- One thing that is sure to happen with your InfraWorks models is that people are going to ask questions about them, and one of the most common types of questions is "How far is it from here to there?" Let's see how measurements are made in InfraWorks 360. I've chosen a proposal called Analysis. I'm going to choose the Phase One bookmark, which will zoom me into my Phase One of the residential subdivision that we've been working on. So, as I stated in the introduction, inevitably you're going to be asked questions about your model, and one of the most common types of questions is "How far is it from Point A to Point B, "from this house to this landmark?" And there are actually two types of distance measurements that you can perform in InfraWorks 360, and you're going to need them both.
And the way I get to them is by expanding the Core Tools toolbar and clicking the Analyze icon. You'll see the two tools here, Point to Point Distance and Path Distance. They're very simple to use, but they are a bit different from each other. So, the first question I might be asked for a development like this is, "How far am I from the ocean?" So, luckily that's really easy to answer. I can click Point to Point distance, click a point near the edge of the water, click a point somewhere in my development, and I can see that I'm about 1700 or 1800 feet away from the edge of the ocean.
It's that easy to answer that question. Now I also want to point out that that distance is being given along the slope. It's a three-dimensional distance, it's not a horizontal distance, which is what you might be used to when measuring distances in a CAD-based program, where the default tends to be along a flat plane, so that would give me a much shorter distance if I were going horizontally, but here we're talking about actually climbing the hill and going three-dimensionally from the edge of the water up to our development.
So, that's a point to point distance. Now, for the path distance, you might be asked, "How far is it to walk or to drive from Point A to Point B?" So, for example, let's say we're in a meeting discussing the subdivision, and someone asks, "Well, how do you get to the clubhouse "if you're a resident in this community?" And the answer may be, "Well, you need to walk around "and go in the front entrance. "We're not allowing folks to cut through "their neighbors' yards to get to the clubhouse." And the response to that might be, "Well, that sounds really far "to have to walk that distance." And while you're right there in the meeting having that discussion you can say, "Well, let's see how it looks." You click your Path Distance tool, you go to the home that's furthest away from the clubhouse, perhaps this one here, and you can actually trace the path as though someone were coming out of their front door and walking down the road, around to the front entrance, and right up to the front steps of the clubhouse, and that total distance ends up being 2133 feet, not quite half a mile.
So, it's that easy to answer that question using the Path Distance command and it even stores the individual segment lengths for you, if for whatever reason you need that as well. So, now you know how easy it is to take measurements in your InfraWorks model. I'm confident that the two commands we just covered are going to come in very handy for you, again and again.
- Exploring the InfraWorks interface
- Creating new models
- Importing imagery, terrain data, and more
- Creating and editing roads, coverages, buildings, and pipelines
- Adding trees, water features, barriers, and city furniture
- Styling your world with material and road styles
- Adjusting view settings
- Creating a snapshot, storyboard, or animation
- Rendering your model
- Analyzing your design
- Sharing the model
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the World of InfraWorks
2. Creating an Existing World
3. Redesigning Your World
4. Add Detail to Your World
5. Change the Look of Your World
6. Present Your World
7. Analyze Your World
8. Share Your World
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