Who knows Jack about Vehicle Tracking?

by: Brett Casson | 12/11/2014
Estimated Reading time: 4 - 6 minutes


So when you are driving and parking or you go and do the weekly grocery shop at a supermarket, what is the first thing that comes to mind? And no its not “this is the most boring thing in the world”

When you are struggling to park your car, or watching the brilliant truck driver maneuvre into the tightest of loading docks, stop and have a think about how have these carparks, loading docks and roundabouts been engineered and most importantly how they engineered to actually fit the vehicle or truck into the exact space. It can’t be black magic.

I had a recent meeting with a customer to discuss how they would simulate a garbage truck doing its weekly pickup in a very high density development, and be able to do it in a very tight space. One thing that resonated is that for them this currently a reasonably manual process.

I’ll explain why…

  • This customer had a large open flat space to work with, think large carpark.
  • They had an actual vehicle ie a garbage truck, the exact type that they needed to simulate in the design environmen.
  • They had a land surveyor accurately map the vehicle turning path in the field and then go back to the office and save this “template” to be used later.

Yes this was as painful to watch as it was to describe.

The other big theme in industry, transportation and development is maximising the available land in a development, but doing so by being compliant with local regulations and ensuring that the site is the safest and the most efficient it can be.

What would be great is if we could simulate all of this in the digital environment….well you can with Autodesk Vehicle Tracking software. Autodesk Vehicle Tracking can simulate vehicle turning paths in the digital design environment, but not only this it can design parking spaces and roundabouts all back to a design standard.


One of the really nice things about Autodesk Vehicle Tracking is that we give you a huge library of vehicles and objects out of the box including localized standard vehicles.


As with all things with design it’s all about the workflows with other products. Let’s take a look at one, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking and one of our other brilliant products, Autodesk InfraWorks 360.

With InfraWorks 360 you can create your conceptual design including the site roads and intersections.

Once this is modelled the user can then export the design to AutoCAD Civil 3d via the IMX format. One of the great things about Autodesk’s infrastructure products is the interoperability, this is a great example.

So now we are in Civil 3D, lets digitally simulate the turnpath for entry into the site.


When this is complete we can see instantly if this will work, or just as importantly if it won’t. The brilliance of this is its simplicity and speed.


So as you can see this digitally simulating what happens in the real world is incredibly powerful and saves time and money. This is just one of the great things about Autodesk Vehicle Tracking.

Oh before I go, those that know me realise that I can’t walk away without discussing ReCap or point clouds. Now you are probably asking how point clouds relate to turn path analysis, well watch my video below to find out.


Learn more about Vehicle Tracking.

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