Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Home page, part of InfraWorks 360 Essential Training.
- [Narrator] As we open Infoworks the very first thing we see is the homepage. And as we begin to navigate we recognize that the homepage really provides us a lot of information before we even get to our model. Of course we have the last models that were opened available to us right there. On the right side is information such as potential add ons or other means that will help us with the design that we are doing, or even preview tools that they're testing but haven't been released.
Now of course, because AutoDesk Infoworks is a subscription based software everything's connected to your subscription and your log in. So your log in information is available here. The three lines of course provide the ability to look at your profile and even look at InfoWorks Web. The InfoWorks Web is just web means to look at the models that you have available and that are in the Cloud. You also have available the Application Options in the three lines that usually represent a menu on the top left there by your subscription name.
So we're going to go to Application Options and we're going to walk through just some of these here. The General settings of what your language is and where to store the Cloud models. Navigation: the Navigation within Infoworks, we'll talk about that a little bit more later on in this chapter, this section here, but it's a little bit different from what we're used to. So you could change the settings of what's default within Infoworks to make it feel a bit more what you may be used to within AutoCAD here.
The Model Generation: of course, the more detail we have the slower and more time it will take to generate the model, but of course the more accurate it is. And so we have some control here of what's being displayed, how much information is detailed out, and of course even how many CPU threads we'll be able to use through this process. Units are a little bit more advanced than what we would find in AutoCAD, but a little less than what we'd find in Civil 3D.
And so we have our default settings, whether we're in metric or imperial, and then choosing our default units of imperial or metric will give us the ability to adjust lengths, widths, areas, volumes, and so forth. And then even other adjustments such as when we're working with transportation are stationing and speed. Our general ambient settings, what we may be used to seeing within Civil 3D. The 3D Graphics again give us even more control over the quality of the display.
By default it's set about middle of the detail. And so again the higher you crank the display detail the more accurate our models will look, but again the more time it will take. Now, do you want water to be reflective? Some shadows being shown automatically and so forth? You can check and uncheck this. Now if you have Navisworks you can through the subscription connect through to these Navisworks models. And we're going to look at how we can build that model and add data to it in Chapter 3.
But, we can do this local import using Navisworks Manage if we haven't installed it. And then finally, how again do we work with a Point Cloud if a Point Cloud is part of the data that we're working with? So a lot of controls that we have with our Application Options. And then of course, our Model Builder, which we'll look at next, creating a new model from scratch, opening an existing model that may not be displayed in our list, and then searching for a model as well.
Now, there's two other buttons up here in our Application, our homepage. One is, again, connected to the subscription, what group do we find ourselves in? And we can even manage the groups that we have as well as the online models that are available to the group depending on which group we may find ourselves in. And even some online scenarios. The online scenarios are means to share the design outside of our organization to the web browser and allow others, such as our clients, to be able to view those scenarios.
We can even manage which groups we are members to and who is members within our group depending on our controls and settings. And you can always go back to the last model that you had open as well. They never really close the models here so when you come back to the homepage that last model you were in is still open. So a lot of information walking around within our homepage. To go from one model to the next or even build our new model or be able to display or look at the models that we have available online.
- What is InfraWorks?
- Model Builder and Model Explorer
- Navigation tools
- Creating roads, buildings, land areas, and city furniture
- Using query tools
- Terrain and feature themes
- Working with styles
- Adding decorations
- Designing roads, bridges, and drainage
- Creating a storyboard