Well, first and foremost, you may have noticed that “360” is missing. Don’t worry, it’s just a simple name change. InfraWorks is keeping its current functionality and cloud capabilities and adding additional features (see below). So with that out of the way, let’s dive right into the new features.
Now, this one may not SOUND like a big deal, but if you’ve ever had a model with a lot of trees you’ve no doubt felt the performance hit on your computer when trying to navigate around. With the 2018 release you can turn off the realistic view of trees and use a simpler, transparent tree which allows you to see more of the model while still viewing your design with realism and in context of the surrounding elements.
Improved Annotation Performance
Annotation within InfraWorks has undergone a big improvement. Annotation styles have improved readability, are more responsive when zooming in/out (they will appear/disappear depending on your zoom level), and they will change location based on your view perspective so they don’t interfere with other annotation objects. Roadway annotations have also had an upgrade which now include fixed station labels so you can easily see where you are along a roadway design, and like other labels, will appear or disappear based on your proximity.
Grading has gotten much easier with its ability to modify zones using gizmos which makes grading more responsive and faster.
“Automatic” Option for Converting Design Roads to Component Roads
This one is probably my favorite of all the updates. Anything that includes the word “automatic” HAS to be good and will most certainly be a time-saver. In InfraWorks 2018, when you convert a design road to a component road you now have the option to – I’m going to use my own word here – “auto-magically” convert the individual parts of a design to matching components to create a single component road. Like magic!!
InfraWorks has gotten some more love in the latest release of Civil 3D, mainly with it’s own InfraWorks ribbon, which now gives you access to InfraWorks-related commands and enables you to launch InfraWorks directly from that ribbon.
Resolve Corridor Bowties
In AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018, when you have corridor tangents intersect at a corner, or the corridor is created at a fixed width, the inner and outer corners of corridors are now cleaned up automatically. You can even clean up corners from corridors you bring forward from prior versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D by simply making an edit to the corridor and rebuilding it. And, you can use the Clear Corridor Bowties command, when the corridor is created at a non-fixed width (such as when daylighting to a surface).
Improved Plan Production Tools
New drawing templates have been added in AutoCAD Civil to accommodate the ability to create Plan/Plan…
…and profile/profile sheets in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.
These are just a few of the newest (and coolest, in my opinion) features of InfraWorks 2018 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.
If you’re on an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 subscription license or maintenance plan, you’ll get all your updates as they become available, right in the Autodesk Desktop App or check your Autodesk Account Management page. Just accept the update, and you’ll be up and running with the new features immediately.
If you’re a subscriber to InfraWorks, you can get the latest release by going to manage.autodesk.com.