What’s New In Civil 3D and InfraWorks 2022.1

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By Bobby del Rosario

You spoke and we listened. The latest release of Civil 3D and InfraWorks bring performance improvements and functionality updates to civil design workflows.

Starting with Civil 3D 2022.1, we enhanced the overall performance of the product and enhanced the efficiency of common corridor modeling workflows. We added retaining wall grading objects for quick iterations of retaining walls in Grading Optimization for Civil 3D. We also added new capabilities for railway turnouts and crossovers, and more.

In the latest release of InfraWorks, we’ve added performance enhancements to the Structures workflow, support for Autodesk Robot to Bridge Analysis, and refinements to spreadsheet workflows, among other upgrades.

Read on for a closer look at the changes.

New in Civil 3D 2022.1

Corridor Improvements

We’ve made improvements to Corridors in four areas:

  • Rebuild corridors intelligently
  • Save a corridor as a template, and apply the template to new or existing corridor models
  • Match region parameters across corridors
  • Manage corridor targets efficiently

New Retaining Wall Grading Object

The latest Grading Optimization for Civil 3D includes a new retaining wall object type, helping site designers easily shape surface grading to form walls. Simply add a 2D polyline to your design, and then apply the new Retaining Wall grading object to it to get started.

Rail Design | Turnout and Crossover Geometry
With the updated turnout and crossover tool in Civil 3D 2022.1, railroad track designers can now control many new input parameters. That includes turnout type, turnout angle, and direction and side of the turnout. You now have the same degree of control with crossovers.

Project Explorer for Civil 3D

Project Explorer for Civil 3D 2022.1 has been enhanced with new tools to support the creation, editing, and reporting of railway designs. This update also contains enhancements to make tables and reports more customizable. Enhancements include:

  • Added the Cant Curves tab for alignments with Superelevation Type = Cant. 
  • Added Cant properties to the Alignment Calculated Stations list. 
  • Added the Track Width data column to the Alignments list. 
  • Added the Design Speed data columns to the Alignment Entities list. 
  • Added better support for multiple fonts and text styles within the same table and report. 
  • Added multiple line support for title and header rows in tables and reports. 
  • Added support for grouped column headers in tables and reports.
  • …and more.

Performance Improvements

Civil 3D 2022.1 includes performance enhancements throughout in response to customer feedback we received in a wide-ranging customer satisfaction survey. This survey suggested that you sought performance improvements more than any other upgrade in future releases. In Civil 3D 2022.1, you can expect speed improvements of up to 80% in several areas*, including:

  • Drawing open
  • Drawing save
  • Drawing regen (including time some objects take to draw after modification)
  • Data shortcuts
  • Corridor rebuild, subassembly targeting, and regen
  • Cross section views
  • Corridor section views
  • Pressure pipes

*Please note that your results may vary based on your system configuration and data.

Reordering Input/Output Parameters in Subassembly Composer

In Subassembly Composer in Civil 3D 2022.1, you can now drag and drop input/output parameters to reorder them within a subassembly. That means you’re not limited to the order in which you created them, allowing you to rearrange them in ways that make sense to you.

Pressure Network Fit and Finish Capabilities

Civil 3D 2022.1 delivers additional enhancements to pressure network capabilities. Now you can more easily edit a pressure pipe run and the fittings and appurtenances along it without the parts detaching from the pipe run. You can also add grips to fittings and appurtenances to better control the orientation of these parts. In addition, you can sort fittings and appurtenances in the drop-down lists when adding these parts to the model.

New in InfraWorks 2022.1

In InfraWorks (2022.1) we’ve made several improvements to bridge design workflows, including:

Refinements to generic object and cross frame sets, giving you fine-grain control over the parameters of specific instances in sets.

Spreadsheet and slices workflow refinements let you easily open a Microsoft Excel workbook to access all your bridge parameters, enabling efficient, data-centric changes to a bridge model. You can edit the offset location of slices along girders, decks, and tunnels, and add or delete slices directly in the spreadsheet.

We have also extended the integrated Refined Bridge Analysis feature in InfraWorks to let you choose Autodesk Robotas the analysis software instead of the default choice of Autodesk Structural Bridge Design. This lets you handle larger models and/or carry out lateral analysis of bridges.

Finally, along with performance improvements to the underlying parametric modeling engine pipeline and support for parameter name override for custom content, we’ve made improvements to the InfraWorks platform for in-canvas manipulation, improving performance. You should now experience fewer crashes when drawing and editing.

We hope you found this summary of 2022.1 new features useful. We built all these new capabilities and enhancements to help you meet real project challenges.

We invite you to connect with our product teams directly and influence our roadmaps. Sign up for our Infrastructure Futures program, today.

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