Thursday, August 29, 2013

We Are Moving!

“The only thing constant in life is change!” - Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

This statement being true, we are moving the IT’S NOT JUST DIRT blog to a new site. We’re joining forces with other industry leaders to create a “one stop shop” for all things technological in nature. The new site will include posts by other authors within the building, infrastructure and manufacturing industries, as well as a “New” technical support blog.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Hotfix 1

Autodesk has released Hotfix 1 for Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 which addresses a number of various issues found by customers and Autodesk.  As always, you should take a look at the read me file prior to installation.  It is important to note, that this Hotfix can be uninstalled from the control panel.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

BIM Specialist Certification

Autodesk has announced a new certification program that is based on a workflow.  The certification is called Roads and Highways Workflows using the 2014 Infrastructure Design suite.  Autodesk has been certifying users on individual products for quite some time, but this is something new.  The exam itself is broken down into the following topics:
            • Project Planning
            • Preliminary Design
            • Detailed Design
            • Visual Communication
The following are a sample of some of the objectives that may be tested during the certification exam:
            • Create a storyboard
            • Select a road style
            • Create a proposal
            • Import the .imx file into Civil 3D
            • Create the initial corridor
            • Preform clash detection
            • Calculate cut/fill
            • Render Images
Here is where you can find a complete list of objectives for the exam.  The exam will focus on such programs  as Civil 3D, Navisworks, 3Ds Max and various other products.

A book has been created by Ascent which matches the name of the certification and can be used for preparing for the exam. Information for taking an exam at one of our facilities can be found at the following Advanced Solutions link.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Shared Reference Point Tool

On the Autodesk Subscription Site, under the productivity tools for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014, you will find the Shared Reference Point Tool.  There is an installer for Civil 3D, which runs from the Toolbox, and then a second installer to run on Revit.

The extension exports an XML from Civil 3D with X,Y, and Z coordinates, along with the corresponding rotation and units.  This reference point defines the relationship between the site and building.


As many of you are using the GEOMAP command, it has come to my attention that several users have tried to use this command, only to have an Aerial photograph inserted in an incorrect location.  This seems  to happen with existing older jobs that were created in prior versions of Civil 3D.  In order to get around this issue, I have had the users with this issue simply type the GEOREMOVE command, which clears the current coordinate system from the drawing.  After the coordinate system has been set to No Datum, No projection, simply go and re-assign the proper coordinate system, and the Aerial photograph  should come in the proper location.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Live Map Service - Civil 3D 2014

In Civil 3D 2014, Autodesk has introduced a live map service to acquire satellite images.  In order to to use this service, the user first needs to log into Autodesk 360, and have a coordinate system assigned to the drawing.  After logging in, the user simply needs to type GEOMAP on the command line.

The user is presented with several choices.  The first choice is Aerial.

The second choice is Road.

The third choice is Hybrid.  This is a combination of Aerial and Road.

Lastly, the user can simply select off to hide the imagery.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 - New Features

As you probably know by now, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 has been released to the masses.  I will try to summarize the list of new features that have been added or enhanced in this years version.  A good place to start as always is the help files.

          • Pressure Pipe Enhancements
            • Create Network from Objects
            • Can be added to cross section views
            • Can have assigned pay items in the Parts List
            • Can be used via the data shortcut
            • Sort parts lists by size
            • New annotation options
            • Can be added to plan production sheets
          • Extract Corridor Solids
          • Data references are saved in the drawing
          • Improved interoperability with InfraWorks (Otherwise known as AIM)
          • Survey Queries Import and Export

One of the more interesting features in Civil 3D 2014 is its backward compatibility with Civil 3D 2013.  This means that 2014 files can be opened and edited in 2013.  However, there are some limitations due to enhancements in 2014.  The screen capture below talks about the limitations.  This can also be found in the following link Round-Tripping Data between versions.

Lastly, here is the new logo for Autodesk going forward.