Friday, November 05, 2010

Carlson Connect for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011

In the words of England Dan and John Ford Coley:

"Hello, yeah, it's been awhile. Not much. How 'bout you?"

Anyways, I was recently told that Carlson Connect was made available for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011. Click on the title of this post to get to the download page.

Be Better! ...Connect with others.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Civil 3D 2011 Update 1

Update 1 has been released for Civil 3D 2011. It includes all previous Hotfixes for Civil 3D 2011, AutoCAD Update 1.1 and Map Update 1.

This update addresses over 50 Civil 3D specific issues.

As always read the Readme file that accompanies the Update.

Be Better! ...Enhance things.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

If Importing Google Earth Surface Stops

I was recently contacted by a few Civil 3D users that were attempting to import a Google Earth surface into their drawings. The importation process would stop at about 49%. I made the following video to address their issue.

Be Better! ...get the settings sets.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Autodesk Documentation

I was recently sent a link to a centralized page on the Autodesk website for the "Support & Documentation" for many Autodesk Products. From this page we can access the "Knowledge Base", "Documentation", and "Online Help" for those products. My first thought was "Wow, this would be helpful for quick access to this information". Then I figured that others might find this page useful as well, so thus this post.

The products for which there are links are...

AutoCAD Map 3D
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Autodesk Vault
Autodesk 3ds Max
Autodesk Revit Architecture
AutoCAD Architecture
Autodesk Inventor
AutoCAD Mechanical
Autodesk Alias
autodesk Maya
Autodesk Moldflow

Click here or the title of this post to get to that page.

Be Better! others with you knowledge.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Working with DGN files in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011

James Wedding. Autodesk Civil Engineering Technical Specialist, has posted a video describing Civil 3D 2011's ability to work with and create dgn files in the following scanarios...

  1. needing to work with legacy .dgn data
  2. work with design teams using other applications/platforms
  3. submit to an agency requiring dgn
If you have ever found yourself wondering how best to address those needs you should view this video.

Be Better! well with others.

Civil 3D 2011 Hotfix

On June 17th there was a hotfix released that addresses a few items including:

  • Creating a feature line from a closed polyline with assigned elevations no longer causes the program to exit.
  • Help now appears as expected when running Civil 3D as AutoCAD 2011.
  • Datasets containing large numbers of control and non-control points now open and import more quickly.
  • Figure prefix databases will now match lower case figure names.
  • You can now create parcels from multiple objects selected in a DGN underlay.
  • Application Product Interface changes are included that improve:
    1. Point group import functionality
    2. Custom draw issues with second command instances in localized Japanese builds
Most of the fixes relate to Survey, but a few do not. This should help.

Be Better! ...fix things.

    Monday, June 21, 2010

    Introducing James Wedding (a Video)

    Many readers are already aware of what James Wedding has done for the Civil 3D community. Well, here he is in an exciting new role, as Autodesk Technical Specialist for Civil Engineering. I am looking forward to working more closely with James and know that this will lead to great things.

    Click here or the title of this post to see James in an introductory video.

    Be Better! ...always introduce yourself.

    Thursday, June 03, 2010

    Optimizing Performance with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011

    Last year's version of this video was one of the Civil 3D YouTube videos that I referred to most often. It is great to see that the "Optimizing Performance with AutoCAD Civil 3D..." was updated for 2011.

    This 15 minute video offers many tips and processes to increase the performance of Civil 3D. Additionally, metrics are sometimes provided to put the potential gain into perspective.

    Covered topics include...
    • Subassemblies
    • Profile Views
    • Label Styles
    • Surfaces
    • Corridors
    • Layouts
    • Proxygraphics
    • Event Viewer and Tooltips
    • Data Management
    I am sure that I will be watching this many times and referring to it in my interactions with users.

    Be Better! ...plan to perform optimally.

    Tuesday, June 01, 2010

    AutoCAD Raster Design 2011 Object Enabler

    The AutoCAD Raster Design 2011 Object Enabler is now available for download here.

    This will allow objects created in AutoCAD Raster Design 2011 (once available) to be accessed outside the Raster Design environment.

    There is a 32-bit and 64-bit version.

    Be Better!

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Civil 3D 2011 Object Enabler

    For those that have been searching for a Civil 3D 2011 Object Enabler, one was recently posted.

    Click here (or the title of this post) to get to the download page.

    The object enabler allows access to objects created by Civil 3D 2011 in other applications (i.e. Navisworks, TrueView).

    Be Better! ...enable others.

    Monday, April 26, 2010

    The Civil Visualization Extension is Available

    As of today, those with AutoCAD Civil 3D on subscription will be able to download "The Civil Visualization Extension" (previously know as Dynamite VSP).

    This extension provides a process to take Civil 3D surfaces and corridors and easily incorporate them in 3ds Max Design in order to create compelling visualizations.

    There are two plug-ins in this extension. "The Civil 3D Exporter" allow us to export the data we select, and the "3ds Max Design Plug-in" does the magic. These plug-in work for the 2010 and 2011 versions of these applications.

    If you do not own 3ds Max Design, a 30 day trial can be download from the Subscription Center as well.

    Be Better! ...visualize things well.

    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Earth Day and Sustainable Design

    Today Autodesk CEO Carl Bass annouced the launch of the new Autodesk Sustainable Design Center.

    This site highlights 10 challenges to sustainability and how Autodesk software can help users make better, smarter, and greener design decisions.

    Be Better! ...Be greener.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    The Autodesk Seize the Opportunity Virtual Event

    On Monday, April 19th, Autodesk is hosting a virtual event showcasing the 2011 products. Various sessions we be presented by Autodesk speakers.

    The Civil session will be from 11:30 am-12:oo pm PDT and is titled:
    "On the Road to Success: Autodesk Solutions for Roads and Highways"
    and will be hosted by Jerry Bartels, a GREAT civil presenter.

    The sessions that day will include sneak peaks at some of the upcoming product before they are available.

    Registration is required. Please vist the event page by clicking on the title of this post for more information and to register.

    Be Better! ...attend important events.

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Clarification

    With all of the information about AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, that is now appearing on the internet, it may seem that the product is now available. Unfortunately, that is not yet true. It has not yet been released. A release date has not been announced.

    Yesterday, there were many media/blogger events and those that attended are now sharing what they saw. Also, as I posted yesterday that the Autodesk website has been updated to include information about the 2011 family of products.

    AutoCAD 2011 is officially available and can be used.

    For those that are waiting for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, the wait must continue a little longer.

    Be Better! ... Be as clear as possible. (Yes Angel, be clearer)

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    AutoCAD Civil 3D YouTube Videos

    There is a new YouTube channel which contains videos about AutoCAD Civil 3D. The seven videos that I saw there, as of today, were all about AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011.

    Click on the title of this post to get to the channel.

    Be Better! ...Stay informed.

    AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011

    AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2011 was announced today. The product website has been updated to provide information about it. Click here or the title of this post to visit the site.

    Be Better! ... Stay up to date with the latest info.

    Video Bar

    I am trying out the inclusion of a video bar across the top of this blog. Let me know what you think.

    Be Better! ...Video is worth 10,000 words.

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    New Look

    Well, it was long overdue, but I have begun to update the look of this site.

    Be Better! ...Update your look.

    Autodesk University 2010 - Call for Class Proposals

    Currently, on the AU blog (BLAUG) there are posts regarding the requests for proposals for Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is a checklist to understand what will be required, and considerations on what types of classes are sought. The deadline to submit proposals for classes is May 14, 2010.

    I know many who have the ability to share their experience with others. This would not only elevate the entire Civil 3D user community, it helps build relationships which strengthens the community, as well. So, if you have been considering teaching at AU, I highly encourage you to start the process now. Follow the links, understand the requirements, and DO IT!

    Be Better! ...TEACH!