April 30, 2014

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Productivity Enhancements Using AutoCAD 2015 Reality Capture

Following up with the Ideate tradition of What’s New; here is another update for you in my software series.

AutoCAD 2015 brings new productivity enhancements for reality capture. Point Cloud workflow has been streamlined and simplified. You can simply open Autodesk ReCap from within AutoCAD to process LAS files and other proprietary point cloud data formats. You can now process that data and export a ReCap Scan RCS file from ReCap to XRef in AutoCAD. However, you will not be able to attach your existing PCG or ISD files any more. If you do have a project that was using these files you will still be able to modify the point cloud properties in AutoCAD 2015 in properties palette – don’t expect to see the contextual ribbon tab for this.

Once the point cloud is attached within AutoCAD it maintains its visual fidelity displaying scan colors. Here you see the same point cloud displayed in scan colors in AutoCAD 2015 to your left and AutoCAD 2014 to the right.
 
Left: AutoCAD 2015 Screen Capture      Right: AutoCAD 2014 Screen Capture


Furthermore, the visualization of point clouds has been enhanced in AutoCAD 2015. There is a new color mapping button that gives you the freedom to add a color palette of your choice to visualize your point cloud data. You can now colorize your point cloud data using elevation and classification. A new point cloud lighting tool has been added to help you visualize and present point cloud data professionally. Here is a snapshot of the point cloud tools in contextual ribbon tab.



In addition to visualization, there are performance enhancements – AutoCAD 2015 is able to handle point cloud data better and faster than AutoCAD 2014.

And I will leave you with this – you can now snap to plane on a point cloud to, let’s say, place a window on the point cloud wall. Stay tuned for more on this from Ideate’s blog and YouTube channel.
 

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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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April 29, 2014

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Revision Improvements in Revit 2015

In Revit 2015, users now have the ability to create revision clouds using a variety of familiar sketch tools, such as lines, rectangles and circles. This sketch method allows for greater control over the consistency of cloud arcs due to less clicking and the minimum arch length setting. In addition to the sketching portion of the revision clouds, editing revision cloud shapes is far simpler task because the arc lengths of cloud segments are longer than the traditional revision clouds. In addition to the enhanced revision cloud drawing tools, users now have the ability to delete Revision sequences within the Sheet Issues and Revisions dialogue box, resulting in a quick removal of unwanted Revisions and their corresponding clouds and tags. Like prior versions of Revit, users can still merge and move revisions as they see fit.

Revit 2015 Revision Improvements: Users now have the ability to delete revisions and specify the minimum arc length for revision clouds.

Revit 2015 Revision Improvements: Users now have the ability to create revision clouds using a variety of familiar sketch tools.

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Sash Kazeminejad, ACI, LEED AP
AEC Senior Application Specialist
Sash brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a variety of college scholarships, earned a BA in Environmental Design, a MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling courses at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms. @sashpdx

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April 28, 2014

Revit Structure 2015: Reinforcement Annotation and Documenting Enhancements

In Revit Structure 2015, users now have the ability to apply Multi-rebar annotation to multiple rebar sets as a group of annotation. Multi-rebar annotation also now updates to better reflex the changes made to rebar sets. This enhancement to the multi-rebar annotation gives you greater support in documenting reinforced concrete.

Revit Structure 2015 Reinforcement Multi-rebar Annotation
In Revit Structure 2015, a new feature gives users the ability to show rebar set presentations by Show All, Show First, Last and Show Middle, or Select. Giving users the ability to create better reinforced concrete shop drawings. The bar presentation allows the reinforcement of structure elements to be displayed in a simple and readable manner. Multi-rebar annotation will also reflect the changes to the rebar set presentation.

Revit Structure 2015 Rebar Set Presentation
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Eugene A. O’Day, IX
AEC Application Specialist

Eugene A. O’Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit – and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.

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April 25, 2014

Civil 3D 2015: Profile Locking

Ideate is dedicated to updating you on the new and improved features of Autodesk’s latest software release. In this post, I am going to discuss the new profile locking capabilities in Civil 3D.

Profile Locking Tab in Profile Properties Dialog Box

As a designer, you know that the vertical profile entities and horizontal entities are linked. Civil 3D 2015 has added functionality that allows you to determine how the vertical profile entities are linked to the horizontal entities. Specifically, you can either lock the vertical entities to specific alignment geometry points or you can lock the vertical profile entities to the alignment start. The options appear on the Profile Locking tab of the Profile Dialog box, which is shown in the image below.  
Profile Properties Box Profile Locking Tab.
Design Scenario for Comparison
To understand the two options, I am going to compare how a profile behaves for each of these options when the horizontal alignment changes. The following images set up the design scenario.


Horizontal Alignment Position before extending and moving the first tangent.
Horizontal alignment position after extending and moving the first tangent.
The original profile prior to extending and moving the horizontal tangent.
As seen in the preceding vertical profile, there is 1 PVI between the two horizontal geometry points. There is 1 PVI just after the last PI shown. 
 

Option 1: Anchor Profile Geometry Points to Alignment Geometry Points
In this option, the PVIs for the profile are linked to their preceding horizontal geometry point, such as the beginning of a tangent or a curve. The elevation values and distance to the preceding horizontal geometry point are the same.  This can be seen in the following image.   
 
Modify affected entities option. New profile after moving the horizontal tangent.

The profile begins where the horizontal alignment begins because the PVI had the same station as the beginning of the horizontal tangent. The elevation value, however, is now lower then the existing surface elevation. This is because this option holds the original PVI elevation values. The grade coming out of the first PVI is the same as it was before the change because the second PVI was along the horizontal tangent. Since the distance to the preceding horizontal PI did not change, the slope did not change either. The second horizontal tangent, however, lengthened because the third PVI is after the second horizontal curve begins. Since the distance between the first and second Horizontal PIs increased, so does the second tangent on the profile. The grade along the second profile tangent is less because the elevation values of the PVIs remain the same, but the length of the tangent increased. 

That got a bit confusing, so I’ll simplify this. The PVI elevations and distance to the preceding horizontal geometry point remains the same. That is the essence of how this works.

The yellow information symbols show up along the affected profile entities. You can turn those off on the profile contextual tab, as shown below.


Profile contextual tab showing where to dismiss information symbols.

You can also choose to delete affected entities, as opposed to modifying them. This option shows up in the profile properties. This can be seen in the image below. The entities that previously were adjusted and had an information symbol on them are now deleted.
 
Deleted affected entities option. New profile after moving the horizontal tangent.

Option 2: Anchor Profile Geometry Points to Alignment Geometry Start
This option locks the profile to the beginning. If the beginning of the alignment changes, as it does in this example, the start of the original horizontal alignment is projected onto the updated horizontal alignment. In this case, the profile geometry – specifically the grades, curve lengths, and elevations – will remain the same after you edit the horizontal alignment while the PVI stationing will change. In the example we’ve been examining, the first horizontal tangent is being extended and moved. Unlike what the option implies, the profile does not stay tied to the alignment start, it stays tied to the projected original start of the alignment to the edited new alignment. The elevations, grades, and curve lengths remain the same, however its stationing has moved. Check out the images below.
 
Projected beginning of original horizontal alignment onto the new horizontal alignment.

Lock profile to horizontal alignment option after horizontal tangent has been moved.
Let me review, there are 2 options to lock a profile to an alignment.
  1. Lock the profile elevations at PVIs to horizontal PIs with the option to: 
    1. Update the affected entities by locking the elevation and distance of PVIs to their preceding horizontal PIs, and,
    2. Erase the affected entities.
  2. Anchor to alignment start, which means anchor to horizontal geometry start.
Thank you for reading. I recommend regularly checking out our blog for the latest new features in Civil 3D 2015, as well as other Autodesk software.

Check out the video: Civil 3D 2015: Profile Locking

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Kate Ming, P.E.
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Kate is an Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. and is a Professional Engineer with 6 years of industry experience. At Ideate, Kate provides training, consulting and technical support services for our customers.


April 24, 2014

AutoCAD 2015: Command and Selection Enhancements

Ideate is highlighting updates and enhancements made to Autodesk Software in the 2015 release. In this post, I will illuminate a few of the command and selection enhancements made in AutoCAD 2015.

Selection Enhancements
To me, one the most exciting new features is the lasso selection. To use the lasso selection left click in the drawing to start the selection command, continue to hold down the left mouse button, and move around the objects that you would like to select. You can turn this function on and off on the selection tab of the options box. 

Example of lasso command.

Image: Where you turn the lasso selection on or off in the options dialog box.
Another addition to the selections is the glowing effect that selected objects have when hardware acceleration is on. This is so you can easily see what is selected. To turn on hardware acceleration on or off, type GRAPHICSCONFIG in the command line.

Image: Selected objects now glow when hardware acceleration is turned on.

Image: Selected objects remain dashed when hardware acceleration is turned off.
Command Enhancements
Many commands already have a command preview, such as the offset command. In AutoCAD 2015, many more commands have the command preview, such as trim, extend, match properties, and break. For example, the extend command will now give a preview of what the object will look like before you extend it by just hovering. Additionally, command preview is now an option that you can turn on or off. You do this in the options box.


Image: Command Preview option in options dialog box
Another command enhancement is the cursor badges. A cursor badge is a small icon that shows up along-side the cross hair. These badges show up while you are in a command. The images below show some of these badges.


Image: Command badges at the cross hair
Check out the video AutoCAD 2015: Command and Selection Enhancements

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Kate Ming, P.E.
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Kate is an Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. and is a Professional Engineer with 6 years of industry experience. At Ideate, Kate provides training, consulting and technical support services for our customers.

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April 22, 2014

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Added Pressure Drop Calculations in Autodesk Revit MEP 2015

The Pressure Drop Calculation Methods are updated in Revit MEP 2015 with further options built in to the pull down menu. Previous versions only came with one calculation option available or required a 3rd party add-in to change methods.

Several of the more common or useful friction factor formulas have been added to the dropdown. These include the Altshul-Tsal, Colebrook and Halland Equations for Duct and variations for Pipe. The ability to use a different Calculation Method can improve accuracy in the model.

The new pull down menu is accessed through the Mechanical Settings in the Manage Tab for both Duct and Piping Calculations. Selecting the Calculation Method in either Duct or Pipe will show the drop down menu and supporting formula below.
 


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Bradley Cooley
AEC Application Specialist

Bradley earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, the Portland, Oregon campus, where his special research and design emphasis was on commercial production facilities including wineries, breweries and distilleries. Bradley’s professional experience has a design focus on build services for residential construction and environmental graphics. Within his community, he volunteers as a youth athletics coach. As Ideate's Services Manager and a Revit Instructor, Bradley provides Revit MEP training and support for AEC firms. He is based in the Ideate Portland, Oregon office.

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April 21, 2014

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AutoCAD 2015: User Interface Updates

With 2015 Autodesk products now available AutoCAD users are starting to download and install the latest version to get a peek at what’s new in the latest and greatest release. Here are some of the more noticeable changes that Autodesk has made to overall appearance of AutoCAD 2015.

New Start Screen

Instead of the Welcome Screen that we’ve all gotten used to over the past few years, AutoCAD 2015 now has a new Start Screen that opens when the application is launched. The new Start Screen looks like a blank drawing tab, and is divided into two sections.


Create Page
The Create page is set up for all things drawing related. From the Create page, you can start a new drawing, select from a list of template files
(DWT) to create drawings, open existing drawings, sign-in to your Autodesk 360 account, and see Program Notifications for updates and performance related information.


Learn Page
The Learn page contains links and videos to references and resources related to AutoCAD 2015. Here you can find videos on Getting Started with AutoCAD, New Features, Tips, and Online Resources.



Switching from page to page is as easy as clicking on the links at the bottom of the screen.


New Dark Themed Ribbon and Customizable Status Bar
The Ribbon in AutoCAD 2015 has been updated to support a dark gray theme. In past releases, the Ribbon was a consistent lighter color regardless of the dark or light theme selected. The new darker theme provides a more consistent appearance when used with a dark Model Space background color.



The old format Status bar with icons lined along the bottom of the drawing area has also been updated in the 2015 release. We now have control over which status options are displayed at the bottom of the screen via the customize pop up list in the bottom right corner. The list includes all status options from Coordinate display to Clean Screen options. This pop up does not control the on/off functionality of the particular feature; just the display of the icon.



Check marks indicate which icons will appear on the Status bar for easy one-click on/off control. Common hotkey shortcuts also work, regardless of the icon being visible or not. This can make it somewhat confusing, so it is a good idea to keep the icons you intend to use visible on the status bar. Unfortunately, the option of displaying Text versions of the Status Icons is no longer available in 2015 through the right-click “Use Icons” option that was there in the past.  



The standard blue/gray color scheme still indicates the on/off status of the icons, and they are displayed based on which items you check in the customization pop up.

So what do you think about the new dark theme and customizable status bar? 

When you’re getting started with AutoCAD 2015, spend some time digging through the new user interface and see what other cool updates you can find. 
 

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Matt Miyamoto, P.E.
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Matt is a licensed Civil Engineer in the state of Hawaii. Matt obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has 7 years of private sector design experience which he applies in his role as an application specialist with Ideate, Inc. His project experience includes residential and commercial site development, private and public sewer, water and drainage systems, harbors improvements, and roadway improvements. While in Hawaii, Matt was involved in multidisciplinary projects for City and County agencies, State Departments, the Army COE and private developers. @MattM_PE

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April 18, 2014

Navisworks 2015: Autodesk 360 Rendering

Autodesk 360 rendering is now available for Navsiworks 2015, as shown in this sample file from Ideate Inc. Rendering options in the cloud are faster and offer new types of output – interactive panoramas and color-coded illuminance (lux or foot-candles).

Viewpoints, with daylight or interior lights, can be rendered “on the cloud” and files stored and reviewed on the Render Gallery. You no longer have to wait for Navisworks to complete a rendering. Submit a view and continue to work. Images can also be downloaded if you need local copies.



This image was processed in two minutes. All materials and lights in the Navisworks file were imported with a Revit model. It took 7 minutes to produce the same view as an interactive panorama, where you can interactively look around in room.



This image was processed in seven minutes. All surfaces are color-coded to show lighting levels.


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Jim Cowan
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience and Autodesk design solutions expertise have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include interoperability between solutions and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot-Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at University of Manitoba, Jim has special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). YouTube Channel: MrJimCowan

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April 17, 2014

Navisworks 2015: New Enhancements to Model Based Quantification

The 2015 release of Navisworks introduces new enhancements to the model based quantification module.

It is now possible to assign complete parent structures of geometry to the takeoff workbook. In the past, users had to select the model at the geometry node level in the selection tree hierarchy, making the process very tedious and difficult to perform. The quantification is streamlined by assigning whole branches of geometry from the Selection Tree into the takeoff workbook. This can be done three ways: 

  1. By using the Model Take off button in the work.
  2. Via the right-click menu. 
  3. By dragging and dropping the selection into the workbook.


New in this release is also the ability to add comments to a takeoff items. A new column of comments was added to the takeoff workbook, and comments are sorted by a numerical identifier. The comment can be later managed, or edited via the Navisworks comment dialog box in the Review tab.




Navisworks 2015 also introduces Property Mapping in the Item Catalog for global Item Calculations. This dialog box and allows you to discretely specify which Takeoff properties will be matched to the model properties. This may be required where the dimensional parameters of the geometry have multiple customized names.  



To override these mapping rules for any particular item, there is a new ‘Item Map Rules’ tab by the Item Calculation tab. The property mapping provides users greater flexibility and control on which properties of the geometry execute the takeoff calculations.





Stay tuned for more announcements of new exciting features in Navisworks 2015.


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Cesar Escalante, AIA, LEED AP, CCCA
AEC Solutions Application Specialist

Cesar has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Central America in El Salvador, a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas, and is a CCCA (Certified Construction Contract Administrator). His experience includes roles as Project Manager and Project Captain at architecture firms in Oakland, California. As a member of the Ideate Tech Expert team, Cesar teaches Revit Architecture Fundamentals and provides client support and consulting. Cesar’s interest in the built environment includes his work as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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April 16, 2014

Trim / Extend Multiple Elements in Revit 2015

In Revit 2015, users now have the ability to trim and/or extend multiple elements using a selection box. In previous versions of Revit, this feature was unavailable, therefore, users had to select individual elements to trim and/or extend.

In Revit 2015, simply select the Trim/Extend Multiple Elements button, then select the trim/extend reference boundary, and finally, click and drag your mouse over the elements that you want to extend or keep. You can also still click to select individual elements to trim and/or extend and do a combination of individual selections and selection boundaries under the same command.



Check out the video Autodesk Revit 2015: Trim/Extend Multiple Elements

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Sash Kazeminejad, LEED AP
AEC Application Specialist
Sash Kazeminejad brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, IT, and staff design for Hennebery Eddy Architects in Portland, Oregon. He has completed seven divisions of the Architectural Record Exam, leads Revit workshops, is LEED AP accredited and is on track to achieve California licensure in 2013 with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a Montana AIA Scholarship, earned a BA in Environmental Design, an MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling (BIM) and related topics at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms.


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April 15, 2014

View Title Enhancements in Revit 2015

View Title Family in the new release of Revit 2015 displays new and powerful enhancements at the parameter level. The list of parameters a View Title can report was expanded to a total of 16 parameters, this is a significant increase from the 6 parameters in previous versions. The new fields the label can use include parameters like ‘View Family and Type,’ ‘Phase,’ and ‘Associated Level.’



This enables the View Titles to be constructed with View Parameters only instead of manually placed entries. It reduces errors and improves the accuracy of the information reported by Titles. In addition, the label can now report custom Shared Parameters, expanding the flexibility of the reported information. This was a long standing feature request that was finally addressed in this release.



Below is an example of a View Title built with a label with multiple View Parameters. If you notice, there is no need for any redundant user entry because all the fields are extracted from information existing in the actual model.
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Cesar Escalante, AIA, LEED AP, CCCA
AEC Solutions Application Specialist

Cesar has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Central America in El Salvador, a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas, and is a CCCA (Certified Construction Contract Administrator). His experience includes roles as Project Manager and Project Captain at architecture firms in Oakland, California. As a member of the Ideate Tech Expert team, Cesar teaches Revit Architecture Fundamentals and provides client support and consulting. Cesar’s interest in the built environment includes his work as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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April 14, 2014

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Accessing the Enhanced Geolocation Features in Civil 3D

For those of you who have been following our blog over the recent weeks, you may have already read about the enhanced Geolocation Feature in AutoCAD 2015 that allows you to automatically connect and download aerial map information from Microsoft Bing Maps.

Since Civil 3D is built on top of the AutoCAD platform, the Geolocation feature is accessible in Civil 3D 2015. However, it’s not part of the default Civil 3D Workspace that is loaded with the out-of-box installation. To add the Geolocation Tab and access the new features through the Ribbon, we’ll need to do a little bit of CUI customization.

Start out by launching Civil 3D 2015 and opening a drawing file. The Civil 3D Workspace should load by default, with a similar setup to what you’ve seen in the past. Take note of the Ribbon Tabs listed at the top of the Application Window. The Geolocation tab that shows up in AutoCAD 2015 is missing from the default Civil 3D Ribbon.



To load the Geolocation Tab, launch the CUI (Customize User Interface) dialog box (Commandline: CUI).


  1. In the upper-left window, highlight the Workspace you want to modify (Civil 3D Default) 
  2. When the Workspace appears in the upper-right window, click Customize Workspace  *Text will turn blue after clicking Customize Workspace

  3. Back in the upper-left, expand the Partial Customization Files collection (click +)
  4. Under Partial Customization Files, expand the ACAD collection (click +)
  5. Expand Ribbon (click +), the Tabs (click +)
  6. Under the Tabs section, find the Geolocation item and click the box to add a check mark (it may appear as a green solid box by default)
  7. Back in the upper-right, click Done to confirm the changes to the Workspace
  8. Click Apply, then OK at the bottom of the CUI dialog to apply changes and exit.  
The Geolocation Ribbon Tab should now appear alongside the original Ribbon Tabs of the Civil 3D Workspace. 

Click on the tab to access the enhanced Geolocation features, and add some Microsoft Bing Map images to your Civil 3D® drawings.  


NOTE: The Geolocation option can also be found under the primary Ribbon Tabs section in the CUI dialog. Based on our initial testing, this option displays a blank Geolocation tab that does not include any of the panels shown above. The option found under Partial Customization Files displayed the full Geolocation Tab and all Panels per the instructions outlined in this blog.



For more information on how the Geolocation features work, check out the blog posts and videos from my fellow ENI Application Specialists - Kate Ming
and Gaurav Bagga
.

*A link to the video can be found HERE!

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Matt Miyamoto, P.E.
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Matt is a licensed Civil Engineer in the state of Hawaii. Matt obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has 7 years of private sector design experience which he applies in his role as an application specialist with Ideate, Inc. His project experience includes residential and commercial site development, private and public sewer, water and drainage systems, harbors improvements, and roadway improvements. While in Hawaii, Matt was involved in multidisciplinary projects for City and County agencies, State Departments, the Army COE and private developers. @MattM_PE

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