Bobby del Rosario

The latest releases of Infraworks and Civil 3d are here!

These releases offer a host of exciting new features for closer collaboration, improved design, more efficient drawing production, and smoother interoperability and data exchange. Here are the highlights!

INFRAWORKS

Closer Collaboration

Enterprise cloud collaboration with BIM 360

Teams can now collaborate on InfraWorks models using the Autodesk® BIM 360® platform. This enterprise-based platform allows companies to better manage project data—controlling access to project-specific libraries with roles and permission settings. With this cloud-based solution, users can select a BIM 360 project in which to store new InfraWorks models created with Model Builder. Team members can also take advantage of the BIM 360 document management functionality to view and markup valuable project data.

Shared views

Shared views are a quick and simple way for you to share your InfraWorks models online without having to invest in an enterprise-level solution like BIM 360. All you need is an Autodesk account. Once you’ve shared your models online, others can view and comment on that shared view.

Improved Design

Terrain contours

The display of terrain contours has been enhanced with view-based settings to control the presentation and visibility of contour lines and elevation text labels. For example, you can set contours and elevation labels to fade in and out based on camera distance. Or see specific major and minor contour intervals once you zoom in past a certain point. And display performance is greatly improved, regardless of the number of contours.

Parametric tunnels

InfraWorks now supports parametric tunnel component parts and assemblies, allowing you to design tunnels in the context of your overall infrastructure project. For even further customization, you can design parametric tunnel sections in Inventor and import them into InfraWorks. And for more detailed design, you can send your parametric InfraWorks tunnels to Revit.

Detailed bridge design

InfraWorks road alignments and span end lines can now be transferred to an Autodesk Structural Bridge Design model, allowing a bridge designer or engineer to create a more detailed bridge model and perform refined analysis.

Consolidated road modeling

All the road modeling tools have been consolidated in this release of InfraWorks. Planning roads are for visualization of large networks and component roads are for preliminary engineering. When opening an InfraWorks model in this new release, all existing design roads will be automatically converted to component roads.

Better interoperability

Dynamic integration with Revit

Changes to InfraWorks bridges can now be dynamically updated in Revit. When you modify a bridge in InfraWorks that you previously sent to Revit, you have the option of automatically updating the bridge in Revit to match your InfraWorks bridge. This avoids losing all the detailed design work you’ve done on the bridge in Revit!

Import InfraWorks roads as Civil 3D corridors

When you import component roads from InfraWorks to Civil 3D, they will automatically become corridors with surfaces and subassemblies. In fact, all InfraWorks design roads will be automatically converted to component roads—giving you the enhanced design capabilities that component roads offer while supporting more robust interoperability with Civil 3D.

CIVIL 3D 2019

Design Efficiency

Fixed vertical curves with low/high points

You can define a new type of fixed vertical curve in your Civil 3D alignment profile by specifying a high or low point. This allows you to start your design of the profile from a specific point. For example, if your road has a low point (such as for a box culvert) and that low point will control the design of the whole road, you can use that point to define a vertical curve. This feature allows you to develop the rest of your design from a known point—sure in the knowledge that you’re adhering to that design constraint.

Rail cants supported in Subassembly Composer:

Rail subassemblies created in Subassembly Composer now have the ability to read the cant that has been calculated on the alignment and then use those cant values to build a corridor that accurately reflects the calculated cant.

Drawing Production Efficiency

Batch saves

You can now open and save multiple drawings and template files to the latest versions of Civil 3D using the Autodesk Batch Save Utility. You can also include custom scripts in your batch operation, such as a script for drawing cleanup that runs the PURGE and AUDIT commands on every drawing. This feature can be an enormous time-saver when moving a project to a newer version of Civil 3D. Think of the time you’ll save if you don’t have to individually open, save, and perform cleanup for the hundreds or thousands of drawing in a project! And it runs outside of the Civil 3D software environment—so it won’t even slow down your ongoing production.

Drawing comparison

The new AutoCAD DWG Compare feature identifies and visually shows you the differences between two drawings. This feature finds objects that were modified, added, or removed. It then displays the results in a new comparison drawing using different colors to highlight the differences. Don’t waste time trying to figure out the differences between drawings—let AutoCAD do the work for you!

Collaboration and Data Exchange

Import InfraWorks roads as Civil 3D corridors

Component roads imported from InfraWorks will automatically become Civil 3D corridors of simple assemblies and subassemblies. This expands the interoperability between InfraWorks and Civil 3D and strengthens the connection of BIM processes on infrastructure projects.

Shared views

The shared views worksharing tool provides a quick and simple way for you to share your models and drawings in the cloud. Using a link you provide, anyone can view and comment on the shared view without needing to have an Autodesk product installed. All that’s needed is a free Autodesk account!
Improve Project Outcomes

Improve Project Outcomes

The latest release of InfraWorks and Civil 3D 2019, together, delivers the new features and enhancements to enable owners and service providers deliver infrastructure projects more efficiently, with better outcomes. From planning and design through construction, InfraWorks and Civil 3D continues support efficient design, more effective collaboration, and drive innovation.

Visit our product websites to learn more about what’s new in the latest InfraWorks and Civil 3D 2019. Or, tune in to the recorded webcast and hear from InfraWorks Product Manager, Sarah Cunningham talk about the latest and greatest in these tools.

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