With the release of the 2015.3 version of Autodesk InfraWorks 360 we have added quite a few incredible enhancements. Some of the standouts include enhancements to Model Builder, including the ability to use a polygon selection tool to create irregular-shaped models, seamless data interoperability between InfraWorks 360 and Civil 3D, an entirely new and beautiful HOME experience, support for circular tunnels, great Drainage Design enhancements, and so many more (for a list of all of the enhancements, go here). However, out of all of these, perhaps the simplest yet most impactful (and my personal favorite) enhancement we have made in this version of InfraWorks 360 is support for animated objects within InfraWorks 360 models.
With every new release of InfraWorks 360 we have dialed up the realism. All you have to do is look at images from last year’s models to this year’s model and you will see huge increases in visual fidelity. Often the results of preliminary design are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. However, with every enhancement to visual fidelity InfraWorks 360 models have tended to remain a bit “dead” looking. I have seen literally hundreds of InfraWorks 360 city models built with crazy attention to detail and stunning features, which end up looking like beautiful ghost towns. So, with this release we set out to change that.
New in InfraWorks 360 (2015.3) you can upload a 3D animated Collada file (only DAE is supported in this version) and use it anywhere in the model. It’s that easy. This means that you can create animated 3D models using your favorite tools, like Autodesk 3ds Max and Blender, then import those models as a data source or even style, and use them to liven up your InfraWorks 360 model. We have even provided an example animated 3D model of a windmill (style) with rotating blades for you to start with.
With that you can now bring your own models to life. Simply create 3D models with animation using a 3D design package, like 3ds Max or Blender, output the model as a Collada (DAE) file, then import that file into InfraWorks 360 (2015.3) as a new 3D Model data source or style. You can use your animated model anywhere you like.
Give it a try and let us know what you think. Happy holidays!