At the close of 2017, Autodesk announced an update to InfraWorks, the company’s infrastructure visualization tool. Now, the update is available to all InfraWorks users, allowing everyone to enjoy the new features outlined in this article.
Road modeling is streamlined within the new InfraWorks update. Menus, including the assembly picker, have been consolidated, and geometric data, such as tangent length, can be directly entered during the modeling process. Road layouts can be defined either using elements, placing a combination of tangents and curves, or using the PI-based method. Tips and warnings that appear at the bottom of the canvas are now easier to distinguish, as well.
Quantity analysis is now an expanded feature within InfraWorks. For instance, users are now able to define not only up to four ranges for drainage quantities but also material quantities for utilities, including pipelines and pipeline connectors, part of the software. Model features that are included in a quantities analysis—parts of a road, for example—will be highlighted to help users better visualize what is being analyzed. Quantities data can now be exported to a CSV file.Images can be taken from point cloud scans via a Point Cloud Image Lookup tool. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)
Reality capture tools have been improved in the latest InfraWorks update. Vertices assigned to key points on a cross section are now automatically applied to similar locations on other cross sections. It’s also possible to delete gaps between breaklines in a method similar to other tools, like Civil 3D. With the new update, users can also supplement cloud point data with photos taken during the scanning process.When required parameters from Autodesk Inventor have been properly configured, the Configure Parametric Models dialog displays it visually. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)
For bridges, parametric content is now easier to work with. In addition to a visually improved Part Sizes tab, parameters are now listed in the model details window, with the window displaying a green check mark next to components that have required parameters entered. A bridge template can be exported with customized parametric content. Piers and abutments adjust to match the road above them, in terms of width. Inventor assemblies are now supported for bridge and road components, as well.
For more information about these improvements to InfraWorks, visit the product website. You can also read more about the update on the Autodesk Civil Engineering blog.
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