Autodesk Civil 3D 2021 – Cut and Fill Surface in Colour

A very interesting question was posed to me: how would one display a cut and fill a surface in colour, differentiating between cut and fill with separate colours? It is easier than one would expect. The cut and fill surface that is created from a cut and fill analysis is a volume surface that reports […]

Autodesk Climate Change and What we Can Learn from Katrina

Many of our clients do work in Southern Africa as well as globally. How can Autodesk help with a design for climate change? What is at stake?   We live in the Cape of Storms (a wrecking ball for ships and yachts). Just listen to Ellen MacArthur (an erstwhile guest of Cape Town Royal Cape Yacht Club) […]

Locking Files on Autodesk BIM 360 Docs

Until recently, BIM 360 only had the ability to apply permission control. It was not possible to reserve a file and collaboration was exclusive to the ghost files that are made transparent by Revit Design Collaboration. A user can now lock files so that only they are able to edit them. The process is discussed […]

Open an Infraworks Model in Civil 3D

In the last of a series of two video blogs, we look to open an Infraworks model in Civil 3D. For this to be possible in the first place, both must share a compatible coordinate system.

South Africa Civil 3D – Revit Link Shared Coordinates and Topography

South Africa has a coordinate system that is not consistent with the way in which software is programmed. x points South, y points West and z down into the ground. To get around this in Civil 3D, for instance, the South African Country Kit maps the x-axis to the y-axis and the convention in South […]

Prepare an Infraworks Model for Import into Civil 3D

When there is little information available of an existing development, or if large-scale planning is to be done, then Infraworks is a good place to start. In part one of two video blogs, we look at preparing the Infraworks model, so we can import that into Civil 3D for further analysis. Using the Infraworks Model […]

Revit Import Shared Coordinates from Civil 3D XML

After the online map data has been set and the coordinate system chosen, drawing line from (0,0,0) to a corner of the project and then zooming to extents exposes the entire coordinate system. On this case, UTM 40S is the coordinate system that is used. Here is the island on which the project is located. […]

Revit Link Civil 3D Published Surface

Revit Link Civil 3D Published Surface Before linking in the Topography from the published Civil 3D topography, the coordinates between Civil 3D were shared into Revit (Shared Reference Point). In Civil 3D 2019.1, publish the surface. This may be found on the Collaborate or Output tabs. Choose which surface to export or use the “Pick […]