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New Civil View Tips and Tricks
Marion Landry from Autodesk covers a few simple tips and tricks for Civil View users working AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk 3ds Max Design.
New Civil View Tutorial in Italian
For all our Italian users of Civil View. Courtesy of Marcello Pattarin.
Civil View for Landscape Architects
With Autodesk University 2012 kicking off in Las Vegas this week, here is just one of the virtual classes on offer this year which features Civil View. This class is aimed at Landscape Architects, and was put together by Robert Ward who is a graduate of NCSU College of Design.
CI4820-V - Feeling the Lay of the Land: AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk Civil View for Landscape Architects
Computer graphics artists lack training to read engineering plans and civil engineers are too intimidated by the subjective nature of visualization work. In the middle of this divide are landscape architects and urban planners who understand that selling ideas to clients requires both the Truth (engineering) and the Beauty (visualization) of design. This class outlines an NCS-based workflow for landscape architects and planners to step away from traditional software tools and use AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and Autodesk® 3ds Max® software to create beautiful graphics faster and more efficiently. Special focus is given to horticulture design in both conceptual and construction document design phases.
Key Learning Objectives
- Build a library of MvBlocks which can be used in both corridor code set and COGO point styles
- Build a conceptual corridor of building mass models, render a groundplane matte, and project into Google Earth™
- Coordinate Civil 3D styles, Civil View FIS styles, Autodesk® Seek, and mr Proxies for horticulture designs and geotypical textures
- Use Civil 3D attribute table joins and LISP functions to transform Civil 3D parcels into horticultural plans and schedules
The class is divided into six modules, as follows. Enjoy!
Civil View and the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
The Civil View workflow explained within the context of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite (Premium and Ultimate Editions).
(from 06:35 onwards)
A26 Dualling - Glarryford, Northern Ireland
A recently produced animation showing proposed improvements to the A26 (Frosses Road) in Northern Ireland, between Glarryford and the A44 (Drones Road) junction to dual carriageway standard.
Courtesy of Arup.
3ds Max Design 2013 and Civil View 2013 Announced
Autodesk yesterday announced the forthcoming release of 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design 2013. You can read all about the more general new features in these products in Ken Pimentel’s blog.
However, I’d like to focus on the improvements made to Civil View itself. First up is the fantastic news that Civil View has now become an integral feature within 3ds Max Design 2013 itself, for the very first time.
This means that there will no longer be a need to track the product down as an optional install from the DVD, the Civil View pull-down menu will now appear as standard in every 3ds Max Design 2013 installation. There are a couple of important associated benefits to this.
Firstly, Civil View documentation will now be found in the main 3ds Max Design User Guide which is published online by Autodesk. Secondly, as an integral feature in 3ds Max Design 2013, the Civil View user interface and documentation will now be available in all languages which are supported by 3ds Max Design (English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese).
The product will continue to be unavailable for 3ds Max 2013.
Here is a quick run down of some of the new features you’ll find in Civil View 2013:
- Rotating wheels for animated vehicles placed using Object Placement Style Editor
- Rotating wheels for animated vehicles generated from imported traffic data files
- Import support for AutoCAD Civil 3D Pipe Network geometry
- Import support for AutoCAD Civil 3D Alignment/Profile geometry
- New LandXML Import Panel
- Improved performance for 12D Ascii File Import Panel
- Optimized Object Placement Style Editor: when the Apply button is pressed to update the viewport, only the style elements which have been modified since the last update are applied to the scene. Previously, all style elements were updated in the scene when the Apply button was pressed.
- Improved surface tracking performance for objects placed using Object Placement Style Editor
- Start station data is now permanently retained for imported AutoCAD Civil 3D Corridor Baselines
- The following panels now support start station data for imported alignments and corridor baselines: Object Placement Style Editor, Swept Object Style Editor (Build New Parent Shape option), Station (Chainage) Text Placement Tool
- Fully Context Sensitive Help
More news coming soon….
Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure
A video showcasing the value of BIM for Infrastructure, and highlighting Autodesk offerings (including 3ds Max Design and Civil View) that help transportation professionals imagine, design, create a better world and build efficient, safe and sustainable infrastructure.
Kuwait Regional Road South
A recently produced visualisation of the Regional Road South Part (Section 1), in Kuwait.
Courtesy of Mouchel and Gulf Consult.
A465 - Heads of the Valleys Section 3 Proposals
A recently produced fly-through of the Heads of the Valleys A465 Section 3 Brynmawr to Tredegar road improvement scheme proposals.
Courtesy of Arup. For more information about the scheme visit: