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4 Tips for Controlling Road Corridor Daylighting within Autodesk InfraWorks

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By Donnie Gladfelter, CADD Microsystems One of our favorite tools for conceptual civil/infrastructure design exploration is undoubtedly Autodesk InfraWorks (formerly Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler). Using Road Styles in tandem with the built-in proposals feature, it’s incredibly easy to explore the differences between several typical sections or even alignment options. Although typical sections are easily created as Road Styles within Autodesk InfraWorks, ... Read More »

CAD & GIS News for Govies 11/20

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CAD News for Govies is a weekly feature on Acronym that scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a regular source of CAD and GIS news, information and ideas that impact the public sector. Here’s the latest round-up: Is it Possible To Design Buildings That Can Withstand 250 MPH Typhoon Winds? In the tragic wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which has killed ... Read More »

Mastering Civil 3D’s Intersection Wizard to Create a 4-Way Intersection

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Civil 3D contains many engineering tools for roadway design. One of these tools is the Intersection wizard. The wizard walks the user step by step through the intersection design process and parametrically designs three or four way intersections. In addition to intersection design, the wizard defines widening for incoming, outgoing, or both lane types. This article describes the use of the intersection wizard to create a four way intersection that maintains each road’s crown elevation. Read More »

“Not in My Backyard!” – How to Better Communicate the Impact of Infrastructure Projects to Citizens

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The public is more involved than ever in influencing whether proposed infrastructure projects in their neighborhood get the green light. They want to know how the project will affect them? Will it increase traffic in their back yard? Is it the best use of tax payer dollars? And so on. The problem is, under our conventional workflows, projects are typically communicated through 2D exhibits – plan views, aerial imagery, charts, etc. And while this is a language that design professionals speak very fluently, it isn’t a language that most people in the public speak! If citizens don’t perceive that a project will benefit them then it can be extremely unlikely that the project will come to fruition. Read More »

Riviera Beach Cuts Costs, Increases Efficiency with Civil 3D

In Palm Beach County, Fla., the city of Riviera Beach is a growing harbor city with a population of 35,000. The city’s Department of Community Development, which is responsible for planning and zoning, building and engineering, has worked for several years to perform annual roadway restoration or reconstruction projects in an economically depressed part of town, aiming to improve property values and develop a new sense of community for the residents. The department has undertaken these roadway projects with the help of funds from federal Community Development Block Grants, and until recently, it has been forced to outsource much of the design work to consultants. But in 2007, the city adopted AutoCAD Civil 3D software, which has allowed it to take the work in-house, cutting costs and allocating internal resources more effectively. Read More »

Autodesk Suite Tools Spur Cities’ Improvements

By Nancy Mann Jackson, Guest Blogger City and county governments are always looking for ways to plan, design, build and manage transportation infrastructure projects smarter, faster and more affordably. And many of them use various Autodesk solutions to make that happen. With Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium, local governments have access to a comprehensive civil engineering and transportation infrastructure solution as a single economical and convenient purchase. The suite includes six Autodesk software tools that give municipalities everything they need to plan, design, build and manage road and highway projects in house and on budget. Here’s how these Autodesk tools have helped solve transportation infrastructure challenges for some local governments. Read More »

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