Civil 3D to InfraWorks: Data... You can get with XML, or you can get with IMX!

July 15, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Although Autodesk InfraWorks is usually referred as preliminary design tool, it can work great as a post-design too. By allowing to import and display completed Autodesk Civil 3D projects in context. The choices to transfer data from Civil 3D to InfraWorks are provided from the ribbons Output tab, the Export panel provides 2 choices: Export IMX and Export to LandXML. Each file has it’s pros and cons.

Exporting from Civil 3D LandXML Files

The LandXML file format allows the raw data to be written out in a non-platform specific format. The advantage is that with this method we are presented with the option to select exactly what we want to export. Once the command is executed a location to save the file has to be specified. A disadvantage is that sometimes the data looks quite right and at times it creates jagged elements.

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Tagged with Themes, IMX, Tech Support, XML, AEC, Infrastructure, Object Data, InfraWorks Magic, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Infraworks, Infraworks

InfraWorks Magic: Style Rules using Object Data 101 (Part 3)

July 07, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Working off two previous posts, Object Data 101 (Part 1) and Themes using Object Data 101 (Part 2), we will be applying specific styles based on attached data. This post is not to be confused with Rob Widerman's on Style Rules in InfraWorks post, where styles are randomized. We will be assigning styles deliberately by creating a rule set and expressions that call for the road type and then setting a style to control the roadways appearance.

The default look for the street is a bland light brown centerline.

In this post we will be leveraging the connected streets class: Local, Major, Minor, Collector. In the Data Source Configuration dialog box, under the General area Description field the "FCLASS" attribute is read.

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InfraWorks Magic: Themes using Object Data 101 (Part 2)

July 01, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Working off a previous post, Object Data 101 (Part 1), I will be talking about how to perform a theme type analysis. In this case we will be leveraging the connected parcel data. If you have created themes using Autodesk Map 3D before, this task will be very familiar. The default look for the parcels (shown below) is a magenta outline with no fill.

As far as configuration, the necessary assignments have been done. In the Data Source Configuration dialog box, under the General area Description field the "ZONING" value is being set from the connected shape file.

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InfraWorks Magic: Object Data 101 (Part 1)

June 05, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Before you can analyze, stylize or display in a tooltip in Autodesk InfraWorks, data needs to be assigned appropriately. Since there is currently no way to examine the tabular object data within InfraWorks, we’ll have to rely on Autodesk Map 3D or AutoCAD Civil 3D to attach and decipher data.

Task Pane showing connected data.

Once data is connected in Civil 3D or Map 3D, use the Data Table or AutoCAD Properties to look at the tabular data. Each data source will have its unique object data assigned, at times oddly abbreviated or named.

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