Autodesk Hits the Road with InfraWorks 360, Sharing How it Accelerates Work through Visualization and Automation
Autodesk is on the road with a series of Autodesk 360 events to show users and prospects the power of InfraWorks software. The Denver stop took place today with presentations from Rob Rasnic, product specialist, and James Wedding, P.E., Sr. Technical Specialist, both with the Autodesk InfraWorks 360 team. Present were architects, engineers, planners, and landscape architects.
InfraWorks is the easy-to-use modeling tool that bridges the gap between planning and design. With it Autodesk is working to address some of the business issues that customers face, primarily today around fewer projects and a more competitive marketplace. 3D visualization is a key differentiator, but the product also addresses today’s disconnect in how data flows on projects, with tools and steps that save considerable time.
On the initial bid, you’re sketching what you’d like to see, and there’s no way to migrate that data forward if you win the job. InfraWorks provides the means to pass that information along, as well as containing intelligent design tools that speed the creation of your plan and design intent.
InfraWorks shows the project within the context of the real world, including the demographics of residents that will be impacted in order to take those community issues into account from the start. There’s also the ability to create different design scenarios with multiple proposals in one model.
Tools to optimize the design allow for time savings, and add intelligence. One of these is the vertical road alignment tool that sends your initial details to the cloud for road elevation changes with automated calculation of the optimum cut and fill, calculating costs while also delivering the best design for the site.
With 3D communication, the models speed the public engagement process, moving the project more quickly toward construction.The product is natively 3D, with instant creation and the ability to export camera path videos to share.
Model Builder is another component of the product that automatically generates a model for a selected area, pulling data from USDA for aerial photography, USGS for terrain, and OpenStreetMap for street networks. There’s also the ability to import most GIS, CAD and 3D modeling data types.
There are also collaboration capabilities to share the model and engage other project stakeholders.
InfraWorks 360 is also being extended into the cloud with intelligent modeling tools for specific design challenges. These cloud-enabled products are:
- Roadway design for InfraWorks 360 — intelligent turn lanes and intersection, can look at profiles, has AASHTO details that understands roadway speeds, and allows for 3D traffic impact studies with visual analysis.
- Bridge design for InfraWorks 360 — with structural steel or concrete girder, the tool places a professional bridge design with a clearance envelope calculates along with material calculation, with abilities to manipulate the design
- Drainage Design for InfraWorks 360 — hydrological modeling around transportation with placement of culverts and storm water networks, coming out in July
The demonstration portion covered:
- The initial creation of a new road within a park. The first thing when picking the new road is to assign the design speed, and that automates the shape of curves based on AASHTO standards. The demo time to design the new road was done in just 10 minutes, with a model that can be shared with Civil3D for plan and profile. Finally, the demo included the animation of driving along the roadway at the specified design speed, with a drag and drop of the road style appropriate to the area.
- The placement of a building in that park. Grabbing the building model from a library, and placing it in the InfraWorks model with the creation of a flat pad, and the ability to do some preliminary grading calculations for earthwork. With the building in place the next step was parking, with simple drag and drop functions.
- The visualization of the site, with water modeling, time-of-day visualization, dropping in street furniture, signage, and other details to help build out a realistic rendering.
InfraWorks is a preliminary design tool, but it takes into account the typical requests for more detail or for specific designs that fit with local standards. It accounts for these, with tools to manipulate the model for how the different stakeholders want to see it. The goal at this stage is to address all objections, win the project, and then really start modeling with great detail.