Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Import Civil 3D, part of InfraWorks 360 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] And just as you can take your Infoworks model into Civil 3D, you can do the same with a Civil 3D model, you can bring it into Infoworks. So let's see how we can do that. An Infoworks model considers Civil 3D files as a data source. So we go to the build, manage, and analyze your infrastructure model, and choose data sources, and we're going to from the list choose AutoCAD Civil 3D drawing as a data source.
When we do that, we're going to navigate to our exercises directory, and notice the 09 03 import Civil 3D or C3D drawing file. Go ahead and open that, and it reads the Civil 3D drawing file and it figures out what it can import and provides you those options. We're going to exclude all, for example the infrastructure existing ground surface is already there, but we do have a surface created from a corridor named new road finished grade, and then we actually have corridor south.
The corridor coverages creates a coverage object based upon the different assemblies that we use and the shapes in those assemblies. So we're going to import both of them and click OK, and they're going to be part of the data source. So because we chose both of those check boxes, notice we have two different objects now added as data sources, coverage areas and terrain. So let's start by configuring a little bit more our coverage areas.
And of course we can double click to do so, you can right click to configure, or you can come to this button here to configure. And we're going to set a general rule that all of the objects in the corridor are going to be grass. We'll come back and make exceptions, so to speak, for each object, but that covers the majority of the features there. So we're going to choose our linked in grass material that we created, and just as we did with all the other data sources we go to the source tab, set to drape, choose clip to model extent, and then the option down below to close and refresh.
And you'll see now we have all of our grass in from this corridor here, and let's go ahead and add our terrain, or configure that I should say. And notice that this information is checked, it's connected to that Civil 3D model. So we go to our source, say to drape, and clip to model extent, and then close and refresh that as well. Now we see the road take a little bit more shape for that coverage area. So now let's go in and select specific coverage areas such as the lanes, and we can override, I'm going to close the data source palette here, and we can override the rules, the style that's used for each one of these coverage areas.
So I'm going to override 'em, choose more styles, come to material, and we're going to choose for the material we're going to go to the parent here, choose roadway, and then we'll choose some type of asphalt. Surface dark gray, some type of asphalt here. Don't want to go too dark, so we'll just choose surface dark gray here. And that's applied, and we can do the same with our curb and gutter. Select it, come here, choose more styles, and go up to our parent or choose from this drop down and choose material roadway, and then from here we can find a concrete here.
And again, I like to make the list smaller or more legible, in the sense that I want to be able to see the names of the materials more than I do want to see the material shape itself. So we're going to choose surface light gray concrete, click OK, and that's applied as well. And so we'll go through and make all these changes. Now as we do this, notice that the last few material styles that were selected are available right here so I don't have to go through and navigate and find them again. And you'll go through and just make the adjustments as you need.
And then we ultimately have our Civil 3D corridor model brought right into Infoworks, and now we can create our storyboards, or we can do other things as well. So we can design and then create a visualization in Civil 3D as well. So it can become two different types of software for us. We can do our design in Infoworks and then go to plan production in Civil 3D, or we can do our design in Civil 3D, and then when we get to a point where we want to create visualization we can go to Infoworks.
The tool and the software has so much functionality that although it doesn't have plan production and never probably will, we don't want it to, because in the future we won't need paper. We'll be able to do our designs virtually using software like Infoworks.
- 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