InfraWorks, Civil 3D and Civil View
by: Todd Rogers
A Civil View from Your Seat
uring the “suites” era, many companies upgraded from a single license of Autodesk® Civil 3D® or another vertical product because the upgrade was offered for free. However, not many used the products offered in the suites. Now that 2016 has come and gone (and so have the suites) we have the Autodesk Collections. These Collections offer much more than the suites did. This article will take you through a workflow for using your collection (or suite), to bring your Civil project from a bland, 2D visual to a realistic 3D animated model. You will need a good understanding of InfraWorks® and Civil 3D to follow these instructions.
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The software used for this workflow is Civil 3D, InfraWorks, and Civil View, which is a plug-in inside of 3ds Max®. You don’t have to be a 3ds Max expert to do this. In fact, you don’t need to know how to use 3ds Max at all.
STARTING IN INFRAWORKS This year, InfraWorks 360 was rebranded to drop the “360” and is now simply InfraWorks. With all the new features housed within InfraWorks, you can do 40 to 50 percent of your design work before you even open Civil 3D. First, you will start by creating a Design Road in InfraWorks. You can lay out your horizontal road design using AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation) standards. You can then edit the vertical alignment by going to September 2017