Posts Tagged ‘2014’

Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 2

July 15, 2014

Autodesk has released it’s Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 2.

The following issues have been resolved in Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 2:

Corridor Modeling and Analysis

An issue has been resolved where corridor materials were not being calculated for both sides of a roadway and in cases where there were corridors with multiple, non-parallel baselines.

An issue has been resolved with the SampleLineGroup.Create() API method.

An issue has been resolved where corridor solids were not exported to original coordinates.

An issue has been resolved where corridor solids were not exported properly for corridor links.

An issue has been resolved where corridor solids were not exported properly for specific areas of intersections.

Pipe Networks and Pressure Networks

An issue has been resolved where alignments were not created properly from a pressure network that had branches.

An issue has been resolved where parts from a custom part list were resizing to the smallest part in the part family when subsequent parts were added.

An issue has been resolved where data-referenced gravity pipe network styles were reset when the source model was updated and the network was synchronized

An issue has been resolved where pressure networks were not created properly when using the Create Pressure Network from Industry Model command.

An issue has been resolved where the height of the first structure in a gravity pipe network was not set properly when using a 3D polyline as the selected object.

An issue has been resolved where gravity pipe and structure collections could not be selected in the Prospector tree.

Alignments and Profiles

A data-specific issue has been resolved where profiles were shifting when an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 drawing that contains profiles was opened in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014, which resulted in a change in stationing.

An issue has been resolved where the cursor appeared to be offset from its actual location when laying out and editing a profile.

An issue has been resolved where the geometry curve lengths for rail alignments could not be edited in the tabular editor.

Miscellaneous

An issue has been resolved where turning off the navigation bar and ViewCube would result in lineweights not being applied properly during plotting for certain AutoCAD Civil 3D objects.

An issue has been resolved where unexpected characters and text was added to objects in a drawing and within any drawings that were opened during the AutoCAD Civil 3D session.

A performance issue when logging into Autodesk® Vault from AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 has been resolved.

An issue has been resolved where the Transformation Grid Scale Factor was not applied properly for ground coordinates when using the Geodetic Calculator.

An issue has been resolved where the Print button in the Hydraflow Express Rainfall IDF Curve dialog box would not work properly.

An issue has been resolved where pay item formulas were not properly incorporated into take off.

An issue has been resolved where special characters in an AutoCAD Civil 3D object name would cause an issue when an IMX file that contained these characters was imported into Autodesk® Infraworks™.

An issue has been resolved where the north arrow was not being rotated properly when using the Plan Production tools.

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More with Vault

April 22, 2014

 

Get Previous Version/Revision of Parts and Assemblies…

We do not get many calls on this subject, but I think it may be because users are not aware of this ability within a vault application.

Many clients need to get back to a previous variation of a design, either due to overlooking a particular item in the design, or a change in the direction of the design. With Vault and Inventor, clients can get a previous version, however the command is not widely visible from a vault menu or tool bar. Without knowledge of this function, vault users can waste time attempting to get back to a version reflecting the state of the design they actually need.

Let’s take a look at the steps needed to accomplish “Get Previous Version”

Below is a Figure of the design in its current configuration.

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Fig. 1

 

The following Drawing also reflects the above assembly.

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Fig.2

The problem is: I need to get the previous version of the file before the top most beams were added to the design; and how does a user accomplish this task, with “Get Previous Version”. Accessing that tool is done this way.

1. From the preview pane highlight the version needed.

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Fig. 3

2. Then right click and select “Get/Checkout”

3. Once “Get/Checkout” dialog box appears, expand it to a full dialog…

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Fig. 4

Note the number of files to be downloaded to my workspace (12).

4. Download the required file(s), only 12 to be exact, but DO NOT CHECKOUT, then select “OK”

5. The Vault Browser will reflect some out of date files and/or documents

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Fig. 5

6. Next is to inform Vault this version needs to be checked out, but not over-write the version you just downloaded.

7. Select the latest version from the main pane in Vault.

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Fig. 6

8. Right click and select “Get/Checkout” and expand the dialog box.

9. Pick checkout ball with blue check, and note the checkout download indicators.

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Fig. 7

10. Now Select the button identifying the “Working Folders”

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Fig. 8

11. Set the download location/Type to “None”. Note the Download indicator

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Fig. 9

12. Pick “OK”

13. Open file from within the Inventor application NOT from Vault.

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Fig. 10

14. Change Model browser from “Model” to “Vault”, you will see the following.

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Fig. 11

15. This is the normal condition, Vault is warning you that the file(s) are checked out to you, and they need to be refreshed from the Vault. This is because Vault thinks you have the wrong version, but you know better…!

16. From the Vault browser within Inventor, highlight the assembly file and check in.

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Fig. 12

17. The Check in dialog box will be presented to you, select your favorite option and continue.

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Fig. 13

  18. Your results should look like your previous version selected back in Step (1), Fig. 14 & 15.

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Fig. 14

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Fig. 15

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Productivity Pack Released

November 22, 2013

Key Features of this Productivity Pack

Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2014 Productivity Pack 1 consists of the following features:

  1. AutoCAD® Civil 3D® Export Drawing – This new utility allows users to export an AutoCAD® Civil 3D® drawing to either Autodesk® AutoCAD® .DWG or MicroStation® .DGN. Users can control the drawing(s) and layout(s) that may be exported as well as how xrefs will be handled.
    a.  AutoCAD Civil 3D model and annotation elements will be converted into basic entities and saved in either .DWG or .DGN format files.
    b.  AutoCAD Layouts can be exported as AutoCAD .DWG format files.
    c.  Users can also opt to export a model space view as well as a selection of layouts to AutoCAD .DWG format files.
  2. Ability to display gravity pipe network parts as true sections (with a sliced appearance) in AutoCAD Civil 3D sections.
  3. Ability to include pressure pipe networks in Autodesk® Vault.
  4. Inclusion of the AutoCAD “Set Location” command in the AutoCAD Civil 3D Toolbox. Note that this command exists natively in AutoCAD Civil 3D but is not exposed in the ribbon. We have added this Toolbox command as a convenience to AutoCAD Civil 3D customers.

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A Practical Guide to GIS in Civil 3D 2014

October 25, 2013

Rick Ellis is at it again!  He has published a new book for using GIS in Civil 3D 2014.

This book teaches you the tools available in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 to work with GIS data.  You need to understand how leveraging GIS data can enhance your civil engineering design efforts, while satisfying the ever increasing requests to provide it at the end of design process. 

Each lesson contains concepts, principles and exercises to provide you with the background and foundation of knowledge that you need to effectively apply these features directly to your job tasks. You work through real world exercises to reinforce your understanding of incorporating GIS data into common tasks that other Civil Engineering and Surveying professionals are performing in the workplace every day.

Please check out the web page for this book located here.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1

October 11, 2013

Autodesk has released a service pack for Civil 3D 2014.  The issues resolved are as follows:

Alignments

Using the Create Best Fit Alignment command no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Corridor Design

Importing a subassembly that exists in a folder with a long path no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Setting an override from True to False for a parameter in the Corridor Section Parameter Editor when the Corridor Section Editor viewports are configured to display multiple viewports no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Surface profiles that are generated from a data-referenced corridor surface and a data-referenced alignment (using the data shortcuts feature) are now dynamic.

The application no longer closes unexpectedly when you are working in a drawing with the Corridor Section Editor open and you then open (or create) and then close another drawing.

Importing a subassembly when a Tool Palette is not displayed no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly. To import a subassembly to a Tool Palette, the Tool Palette must first be open. If no Tool Palette is open, the option to import the subassembly to a Tool Palette is not available for selection.

Attaching another subassembly to a LinktoMarkpoint subassembly that exists in an offset assembly no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

3D polylines that exist in the drawing no longer appear by default in the Corridor Section Editor.

Importing a subassembly to a Tool Palette and then re-importing the same subassembly no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

When you create a subassembly from a polyline, the behavior of the Link Creation setting now works as expected.

Corridor feature lines that are drawn at fixed offset distances now appear as expected in the drawing.

Section Views

The positions of volume tables are now maintained when a drawing containing them is saved, closed, and reopened.

General/Other

Stability when using a menu with a drop down list has been improved.

Using Ctrl+Tab to switch between open drawings while the Layer Manager is open no longer causes the application to display an error message and close unexpectedly.

Opening a drawing that was created in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 (or in an earlier version) that contains data references no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Selecting points within the Point Editor and then clicking in the Style column no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Importing profile view band styles now works as expected.

Creating feature lines from a large number of polylines no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Grip editing a feature line after using the feature line Fillet command and then using the UNDO command no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Using the ExportToAutoCAD command on a drawing that has an attached xref no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Using the APPLOAD command to load AeccCustomDraw.dbx, AeccCustomEvent.dbx and AeccCustomUI.dbx now works as expected.

The geographic location is now correct when the units in the drawing are different from the units in the Geographic Location dialog box.

To use the ImportCAiCEKCM command, the Microsoft® Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable must be installed first. You can download the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13255.

Starting the application after uninstalling AutoCAD® Map 3D 2010 no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Labels

Values are now rounded correctly in profile station labels that use station index format with rounding.

Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D Integration

Live Map Data tiles are now loaded correctly when opening the application.

The MAPIMPORT command now imports SHP and SDF files as expected.

Object Enabler

Using the eTransmit command in Autodesk® AutoCAD® or Autodesk® AutoCAD LT® when the Civil Object Enabler is installed no longer causes the program to close unexpectedly.

Drawings that contain alignments, profiles, and pressure networks that are created in the current version of the program and then saved in an earlier version of the program now open as expected in AutoCAD (or other object-enabled program) when the Civil Object Enabler is installed.

Parcels

Running the Parcel Map Check report no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Using the Delete PI command on a parcel segment point of intersection no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Editing a parcel segment by holding the Ctrl key down and moving a grip no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Pipes

Deleting a pipe or structure when the Toolspace window is hidden no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

On the Microsoft® Windows 8® operating system, if you display a rollover tooltip for a pipe network and then exit the application, the application no longer closes unexpectedly.

Changing a pipe network part in the source file of a data shortcut now updates the part style in the referenced pipe network as expected.

Inserting a custom part into a pipe network now works as expected.

Using the Batch Import command to import pipe network parts into the Content Catalog Editor now works as expected.

The accuracy of the Part Builder Data Structure Table has been improved.

The structure style block rotation is now aligned with the 3D solid.

Pressure Networks

When using the Follow Surface command, the application no longer closes unexpectedly if the reference surface for the pressure network has a gap in it.

Profiles

Using the Profile Layout Tools toolbar no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Profile Views

Pressure network parts can now be re-drawn in profile view after drawing them in profile view and deleting them.

Points

Adding points to a table, using the UNDO command, and then selecting the table no longer causes the application to become unresponsive.

The Convert Land Desktop Points command now uses the Preserve Original Point Layer setting.

Point Clouds

The Window selection option in the Add Points to Surface command now works as expected.

Creating a point cloud or a surface from an ESRI ASC file now works as expected.

Attaching an RCP or RCS point cloud to the drawing and then adding AutoCAD Civil 3D properties to the point cloud now works as expected.

Project Manager

Extra .map files are no longer created when importing a Vault project.

Quantity Takeoff

Adding, removing, and then re-adding a point file to a surface definition no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Subassembly Composer

Void areas in corridor subassemblies are now displayed as expected in cross section views.

Surfaces

Surface analysis colors defined from color books are no longer converted to index colors for rendering in model space.

Surface analysis data is now maintained after the surface is rebuilt.

Surface analysis values that are outside of the defined ranges no longer appear as white in the drawing.

Switching to a different layout when the Level of Detail mode is active no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

If a DEM file that is added as surface data does not contain coordinate system information, the coordinate system that you assign when adding the DEM file is now used for the surface.

DEM files inserted as raster images are now positioned correctly.

Polylines created with the Water Drop command now use the PLINEGEN system variable.

Using the Paste Surface command no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Survey

Exploding a large number of survey figures, and then copying and pasting the entities into another drawing, no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

The Logging Enabled setting (under Change Reporting) is now included when the survey database settings are saved to an external file.

Importing a LandXML file with an invalid data format no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Creating a new survey database after importing survey database settings from a file no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Traverses are now inserted into the drawing with the expected rotation angle.

Importing a field book file when the drawing coordinate system and survey database coordinate system are different no longer causes the application to close unexpectedly.

Importing a field book without having a network selected first will no longer cause the application to close unexpectedly.

Coordinate values are now created correctly when importing a Face 1 and Face 2 reciprocal observation field book file.

Download the service pack here.