Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’


March 6, 2014


"Extend Your Access with Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure Solutions" Webcast

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 10:00am
Where: Online

Learn how Autodesk® Infrastructure solutions can help you stay ahead of the competition.

Join our experts and your peers at this live webcast to exchange ideas and discover how intelligent model-based processes—and the latest advancements in civil infrastructure software—can help you stay competitive and profitable as projects grow in size and complexity.

You’ll also learn how the latest technologies, techniques, and strategies can help you:

  • Deliver successful projects
  • Effectively identify and resolve issues virtually—before you break ground
  • Improve communication with stakeholders
  • Minimize rework and maximize profitability
  • Enhance the detail and accuracy of project designs
  • Go from Infraworks to Civil 3D and Back
  • …and more!

    Don’t miss out—register now and get ready to Extend Your Access.

    RSVP Today! Email or call Nhi Hong (281)445-6161 to reserve your spot.
    After registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

  • Autodesk Civil Infrastructure Specialization

    November 11, 2013

    We here at Total CAD Systems, Inc., have acquired the Civil Infrastructure Specialization from Autodesk.


    In addition to the Partner Tiers, Partners demonstrate their expertise through a range of Specializations. Proven ability to consistently deliver advanced customer solutions and support is at the heart of the Partner Specialization Program.

    Partner personnel are required to pass certification exams relating to the industries in which they do business. Working with certified personnel gives you the benefit of this expertise. Certified personnel are uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of your Autodesk software.

    The ”Specialized” designation indicates that the Autodesk Partner has expert knowledge and has demonstrated expertise in delivering advanced customer solutions, consulting, training, and support in this area.

    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



    Todd Rogers

    1 Day


    Space is limited. RSVP Today.

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