It’s that time of year again!, and I don’t mean tax season! It’s the time of year for the annual product releases here at Autodesk. The question on everyone’s mind is, “What’s new?” I thought I would give you all a kick start this year by introducing you to the 5 coolest new features in the Infrastructure Design Suite 2016. Before I jump into the new features, I want to start off by letting you all know that there will not be a drawing format change again this year. Yes, you heard me! The drawing format for the 2016 product will be same as the 2013 format. That means AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016 all use the same dwg format. It may not be a new feature, but it is cool. With that, on to the Cool New Features! Cool Feature #1: Enhanced interoperability between Civil 3D and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 The ability to reference a local InfraWorks 360 model so you can pull preliminary design data into Civil 3D has been integrated into the UI. Interoperability enhancements include the ability to import bridges that have been created in InfraWorks 360 into your Civil 3D model. What can you do with that? How about projecting the bridge solids to profile views in Civil 3D. Cool Feature #2: Creating surfaces from point clouds This feature has also been added to the UI.. You now have the options to change the point cloud sampling distance and the percentage of the point cloud to add to the surface. Additionally, you can select the filtering method for non-ground points. Cool Feature #3: Labeling crossing pipes in profile views and section views Why do I consider a label a Cool Feature? Let me answer that question with a question. Have you ever had pipe networks cross in your model? What about pressure pipes? What about crossings for both, but in section view? With the 2016 release of software you can label these pipe crossings easily, so that you can see if you meet crossing standards. The ability to quickly label a pipe crossing and see the distance between the pipes with elevation is a time saver! Cool Feature #4: Working with coordination models What if you need to reference a Navisworks file that another stakeholder has sent you to answer a design issue? You most likely would have to open Navisworks and merge the models together. Well now you can add that NWC or NWD to your AutoCAD model as a reference. It works just like an xref of a drawing file. Cool Feature #5: Enhanced way to work with point clouds in AutoCAD AutoCAD 2016, which is part of the Infrastructure Design Suite, includes enhancements which will simplify the usage of point clouds. These enhancements include point cloud object snaps, point cloud crop states, and an enhanced point cloud manager that displays an On-Off button for scans and regions that you would be applying inside of Recap. Because Civil 3D is built on AutoCAD, you can take advantage of these same features when working in either software, giving civil engineers and designers more functionality to visually display and use the point cloud data. So that’s my list. I only talked about 5 things, but you should know that this is just the tip of the iceberg! I would encourage you all to download and install Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate 2016 and take advantage of these and all the other new features. Learn more about what’s new in Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, as well as AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks 360.
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