For example, AutoCAD Architecture formerly Architectural Desktop permits architectural designers to draw 3D objects, such as walls, doors, and windows, with more intelligent data associated with them rather than simple objects, such as lines and circles. The data can be programmed to represent specific architectural products sold in the construction industry, or extracted into a data file for pricing, materials estimation, and other values related to the objects represented. Additional tools generate standard 2D drawings, such as elevations and sections, from a 3D architectural model. Similarly, Civil Design, Civil Design 3D, and Civil Design Professional support data-specific objects facilitating easy standard civil engineering calculations and representations. Civil 3D was later developed and Land Desktop was retired. It was sold directly by Autodesk and in computer stores unlike the full version of AutoCAD, which must be purchased from official Autodesk dealers.
There are lots of them. We want the work done quicker and with less hassle in a piece or suite of robust software that includes the capabilities to tackle more real world problems. Autodesk continues to follow the 3-year dwg platform upgrade cycle.
So yes, the AutoCAD release platform includes a new. For Civil 3D users the dwg format change should hardly matter at all. We already live in the yearly release cycle world of the Civil 3D Features. There will be a bit version but I recommend you walk away from bit. Pay attention to the published requirements and recommendations. I employed an older machine with generic video that met the bare minimum bit hardware requirements to test and review betas of the software. A Better Download and Install Experience Many of us will get the new software delivered via download.
As of this writing, changes were still being ironed out. Read the instructions before punching any buttons to get and install your download. You should expect about 7GB of uncompressed installation files and a compressed download of around percent of that.
Installs and deployment creation were both faster processes. Both are cleaner and easier to understand. The New Performance Experience The new bit release noticeably outperformed the release on the same machine with the same data everywhere. Release makes it harder to find those slots during the day. Civil 3D projects often have lots of interconnected drawings and Civil 3D Features. They sort of pop up all in a rush on drawing open instead of trickling in like they often do in Releases through The performance improvements for the core Features in may make this much less an issue on the same hardware.
Are you smiling yet? The data coming in was often painfully slow and an UNDO afterwards was equally painful. Survey Imports into databases are faster too. Civil 3D includes Infrastructure Modeler. IMX import and export. The AutoCAD display engine is noticeably faster. You can think about looking at things from multiple new perspectives without the fear of time lost to regen. We also have more performance tuning capabilities and control inside Options in too. Are you grinning?
One of my favorite AutoCAD interface tweaks remains palette rollover transparency. Rollover transparency allows you to have a palette almost visible and become more clearly visible only when you want it that way. Be warned, not every Civil 3D command that wants a screen pick does well when crossing over the palettes. You learn to swoop around the barely visible. Take a test drive and see for yourself.
There are more creation and editing interface updates and more raw corridor performance fine tuning at work. The Section Editor interface introduced in is now smoother. Assembly construction got a bit more intuitive with automatic lefts and rights being applied to subassemblies on insertion.
The subassemblies inside the assembly groups are now editable, selectable, and displayable from the Toolspace. Finding the needle in the haystack within an array of assemblies gets easier with this release.
We get more control over how the Regions in Corridors are locked. By default, upgraded corridor regions are locked to the alignment stations. New corridor regions can now also be locked to alignment geometry instead. New Things to Rail About The new release introduces a Rail Alignment feature type and a new cant method of superelevation calculation for railway design.
The rail alignment type and cant method were necessary to deal with the chord length mid-chord offset MCO definitions, Degree of Curvature DoC , and Acceleration requirements that are inherit to the imperial US railway geometry design standards.
There are new DoC options presented as you add curves and spirals and curves to rail alignments. A new Track Width value is a property of rail type alignments as it and design speed affect the cant calculations.
Cant may be applied to rail alignments in a wizard interface like the one used for Superelevation. Cant plays by the different railway rules and employs separate rail design criteria files supplied in editable XML format. Multiple methods of cant calculation are supported including multiple kinds of cant rotation and a variety of standard table lookup methods. A new Cant Critical Point Label style supplies annotative access to the calculated cant data for plan views. Queries About Survey and Surfaces No release of Civil 3D would be complete without some new surface creation and editing updates.
How about the simple and useful tool that makes the boundary of one surface become the boundary on another?
Surfaces in also have a new optional build property to automatically cut down on those extraneous triangles that form in convex areas on the edges of surveyed surfaces. The Volume Dashboard introduced in is now the default volumes interface in the ribbon. This dashboard includes a powerful bounded volumes capability to help you tune your grading solution to meet the need. That means you can scratch out polygons or employ figures, parcels, and so on to create closed areas to massage and track both partial and total volume solutions all in one place.
Reporting is also built right in. If the survey data is updated or new data now matches the query, the surface reflects the changes. You even get the choice whether or not to make the process dynamic. A dynamic connection sans the point features and figures is important. Unfortunately, as of this writing, the seems to provide little or no improvement when point features are on the drawing table. Ah well. Major improvements were made to the interface that can make your day far more productive.
Pressure pipe networks and their companion features are new for Appurtenances are all the other stuff such as valves, regulators, etc. Much of the new interface and the creation and maintenance of parts lists and all the attendant styles should be familiar ground. However, in Pressure Pipe Networks PPN things are a bit different for both discipline reasons and because Autodesk took a somewhat different approach to some of the technical aspects of pressure pipe networks as well.
Push On, Flanged, and Mechanical. The PPCs are editable datasets. They are not editable from inside the software. The release includes a command to build a complete pressure network parts list from the current PPC. You may construct pipes alone or pipes and bends together.
You may also optionally place fittings and appurtenances and connect them with pipes after the fact. The specifics of the allowed direction, pipe deflection tolerance, and allowed pipe curvature are driven by the current fitting and pipe values in the part list.
Civil 3D generates an on-screen Compass tool when you construct pipes. The compass reflects angular possibilities of the fittings in the parts List. Dynamic glyphs provide aid when you must make a connection or break a pipe. The PPN parts have intuitive grips to help you perform typical rearrangements and even construction tasks like generate a new pipe from a part connection.
Pressure Pipe Network Analysis Once you have your PPN built, there are analysis design checks for coverage and other design infractions created within the system. There is no interference checking. You can add selected PPN parts to a profile, edit them in profile, and annotate them. You can produce reasonable annotated plan and profile plans of your PPN with the tools and the associated styles.
I constructed filled, double line, and single line representations without undue effort. There are only plan, profile, and model representations for pressure pipe networks. There is no display in sections.
The beta Catalogs I had access to were limited in materials, sizes, annotative detail, and types of appurtenances in particular.
My personal favorite new feature of the latest Civil 3D? Style and Label Style stability to almost rock solid. He is President of MoreCompetency, Inc.
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