Firstly, this release is supported on Civil 3D 2017 and AutoCAD 2017 (and AutoCAD derivitives). As per previous releases, this version can be installed on any of the following platforms:
Civil 3D 2012 to Civil 3D 2017
AutoCAD 2012 to AutoCAD 2017
BricsCAD V16 (64 bit only)
This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
You can now add mass planting of trees and other features as 'cut outs' - these are light weight and give a powerful visual enhancement to your models. You can add cut-outs over an area, at a single point or along a polyline. After you set width and height, surface and image to use, the cut-out is created.
Linemarking has been introduced in this version. Create linemarking standards and apply them along any alignment, over chainage ranges of your choosing. You can also create linemarking at an offset, so it's easy to create stop, give way and other offset linemarkng. Area linemarking can be used to render any part of your surface with another material - pick a closed polyline in the drawing and assign a 'linemarking' style to set a material.
Create/Edit Templates has new images that update as you hover over inputs, making it easy to understand the impact of different inputs.
Vertical Grading Editor and Create/Edit Grading - Grid View Design
You can now grade backwards to the previous IP as well as forwards to the next IP, via the grid editor
Another major focus of this release was improvements and fixes to address customer reported issues. Check out the readme for full details.
This release is jam-packed with plenty of new exciting tools such as Model Viewer, point cloud import, enhanced surface analysis, a new profile view and section view plotting engine.
In Civil Site Design V16.21, you can fully realise your design in a rendered 3D model - updating as design changes are made and incorporating site distance analysis. In addition, this new release includes significant improvements to plan production outputs, multi user design project collaboration, software update notification via a welcome screen and more.
New Features Overview Video
What's New in Civil Site Design
Model Viewer enables real-time fully rendered 3d viewing and analysis of your design. Core functionality includes:
- Right click to open the VGE, Cross section Window, Design Data form, extract volumes and generate outputs - Assignment of materials based on design codes - Exaggeration control - Aerial photo drape directly from an image inserted into the drawing (.jpg, .bmp and .png supported) - Sight distance analysis along a road and at intersections - Drive through along a string, with user control over speed, eye and target position and visibility of the target. Click button video output - Inclusion of objects (.obj files) - Inclusion of labels for Roads, Design Data form entries and user defined - Output screenshots and generate fly overs based on selected views - Large point file (point cloud) import, including surface creation - Cimbined Surface output (Surface paste) back to the drawing - Display and render Civil3D Surfaces
To learn more about Model Viewer, please check out this video playlist. We have complied 13 videos, which explain how to use and setup Model Viewer for your design projects.
Profile Wiew and Section View Plotting
There is a new Profile View and Section Viewe Plotting routine, with Section Views supporting functionality known as object ‘tagging’.
With the new Profile View plotting, you can easily add USA style labels directly onto your profile view, with grip edit control to reposition lines and text that may overlap, or flip labels above or below the design profile. Text positions update with your grip edits, and you can synchronise your labels to represent changes to the design, as you make them.
With the new Section View plotting, we've added functionality to label design codes from your sections, as well as create offset/elevation labels using any objects (lines, polylines, circles, and more) from they drawing that cross the sections.
We’ve made the following improvements:
- Freely navigate the drawing with the plotting form open - It’s now far easier to see what you’ve added with the new Treeview list - Settings are grouped - Bands are grouped. Bands control the display of the profile/section, as well as whether or not a band is displayed above or below the view - Less buttons and less clutter
Click button update of outputs
- While you’re editing the VGE click the rebuild button to regenerate your section sheets - Set dynamic update controls to regenerate all your section and profile view output sheets, for all strings, as you save design changes
- Use lines, polylines, circles, arcs to add Offsets and information to the cross sections. Name objects for inclusion in the sections, both in the bands and on the display
Offset Filtering Controls and Band ‘Grouping’
- Plot any surface (from Civil 3D or Civil Site Design) and intelligently filter the triangles. Filter based on grade break, height difference, offset or chord height difference. - Clean display of important features, regardless of the data source - Selectively filter grade breaks in each Surface
- Choose how the band contributes to the offsets of other bands – either add it to the ‘pool of offsets or treat it on its own
Band Text Display Controls Enhanced – Label Styles
- Don’t settle for a single line and ‘top left’ centred text – apply Label Styles for the bands. Justify the text where you want in the band, use ticks instead of lines and add blocks in the band.
The Welcome Screen will display when you first run a Civil Site Design command for the day. The Welcome Screen serves a number of purposes, which include:
- Automated software version checking. Users will be notified if their software is out of date and will have the ability to download and install the latest - A live news/events page will keep users notified of upcoming training events, webcasts, and much more - Access to social and technical resources - Access to quick start tutorials, the help system, and readme notes
Users to have the ability to set the display frequency of the Welcome Screen.
With the new Data Sharing tools you can now do more for data collaboration, based on spatial location (eg: Stage 1, Stage 2) and by industry (eg: Surface creation from surveyors, lot regrading and general earthworks, road designs, drainage and sewer).
Main new features:
- Share more. You can share all objects * Surfaces * Gradings * Alignments * Strings/Roads * Pipe networks - Choose what to share, and what to ‘read in’ - Data share to a centralised folder or from the source data directory. - Read in data to obtain full object control (minus editing) in a read only format. - Click button synchronisation
Advanced Road Design V16
Advanced Road Design Imperial V16 has now been released.
Advanced Road Design Imperial V16 has been created to operate on AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D (Versions 2016 to 2012), as well as BricsCAD V15, and includes all fixes and enhancements from previous versions.
Additionally, changes have been made to the licensing system to remove obstacles with obtaining licenses using the online licensing system, when proxy servers were involved.
Advanced Road Design V16 requires activation of a V16 Serial Key (License Key). Access to the software and your V16 Serial Key is available from the new Civil Survey Solutions Subscription Centre. The nominated Subscription Manager will receive an email inviting them to join the subscription centre - once they have entered the site they can enable acces to other staff members. If you require assistance with gaining access please lodge a support request.
Advanced Road Design Imperial V16 New Features Playlist
Volume reports have been completely revamped. You can now view volume outputs of any strings in an interactive form, control what columns display and output to .csv file (opening automtiacally to Excel) or to a table in the drawing. There is a tick box option for cubic yards.
New Labelling Tools
With the new labelling tools you have loads more control over how your ARD data is displayed. You can establish Label Styles to manage the display of labels for different objects, with labels consisting of any combination of text, blocks and polylines. Grip editing of objects that form part of the label group is fully supported, and selected objects can be grip moved in the drawing. Text can be associated with the polyline component of the label, so moving the polyine changes the position and rotation of the text. Text can also be anchored to a symbol (block) to set the insertion location of the text - moving the block in the drawing automatically repositions the text Labels can now be created for the following objects:
Surface Labels: this includes spot elevations and slope direction labels
Elevations on Polyline: displays elevation and other information at the vertices of a polyline
Chainage at Polyline: displays chainage information for an alignment/string at a polyline vertex
Pipe Netowrk Labels: display pipe and pipe information on the plan. Incorporate your own block around your pit text label, set your own offsets and text information for your pipes
House Connection Labels: display house connection information on plan, and show more informaiton than ever before
Multi String: built for AutoCAD/BricsCAD users, this labels code information in plan, along a String
VC Labels: built for AutoCAD/BricsCAD users, this labels vertical geometry in plan, along an alignment
Distance: built for AutoCAD/BricsCAD users, this labels tangent segments along an alignment with bearing/distance
Model Builder and Auto Model
Now, when Auto Model is used as a basis for a Model created using Model Builder, the entries are maintained by the software - when Model Builder is closed and reopened all Auto Model entries will be updated (new Strings incorporated, intersection trim chainages updated, etc)
Introduction of Pipe Networks
The ability to create, edit, label and output pipe networks has been introduced. You can create your own pipe and pit (structure) lists, create pipe networks for stormater, sewer and underground services, easily edit invert levels and structure elevations, and output profile views and reports. Use these pipe network tools to create pipe and structure geometry for display on road cross sections and for publishing to profile views, reports and labeling in plan.
Currently, H&H calculations are based on the Rational Method and applying the principles of Australian Rainfall and Runoff.