Autodesk continues to develop InfraWorks as a BIM infrastructure designing platform for engineers and architects. Recent developments include improvements that allow the project to be scrutinized with rich engineering content and improvements in road and bridge modeling. Here are some of the new options:
Manage Bridge Components — Managing of inventor-based bridge components directly in the Style Palette where the user can easily add parametric content like decks, piers, and girders and use all the commands they’re familiar with to manage these components.
Material Quantities — Quantify more aspects of materials for a selected road like road components, bridge materials, and drainage components. Exporting the quantities to a CSV file for further review, reporting, or cost estimating. Customizing of the quantities panel to show only the categories the user would like to see or export.
Simplified Trees — Substitute realistic trees for “simplified trees” to improve the performance (faster regen, panning and zooming) when large stands of trees, such as forests, are part of the model.
Usability Enhancements — A new gizmo makes it easier to edit roadside grading. And, making modifications to grading zones just got faster and more responsive. We’ve also made improvements to the performance of annotations on certain assets, including selected roads, parcels, easements and rights-of-way and some measurement tools. Annotation styles have improved readability, they are more responsive as you zoom in and out, and they respond more effectively as you change your view perspective.
Autocase for Sites - Triple bottom line (TBL) cost benefit analysis (CBA), including lifecycle cost analysis is being required more and more on projects and can be a key differentiator during project pursuit. With this release, designers can now use the power of InfraWorks and get access to the Autocase for Sites solution, free for a period of one year. Autocase for Sites provides data and analytics to automate the business case for stormwater projects in North America. This solution automates “triple bottom line (TBL) cost benefit analysis (CBA)”, including lifecycle cost analysis, to help prioritize design elements that will optimize the financial, social and environmental bottom line of a project. Autocase for Sites can help you evaluate over 25 stormwater design features to quantify and monetize the reduction in flooding, avoided gray infrastructure, water and air quality improvement, recreation improvement, reduced carbon emissions, and the property value benefits of green infrastructure.
Other features and enhancements include:
Converting design roads to component roads
Feedback when standards are broken
The new version also has a change in the name of the product. With this latest release, InfraWorks 360 is now officially, and simply, InfraWorks.