AutoCAD Map 3D: The Perfect Mapping Tool for Engineering and GIS Professionals

AutoCAD Map 3D is a powerful GIS software that allows CAD professionals to create, edit, and visualize geospatial data. It is a comprehensive toolset that includes everything you need to work with maps, 3D models, and other spatial data.
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AutoCAD Map 3D: The Perfect Mapping Tool for Engineering and GIS Professionals

AutoCAD Map 3D is a powerful GIS software that allows CAD professionals to create, edit, and visualize geospatial data. It is a comprehensive toolset that includes everything you need to work with maps, 3D models, and other spatial data.

AutoCAD Map 3D is a geographic information system (GIS) software that is part of the AutoCAD family of products. It is designed for CAD professionals who need to work with geospatial data. AutoCAD Map 3D includes a comprehensive toolset for creating, editing, and visualizing maps, 3D models, and other spatial data.

Features and Benefits

AutoCAD Map 3D includes a wide range of features for working with geospatial data, including:

  • Data management tools for importing, exporting, and managing spatial data
  • 2D and 3D drafting tools for creating and editing maps and models
  • Visualisation tools for creating interactive maps and 3D models
  • Analysis tools for performing spatial analysis
  • Collaboration tools for sharing data and projects with others

There are many benefits to using AutoCAD Map 3D, including:

  • Increased productivity: AutoCAD Map 3D can help you save time and improve your workflow by providing a comprehensive toolset for working with geospatial data.
  • Improved accuracy: AutoCAD Map 3D can help you create more accurate maps and models by providing a variety of tools for data management, drafting, and visualisation.
  • Enhanced collaboration: AutoCAD Map 3D can help you collaborate with others more effectively by providing tools for sharing data and projects.
  • Increased flexibility: AutoCAD Map 3D is a flexible software that can be used for a variety of purposes, including engineering, construction, and environmental planning.

AutoCAD Map 3D Vs AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD Map 3D is a more powerful and feature-rich version of AutoCAD than AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD. AutoCAD Map 3D includes all of the features of AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD, plus a number of additional features for working with geospatial data.

FeatureAutoCAD Map 3DAutoCAD LTAutoCAD
Data managementYesNoNo
2D and 3D draftingYesYesYes
VisualizationYesNoNo
AnalysisYesNoNo
CollaborationYesNoNo

The right version of AutoCAD for you depends on your specific needs. If you only need to:

  • Work with geospatial data, then AutoCAD Map 3D is the best choice.
  • Create basic 2D drawings, then AutoCAD LT is a good option.
  • Create basic 3D models or 2D drawings and don’t need any of the advanced features of AutoCAD Map 3D, then AutoCAD is the best choice.

Connecting AutoCAD Map 3D with other apps

AutoCAD Map 3D can be used with other Autodesk apps to create a more comprehensive and integrated workflow. For example, AutoCAD Map 3D can be used with AutoCAD Civil 3D to create 3D models of infrastructure projects. AutoCAD Map 3D can be used with Autodesk 3ds Max to create photorealistic renderings of maps and models.

AutoCAD Map 3D can be connected to a variety of GIS mapping data sources, including:

  • Shapefiles: Shapefiles are a common format for storing vector data. AutoCAD Map 3D can import and export shapefiles.
  • Geodatabases: Geodatabases are a powerful format for storing spatial data. AutoCAD Map 3D can connect to geodatabases hosted on a variety of platforms, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and IBM DB2.
  • Raster datasets: Raster datasets are a format for storing gridded data. AutoCAD Map 3D can import and export raster datasets.
  • Web services: Web services are a way to access spatial data over the internet. AutoCAD Map 3D can connect to web services that are hosted on a variety of platforms, including ArcGIS Online and Google Maps.

To connect AutoCAD Map 3D to a GIS mapping data source, you can use the following steps:

  1. Open AutoCAD Map 3D.
  2. Click the Map tab.
  3. In the Data Sources panel, click the Add button.
  4. Select the type of data source you want to connect to.
  5. Enter the connection information for the data source.
  6. Click the Connect button.

Once you have connected AutoCAD Map 3D to a GIS mapping data source, you can view and edit the data in AutoCAD Map 3D. You can also use AutoCAD Map 3D to perform spatial analysis on the data.

Here are some of the benefits of connecting AutoCAD Map 3D with GIS mapping data sources:

  • You can access a wider range of spatial data.
  • You can perform more complex spatial analysis.
  • You can share your work with others more easily.
  • You can collaborate with others more effectively.

If you need to work with geospatial data, then connecting AutoCAD Map 3D with GIS mapping data sources is a great way to improve your workflow and productivity.

 

Tailored Functionality

Organisations can customise AutoCAD for their industries, empowering teams to build and run discipline-specific routines and workflows.

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AutoCAD Map 3D 2024

Coordinate System Update

AutoCAD Map 3D 2024 supports the new coordinate systems in the following categories:

  • SnakeGrid EWR2
  • NAD83(CSRS) / Alberta 3TM

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

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AutoCAD Vs AutoCAD LT

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Benefits of using AutoCAD vs. AutoCAD LT

AutoCAD® allows users to achieve a level of productivity for design creation that is not matched with AutoCAD LT®. 

Autodesk commissioned a study that explored the productivity and commercial differentiations between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT when performing tasks ranging from creating geometry to creating plans and elevations, extracting object data, and applying and monitoring CAD standards.

Results showed that AutoCAD could allow a user to generate designs up to 3.9 times quicker* compared with AutoCAD LT, when these tasks were performed by an experienced AutoCAD user.

How AutoCAD Saves More Time Compared to AutoCAD LT

Parametric constraints – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 33%. AutoCAD offers complete geometric and dimensional constraint creation, editing, and management of parametric constraints.

Plans and elevations – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 46%. The 3D modeling tools in AutoCAD allow for easy manipulation to generate 2D plan and elevation objects.

Isometric drafting – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 61%. AutoCAD makes it easy to view 3D objects in isometric views and has visual styles that can be set to hide hidden detail.

Data extraction – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 90%. AutoCAD provides the functionality to extract data and create tables automatically, either in the drawing or in a Microsoft Excel® file.

CAD standards – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 81%. AutoCAD provides CAD standard functionality with a highly efficient method of checking standards against new and existing DWG files.

Text edting (Express Tools) – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 80%. AutoCAD includes Express Tools with advanced workflows when changing and manipulating text.

AutoLISP – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 50%. AutoLISP functionality is available in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. Direct access to AutoLISP editors only from AutoCAD
saves time when editing the application.

Markup Import and Markup Assist – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 71%. Using machine learning, AutoCAD can interpret handwritten annotation and suggest conversions to AutoCAD objects, saving time and reducing errors.

Smart Blocks: Placement and Replacement – Time savings with AutoCAD up to 40%.
The Smart Blocks: Replacement tool in AutoCAD provides a simple interface where multiple blocks can be selected and replaced by a chosen block in one operation.

Application programming interface (API) and
the app store – AutoCAD offers an API not available in AutoCAD LT that allows users to automate tedious and time-consuming tasks. AutoCAD users are also able to purchase and download apps in the Autodesk App Store and develop apps to benefit
AutoCAD users on your team.

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Tailored Functionality

Organisations can customise AutoCAD for their industries, empowering teams to build and run discipline-specific routines and workflows.

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AutoLISP, a staple feature of AutoCAD desktop, now enables customizations to automate a sequence of commands in AutoCAD on the web 

AutoLISP

AutoCAD LT now includes AutoLISP

Leverage thousands of previously written programs created for use in AutoCAD-based programs. AutoCAD LT supports AutoLISP Source (LSP) files, compiled LSP files, Fast-load AutoLISP (FAS), and Visual LISP Applications (VLX) files.

Markup Import & Markup Assist

Faster cross-platform markup workflows through expanded machine learning capabilities & essential experience improvements 

Faster cross-platform markup workflows through expanded machine learning capabilities & essential experience improvements 

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AutoCAD 2024 Vs AutoCAD LT 2024

AutoCAD 2024 offers more advanced features for 3D modeling, customisation with add-on apps and APIs, rendering, and CAD standards, among other features, while AutoCAD LT 2024 is a more affordable version that still offers many of the essential features for 2D drafting, annotation, and automation. 

FeaturesAutoCAD 2024AutoCAD LT 2024
Find and replace blocks based on other blocks in your drawingYesNo
Stay informed of relevant file changes with details of multi-user activities in a DWG fileYesNo
Utilise AutoLISP programs to automate repetitive tasks and enhance workflowsYesYes
Extend AutoLISP programs with third-party automation libraries, and utilize specialised editors to write and debug programsYesNo
Create and edit 2D geometryYesYes
Annotate drawings with traces, text, dimensions, leaders & tablesYesYes
Customize the ribbon and tool palettesYesYes
Attach and import data from PDF filesYesYes
Share and use data from DGN files, Navisworks, & Bing MapsYesYes
Create and edit 3D models with solids, surfaces, & mesh objectsYesNo
Customize with add-on apps and APIsYesNo
Extract object data to tablesYesNo
Create renderings with lighting, materials, & visual stylesYesNo
Apply and monitor CAD standardsYesNo
Automate counting objects and blocksYesYes
Share drawings with colleagues directly from AutoCAD or AutoCAD LTYesYes
Import feedback and incorporate changes with a click of a buttonYesNo
Learn new features and workflows to work faster with My InsightsYesNo

What's New in Specialised Toolsets

AutoCAD Architecture and MEP 2024

AEC3DPRINT

With AEC3DPRINT command, you can natively export the AEC objects to an STL file format that’s compatible with 3D printing without converting to 3D solids.

Enhanced Design Center Content

New MVBlocks and block references are available in Design Center.

More than 200 new MVBlocks and block references are added to the AutoCAD Architecture (US Imperial) and AutoCAD Architecture (US Metric) content packs for Design Center. The added content is available in metric profile for non-English languages. The content includes external lighting, bathroom accessories, furniture, site, kitchen fittings, and more.

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Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

AutoCAD Mechanical 2024

ANSI/ASME Standard Revision Update

The section line symbol within AutoCAD Mechanical is updated to support the AWS Y14.3 – 2012 standard revision. To support AWS Y14.3 – 2012, all aspects of the section line symbol are revised to correspond with AWS Y14.3 – 2012.

AutoCAD Mechanical continues to support the AWS Y14.3 – 2003 standard revision to allow documents created in previous releases to be opened, edited, and saved without updating the section line symbol standard. By supporting AWS Y14.3 – 2012 and AWS Y14.3 – 2003, you can annotate new and as-built designs using the required standard revision.

ISO Standard Revision Update for Taper and Slope Symbols

The taper and slope symbol within AutoCAD Mechanical is updated to support the ISO 3040:2016(E) standard revision. To support the ISO 3040:2016(E), all aspects of the taper and slope symbol is revised to correspond with ISO 3040:2016(E).

AutoCAD Mechanical continues to support the ISO 3040:2009(E) standard revision to allow documents created in previous releases to be opened, edited, and saved without updating the taper and slot symbol standard. By supporting ISO 3040:2016(E) and ISO 3040:2009(E), you can annotate new and as-built designs using the required standard revision.

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2024

Ortho Bill of Materials (BOM)

The Ortho Table Setup dialog box includes simplified options and more table capabilities for orthographic drawings. You can now add the Bill of Materials (BOM) for piping, equipment, steel, as well as nozzle and spool lists into ortho drawings.

Spec and Catalog Editor Enhancements

The Edit Parts and Edit Properties functions are enhanced in both Spec and Catalog Editors.

Edit parts within a selected parts family for inclusion in a spec sheet or catalog.

The Edit Parts and Edit Properties functions are enhanced in both Spec and Catalog Editors. Edit parts within a selected parts family for inclusion in a spec sheet or catalog.

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

Pipe Spec Viewer Enhancements

View all parts available for a specific size in the selected spec. Use the search box to look for specific components in the Pipe Spec Viewer.

Any changes to the size and spec lists are both updated in Pipe Spec Viewer and the Part Insertion panel on the ribbon.

Ortho Single-Line Piping Enhancements

In this release, ortho single-line piping offers more enhancements including a new interface for some piping criteria providing better control when you display piping in a single-line representation in orthographic drawings.

AutoCAD Map 3D 2024

Coordinate System Update

AutoCAD Map 3D 2024 supports the new coordinate systems in the following categories:

  • SnakeGrid EWR2
  • NAD83(CSRS) / Alberta 3TM

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

AutoCAD Electrical 3D 2024

Pipe Spec Viewer Enhancements

Create a schematic symbol table from schematic reports.

The schematic report lists the symbols used in the project along with its description in a table. You can also surf through a particular symbol that is used in various locations of the project.

Wire Type Synchronisation

Wire type can now be synchronized for all wires in the network with the same signal code across the drawings.

In previous releases, when you update the type of the wire connected to the source arrows, the destination wire type was not updated. In AutoCAD Electrical 2024 toolset, when the wire type is updated at the source arrow, all wires in the network are updated to the same wire type of the source. New wire layers are created along with its properties if the destination drawing doesn’t contain the new wire type.

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

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Civil 3D Vs Infraworks – Workflows and Differences

Learn about the key differences and workflows in Civil 3D vs Infraworks

Civil 3D Vs Infraworks - Workflows and Differences

Civil 3D and Infraworks are two of the most popular civil engineering design software programs on the market. They offer a wide range of features and capabilities that can help civil engineers to design, analyze, and visualize infrastructure projects. However, there are some key differences between the two programs that can affect the best workflow for a particular project.

In this blog post, we will compare and contrast Civil 3D and Infraworks in terms of their features, capabilities, workflows, and pricing. We will also discuss the SEO keywords that are relevant to this topic.

Features and Capabilities

Civil 3D is a powerful CAD software program that offers a wide range of features for civil engineering design. It includes tools for 2D and 3D drafting, surface modeling, land development, pipe networks, storm drainage, and much more. Civil 3D also integrates with other Autodesk products, such as AutoCAD and Autodesk Map 3D, to provide a comprehensive civil engineering design solution.

Infraworks is a conceptual design software program that is designed to help civil engineers to visualize infrastructure projects in the context of their surroundings. It includes tools for creating 3D models of terrain, buildings, and other infrastructure elements. Infraworks also allows users to simulate the impact of different design decisions on the environment and traffic flow.

Workflows between Civil 3D and Infraworks

Civil 3D and Infraworks can be used in a variety of workflows, depending on the specific needs of the project. However, there are some general differences in the way that the two programs are typically used.

Civil 3D is often used for detailed design and documentation of infrastructure projects. It is a good choice for projects that require precise measurements and calculations. Civil 3D can also be used for construction staking and as-built documentation.

Infraworks is often used for conceptual design and planning of infrastructure projects. It is a good choice for projects that require a high level of visualization and collaboration. Infraworks can also be used to create preliminary cost estimates and to identify potential environmental impacts.

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Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between Civil 3D and Infraworks:

2D and 3D draftingYesYes
Surface modelingYesYes
Land developmentYesYes
Pipe networksYesYes
Storm drainageYesYes
Traffic modelingYesNo
Environmental impact analysisNoYes
VisualizationYesYes
CollaborationYesYes
Cost estimationYesNo
As-built documentationYesNo

As you can see, Civil 3D and Infraworks have a lot of overlap in terms of the commands and features that they offer. However, there are also some key differences between the two programs.

Civil 3D is better suited for detailed design and documentation of infrastructure projects. It offers a wider range of features and capabilities for these tasks, such as traffic modeling and cost estimation.

Infraworks is better suited for conceptual design and planning of infrastructure projects. It is designed to help civil engineers to visualize infrastructure projects in the context of their surroundings. It also offers features for environmental impact analysis and collaboration.

The best program for a particular project will depend on the specific needs of the project. If you are looking for a program that offers a wide range of features and capabilities for detailed design and documentation, then Civil 3D is a good choice. If you are looking for a program that is designed for conceptual design and planning, then Infraworks is a good choice.

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FeatureCivil 3DInfraworks
PurposeDetailed design and documentationConceptual design and planning
FeaturesWider range of features and capabilitiesMore focused on visualization and collaboration
CostMore expensiveLess expensive
Best forProjects that require precise measurements and calculationsProjects that require a high level of visualization and collaboration

Working between Civil 3D and Infraworks

You can import and export data between Civil 3D and Infraworks in a few different ways:

  • Import an Infraworks model into Civil 3D. To do this, open Civil 3D and click on the Insert tab. In the InfraWorks panel, click Open InfraWorks Model. In the Open InfraWorks Model dialog box, browse to the location of the Infraworks model that you want to import and click Open.
  • Export a Civil 3D drawing to Infraworks. To do this, open Civil 3D and click on the Export tab. In the Export panel, click InfraWorks. In the Export to InfraWorks dialog box, browse to the location where you want to save the Infraworks file and click Save.
  • Link a Civil 3D drawing to an Infraworks model. To do this, open Civil 3D and click on the Data Sources tab. In the Data Sources panel, click Add. In the Add Data Source dialog box, select the InfraWorks DWG option and click Next. In the Select InfraWorks DWG dialog box, browse to the location of the Infraworks DWG file that you want to link to and click Open.

The specific steps for importing, exporting, and linking data between Civil 3D and Infraworks may vary depending on the specific version of the software that you are using. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the documentation for Civil 3D and Infraworks.

Here are some additional tips for importing, exporting, and linking data between Civil 3D and Infraworks:

  • When importing an Infraworks model into Civil 3D, you can choose to import the entire model or a specific selection of objects.
  • When exporting a Civil 3D drawing to Infraworks, you can choose to export the entire drawing or a specific selection of objects.
  • When linking a Civil 3D drawing to an Infraworks model, you can choose to link the entire drawing or a specific selection of objects.
  • It is important to make sure that the coordinate systems of the Civil 3D drawing and the Infraworks model are the same. If the coordinate systems are not the same, you may experience problems when importing, exporting, or linking data between the two programs.
  • It is also important to make sure that the versions of Civil 3D and Infraworks that you are using are compatible. If the versions are not compatible, you may experience problems when importing, exporting, or linking data between the two programs.

Which Program should I Use and When?

You can import and export data between Civil 3D and Infraworks in a few different ways:

  • Import an Infraworks model into Civil 3D. To do this, open Civil 3D and click on the Insert tab. In the InfraWorks panel, click Open InfraWorks Model. In the Open InfraWorks Model dialog box, browse to the location of the Infraworks model that you want to import and click Open.
  • Export a Civil 3D drawing to Infraworks. To do this, open Civil 3D and click on the Export tab. In the Export panel, click InfraWorks. In the Export to InfraWorks dialog box, browse to the location where you want to save the Infraworks file and click Save.
  • Link a Civil 3D drawing to an Infraworks model. To do this, open Civil 3D and click on the Data Sources tab. In the Data Sources panel, click Add. In the Add Data Source dialog box, select the InfraWorks DWG option and click Next. In the Select InfraWorks DWG dialog box, browse to the location of the Infraworks DWG file that you want to link to and click Open.

The specific steps for importing, exporting, and linking data between Civil 3D and Infraworks may vary depending on the specific version of the software that you are using. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the documentation for Civil 3D and Infraworks.

Here are some additional tips for importing, exporting, and linking data between Civil 3D and Infraworks:

  • When importing an Infraworks model into Civil 3D, you can choose to import the entire model or a specific selection of objects.
  • When exporting a Civil 3D drawing to Infraworks, you can choose to export the entire drawing or a specific selection of objects.
  • When linking a Civil 3D drawing to an Infraworks model, you can choose to link the entire drawing or a specific selection of objects.
  • It is important to make sure that the coordinate systems of the Civil 3D drawing and the Infraworks model are the same. If the coordinate systems are not the same, you may experience problems when importing, exporting, or linking data between the two programs.
  • It is also important to make sure that the versions of Civil 3D and Infraworks that you are using are compatible. If the versions are not compatible, you may experience problems when importing, exporting, or linking data between the two programs.

Civil 3D and Infraworks Use Cases

Here are some applications when a Civil 3D user should use Infraworks:

  • Conceptual design: Infraworks is a great tool for conceptual design because it allows you to visualize infrastructure projects in the context of their surroundings. This can help you to identify potential problems and to make better design decisions.
  • Planning: Infraworks can also be used for planning infrastructure projects. It allows you to simulate the impact of different design decisions on the environment and traffic flow. This can help you to choose the best design for the project.
  • Collaboration: Infraworks is a great tool for collaboration because it allows you to share 3D models of infrastructure projects with other team members. This can help to improve communication and to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Here are some applications when an Infraworks user should use Civil 3D:

  • Detailed design: Civil 3D is the best tool for detailed design because it offers a wider range of features and capabilities than Infraworks. This includes features for traffic modeling, cost estimation, and as-built documentation.
  • Documentation: Civil 3D is also a good tool for documentation because it allows you to create 2D and 3D drawings of infrastructure projects. These drawings can be used to communicate the design to stakeholders and to construct the project.
  • Simulation: Civil 3D can also be used for simulation. It allows you to simulate the behavior of infrastructure projects under different conditions. This can help to identify potential problems and to improve the design of the project.
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Civil 3D Vs Infraworks Conclusion

Civil 3D and Infraworks are two powerful software programs that can be used for a variety of civil engineering design tasks. The best program for a particular project will depend on the specific needs of the project.

If you are looking for a program that offers a wide range of features and capabilities for detailed design and documentation, then Civil 3D is a good choice. If you are looking for a program that is designed for conceptual design and planning, then Infraworks is a good choice.

No matter which program you choose, it is important to make sure that you are familiar with the features and capabilities of the program before you start using it. This will help you to avoid any problems and to get the most out of the program.

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Autodesk Docs vs Build: Which is a Better Choice?

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Autodesk Vs Build

Autodesk Docs and Autodesk Build, which includes all the features of Docs, are two cloud-based software solutions part of the Autodesk Construction Cloud that help construction teams manage their projects. Both platforms offer a variety of features for document management, collaboration, and communication. However, there are some key differences between the two platforms that may make one a better fit for your specific needs.

Autodesk Docs

Autodesk Docs is a document management platform that provides a central location for storing, sharing, and collaborating on project documents. It offers a variety of features for organizing and searching documents, as well as for tracking changes and versions. Autodesk Docs also integrates with other Autodesk products, such as BIM 360 and Revit.

Autodesk Build

Autodesk Build is a project management platform that is specifically designed for the construction industry. It offers a variety of features for managing project schedules, costs, and resources. Autodesk Build also integrates with Autodesk Docs, so you can easily access and share project documents.

Compare Autodesk Docs Vs Build

Feature Autodesk Docs Autodesk Build
Document management Yes Yes
Collaboration Yes Yes
Communication Yes Yes
Project scheduling No Yes
Cost management No Yes
Resource management No Yes
Integration with Autodesk products Yes Yes
Mobile app Yes Yes
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Autodesk Vs Build – RFI’s

  • Docs: RFIs can be created and tracked in Docs, but they are not as tightly integrated with the rest of the platform as they are in Build.
  • Build: RFIs are a core feature of Build, and they are tightly integrated with the project schedule and budget. This makes it easy to track the status of RFIs and to ensure that they are resolved in a timely manner.

Autodesk Vs Build –

Issue Tracking

  • Docs: Issue tracking is not a core feature of Docs, but it can be enabled through a third-party integration.
  • Build: Issue tracking is a core feature of Build, and it is tightly integrated with the rest of the platform. This makes it easy to track the status of issues and to ensure that they are resolved in a timely manner.

Autodesk Build Features

Quality Management

Autodesk Build offers a variety of features for managing quality. You can create and track quality checklists, which are used to ensure that tasks are completed correctly. You can also create and track quality reports, which are used to identify and track quality issues.

Safety Management

Autodesk Build also offers a variety of features for managing safety. You can create and track safety checklists, which are used to ensure that work areas are safe. You can also create and track safety reports, which are used to identify and track safety issues.

Project Closeout

Autodesk Build offers a variety of features for managing project closeout. You can create and track closeout checklists, which are used to ensure that all project tasks are completed. You can also create and track closeout reports, which are used to document the project’s completion.

Cost Management

Autodesk Build also offers a variety of features for managing cost. You can create and track budgets, track expenses, and generate reports on project costs. You can also create and track change orders, which are used to modify the project scope or budget.

Here are some additional benefits of using Autodesk Build for quality management, safety management, project closeout, and cost management:

  • Increased visibility: Autodesk Build provides a central location for storing all project information, which makes it easy to track progress and identify potential problems.
  • Improved collaboration: Autodesk Build makes it easy for team members to collaborate on projects, even if they are not in the same location.
  • Automated workflows: Autodesk Build automates many of the tasks involved in quality management, safety management, project closeout, and cost management, which frees up team members to focus on other aspects of the project.
  • Real-time data: Autodesk Build provides real-time data on project progress, which allows team members to make informed decisions and take corrective action as needed.

Which platform is right for you?

The best platform for you will depend on your specific needs. If you are looking for a comprehensive document management platform, then Autodesk Docs is a good option. If you are looking for a project management platform with features for scheduling, costs, and resources, then Autodesk Build is a good option.

Autodesk Docs and Autodesk Build are both powerful platforms that can help you manage your construction projects. The best platform for you will depend on your specific needs. If you are not sure which platform is right for you, then I recommend contacting an Autodesk representative for more information.

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Advance Steel is a powerful CAD software program that can be used to automate the design and detailing of steel structures. By automating repetitive tasks, Advance Steel can help engineers save time and improve accuracy.

Parametric Connection Library

The parametric connection library in Advance Steel is a powerful tool that can be used to automate the design of steel connections. The library contains a wide variety of connections, which can be customized to meet the specific requirements of a project.

Using the parametric connection library can save engineers a significant amount of time. Instead of manually creating each connection, engineers can simply select the desired connection from the library and modify it as needed.

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Porta Building

The porta building tool in Advance Steel is a powerful tool that can be used to automate the design of prefabricated steel buildings. The tool includes a variety of features that allow engineers to quickly and easily create porta buildings, including:

  • A library of prefabricated components
  • A wizard that guides engineers through the design process
  • The ability to create custom components
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Folded Plate and Stairs

Another way Advance Steel automation is demonstrated is the folded plate and stairs tools which are powerful tools that can be used to automate the design of folded plate structures and stairs. The tools include a variety of features that allow engineers to quickly and easily create folded plate structures and stairs, including:

  • A library of prefabricated components
  • A wizard that guides engineers through the design process
  • The ability to create custom components
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Ladders and Rail Tools

The ladders and rail tools in Advance Steel are powerful tools that can be used to automate the design of ladders and rails. The tools include a variety of features that allow engineers to quickly and easily create ladders and rails, including:

  • A library of prefabricated components
  • A wizard that guides engineers through the design process
  • The ability to create custom components

Revision Control

Revision control is a system for tracking changes to a design. Advance Steel includes a built-in revision control system that allows engineers to track changes to drawings, parts, and assemblies.

This Advance Steel automation can be helpful for ensuring that the correct version of a design is always used. Additionally, revision control can be used to track the history of a design, which can be helpful for troubleshooting problems.

Generating DXF and NC1 Files

DXF files are a common file format for exchanging CAD data. Advance Steel automation can be used to generate DXF files for a variety of purposes, such as sharing designs with other CAD users or exporting designs to manufacturing software.

Generating DXF files with Advance Steel is a quick and easy process. Simply select the desired objects and click on the “Export to DXF” button.

NC1 files are used to control the operation of CNC machines. Advance Steel can be used to generate NC1 files for a variety of steel fabrication processes, such as punching, cutting, and bending.

This can save a significant amount of time, as it eliminates the need to manually create NC1 files. Additionally, Advance Steel can ensure that the NC1 files are accurate and up-to-date.

Dynamo

Dynamo is a visual programming environment that can be used to automate tasks in Advance Steel. With Dynamo, engineers can create custom scripts that can be used to automate repetitive tasks, such as generating drawings, creating NC1 files, and generating DXF files.

Dynamo can be a powerful tool for automating tasks in Advance Steel. However, it is important to note that Dynamo is a complex tool and requires some programming knowledge to use.

Synchronisation with Revit

Advance Steel can be synchronised with Revit, which allows engineers to automate the import and export of structural BIM and fabrication models. This can save engineers a significant amount of time, as they can avoid having to manually create and update models in both software programs.

The synchronisation between Advance Steel and Revit is bi-directional, which means that changes made in one software program are automatically reflected in the other software program. This ensures that both models are always up-to-date.

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Advance Steel Features

Advance Steel has all the tools of AutoCAD plus: 

  • Document Manager System with revision control to check status, update drawings, track changes and rename drawing numbers.
  • Structural steel beam and column library
  • Folded plate and flatten tools
  • Building Grid
  • Cut Beams and Plates
  • Place bolts, anchors, holes, and shear studs
  • Create welds
  • Connection library – Create, copy and customise
  • Stairs, handrails and cage ladder tools
  • Portable/Gable Frame Tool
  • Mono-pitch Frame tool
  • Bracing tool
  • Purlins, joist and truss tools
  • Cladding tools
  • Clash Check
  • Camera views
  • Automated drawings (requires configuration)
  • 2D Shop Drawings (GA and part)
  • Parts List
  • Export to DXF
  • Export NC1 (CNC Machine)
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AutoCAD and Civil 3D are both powerful CAD software programs, but they have different strengths and weaknesses. This blog post will compare and contrast the two programs, so you can decide which one is right for your needs.

AutoCAD Vs Civil 3D Showdown

AutoCAD and Civil 3D are two of the most popular CAD software programs on the market. AutoCAD is a general-purpose CAD program that can be used for a wide variety of tasks, while Civil 3D is a specialised CAD program designed for civil engineering applications.

In this blog post, we will compare and contrast AutoCAD and Civil 3D. We will discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and we will help you decide which program is right for your needs.

Features

AutoCAD:

  • 2D and 3D drafting
  • Object-based drawing
  • Advanced editing tools
  • Dimensioning and annotation
  • Rendering and visualization
  • Data management
  • Collaboration tools

Civil 3D:

  • Civil engineering-specific tools
  • Alignments
  • Profiles
  • Corridors
  • Pipe networks
  • Land development
  • Surveying
  • Rendering and visualization
  • Data management
  • Collaboration tools

Piping and Drainage

Civil 3D has a number of features that make it well-suited for piping and drainage design. For example, Civil 3D has a tool that can be used to automatically create pipe networks, and it has a tool that can be used to analyze the hydraulics of pipe networks.

Corridor modelling

A powerful tool in Civil 3D that can be used to create 3D models of roads, highways, railways, and other linear features. Corridor models are created by placing 2D sections (assemblies) at incremental locations along a baseline. The assemblies are then joined together to create a continuous 3D model.

Corridor modelling has a number of advantages over traditional 2D drafting methods. First, corridor models are more accurate because they take into account the vertical as well as the horizontal dimensions of the feature being modeled. Second, corridor models are more flexible because they can be easily modified to accommodate changes in the design. Third, corridor models are more efficient because they can be used to generate a variety of output, such as cross-sections, profiles, and surfaces.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths of AutoCAD:

  • More general-purpose
  • Easier to learn
  • More affordable
  • Larger user community

Strengths of Civil 3D:

  • More specialised features
  • More powerful tools
  • Better integration with other Autodesk products
  • More comprehensive documentation

Weaknesses of AutoCAD:

  • Not as specialised as Civil 3D
  • Can be difficult to learn for civil engineers
  • Not as powerful as Civil 3D
  • Lacks some of the civil engineering-specific features of Civil 3D

Weaknesses of Civil 3D:

  • More expensive than AutoCAD
  • More difficult to learn
  • Smaller user community
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Survey Surfacing

Civil 3D has a number of features that make it well-suited for survey surfacing. For example, Civil 3D has a tool that can be used to import survey data, and it has a tool that can be used to create 3D surfaces from survey data.

Surfacing and Parcels

Civil 3D has a number of features that make it well-suited for surfacing and parcels. For example, Civil 3D has a tool that can be used to create TIN surfaces, and it has a tool that can be used to create parcels.

Drawing Production

Both AutoCAD and Civil 3D can be used for drawing production. However, Civil 3D has a number of features that make it better suited for this task. For example, Civil 3D has a number of tools that make it easier to create and manage drawing layers, and it has a built-in drawing template that can be used to create consistent drawings.

AutoCAD Vs Civil 3D Conclusion

The best CAD software program for you will depend on your specific needs. If you are a civil engineer, then Civil 3D is the better choice. It has the specialized features and tools you need to create accurate and detailed civil engineering designs.

However, if you are not a civil engineer, or if you need a more general-purpose CAD program, then AutoCAD is a good option. It is easier to learn and more affordable than Civil 3D.

Ultimately, the best way to decide which program is right for you is to try both of them out. You can download free trials of AutoCAD and Civil 3D from the Autodesk website.

AutoCAD and Civil 3D are both powerful CAD software programs. They have different strengths and weaknesses, so it is important to choose the right program for your needs. If you are a civil engineer, then Civil 3D is the better choice. However, if you are not a civil engineer, or if you need a more general-purpose CAD program, then AutoCAD is a good option.

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Civil 3D is a powerful software for civil engineering design. It offers a wide range of features for drafting, modeling, and analysis. However, even with all of its features, it can be a time-consuming software to use. This is where automation comes in. Automation can help you save time and improve your productivity.

There are a number of automation tools available. These tools can be used to automate repetitive tasks, such as creating and updating drawings, generating reports, and performing calculations.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most popular automation tools and how to use these tools to improve your productivity.

Lisp Routines

Lisp routines are one of the oldest and most popular automation tools. Lisp is a programming language that can be used to create custom commands and functions. Lisp routines can be used to automate almost any task in Civil 3D.

To use Lisp routines, you will need to learn the Lisp programming language. There are many resources available to help you learn Lisp. Once you have learned the basics of Lisp, you can start writing your own Lisp routines.

Visual Basic

Visual Basic is another popular automation tool. Visual Basic is a more powerful programming language than Lisp. This makes it possible to create more complex automation tasks with Visual Basic.

To use Visual Basic, you will need to learn the Visual Basic programming language. There are many resources available to help you learn Visual Basic. Once you have learned the basics of Visual Basic, you can start writing your own Visual Basic macros.

Dynamo for Civil 3D

Dynamo is a new automation tool for Civil 3D. Dynamo is a visual programming language that uses a drag-and-drop interface. This makes it easy to create automation tasks without having to learn a programming language.

To use Dynamo, you will need to install the Dynamo add-in. Once you have installed the add-in, you can start creating your own Dynamo scripts.

Civil 3D API

The API provides a way to automate tasks by writing code that interacts with the software. This code can be written in a variety of programming languages, such as Visual Basic, Python, or C#.

There are many benefits to automating tasks in with the API. These include:

  • Increased productivity: Automation can free up engineers’ time so they can focus on more creative and strategic aspects of their work.
  • Reduced errors: Automation can help to reduce errors by eliminating the need for manual input.
  • Improved consistency: Automation can help to ensure that tasks are performed consistently, regardless of who is doing them.
  • Enhanced collaboration: Automation can make it easier for engineers to collaborate on projects by providing a way to share code and data.

If you are interested in automating tasks with the API, there are a few resources that can help you get started. The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) provides documentation, tutorials, and sample code for the API. There are also a number of third-party tools that can help you automate tasks as well.

Getting Started

The first step to automating tasks with the API is to create a development environment. This can be done on a personal computer or on a server. Once you have created a development environment, you will need to install the Autodesk ObjectARX SDK. This SDK provides the tools and libraries you need to write code that interacts with Civil 3D.

After you have installed the Autodesk ObjectARX SDK, you can start writing code that automates tasks in Civil 3D. The ADN provides documentation and tutorials that can help you get started. There are also a number of third-party tools that can help you automate tasks in Civil 3D.

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Harnessing the Power of Autodesk Platform Services

Autodesk Platform Services (aka Forge) are a set of cloud-based services that can be used to automate Civil 3D tasks. Autodesk Platform Services include a number of features, such as:

  • The ability to automate tasks using a web browser
  • The ability to store and share data with other users
  • The ability to collaborate on projects with other users

To use Autodesk Platform Services, you will need to create an Autodesk account. Once you have created an account, you can start using the services.

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Connected Structural Design with the Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection

The construction industry has seen a significant transformation in recent years with the adoption of new technologies and software. Structural engineering is no exception, as it plays a crucial role in the success of any construction project. Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry Collection is a suite of powerful software tools that enable structural engineers and fabricators to streamline their workflows and improve collaboration.

In this blog post, we will explore how Advance Steel, a software tool within the AEC Industry Collection, works with other applications such as Revit, Autodesk Docs, Robot Structural Analysis, Navisworks, and more to create a connected design process. We will also discuss the benefits of this approach for structural engineers and fabricators on construction projects.

How Does Advance Steel Work With Other Applications in the Collection?

With the AEC Industry Collection, structural engineers can create detailed designs, collaborate with architects and other stakeholders, and analyse their designs for efficiency and safety. Fabricators can use the software to create shop drawings and CNC files, and contractors can use it to manage construction projects and ensure that they stay on schedule and on budget.

Advance Steel is a software tool within the AEC Industry Collection that provides 3D modeling and detailing for steel structures. It is designed to streamline the design and fabrication process for steel structures, making it easier for engineers and fabricators to collaborate and ensure accuracy.

Advance Steel can be used to create detailed steel models in 3D, including connections, plates, and bolts. It also provides tools for creating drawings, bills of materials, and NC files for fabrication. With Advance Steel, engineers and fabricators can ensure that their designs are accurate and meet industry standards.

How Advance Steel works with other applications in the AEC Industry Collection

One of the key benefits of the AEC Industry Collection is that it provides a connected design process. This means that engineers and fabricators can use multiple software tools in the collection to streamline their workflows and ensure accuracy.

Here are some of the ways that Advance Steel works with other applications in the AEC Industry Collection:

  1. Revit: Advance Steel can be used with Revit to create detailed steel models that include all of the necessary information for fabrication. Revit can also be used to create detailed architectural and MEP models, which can be linked to the steel model in Advance Steel for coordination.

  2. Autodesk Docs: Autodesk Docs is a cloud-based document management platform that can be used to store and share project information. With Autodesk Docs, engineers and fabricators can collaborate on design files, RFIs, submittals, and more.

  3. Robot Structural Analysis: Robot Structural Analysis is a software tool that can be used to analyse steel structures for safety and efficiency. With Robot Structural Analysis, engineers can perform finite element analysis (FEA) on their steel models to ensure that they meet industry standards.

  4. Navisworks: Navisworks is a software tool that can be used for project coordination and clash detection. With Navisworks, engineers can import steel models from Advance Steel and other software tools to check for clashes and ensure.

  5. Other Applications: The AEC Industry Collection includes a wide range of other software tools that can be used in conjunction with Advance Steel. For example, Fabrication CADmep can be used to create detailed ductwork and piping models that can be linked to the steel model in Advance Steel for coordination.

 

Benefits of Connected Design for Structural Engineers and Fabricators

The connected design process enabled by the AEC Industry Collection provides several benefits for structural engineers and fabricators. Here are some of the key advantages:

  1. Improved Collaboration: By using multiple software tools in the AEC Industry Collection, engineers and fabricators can collaborate more effectively. They can share design files, coordinate different aspects of the project, and ensure that everyone is working from the same information.

  2. Streamlined Workflows: The connected design process also streamlines workflows by reducing the need for manual data entry and rework. Engineers and fabricators can move seamlessly between different software tools, and the data is automatically synchronised.

  3. Increased Accuracy: By using software tools like Advance Steel, engineers and fabricators can ensure that their designs are accurate and meet industry standards. They can also perform analysis and simulations to ensure that the structure is safe and efficient.

  4. Faster Time-to-Market: The connected design process enables faster time-to-market by reducing the time needed for design and fabrication. This can help construction companies stay on schedule and avoid delays.

  5. Cost Savings: Finally, the connected design process can also lead to cost savings by reducing the need for rework and minimising errors. This can help construction companies stay on budget and avoid costly mistakes.

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How Dynamo is Revolutionising Structural Design with Advance Steel and Revit

Dynamo is a visual programming tool that is transforming the way structural engineers and designers work. When combined with software tools like Advance Steel and Revit, it offers several benefits that can help streamline workflows and increase efficiency. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of using Dynamo with Advance Steel and Revit for structural design.

  1. Automating Repetitive Tasks

One of the main benefits of using Dynamo with Advance Steel and Revit is the ability to automate repetitive tasks. For example, Dynamo can be used to automatically create connections between steel elements in Advance Steel based on predefined rules. This can save time and reduce errors, allowing engineers and designers to focus on more complex tasks.

  1. Enhanced Collaboration

Dynamo also improves collaboration between different teams involved in the structural design process. By using a visual programming language, designers and engineers can easily share scripts and workflows with other team members, regardless of their level of technical expertise. This helps to improve communication and ensures that everyone is working from the same information.

  1. Increased Accuracy and Quality

Using Dynamo with Advance Steel and Revit can help improve the accuracy and quality of structural designs. For example, Dynamo can be used to automatically calculate loads and reactions for a structure, or to optimize the size and shape of steel members. This can lead to more efficient and cost-effective designs, as well as better structural performance.

  1. Streamlined Workflows

Dynamo helps to streamline workflows by eliminating the need for manual data entry and reducing the potential for errors. By automating repetitive tasks and using a visual programming language, engineers and designers can move seamlessly between different software tools, saving time and reducing the potential for delays and mistakes.

  1. Improved Visualization

Finally, using Dynamo with Advance Steel and Revit can improve visualisation of the design. With Dynamo, engineers and designers can create complex geometry and parametric models, allowing for greater flexibility and better visualisation of the structure. This can help identify potential issues and make design decisions more effectively.

FeaturesAutoCADAdvance SteelRevit
2D DraftingComprehensive set of 2D drafting tools, including line, circle, polyline, arc, and text toolsLimited 2D drafting tools, including line, circle, and text toolsLimited 2D drafting tools, including line, circle, and text tools
3D ModelingOffers basic 3D modeling tools, including extrude, revolve, and loft toolsOffers more advanced 3D modeling tools, including parametric modeling tools and the ability to automatically generate steel elementsOffers advanced 3D modeling tools, including parametric modeling tools and the ability to create complex geometry
Steel ModelingLimited steel modeling tools, including the ability to create steel elements manuallyOffers more advanced steel modeling tools, including the ability to automatically generate steel elements and parametric modeling toolsOffers basic steel modeling tools, including the ability to create steel elements manually
Steel DetailingLimited steel detailing tools, including the ability to create drawings of steel elementsOffers more advanced steel detailing tools, including the ability to automatically create part drawings, DXF and NC1 files, and CNC data exportOffers basic steel detailing tools, including the ability to create drawings of steel elements
Connection DesignNo connection design toolsOffers comprehensive connection design tools, including the ability to create and analyze connectionsOffers limited connection design tools, including the ability to create basic connections
Structural AnalysisNo structural analysis toolsOffers more advanced structural analysis tools, including the ability to analyze and optimize steel structuresOffers basic structural analysis tools, including the ability to analyze and check steel structures
FabricationNo fabrication toolsOffers comprehensive fabrication tools, including the ability to create shop drawings, CNC data export, and automatic creation of bills of materialsLimited fabrication tools, including the ability to create shop drawings and bills of materials
CollaborationOffers basic collaboration tools, including the ability to share drawings and collaborate on designOffers more advanced collaboration tools, including the ability to connect to Dynamo and synchronize with Revit modelsOffers advanced collaboration tools, including the ability to connect to Dynamo and synchronize with Advance Steel models

AutoCAD offers a comprehensive set of 2D drafting tools, including line, circle, polyline, arc, and text tools. It also offers basic 3D modeling tools, such as extrude, revolve, and loft tools. However, it has limited steel modeling and detailing tools, connection design, structural analysis, and fabrication tools.

Advance Steel offers more advanced steel modeling and detailing tools than AutoCAD. It can automatically generate steel elements, create part drawings, DXF and NC1 files, and export CNC data. It also has comprehensive connection design and fabrication tools. Advance Steel is specifically designed for steel design and fabrication, making it a powerful tool for structural engineers and steel fabricators.

Revit offers advanced 3D modeling tools and basic steel modeling and detailing tools. It can connect to Dynamo and synchronise with Advance Steel models, which makes it an excellent tool for collaboration with architects and other stakeholders in the building design process.

In summary, the choice between AutoCAD, Advance Steel, and Revit depends on the specific needs of the project and the users. AutoCAD is a general-purpose drafting tool, while Advance Steel is specifically designed for steel design and fabrication, and Revit is an excellent tool for collaboration and building design coordination.

 

Analysing Structural Designs: Advance Steel Vs Revit Vs Robot Structural Analysis

FeatureAdvance SteelRevitRobot Structural Analysis
Finite Element AnalysisYesYesYes
Static AnalysisYesYesYes
Dynamic AnalysisYesNoYes
Buckling AnalysisYesNoYes
Nonlinear AnalysisYesNoYes
Eigenvalue AnalysisYesNoYes
Response Spectrum AnalysisYesNoYes
Pushover AnalysisYesNoYes
Design OptimizationYesNoYes
Steel Connections AnalysisYesNoYes
Concrete AnalysisNoYesYes
Wood AnalysisNoYesYes
Masonry AnalysisNoYesYes
Design Code CompatibilityMultipleMultipleMultiple
Integration with Other ToolsRevit, DynamoNavisworksRevit, Navisworks

Overall, all three software products offer FEA capabilities for structural analysis, including static analysis and finite element analysis. However, Robot Structural Analysis offers more advanced analysis options such as dynamic analysis, buckling analysis, nonlinear analysis, eigenvalue analysis, response spectrum analysis, and pushover analysis. Advance Steel offers the ability to analyze steel connections, while Revit offers analysis options for concrete, wood, and masonry.

In terms of design code compatibility, all three software products support multiple design codes. Additionally, Revit and Robot Structural Analysis can integrate with Navisworks for clash detection and coordination, while Advance Steel and Revit can connect with Dynamo for automation and optimization of structural designs.

 

Structural Design Collaboration with the AEC Collection

Structural steel design collaboration is a critical aspect of any construction project. Autodesk AEC Collection offers several collaboration tools, including Navisworks and Autodesk Docs, that can help structural engineers collaborate effectively throughout the design and construction process.

Navisworks is a project review and coordination tool that allows engineers and designers to combine models and data from various sources, including Advance Steel and Revit. Navisworks can help identify and resolve potential design conflicts, allowing for more efficient construction planning and reducing the risk of costly errors during construction.

Autodesk Docs is a cloud-based collaboration tool that allows team members to share and access project information, documents, and models from anywhere and on any device. With Autodesk Docs, structural engineers can collaborate in real-time with other team members, including architects, contractors, and owners. The tool can also help track changes, versioning, and approval workflows, ensuring that all team members are working on the latest version of the project documents.

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The Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection is a powerful suite of software programs that can help architects create better designs and collaborate more effectively with other professionals in the construction industry. By using programs such as Revit, Navisworks, and Docs, architects can create digital models of buildings and share them with other stakeholders, streamlining the design process and reducing errors. By collaborating with MEP/HVAC, Structural and Civil engineers and designers, architects can ensure that their designs are not only visually appealing but also practical and functional, resulting in better-performing buildings that meet safety and regulatory requirements.

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Autodesk Vault 2024 is out with a focus on enforcing standards, delivering intuitive tools and administrative enhancements

Autodesk Vault 2024 is out with a focus on enforcing standards, delivering intuitive tools and administrative enhancements. Focus on the Work Export more design formats for downstream collaboration. Create new projects from a template structure. Enforcing Standards Manage and distribute Inventor template and design data. Enforce peer review during the design process. Intuitive Tools for Collaboration User-interface enhancements for more intuitive workflows and workflow enhancements.

Authors: More features for CAD users in Vault 2024 to Focus on the Work

Job Processor: DXF and STEP

Users can export DXF and STEP files for manufacturing, suppliers, and subcontractors as part of the release process.

  • On-demand DXF/STEP publish
  • DXF/STEP publish on state transition
  • Sync LC state and revision on DXF/STEP files
  • DXF/STEP file getting created in vault to use Design Rep classification and PDF like workflow
  • DXF/STEP file publish options like PDF publish options

Copy Design Enhancements

Design re-use efficiency by reducing number of clicks to complete the workflow and pre-checks to prevent errors prior to creating a new design variation.

  • More usability by enabling Copy/Paste in the copy design numbering panel
  • Use the Copy/Paste functionality to edit multiple row values in and excel spreadsheet and then copy them to the Copy Design with one operation
  • More guidance through highlight restriction before copy operations start (property: –)
  • Export File list within the warning dialog

Copy Design BOM Enhancements

Newly copied parts can be assigned to an Item immediately after Copy Design is executed.

Copy Design updates the BOM information in part files without having to open them in Inventor first

Copy Folder Structure

You can setup a new project quickly and start with a known folder structure.

  • Users can create a project folder from a template or previous folder structure
  • Copy Folder Structure permissions and Properties

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Insert Punch Tool from Vault

Users can select sheet metal punches from Vault when they are not in the local workspace.

Browse for 3D iFeature shapes from Vault to be inserted into the sheet metal face.

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Inventor Design Data & Template Management

CAD Administrator can create and deploy template updates to users easily through Vault. Users remain up-to-date with templates and design data without manual updates.

The focus in 2024 is to create an Inventor\Vault integrated experience for the Template and Design Data Files with automatic updates of Templates and Design Data within specific workflows.

Peer Review

Control the lifecycle process by requiring a different user to transition to the next state. 

With this new user requirement, you can configure the Vault State transition to require Four Eyes Check and configure multiple rules for which files require Peer Review based on property values.

Job Processor

Apply retry strategy to visualization and custom jobs to reduce administration and user disruption to re-submit such jobs manually.

  • Automatic Retry capability for failed Job
  • Specify retry strategy between 1 and 10 attempts
  • The Job Processor will retry the failed jobs automatically without manual intervention

Thin Client Admin Settings

Administrators can set default columns for all Thin Client users in Autodesk Vault 2024.

Backup/Restore Enhancements

In Vault 2024, there is more flexibility in the Vault Server backup command to assist with backing up specified data components. This enhancement helps customers with large Vault environments that cannot use the existing backup command in the Vault Server.

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Thin Client – Enhancements

Select the Vault you need at the time of signing into the Thin Client and the Vault drop-down list shows the available Vault on the Server.

  • Improve interactions and control within the Thin Client interface with control for Expanding or Collapsing All for Objects with Structure.

Advanced Search capabilities paired with a modern UI for better experience:

  • Save searches as bookmarks in the browser
  • Search individual workspaces or multiple workspaces
  • Search workspaces of choice with search parameters
  • Search current folders and sub-folders
  • Find latest version only

Inventor Read-Only Vault Add-in

The Vault Add-in in Autodesk Vault Professional 2024 is available in Inventor Read-only, so users can open files and get access to Vault data directly from Inventor Read-only allowing users to review models efficiently without going between applications.

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What’s New in Autodesk Inventor Professional 2024

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What's New in Autodesk Inventor Professional 2024

Autodesk Inventor Professional  2024 is out with a focus on new features and over 100 customer driven enhancements for MBD, Part Modeling, Assembly, Drawings, Graphics, Performance, iLogic, Content Center and the API.

Here’s the top features and enhancements in Autodesk Inventor Professional 2024.

General Enhancements

General

It is now possible to set Perspective With Ortho Faces as the default view setting in both Document Settings and Application options.

  • Set ‘Perspective With Ortho Faces’ as the default view setting

Application Options:

  • Display tab > Appearance > Settings >
  • Display Appearance dialog > Initial Display Appearance > Projection

Modeling document:

  • Document Settings > Standard tab > Display Appearance >
  • Settings > Initial Display Appearance > Projection

Graphics

Render Size Limit Removed

Inventor Studio has had, until now, an imposed 4096 x 4096 pixel rendering output. The limitation has been removed and Inventor Studio will render images up to 16K x 16K resolution, depending on what your graphics card supports.

Custom Environment Image Support

The workflow for using custom hdr and exr images with IBL lighting styles is much improved and is supported for both CPU and GPU ray tracing.

Support for IBL backgrounds

GPU ray tracing now supports rendering with IBL backgrounds.

The following enhancements in Graphics have been added:

  • Section view tools expanded
    • Flip
    • Move
    • Rotate
    • End cap
  • Section options added to mini-toolbar
  • Edit and suppress section views in “View Representations”
  • Control Section View end cap preview during section view plane dragging
  • <= 500 parts – end cap shown by default
  • > 500 parts – end cap not shown
  • Override the setting by selecting or deselecting the option in the mini-toolbar
  • Use custom IBL environment
  • GPU ray tracing now supports:
    • IBL environments
    • Threads
  • Ray Tracing UI update

Part Modeling Enhancements

Sheet Metal

Enhanced profile detection on overlapping sketches

Parameter Window

Text and Boolean values can now be exported

  • Boolean has the options of:
    • Text (True or False)
    • Number (0 or 1)
    • Yes or No
  • Hardness

Mark Feature

  • New behaviour section:
    • Project
    • Wrap (new)
  • Choose direction for mark
  • Mark across multiple coplanar surfaces

Assembly Modeling Enhancements

Oriented Minimum Bounding Box

  • Rotate Bounding Boxes to match angle of parts
  • Represents footprint of components more accurately
  • Available in:
    • Simplify
    • Derive
  • Simplify – bounding box edges measured and appear in parameter window

Patterns

Rectangular Pattern

You can now select a revolved face, cylindrical or conical, to define the direction for a component pattern. The Pattern Component command uses the face axis to define the pattern direction. Use the standard controls to flip the direction.

It is not necessary to activate the selector when using an origin axis, clicking the flyout activates the selector and chooses the selected axis. The direction selection does not change with the activation of the selector, you must also select a new direction.

Circular Pattern

Circular pattern for components is enhanced to provide incremental and fitted positioning methods.

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New: Finish Feature

The new Finish feature enables you to not only specify the appearance of your parts, components and assemblies, but also the manufacturing process such as material coating or surface finish.

All applied finishes are listed in a new Finishes folder in the browser. You can re-order the finishes in the browser node, suppress, rename or delete them.

In Drawings, a new “Parameters – Finish” type category is added to the Leader Text and the Format Text dialogs to enable Finish information to be used in drawing notes. These parameters will automatically be updated if changed in the modelling environment. This enhances your drawing by adding additional manufacturing process information to the documentation.

Each Finish feature setting has a parameter with corresponding unique name in the “Finish Parameters” category in the Parameters dialog. All Finish parameters can be exported. Exported parameters are displayed in iProperties. Note that change in iProperties doesn’t affect the model finish feature parameters.

The Finish feature can be captured in Model States, iPart an iAssembly.

3D Annotations (MBD) Enhancements

3D Weld Symbols

3D weld symbols are now available as one of the 3D annotation types. Create and edit weld and subweld symbols in a part or assembly model. Then, retrieve the associative symbols in drawings. 3D weld symbols are included in exports to 3D PDF, DWF, and Shared Views.

3DA Envelope Requirement Modifier

The Envelope Requirement modifier is now available for hole notes and dimensions. In the annotation preview, click on a dimension and in the toolbar select the envelope modifier.

Annotation Scale

In this release, 1:5 scale is added to the annotation scale drop down per DIN EN ISO 55455

All Over Modifier

The All Over modifier is now available for feature control annotations.

Drawing Enhancements

Sheet Property

Sheet Name is added as a Sheet Property and can be used in text.

It is now easier to recognize if a filter is applied to the parts list. An icon in the browser and the Parts List dialog displays a filter symbol when one is applied.

Break Line

A change was made to the “Break Out Line” object type for ISO standards. Until now, the “Visible” layer on “Thickness” was set to 0.5 mm. Now, as per the updated standard, the “Break Out Line” object type uses the “Break Line” layer by default with a thickness of 0.25 mm. This also applies to DIN/GB/JIS standards.

Many 2D weld symbols in drawings were updated as per ISO/BSI/DIN/GB standards. The newly introduced 3D weld symbols use ISO, DIN and ANSI standards. The changes include updating the names of fields and adding new fields depending on the selected weld type. The changes were made to Square Butt Welds, Fillet Welds, or Plug Welds for example.

Drawing Line Colour Controls

With this release, color scheme settings can be set for drawing sketch elements. Until now, it was difficult to work with elements if their color conflicted with the sheet color setting. The new Sketch options under the Drafting heading allow the color of sketch elements to be set for the drawing environment.

Revision Clouds

Revision clouds are full-fledged Inventor objects and no longer in the SDK. Add them to drawing sheets or views, move them around, add or delete vertices, and like other annotation styles the formatting is managed using the Styles Editor. Being sketch-based they can be edited either in their cloud state or from the sketch.

Edge Symbol

Starting from this release of Inventor, you can define an Edge Symbol based on ISO 13715:2019 standard. The new Edge Symbol command is added to the Symbols panel of the Annotate tab. The Edge symbol style is added to the drawing Style and Standard Editor.

Tube and Pipe Enhancements

Custom Elbows

In previous versions of Inventor, it was only possible to add a 45 or 90 degree elbow to a rigid pipe run. Starting from this release , it is now possible to apply custom angled elbows.

When a style with Custom Elbows is activated, select the Custom Elbows option in the Route dialog and either use the curved arrow manipulators, or type a value to angle the elbow relative to the current position.

  • When dragged by 45 or 90 degrees, the route is populated with a rigid elbow. Rigid elbow is placed as a Standardpart.
  • When dragged to other than 45 or 90 degrees, the route is populated with a custom elbow. Custom elbow is placed as a Custompart

Minimum and maximum angles are defined in the Custom Angle (CA) column within the Content Center part.

New Custom Elbow Styles

New styles which support the use of custom elbows (Custom Elbow 45, Custom Angle 90) are available in the Tube and Pipe Styles dialog.

iLogic Enhancements

Vault Workflow Enhancements

With Inventor 2024, working with Vault has never been easier. New functions added to iLogic allow Inventor to check out, get files, search Vault, and much more as part of your automations. Vault code snippets added to the editor make it easy to quickly get started.

Add a Custom Content Center Part

You now have the ability to place and define a custom part in iLogic. Create a custom part in Content Center, or insert a standard Content Center part as a custom part, and create a rule to capture the current state. The “AddCustomConterCenterPart” function is created. When you edit the part and repeat the capture operation, iLogic rule updates accordingly. Also, when you edit the rule, the part updates as well.

Close an Open Form

A new function to close an open form is added in this release of Inventor. Note that this is only available for non-modal forms.

Interoperability Enhancements

UCS Support

Both JT and STEP support the option to include UCS on import.

OBJ Import

Performance when opening OBJ files has been improved.

Solid Edge

Support for reading SolidEdge 2023 is added.

Parasolid

Support for importing and exporting Parasolid version 35 is added.

Access to Manual Inspection added to Fusion 360 tools

From within Inventor you can send a part (.ipt) file to Fusion 360 and create manual inspection tasks.

Fusion Exports Workflow

If a change has occurred in the Inventor model state or design view used for a Fusion 360 export, and you click Open in Fusion 360 in the export context menu, you are notified that the Inventor model and Fusion 360 model are out of sync and are given the option to update the Fusion 360 model before opening it.

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What’s New in Autodesk AutoCAD 2024

check out the latest ion AutoCAD 2024 with specialized toolsets. The essential software for industries such as manufacturing, engineering, construction, and infrastructure. Its industry-specific workflows, such as BIM and collaboration tools, help professionals to create accurate and efficient designs. Features like PDF import, DWG compare, data extraction, dynamic blocks, and layer management make AutoCAD a versatile and powerful tool for 2D drafting and 3D modeling.
check out the latest ion AutoCAD 2024 with specialized toolsets. The essential software for industries such as manufacturing, engineering, construction, and infrastructure. Its industry-specific workflows, such as BIM and collaboration tools, help professionals to create accurate and efficient designs. Features like PDF import, DWG compare, data extraction, dynamic blocks, and layer management make AutoCAD a versatile and powerful tool for 2D drafting and 3D modeling.

What's New in Autodesk AutoCAD 2024

Autodesk AutoCAD 2024 is out with a focus on Accelerating Creativity, Tailored Functionality and a Connected Design Experience.

AutoCAD 2024 Categories Moving at the Speed of Business

Autodesk AutoCAD 2024 Overview

Accelerating Creativity

Focus on quickly creating and collaborating on innovative solutions using assistive machine learning technology to improve design workflows.

The performance enhancements in AutoCAD 2024 really stand out—both with how fast it opens and the speed of switching between models and view ports. It’s much faster than any previous versions.
Michael Shurgalla
Senior Design Technology Specialist, Merrick

Activity Insights

Bridge information gaps in collaborative AutoCAD workflows and stay connected to essential data throughout project lifecycles

My Insights Macro Advisor & Dashboard

Provides valuable information to you at the right time and in the right context to assist with steps that you can automate.

Count & Blocks Palette

Counting blocks is now up to 70% faster and reusing design content with blocks is up to 47% faster.

Autodesk AutoCAD 2024 Macro Advisor. Provides valuable information to you at the right time and in the right context to assist with steps that you can automate.
What's New in Autodesk AutoCAD 2024 - Automatically place blocks in your drawing based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far, reducing the number of clicks and saving you valuable time in the process.

Smart Blocks: Placement and Replacement

Automatically place blocks in your drawing based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far, reducing the number of clicks and saving you valuable time in the process.

Quickly find the blocks you need with machine learning powered functionality, delivering powerful time-saving automations.

Tailored Functionality

Organisations can customise AutoCAD for their industries, empowering teams to build and run discipline-specific routines and workflows.

Autodesk AutoCAD 2024 Specialised Toolset Moving at the Speed of Business

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ACAD for Mac – M series chip

Added support for Apple Silicon increased AutoCAD for Mac’s overall performance by 2x*

Connected Design Experience

Autodesk creates an ecosystem of industry-leading design software and technology partners.

Web AutoLISP APIs

AutoLISP, a staple feature of AutoCAD desktop, now enables customisations to automate a sequence of commands in AutoCAD on the web 

AutoLISP, a staple feature of AutoCAD desktop, now enables customizations to automate a sequence of commands in AutoCAD on the web 

AutoLISP

AutoCAD LT now includes AutoLISP

Leverage thousands of previously written programs created for use in AutoCAD-based programs. AutoCAD LT supports AutoLISP Source (LSP) files, compiled LSP files, Fast-load AutoLISP (FAS), and Visual LISP Applications (VLX) files.

Markup Import & Markup Assist

Faster cross-platform markup workflows through expanded machine learning capabilities & essential experience improvements 

Markup Import & Markup Assist

Faster cross-platform markup workflows through expanded machine learning capabilities & essential experience improvements 

Markup Import Markup Assist​ Moving at the Speed of Business

Migrating Custom Settings

The CUI, tool palettes, and templates have undergone enhancements to facilitate the transfer of customised files and locations.

To utilise personalized configurations:

  1. Access the Autodesk AutoCAD <product and release> folder drop-down list from the Windows Start menu. Choose Migrate From a Previous Release.
  2. In the resulting Migrate Custom Settings dialog box, specify the release you wish to migrate from.
  3. Select the customized settings you want to transfer to the latest release.

Tab Improvements

The Start, File and Layout Tabs have been improved.

Trace Updates

Enhancements to the Trace environment continue, with the introduction of the COPYFROMTRACE command and additional settings controls on the toolbar.

Autodesk Docs Improvements

The following improvements have been made to Autodesk Docs:

  • Improved support and performance when viewing large files on Autodesk Docs.
  • Improved Desktop Connector resulting in improved performance displaying a drawing in the Start tab and opening a drawing from Autodesk Docs.
  • Improved navigation on the Start tab for drawings stored on Autodesk Docs

AutoCAD 2024 Vs AutoCAD LT 2024

AutoCAD 2024 offers more advanced features for 3D modeling, customisation with add-on apps and APIs, rendering, and CAD standards, among other features, while AutoCAD LT 2024 is a more affordable version that still offers many of the essential features for 2D drafting, annotation, and automation. 

FeaturesAutoCAD 2024AutoCAD LT 2024
Find and replace blocks based on other blocks in your drawingYesNo
Stay informed of relevant file changes with details of multi-user activities in a DWG fileYesNo
Utilise AutoLISP programs to automate repetitive tasks and enhance workflowsYesYes
Extend AutoLISP programs with third-party automation libraries, and utilize specialised editors to write and debug programsYesNo
Create and edit 2D geometryYesYes
Annotate drawings with traces, text, dimensions, leaders & tablesYesYes
Customize the ribbon and tool palettesYesYes
Attach and import data from PDF filesYesYes
Share and use data from DGN files, Navisworks, & Bing MapsYesYes
Create and edit 3D models with solids, surfaces, & mesh objectsYesNo
Customize with add-on apps and APIsYesNo
Extract object data to tablesYesNo
Create renderings with lighting, materials, & visual stylesYesNo
Apply and monitor CAD standardsYesNo
Automate counting objects and blocksYesYes
Share drawings with colleagues directly from AutoCAD or AutoCAD LTYesYes
Import feedback and incorporate changes with a click of a buttonYesNo
Learn new features and workflows to work faster with My InsightsYesNo

What's New in Specialised Toolsets

AutoCAD Architecture and MEP 2024

AEC3DPRINT

With AEC3DPRINT command, you can natively export the AEC objects to an STL file format that’s compatible with 3D printing without converting to 3D solids.

Enhanced Design Center Content

New MVBlocks and block references are available in Design Center.

More than 200 new MVBlocks and block references are added to the AutoCAD Architecture (US Imperial) and AutoCAD Architecture (US Metric) content packs for Design Center. The added content is available in metric profile for non-English languages. The content includes external lighting, bathroom accessories, furniture, site, kitchen fittings, and more.

Enhanced Design Center Content Moving at the Speed of Business

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

AutoCAD Mechanical 2024

ANSI/ASME Standard Revision Update

The section line symbol within AutoCAD Mechanical is updated to support the AWS Y14.3 – 2012 standard revision. To support AWS Y14.3 – 2012, all aspects of the section line symbol are revised to correspond with AWS Y14.3 – 2012.

AutoCAD Mechanical continues to support the AWS Y14.3 – 2003 standard revision to allow documents created in previous releases to be opened, edited, and saved without updating the section line symbol standard. By supporting AWS Y14.3 – 2012 and AWS Y14.3 – 2003, you can annotate new and as-built designs using the required standard revision.

ISO Standard Revision Update for Taper and Slope Symbols

The taper and slope symbol within AutoCAD Mechanical is updated to support the ISO 3040:2016(E) standard revision. To support the ISO 3040:2016(E), all aspects of the taper and slope symbol is revised to correspond with ISO 3040:2016(E).

AutoCAD Mechanical continues to support the ISO 3040:2009(E) standard revision to allow documents created in previous releases to be opened, edited, and saved without updating the taper and slot symbol standard. By supporting ISO 3040:2016(E) and ISO 3040:2009(E), you can annotate new and as-built designs using the required standard revision.

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2024

Ortho Bill of Materials (BOM)

The Ortho Table Setup dialog box includes simplified options and more table capabilities for orthographic drawings. You can now add the Bill of Materials (BOM) for piping, equipment, steel, as well as nozzle and spool lists into ortho drawings.

Spec and Catalog Editor Enhancements

The Edit Parts and Edit Properties functions are enhanced in both Spec and Catalog Editors.

Edit parts within a selected parts family for inclusion in a spec sheet or catalog.