Thursday, June 30, 2005

Service Pack 1 Now Available

Service Pack 1 is now available for download. Based on the Readme it seems that everyone will want to install it soon.

One interesting item to note in the Readme file is that now osnaps will either have or not have the ability to react with Dynamic Profiles, Static Profiles or Profile Views depending upon the osnap. An example is the "Quadrant" Osnap, which cannot react with any of the above mentioned items. This theoretically should enhance profile creation a touch.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Google Earth

I would commonly show Nasa World Wind to Civil Engineers and most would get excited about being able to have such a tool available to them for free.

Well as of yesterday, Google Earth took the concept of a 3D globe with images draped on to terrain to another level. has an article that describes Google Earth and the potential ramifications to the AEC communities.

I am very impressed with Google Earth and am looking forward to finding out more of it's potential usages.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Updates & Service Packs

Last Friday I mentioned that Service Pack 1 would be out very soon. That got me thinking about the current updates that are available for Civil 3D 2006. There are three available.

The first to come out was Hotfix 1 released on May 10, 2005. This Hot Fix is for the English-language versions of Autodesk Civil 3D 2006 running on non-English-language operating systems.

The second, known as a Security Update, released June 8, 2005 is intended for every 2005 & 2006 Autodesk product. It prevents a local user from inappropriate access to another local user's computer.

The third was released last Wednesday (June 22, 2005). It corrects two problems with Customize User Interface (CUI) editing.

You should advise whomever is responsible within your organizations for these matters. The link above gets you to the Civl 3D "Updates and Service Packs" page.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Important Webcast Info

If you happened to miss today's Civil 3d webcast there were a couple of interesting bits of news.

1. Service Pack 1 will be released from Autodesk engineering on June 30th. The official statement was that it would be a 4.3 MB download that touches all features of the program. As expected, the Readme file that was shown seemed to be heavy on Grading fixes.

2. A new LDt Point Object Conversion Utility was announced. To be release in Mid-July this utility will allow users to convert LDt drawing Point Objects to Civil 3D Point Objects.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Part Swapping vs Part Sizing

A user had recently asked me how to modify an existing pipe in order to make it's diameter larger. As with most modifications there are several potential methods to accomplish the desired results.

Two terms did come to mind as potential processes to use.

The first was Part Swapping. This allows the user to swap a pipe with another type of pipe and/or size as needed. To do so you...

1. Select the pipe to be edited.
2. Right-Click
3. Pick "Swap Part..."
4. Choose new part and/or size from "Swap Part Size" Dialog Box and Press OK button.

The second term is Part Sizing. To accomplish this you must...

1. Select the pipe to be edited.
2. Grab the triangular grip near the midpoint of pipe.
3. Drag grip, or type new diameter and press enter, to size the pipe.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Autodesk University 2005

Well, as of now, it looks as though I will be giving a Civil 3D 2006 class at Autodesk University this November/December. The class will be about Cul-de-Sacs and Knuckles.

I am currenly submitting to give a couple of Civil 3D 2006 classes at a future AUGI Cad Camp. I'll keep you posted.

We here at KETIV Technologies have seen the requests for training on Civil 3D really begin to take off. AU and Cad Camp are a couple of ways to reach more users.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

C3 - Civil CADD Consortium

There is a group of Southern California civil engineering companies that have organized in order to better serve their own co-workers/users and ultimately their clients. This group is the "Civil CADD Consortium". The slogan is "Promoting Civil Engineering Excellence Through Collaboration".

The main idea is that Local Office and Corporate Level CADD MANAGERS from different companies, large and small, meet and share their experiences and challenges with one another. The collaborative nature of this group is very genuine and profound.

Needless to say this group has gained Autodesk's ear. This is the "AUGI" for the Civil Engineering community of Southern California.

If there are similar organizations in your area I encourage you to look into them. Aside from the obvious business networking benefits. The ability to develop friendships with people in similar roles is both gratifying and worthwhile.

I mention this group for two reasons...

1. Today on the agenda is an in-depth review/analysis of Civil 3D 2006

2. More importantly, I have the good fortune of being a member of this group. I wish to thank each and every one of them for their contributions to the group.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

AUGI Cad Camp

Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) will be holding a regional CAD Camp here in Southern California on Tuesday, August 16, 2005. This can be a very good opportunity for Autodesk Product users who can not attend Autodesk University, because it takes them away from the office for several days, to attend a one day worthwhile event.

Attendees can can participate in up to 5 class sessions for various industries, products, and levels of instruction.

Click on the link above to see the CAD Camp Official Website. There may be a Camp in your area.

I'll see you there.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Autodesk's Realize Your Ideas Tour

Yesterday, we here at KETIV Technologies along with hundreds of others attended the sixth stop of the fifteen stop tour at the Doubletree Hotel in Anaheim California. It was good to see so many Autodesk product users sharing thoughts and experiences with Autodesk and each other.

Lynn Allen was her usual entertaining self. Guy Kawasaki, who was the keynote speaker, was both insightful and humorous. The time spent attending sessions and networking was well spent.

If you have the opportunity to attend any of the remaining stop on the tour I encourage you to do so. Click on the title of this post to register.