The talented Jeff Bartels has come up with a technique to model InfraWorks 360 intersections that support dedicated turn lanes, and he shared this video with us to demonstrate the workflow. If you'd like to experiment with the technique, you can download the dataset Jeff used, and a template, here:
The latest of release of InfraWorks 360 supports offset intersections, so with the use of both right and left turn lane styles and an intersection object, Jeff created an intersection with multiple turn lanes, for visualization purposes. With additional tweaking of styles and alignments, other intersection configurations can be achieved too!
(This approach is intended for visualization purposes only for now, as it takes some liberties with design road alignments.)
You probably noticed that the latest release of InfraWorks 360 is live, and packed full of new features and functionalities. But did you know that we've created a bunch of handy learning resources to guide you through this latest release?
Here are the recommended steps for getting acquainted with the newest version of InfraWorks 360:
This blog post summarizes Best Practices for InfraWorks 360 Web and Mobile Viewing. General tips and a web cast recording guide both beginners and advanced users to a great model viewing experience in browsers on PCs and tablets.
The Suitability Maps (preview) tool gives you an easy way to conduct visual theming of soft cost factors that you can define for features in InfraWorks 360. As a bonus, you can incorporate your suitability maps into a Corridor Optimization job, and factor in construction and earthwork costs associated with areas of high or low suitability.
One interesting use for suitability maps that I experimented with was to show the estimated radius of EMF radiation around power lines, high voltage transmission lines, substations, transformers, etc. Here's an example of what that could look like:
A road style using a custom profile (extruded 2D cross section) to display crash barriers. (image: Christine Lehmann)
The June release of InfraWorks 360 2016 features an exciting new enhancement for road and railway styles: Custom Profiles.
A custom profile is a 2D cross section that you create in an external application (such as AutoCAD Map 3D) in SDF or SQLite format, then bring into InfraWorks 360 and attach to a road or railway style. InfraWorks 360 will extrude the 2D cross section along the length of the selected road or railway track so that it can continuously hug your road or railway, and smoothly follow its assigned track around curves.
For example, the image above shows a road style using this custom profile (created in AutoCAD Map 3D) as a crash barrier:
Using custom profiles allows you to create any number of helpful features, such as guardrails, barriers, or fencing. More advanced uses of custom profiles (in combination with Decorations) can also help you visualize features such as ski lifts, gondolas, even power cables*.
And again this InfraWorks 360 version, released in June 2015, comes with exciting new tools that help you streamlining your workflows including conceptual design, detailed design, simulation, and visualization to accelerate stakeholder buy-in and win work.
New: Roundabouts, Bridge Abutment Modeling, Conceptional Rail Modeling and Web Viewer Panoramas are just some of the new Highlights …
How can I use avoidance zones in my InfraWorks 360 projects?
The short answer is that you use avoidance zones to specify areas to avoid when optimizing the horizontal path of a design road. Any avoidance areas you add to your model will be included as cost zones, and factored into construction and earthwork cost estimates for the optimal design of the selected road corridor.
Why would I use them?
Optimization, Avoidance Zones and other InfraWorks 360 cloud services often provide you with "sustainability-first" design options (to quote a recent article in The Atlantic) that can help you lessen environmental and other impacts in your designs. Using Avoidance Zones, you can design a roadway and factor in sustainability aspects while you're still in the conceptual design process.
Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on how to use Corridor Optimization (preview) and Avoidance Zones to avoid protected, restricted, or otherwise off-limits project areas and manage associated construction and earthwork costs.
Making Your AutoCAD Civil 3D Project Shine, Part 1 showed you how to bring your AutoCAD Civil 3D project into a data-rich InfraWorks 360 model of the project's real-world location. In this follow-up post, let's talk about what to do, now that you've brought your infrastructure design project from AutoCAD Civil 3D into InfraWorks 360.