Join Eric Chappell for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Model Builder, part of InfraWorks Essential Training.
- Before you can design a land development project, you have to first define the conditions as they are now, not only of the area you're developing, but also of the surrounding area so that you can provide some context for your design. Let's take a look at how easy the Model Builder feature of InfraWorks 360 makes this task. As you can see, I have launched InfraWorks 360, and I wanna point out that the Model Builder feature is only available in the full InfraWorks 360 product, not InfraWorks 360 LT.
So if you have InfraWorks 360 LT, you won't be able to do the tasks that I'm about to show in this video, but the videos that follow will show you how to build an existing world without Model Builder. So there's still hope if you happen to have the InfraWorks 360 LT product. You can still build a model of existing conditions, but it just takes a little more effort. The first step is for me to open the Model Builder window and to do that I'll simply click Model Builder here on InfraWorks Home, and that opens the Model Builder window which starts off by showing me a view of the entire continent of North America, just about.
But the search function makes this very easy. I would like to do a model of an area near Carpinteria, California. So all I have to do is start to type in the name and you can see I get some hits here on the search list for that location. I click the location and it zooms me right in to where I need to be. Now it just so happens that the area that I need to model is a little bit to the east, and if you watched the previous videos, you may recognize Rincon Point here, and our Lynda Heights development is in this area about here, and we've got a hotel development over in this area.
So this is about the area that I want centering on where my Lynda Heights development is going to be. If you're following along, don't worry about getting it exactly the way I'm getting it, because we're going to provide datasets for you to work with moving forward, anyway. So once I've zoomed into my area, I'm ready to start building a model of that area and really I hardly do any work at all. The Model Builder feature does the work for me, and it does it by going out to the Cloud and collecting information from various sources, and you can actually see on the left what types of information it's going to gather.
I've got elevation data, and it even tells you where it comes from. Imagery, roads and highways, and buildings. So it does a great job of building out a 3D model of the area that I'm developing, as well as a good bit of the surrounding area for context. So you can see here in my view, even though I'm really focused on this small area, I'm gonna have all of this area as context, the surrounding mountains and part of the town of Carpinteria and some roads and maybe even some water features and things like that.
So the next thing I need to do is I need to choose a group for my new model to be created in, because what I'm about to do is I'm about to create a new model in the Cloud, and I'll eventually download it to my local computer. So I'll need to pick a group. So all I have to do is choose the group that I want to create this new model in, and I'm going to choose a group called "Default Group@Eric Chappell." And then the last thing is to simply enter a name for my model, and I'm simply going to call this "Lynda Heights." With that, I can click "Create Model," I'll get a notification that my model's being prepared.
I can actually close these windows down and maybe do some work on another model in InfraWorks 360 but in about ten minutes max, my model will be ready, and typically, it's quite a bit less than that. And what'll happen is, a tile for my new model will pop up here on InfraWorks Home. I'll also get an email at whatever email account I've associated with my InfraWorks 360 account, letting me know that my model is ready.
So here we can see the model has appeared for Lynda Heights and if I were to go into my email, I would also see an email message informing me that my model is ready, what group it's in, and that it's ready for me to go and retreive it. So I could actually go off and do whatever I need to and just kinda keep and eye on my email to see when the model's ready. And then when I crack open InfraWorks 360 again, I'll see this fresh new tile here. So now it's just a matter of downloading the model. So I'll click the Download icon here.
I'll choose a location for the model. I'm going to download it to my Desktop and then Exercise Files. Notice the name of the model is Lynda Heights. I'll click Download, and simply wait for the model to download. Now depending on the size of the area that I pick, and how good my Internet connection is, you know, this could take anywhere from 30 seconds to maybe several minutes. But it's fairly quick and before I know it, my model's going to open and I'll be looking at the area that I outlined, or that I zoomed in to, while I was in Model Builder.
So now my model is all finished processing and I can zoom in and take a look at what Model Builder has done for me, and I don't know about you, but I think this is just completely amazing that I can, in a matter of a few minutes, generate a model that looks like this. It's just amazing. And I've got roads, I've got railroads, I've got terrain with aerial imagery draped over it, and in some areas, more populated areas, I'll even get a few buildings but this isn't what I would consider a very populated area so we're not going to get many buildings here.
Model Builder typically picks up the large buildings, so if you get into urban areas, you get lots of buildings, but in a more rural area like this, that's not going to be the case. So I think you'll agree that Model Builder is truly an amazing feature of InfraWorks 360, allowing you to create a model of just about anywhere almost instantly. Now that you've seen how easy it is to create an existing world with Model Builder, I hope that you're excited about all the models you'll be creating in the very near future.
- 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