Rob Wiederman

Goodrich, MI Application Engineer - Civil Solutions

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Animation within Vehicle Tracking

April 28, 2014 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

The phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words" holds true when we are trying to convey our design intent to a client or reviewing agency. From Vehicle Tracking ribbon, we can simply choose the Animate button. In order to animate our swept path, we must have a path created similar to the one below.

Now that we have a swept path, we will simply choose animate.

After choosing animate, the vehicle tracking animation toolbar appears. The buttons we will be most concerned with are the last five. Starting from the the far right: Fly-by-camera, Animate in 3-D, Snapshot, Settings, and Record.

If we choose the Animate in 3-D, we can see our vehicle in motion along the path we have created.


Tagged with Animated in 3-D, Vehicle Tracking, Infrastructure, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014, Vehicle Animation, Autodesk

Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360

April 01, 2014 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

A new offering in the InfraWorks portfolio is the Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360. As you can see in the capture below, it is located under Specialize. Others you may see are roadway and drainage design, depending on additional options purchased.

In the example I have created below, I have shown a proposed road crossing an existing highway.


Tagged with bridge, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, civil, Infraworks 360, Infraworks, Autodesk

Model Builder in InfraWorks 360

March 24, 2014 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

One of the new options in InfraWorks 360 is the Model Builder. Model Builder is a preview only option, and requires the user to agree to terms prior to access.

It is designed for the user to type in an address, or zoom to a given area in which they would like to create a model as seen in the capture below. Once you have your given area chosen, simply enter a name for model and choose the 360 group associated with your account. These options are located in the bottom left as seen below. InfraWorks now goes out to the web to grab a surface, imagery, and pertinent information such as roads and buildings.


Tagged with Model Builder, AEC, Infrastructure, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Infraworks 360, Infraworks, Autodesk

InfraWorks 360 new User Interface

March 18, 2014 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

This past month, Autodesk Infraworks 360 was released. The user interface has been changed to be more contextual, were each icon will lead us to a specific group of commands.

As you can see from the capture, you are given a few choices to select from the top of the screen. For example if I select the I, the following options will be presented.

From here, create and manage your model, select model features, create conceptual features, and analyze your model.


Tagged with bridge, AEC, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bridge Design for 360, Infraworks 360, Infraworks, Autodesk

Camera Path Animation in InfraWorks

March 05, 2014 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

For most of you, InfraWorks is in your portfolio of products available to be used for presentations. In today's blog, I will explain how camera path animation can be created using various methods. The first method I will discuss is from a design road. After we select storyboard from the presentation tab, simply choose create from design road. This option allows the user to select a design road on the screen, and the animation slides are created automatically.

Now in my case, I have created a sidewalk around an existing body of water. As you can see from the capture below, the animation is created around the water.


Tagged with Project planning, Animation, Camera Path Animation, AEC, Infrastructure, Infraworks

Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014

December 05, 2013 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

Autodesk has released Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014. The software can be used for vehicle sweep path analysis, along with planimetric parking stall and roundabout creation tools. The software runs on top of Civil 3D, Map 3D, Utility, Plant 3D, or AutoCAD. Here are some captures of the what the user interface looks like.

Parking Standards

Tagged with Vehicle Tracking, Infrastructure, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014, Swept path analysis, Autodesk

Custom Arrow Head Styles in Civil 3D

December 02, 2013 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

"Can I change my arrow head style in Civil 3D?" I had this question come up recently, and the short answer is sort of. In order to create a custom arrow head style within a Civil 3D label, we need to choose an arrow head style that is currently not being used.

From the list of arrow head styles, we can choose an arrow head style such as box filled. After we have chosen this style, we can simply hit APPLY and OK to get out of the label style composer. Now we can run the block command as seen below and redefine the _Boxfilled block to whatever object we select. In the screen capture below, I have chosen a helix.


Tagged with Custom Arrow Head, Infrastructure, Arrow Head, Civil 3D

Style Rules in InfraWorks

September 11, 2013 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

A common issue that exists with data provided from a local municipality or agency is that it doesn't usually come with any associated style. The following is an example of building data being added to a model.

When the shape file was added, a single style can be selected, but why would we want each building to have the same facade. Style rules allow the user to randomize the data. In order to deal with these situations, we can use the style rules palette. This can be found on the home tab of the ribbon.


Tagged with AEC, Infrastructure, Facade, Infraworks

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Hotfix 1

July 05, 2013 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

Autodesk has released Hotfix 1 for Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 which addresses a number of various issues found by customers and Autodesk. As always, you should take a look at the read me file prior to installation. It is important to note, that this Hotfix can be uninstalled from the control panel.


Tagged with Hotfix, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, AutoCAD

BIM Specialist Certification

June 20, 2013 By Rob Wiederman Leave a comment

Autodesk has announced a new certification program that is based on a workflow. The certification is called Roads and Highways Workflows using the 2014 Infrastructure Design suite. Autodesk has been certifying users on individual products for quite some time, but this is something new. The exam itself is broken down into the following topics:


Tagged with Autodesk 3ds Max, Design, Project planning, Infrastructure, AutoCAD, Road, Autodesk, Professional certification

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