Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure modeler’

InfraWorks 360

February 24, 2014

Now that you are familiar with working inside InfraWorks, get ready for a HUGE change.  The User Interface (UI) has been significantly revamped.  It took me a couple of weeks to get used to it and find what I was looking for.

When you start InfraWorks, it immediately requires you to sign in to your Autodesk 360 account.  We will start by looking at the initial “home” page…

Start Page

You can see the area I drew a box around has many new options for design within InfraWorks.  You have the option to turn some of these features on or off.  There are now options for Bridge Design, Drainage Design, Model Builder (which I will show later in the post) and a Watershed Analysis.

Now let’s look at the new UI…


Notice that the ribbon is gone!  There is now a couple of select “buttons”.  Clicking on one of these buttons will offer a couple of options…


These choices will allow you to select more features to use.  For example, if you pick on the pencil, it will give you the editing functionality.  I clicked on the cube icon to get the choices shown below…


Now are some of the commands looking familiar?

One of the newer functions, which is in preview mode for now, is the Model Builder.  What this functions does is allow you to input an address or location for a desired area.  It will then zoom in to that area…

model builder

Now you have to option to select the are you want by drawing a rectangle.  Optionally, you can do the extents of what is shown.  Keep in mind, you must have a group set up on Autodesk 360 to do this.  Click Create Model.  It may take up to 15 minutes, but you will receive an email from Autodesk


What happens is, InfraWorks goes out to the internet and grabs the aerial, the terrain, and creates the streets and/or buildings…

model builder2

Keep in mind, the aerial is not that great, but it can be replaced in your data sources with a better aerial.

Well good luck, it’s going to take some getting used to!

Updated Model of Plant 3D in Infraworks

June 11, 2013

I have updated a model of Plant 3D into Infraworks.  You can watch the video below…

Plant 3D in Infraworks

Infraworks 2014 “Bug” Resolved

April 12, 2013

If you have been using Infraworks 2014, you might have noticed that there is an issue with some of the trees.  Notably, the road style Boulevard with Trees and another particular tree.  The result shows the trunk of the trees as transparent.  See image below…

4-4-2012 8-46-10 AM

You can read about my post in the Infraworks Discussion Group.

Thanks to the user Henrik-B, there is a solution!!

Henrik-B states that the workaround is as follows:

1.  In Windows explorer, find your Infraworks resource folder. The path is usually something like this:

C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\InfraWorks 2014\Resources

Note that ProgramData is a system folder that is often hidden by default, so that you might not see ProgramData in c:.

2.  Inside the resource folder, the texture file that causes the problem in your case is in this subfolder:


Here, there should be a file called PalmBark001_Diffuse.jpg

Henrik-B also states the problem is that the models contain some monochrome .jpg textures that are not handled correctly by Infraworks 2014. The attached file is another version of the same image, but converted to color-rgb. I obtained it by opening the jpg in IrfanView, choosing "Increase Color Depth" in the image menu, and overwriting the texture file with the converted one.

The other tree that is known to have this issue is…

<Resources>\assets\3DSMaxContent\Trees\tree016_var05_darkgreen\ Bark001_diffuse.jpg

Thanks again to Henrik-B for the help and support!!

Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2014? Not This Year. Introducing…Infraworks 2014!!

April 2, 2013

Autodesk has released their new Infrastructure Modeler 2014.  However, the name has been changed.  The new name for Modeler is Infraworks

The new release has a lot of improvements.  Having said that, you better check out the new system requirements for it.  It is eating my laptop alive!!  There are many settings to improve the performance, but doing so degrades the look of your model.

YouTube has some good videos on the new release.  You can subscribe to the Autodesk Infrastructure channel to check out the new features.

In the Ultimate suite you will get a new module called Roads & Highways.  This module will allow you to create about 40% of your design in Infraworks, including alignments and profiles, before you even open Civil 3D.

I hope to see some new videos out there from my subscribers.

Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler Workshop

January 24, 2013

Total CAD Systems, Inc.’s

AIM for the Sky


Join Us February 28, 2013!

The "AIM for the Sky" hands on workshop will show that the Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler (AIM) is not just about pretty pictures. AIM can also be used as a preliminary design analysis tool. Join us to find out how AIM can quickly do surface analysis and get area calculations, then see how to convey your design by developing a quality video to present to your clientele.

Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler (a.k.a. AIM) is pre-construction visualization software that can aid in civil engineering, transportation, and urban planning. The software helps to create, evaluate and communicate proposals prior to construction. It can also be helpful in driving stakeholder buy-ins. The decisions of the stakeholder buy-ins can be made with visualization proposals for transportation, land, water, and energy projects.

Discover how to:

Connect data through the Data Sources dialog box
Stylize the models that are connected
Add 3D models from Trimble® 3D Warehouse (formerly known as Google 3D Warehouse) to the Style Palette and then place them in your workspace
Basic measurements and surface analysis
Create a video flyby
…and more!

About the Speaker

Todd Rogers worked in the Civil Engineering field for 16 years before he made the transition to become a certified Autodesk Instructor and Support Specialist in 2007.

Todd is a Certified Partner Service Expert (P.S.E.) in multiple Autodesk platforms. He provides hardware and software solutions for customers using engineering applications within different engineering principles. Todd is a leader in customizing company standards to fit their everyday workflow and creating solutions to problems due to software or hardware error.


Thursday, February 28th

9am to 4pm


Total CAD Systems, Inc.

480 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E. Ste. 234

Houston, TX 77060



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