September 28, 2015

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Mid-Year Enhancements

Within the past month there were three enhancements to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 that may have gone unnoticed by most Civil 3D users.  They were Service Pack 1, Productivity Pack 1, and subscription access to three Civil Design Modules.  Let's take a quick look at what they are.

Traditionally, service packs just resolve issues with the software. However, Civil 3D 2016 Service Pack 1 also includes improvements to the Export Civil 3D drawing utility and to 3D polyline linetype display.  These enhancements reduce post export cleanup for users who need to convert their Civil 3D drawings to DGN format.

Civil 3D 2016 Productivity Pack 1 includes several import/export tools to share design data between Civil 3D and Bentley InRoads-GEOPAK.  This is done via an online cloud service called the Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator.  Another tool in the pack that caught my attention was the Earthworks Plan Production tool. This tool automates the insertion of earthworks data labels in a grid pattern previously accomplished through several manual steps.   

Tools in the new Civil 3D 2016 Productivity Pack 1
To get to Civil 3D Productivity Pack 1, logon to your Autodesk Account and then select the Product Enhancements Quick Link. You can also install the productivity pack via the Autodesk Application Manager.

While you are logged in to Autodesk Account, you may want to get the three design modules that install on Civil 3D; Autodesk Geotechnical Module, Bridge Modeler Module, and the River and Flood Analysis Module.  To find them, select the Product Updates link.  Prior to August, these modules were accessible only to Infrastructure Design Suite Premium or Ultimate subscribers.

Civil 3D Productivity Pack 1 and the Autodesk Civil Design Modules improve productivity and increase the value of your Autodesk subscription. For more details, take a look at Autodesk's official post on how these enhancements improve Interoperability between Autodesk and Bentley Solutions.

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Daniel Armstrong

ENI Application Specialist

Daniel is an Application Specialist for Infrastructure Solutions at the Ideate Sacramento office. He is a California licensed Civil Engineer and LSIT with over 9 years land development design experience and 6 years Civil–GIS software consulting. Additionally, he provided 6 years of engineering support at a municipal public works department. At Ideate, Daniel assists Civil Engineering and Surveying firms in maximizing their utilization of AutoCAD Civil 3D through consulting, training, mentoring, and technical support. He conducts standard classroom and custom training on AutoCAD, Map 3D, and Civil 3D.