The team here at Autodesk has been busy working on a number of improvements to existing features and added new workflows that’ll have a big impact on your productivity. I’m happy to say that a number of these changes are now available for use with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017.
The AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 v1 Enhancements benefit customers using Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Premium and Ultimate Suites, and AEC Collection subscription customers.
I’ve broken these improvements into the following buckets:
- Rail Track Layout, drafting and content – note that we made a number of improvements to our rail tools on R2016 and R2017 including rail crossings and connections, tables and more.
- Civil Engineering Data Translator which enables Civil 3D users to share civil/survey project data such as alignments, profiles and surfaces between Civil 3D and Bentley products
Autodesk “Ideas” priorities
- Swap Pressure Parts is a new utility that enables users to swap pressure parts such as pipes and fittings. Previously users would need to create pipe network elements if a change was needed.
- New drainage analysis and sizing workflow that leverages a new analysis engine that will be shared between AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks 360.
- Graphical notification of instances where someone has overridden label text – Note that this is in Civil 3D 2017 SP1.1 but I want to make sure you’re aware of it.
- New Traverse creation, editing and Traverse Adjustment workflows – Note that this tool was also recently delivered for R2016 subscribers via Civil 3D 2016 Productivity Pack 3
- New ability for users to add Property Set data into Civil 3D labels
- 29 new subassemblies
The What’s New Civil 3D web page has videos and other information on these new improvements as well as general information about Civil 3D.
The other key message I wanted to get across is that our team is researching a number of really interesting changes that are targeted at making you more efficient in common production tasks. These improvements span road and highway design, site grading, sheet production, data exchange and more. We’re also looking at how AutoCAD Civil 3D can better fit into the broader infrastructure ecosystem – things like BIM standards such as IFC, cloud based team collaboration, GIS and construction connectivity, and more.
Senior Product Manager, AutoCAD Civil 3D