Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winning Work with InfraWorks 360

Here is a recent post I made on our company blog.

Engineering design workflows have evolved during the past 50 years from manual hand drafting on paper, to overlaying scanned GIS maps, to now creating rich compelling 3D rendered models with InfraWorks 360. With InfraWorks 360, design professionals can seamlessly create multiple conceptual design proposals to help evaluate decisions and increase the approval process with clients/developers and city review agencies. 

A few months ago one of our clients came to us with a vision to create a 16 building multi-use project in San Antonio. With only a very basic overall schematic site exhibit, our task was to bring the client's vision to life. Yes, we could have done the norm, by creating a 2D conceptual site plan with maybe a simple Google Sketchup exhibit or PowerPoint slide but we wanted to add a little more realism to the site project and incorporate a BIM workflow. To truly bring realism and tell a story of what the client was proposing to build and enhance the community environment, we created a preliminary concept site model with InfraWorks 360.

With InfraWorks 360, we were able to quickly insert 16 buildings with different footprints, heights and facades. In addition, landscape features such as bushes and trees were also included. Pavement markings. people, and city furniture such as light poles, street signs, trash cans were also added to provide the look, feel and real environment to the model. To add more realism to the 3D model, animated background clouds, and real world sun light environment was created to produce real shadow casting throughout the site model. We were able to view quickly and easily how shadow casting would affect the site during the morning and late afternoon hours. 

Once the model was completed, screen shots from varies angles were created. In addition, a video fly-by was also created, to be used during the client presentation. On top of that, the during the client meeting, we used the InfraWorks 360 3D model in a live environment by manually navigating throughout the site model per the clients request. With InfraWorks 360, we were able to quickly and easily make site revisions on the spot.

With the power of InfraWorks 360, we were able to create a rich compelling visual 3D model in one day and collaborate live with our clients and help them achieve their project vision. With the tools in InfraWorks 360, we were able to win the project and proceed with the project. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Autodesk Software Updates, Troubleshooting and Events

Good evening everyone. I have posted links below for this months important software updates and troubleshooting fixes for Infrastructure Design Suite Premium software. In addition, I have also provided links to important webcast and events for this month. Please continue emailing support questions to me. I have begun updates old post with missing images. If you need a blog post updated, please feel free to email me and I will move it to the top of my list to-do. Starting this week I will begin posting tips and tricks for InfraWorks 360, A360 and Vehicle Tracking also. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a great week.

Software Updates
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016  Service Pack 1
AutoCAD 2016 Hotfix 2
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Object Enabler
Autodesk 3ds Max - Civil 3D 2016 Object Enabler
AutoCAD 2016 DWG to PDF Custom Properties Hotfix
Autodesk Revit 2016 Service Pack 2
Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit 2016
Autodesk Vault Data Standard Update 2 for Vault 2016 Workgroup and Professional

InfraWorks 360 - Bridge Refuses To Go Over Another Road
InfraWorks 360 - Imported FBX File Geometry is Degraded
AutoCAD 2016 - File Check-In into Autodesk Vault
AutoCAD 2016 - Unable to Change Lineweight of Line
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 - Lineweights Do Not Plot Or Publish Correctly from AutoCAD
Civil 3D 2016 - Suppress the Initial Revision Table Row From Autodesk Vault - Inventor
Civil 3D 2016 - Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Preview Issue
Civil 3D 2016 - Importing or Opening IFC files
Civil 3D 2016 - Wheel Mouse Does not Perform Zoom Functions
Civil 3D 2016 - Repair a Corrupted Drawing Using Map Query
Civil 3D 2016 - Unable to Export MicroStation DGN Files
Civil 3D 2016 - Cannot See Model and Layout Tabs in AutoCAD
Civil 3D 2016 - Error: "INTERNAL ERROR: UNDOCMD3" when saving in AutoCAD
Civil 3D 2016 - Cannot Mapping Autodesk AutoCAD Block Attributes with Properties in Autodesk Vault
Civil 3D 2016 - Incorrect Corridor Boundary From Extents as Outer Boundary
Civil 3D 2016 - GALLERYVIEW Variable Has no Effect on Text Style Thumbnails
Autodesk 3DS Max - Only 50% CPU Usage When Doing a 3ds Max Backburner Rendering on Server System
Autodesk 3DS Max - 3DS Max 2016 Setup Doesn't Install

Free Webcast
Autodesk - Scripting for InfraWorks 360
CADD Microsystems - Autodesk Account, Subscription Benefits, A360 Overview
PacifiCAD - Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360
CAD Technology Center - AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks Part II
Autodesk - Building Blocks (Revisited)
Autodesk - Attributes! Making The Most of Your Data
CAD-1 Inc. - Civil Chat
CAD Technology - Civil 3D Pipe Network Annotation - Tips & Tricks
PacifiCAD - Civil 3D Plan & Profiles Production
Synergis Technologies - Visualize, Collaboration, an Validate with Autodesk IDS

Events in DFW
DFWBIUG - DFW BIM Infrastructure User Group Meeting

When working in InfraWorks 360, and you want to apply different façade styles to each building face you must set the Building Façade Detail Setting to Medium or High. This is done within the Application Options.The Application Options can be found in the Setting & Utilities in-canvas tools.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I have finally returned back to posting lol. Sorry I’ve been gone for so long. It’s been a crazy few months for me. I’m with a new firm now as their CAD/BIM Manager. I’m really excited about where this company is headed. Anyways, I thought I would help everyone by share some important events coming up in the next 3 months. On a quick note, I cant believe I hit the 1/2 million view mark on my blog. Thanks everyone. 

Webcast Events:

CadSoft Consulting - Civil 3D for SurveyorsSeptember 25th
MicroCAD Training & Consulting – Infrast. Design Suite - Sept 26th
ATG USA - Working With InfraWorks 360September 30th
Imaginit - Move To BIMSeptember 30th
Pacific CAD - Cloud Services October 3rd
CAD Technology Center–InfraWorks & C3D CollaborationOct. 7th
CADLearning - CADLearning User BasicsOctober 7th
CAD Masters - InfraWorks 360 & Swept Path Analysis – October 8th
Eagle Point - Pinnacle SeriesOctober 8th
Hagerman & Company - BIM for Infrastructure – October 14th.
Ideate - Getting Started With BIMOctober 14th
CAD Technology Center - Civil 3D to 3ds Max DesignOctober 16th
CADSoft Consulting – Transportation Design SeminarOctober 16th
CAD Technology Center - Converting GIS to CADOctober 21st
Ideate - InfraWorks 360October 21st
CAD-1 - Civil ChatOctober 28th
CAD-1 - Why Use AutoCAD Map 3D?October 30th
CAD-1 -Grading With Feature Lines in Civil 3DNovember 20th
CADD Microsystems - Autodesk Infrastructure SolutionsNov. 20th
CADD Microsystems – Civil 3D for Land Desktop UserNov.  20th
CADD Microsystems - Transitioning to Civil 3DNovember 20th
Imaginit - Online Civil User GroupNovember 21st
CAD Microsystems - AutoCAD 2015 Tips & TricksNovember 25th
Ascent - Creating Coverages With InfraWorksDecember 10th

Texas Events

Enceptia - Autodesk Building Design SeminarAustin / Sept. 30th
Total CAD Systems - Latest BIM SolutionHouston / October 30th
Imaginit - Dallas BIM ForumDallas / October 9th-10th
D3 Technology - Cloud TechnologyDallas / December 17th
Civil 3D Fundamentals (3 days)Austin / December 13th-16th

Other Events

Imaginit – UNM BimSmart 2014 SummitAlbuquerque, NM/ Sept. 26h
CADapult Software Solutions - Civil 3D Workshop

AU 2014December 2nd-4th

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Performance Tips

Good afternoon everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying their week. It’s been crazy at work, at our main office, with remodeling on going. Our main conference room was enlarge because it was unable to handle the large project meetings we were having. In addition, we had several offices get a new paint job, new carpeting and tiles. On top of that, some bldg roof maintenance to fix some leaks. Anyways, I can’t wait till it’s all done.

Well it’s been roughly a month since we first starting using C3D 2015 for production. Though most of the new features in C3D were basically in the AutoCAD platform, overall I was happy with the new version. Our only issue with C3D 2015 is that it’s sluggish at time. Most of us have been experiencing lag time and freezing with 10 mb-60 mb drawing that contain 2-4 xref’s and data shortcuts. On top if that , it’s seems to struggle at time with drawing that contains large amount of hatching such as landscape and hardscape plans.  After spending about a week trying to zone in on the performance problems, and then finding a fix or work around, here is what I have come up with. Hopefully these performance tips will help some of you, that may be experiencing the same issues.

  • Update your video card drive. Don’t go thru the Windows Control Panel, but actually go to the video card company website such as Nvidia.
  • Turn off your graphic performance tool. This can be found in the Options. System Tab. Not once, have I notice any improvement with this feature turned on. Most employees inform me that it works better when its turned off. I also agree.
  • In Options, Selection Tab, Preview section, uncheck all the preview options such as the selection preview and command preview.
  • If you are not using the cloud, log off the Autodesk 360 account.
  • In Options, Plot and Publish Tab, uncheck background Plotting and Publishing
  • Don't have all your tool palettes and dialog boxes always open such having layer manager, properties, sheet set manager, and xref manager. When I am working, I rarely have more then one dialog box open.
  • cleanout or reset your drawing annotation scale list. You don't need 20-50 different annotation scales.
  • In Windows Task Manager end process for WSCommCntr.exe, raysta_3dmax2015_63server, and Aec32bitAppServer57exe (and AcSettingSync.exe if you are not using the cloud)
  • make sure your antivirus software is not scanning your Autodesk programs and drawing files.
  • Last but not least, make your windows paging file larger. If you have 8 gb of memory, then change your windows paging file to at least 16,000 mb up to 24,000 mb. If this is your work computer, I  would ask your IT Dept first, before performing this task.

Anyways, thanks for checking out my website. Have a great weekend everyone. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello AutoCAD Civil 2015 Part 1

Good morning everyone. Man it’s been a long while since my last post. Business is booming in Texas, so I have been extremely busy at work. Anyways I would like to provide you a short teaser introduction to the long awaited AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015.  I have listed below some of the key features that has been added to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015
New Features:
  • New File Tab Dashboard for opening drawings.
  • Integration of Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Productivity Pack 1, which includes create solids of pipe networks in section views, Autodesk Vault support for pressure pipes networks, and the new Export Civil 3D drawings commands.
  • Advancement to Corridor modeling and features.
  • New design criteria files based on Policy on Geometric Design of Highway and Streets, 6th Add., 2011 published by ASSHTO.
  • Profile advancements such as more options for free vertical curves.
  • Staggered corridor point code labels in section views are now available.
  • Ability to export data to KML and KMZ formats
  • Advancement to Subassembly Composer such as new Offset Geometry tool for adding positive and negative offsets to open or close shapes, input/output parameters for applying superelevations to a subassembly.
  • The new AutoCAD point cloud object provides improved 3D navigation and visual fidelity and support for legacy point cloud file formats  (.ISD files)
  • New Geolocation tools have been added to the contextual ribbon.


The file tab dashboard is one of the new addition to Civil 3D interface. For those that use AutoCAD 360 web, it’s somewhat similar to that dashboard. In this dashboard, you can access recent drawings that have been opened.
The second, eye popping new features is the dark display for the color scheme. As a default C3D 2015 is set to the new Dark color scheme. You can easily change it back to the traditional light theme display in the Display tab of the Options display dialog box.
The workspace tools and features at the bottom have a new look. You can easily turn off and on features such as quick properties, grid, gizmo, and snap mode  by selecting the last icon the left and checking the features you want on or off. 
The Autodesk 360 ribbon has a new look with the addition of the AutoCAD 360 Web access tool.
The Autodesk Recap button has been added to the Insert ribbon. In addition, the ribbon has a slightly new look.
The Export Civil 3D Drawing tool that was part of the C3d 2014 productivity package is now incorporated into the Output ribbon.
You can find the Export to KML tool in the Toolspace,  Tool tab.
The View ribbon has a new look to it.
Corridor enhancements such as frequency settings along curves can be set by increments, by curvature, or both. This will come in very handy.
The new Geolocation contextual ribbon has been added once you log into your Autodesk 360 account. I really like this feature. 
Anyways these are just a new features that has been added to the new AutoCAD Civil 3D. I expect the software to be release to the public in 3-5 weeks. Stay tune to part 2 for a more in depth discussion about the new tools and features.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

My Interview With IMAGINiT at AU 2013

Hi everyone. During my trip to AU, I managed to get a video interview with Kevin Breslin from IMAGINiT Technologies. This was actually my first video interview I've ever done, so I was very nervous at the beginning. I want to thank Kevin, Cait, IMAGINiT Technologies and Advantis Comm. for their time and help making this video happen. I had a great time and experience making the video and mingle with the group.

If you don't know who IMAGINiT Technologies is, they are the worlds largest provider of enterprise solutions to the engineering community. They have 40 offices throughout North America and Asia Pacific. They are currently our Autodesk reseller at our firm, providing support, implementation services, data & facility management, consultant services, and training in varies formats.

Anyways, here is my video interview. Enjoy.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My AU 2013 - Part 1

Wow what a crazy busy week it has been since my return from AU.  What a great experience I had AU 2013. I had the privilege to mingle with designers, technicians, architects, mechanical & civil engineers, instructors and managers from all over the world. It’ always great hearing stories from other firms about their design workflows, company standards, networking, software implementation and collaboration. Anyways, the Venetian hotel is one amazing hotel. If you have never been here, I would recommended added this place on your listed to do if you are ever visiting in Vegas.

AU 2013 had a record setting attendance of over 9,272 members representing 74 different countries. In addition, AU online had 35,000 online participants. WOW! On top of that, members were able to choose from 700 different labs & classes.  

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Monday: Day 1

The first day of AU kicked off with a quick stop at the registration center to get my badge and sweet AU bag. Afterwards, I attended a with private roundtable discussion meetings with Autodesk members. I later then attended the Infrastructure Symposium. The Infrastructure Symposium consisted of 4 separate sessions: General Session, Transportation Customer Presentations, Transforming Workflows in Infrastructure, Transportation and Wet Infrastructure-Design and Model on Steroids. Afterwards everyone was invited to the Networking reception for food & drinks and a chance for everyone to mingle with other engineers and designers from all over the world.  Here are a pictures I took that day below.


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Tuesday: Day 2

After having breakfast, the first set of classes kicked off. Walking down the main hallways, it was apparent this years attendance was going to be large also.  Throughout the day, I attended a few private roundtable meetings on several software platforms. In addition, I also attended a few InfraWorks classes which turned out to be very interesting. The opening keynote address was also today. I was lucky enough to sit close, to get a good view of the stage. The keynote address started off with a bang with Penn & Teller opening comedy skit. This was actually the first time I have ever watched them live. It was pretty entertaining. After about an 45 minutes of some amazing new Autodesk software presentations we were later surprised again with a live robotic presentation. I was actually just 20 feet from this machine. It was pretty amazing how far we have come with technology. Later that evening, all 9,000 of us were waiting anxiously outside the exhibit hall waiting for the doors to open. It looking like black Friday in front of Best Buy lol. We were all packed in down the main hallways. Things got more interesting when one of the fire alarms went off. After about an hour the doors opens and everyone made a mad rush in to see all the latest design software and toys. The Exhibit hall had everything you could possible think of from plotters, touch screen design TV’s, 3D printing machines, computer workstations, network solutions companies, varies training companies, and many many design software companies. Anyways, I have posted several pictures from events that day. I did have the opportunity to take a picture with Shaan Hurley from Between The Lines. I have also posted a link of the Keynote Address if you wish to watch it. Anyways, I will try to post part 2 later this week. Thanks for stopping by.