Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing an InfraWorks model into Civil 3D, part of InfraWorks 360 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] At some point in our design in InfraWorks, we will have to bring it into Civil 3D. And so, how do we deal with opening our InfraWorks model within Civil 3D, how do we deal with the interoperability? Well, we're going to start with having our drawing here, and we're going to take our InfraWorks model and bring it into this drawing. So notice that my drawing has the coordinate system set. So I'm going to right-click on the edit drawing settings, and notice in my units and zones, my coordinate system is set, and it matches, of course, with the coordinate system we're using for our user coordinate system in our InfraWorks model.
And so we're going to go to the insert ribbon and choose InfraWorks and just choose to open InfraWorks model. And when we do this of course, this only works if we're in the latest version of Civil 3D. So if the latest version of Civil 3D will talk with the latest version of InfraWorks, but they won't be able to talk with one another if they're not of the same latest version. We're going to go into our InfraWorks model. Now this is probably going to be the longest process of the entire work that we're going to do. We find our InfraWorks models are automatically placed in My Documents, Autodesk InfraWorks Models, Autodesk 360 location for us.
And then they're giving unique numbers that don't really line up with the names that we've given to our InfraWorks models. So a lot of times, I'll sort by date modified, and that will put the latest model that I've been working in up near the top. And I go into that directory, and there are names that are familiar to me. And the Hwy 129 model is what we've been working in. I select the SQLite file, choose Open, and because the InfraWorks model is not open, make sure the InfraWorks model is closed, it's able to read the information in the InfraWorks model such as the coordinate system, and then it's able to make sure they're compatible, that they can translate to one another.
We also have control over whether we're bringing the entire model in, or we can define a specific area of interest. We can also control what objects are being brought in. Is it planning objects as well as design, or is just design roads and design storm water functions and so forth. So we're going to bring all objects in. I don't normally refine the selection set, because by the time it figures out how I can refine it, I could have just opened the model and erased or deleted objects that I didn't want.
So we're just going to go ahead and open the model. It goes through, and based upon the current proposal, it will bring in the models that are visible and are available within the current proposal, so it's going to open that model up. It's going to start bringing all that information in, and then we'll take a walk through what it brought in and how we can use the information as soon as it's done here. So it started importing. And once it starts that import process, it may take a minute or two depending on the size of the model. And it brings all that information in, and now we have all this information.
Now the planning objects such as the existing roads and so forth, they're brought in as alignments just like everything else. So we have tons of alignments here. The named alignments, or probably the existing objects. We also have the existing surface that was gathered by Model Builder for us. And then we also have proposed surface. So let's just grab this proposed surface and change the surface properties from 2" and 10" background to 2" and 10" design.
And that proposed surface is based upon our roadway corridor model that we created there in InfraWorks. And so not only do we have this proposed surface, but we also have an alignment. And this alignment, let's take a look at its name here, we see that it's alignment 133, so we find it in Prospector, and it's not just the alignment, but we also have a design profile that we worked on within InfraWorks. So all of this came in and is ready for our use right inside the Civil 3D, including a 3D model, or 3D solid of our bridge, including the abutments and the girders and everything's all there in this 3D model.
And we're going to take a look at other software that we can bring the information in as well as how do we import the Civil 3D model into InfraWorks.
- 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