September 5, 2013

Autodesk InfraWorks File Repathing

In keeping with our goal at Ideate to dig and disseminate the information you need to keep your workflow smooth we issue this blog post about Autodesk InfraWorks.

Now that you have been using InfraWorks for some time you realize that it is not a file based software; rather a database driven software with files stored in a defined folder structure for each project. And it follows that file paths are very important - they behave like XRefs. What will happen if you receive an Infraworks project from some client, collaborator or consultant and they keep their projects on a P Drive and your projects are on Z drive?

Sounds like a familiar situation: that is why you use Relative paths in AutoCAD. Well, in InfraWorks there is nothing like a relative path but if you get stuck in a situation like this you can repath files using a tool in the Data Source palette - Manage Paths of the data sources. refer to the screen shot below.
It will show a dialog box where you can specify the path of the file. change the path - you are done.
It's that simple!!

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Gaurav Bagga
Ideate Infrastructure Solutions Application Specialist

Gaurav is a well rounded Application Engineer and Project Manager for Infrastructure Solutions at Ideate based out of San Francisco. He has over 15 years experience in construction industry and has been helping numerous small, medium and ENR 500 firms maximize their CAD investment for the last ten years. Gaurav is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Autodesk Civil 3D Implementation Certified Expert. He has taught at several conferences, CAD Camps and Autodesk University. He has taught AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Land Desktop and Map 3D to thousands of students and helps Ideate develop the Infrastructure Services curriculum and courses. With his extensive CAD technology background he helps Bay Area engineering and surveying firms analyze and improve their design and drawing production process thereby improving productivity and the bottom line. Follow Gaurav on Twitter: @BeGeez

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