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Autodesk Extends Roadway Design and Simulation Via the Cloud

Matt Ball on September 10, 2013 - in Corporate, Transportation
Autodesk extended their Infrastructure Suite this week with the new Autodesk Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 Pro. This cloud-based offering adds to the model-based design workflows that Autodesk offers, placing highway and roadway rules-based engineering design details and simulation capabilities online to aid the collaborative design process. The cloud hosting also provides the means to aggregate a large, and hardware intensive, amount of information from BIM, LiDAR, GIS, CAD and other data formats.
The rich multi-user 3D environment of Autodesk’s InfraWorks allows for seamless visualization of infrastructure projects from the small details of curbs and gutters all the way to city-scale visualizations. With the cloud extension of InfraWorks 360 Pro, users gain the advantage of hosted capacity and connection to each other.
Design alternatives can be more effectively documented and shared via desktop or mobile devices using Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro cloud services, allowing for visualization on any device and anywhere.
The rules-based design workflow includes:
  • Streamlined horizontal and vertical roadway geometry layouts, including the design of intersections, that  automatically comply to design standards, such as speed based design rules and minimum turning radius.
  • Increased safety with the ability to visualize such tings as stopping sight distances, identifying obstructions and considering driver sight obstructions from the driver’s perspective.
  • Roadway design alternatives can also be evaluated in less time, using Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro cloud services such as profile optimization that returns the best and least costly road cut profile based on parameters that you set.

This new tool combines the power of the cloud to improve the design process, providing the ability to settle on the best performing design, and speeding up the process to save time and money. Once the design has been settled upon within Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 Pro it can be directly imported into Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D software to continue detailed design work within a BIM workflow.

Read more about this new technology via Autodesk’s In the Fold blog.

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