Webcast follow-up: Using the AEC Collection Tools for Land Development Projects, Part 1

January 23, 2020 Jeff Morris

I thank everyone for attending my webcast on January 22nd, 2020, where I repeated a presentation I did at Autodesk University in 2019. Due to the length of the original I had to break the webcasts into two parts.

In the first part of the AEC Collection Tools for Land Development Projects, we looked at three products:

  • Autodesk Sketchbook
  • Autodesk Formit (and Formit Pro)
  • Autodesk InfraWorks

I demonstrated creating conceptual sketches in Sketchbook and conceptual massing in Formit. Then I created an existing conditions model in InfraWorks (through Model Builder) and populated it with sketches, 2D drawings and 3D models to explore options for a land development project for preliminary grading and visualization.

In the second part, I will take the concepts into Civil 3D and Revit for the  Design Development and Detailed Design stages and finally into Navisworks for some visualization and quantification. 

To register for the second part of my webcast happening on February 19th, click here.

To revisit the webinar, you may view the recording here

The webcast was prepared for:

  • Architects
  • Civil Engineers
  • Site Designers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Technicians

Topics covered in the webcast:

  • Creating sketches in Sketchbook
  • Creating conceptual massing in Formit
  • Creating a model with InfraWorks Model Builder
  • Using InfraWorks to analyze and visualize the developing concepts.
  • Establish some preliminary grading within InfraWorks.

Below are some questions that came up during the webcast:

Q: ­Is BIM 360 connected all the software into one project­?

A: Currently BIM 360 can interface with Revit, Civil 3D and Formit.


Q: ­Can InfraWorks data be imported into Revit­?

A: The Bridge Modeler in InfraWorks can be directly imported into Revit and it creates a dynamic link to manage changes. Other InfraWork objects can be exported as FBX files which can be imported into 3DS Max. For surfaces and topography, we will cover that in Part 2 of this presentation.


Q: ­Will this series include any drainage analysis and how that integrates between Civil 3D & InfraWorks? ­

A: We are considering more topics for such integrated workflow topics. Advanced piping including gravity and pressure pipes, SSA and InfraWorks watersheds would be part of this topic.


Q: What was the total time to develop the model?

A: Model Builder generated the initial model in less that 5 minutes, and it took about 10 minutes to download the model.


Q:  Do you have info or a link to show how you created the slope and direction styles?

A: These topics are covered in the ASCENT InfraWorks 2020: Fundamentals for Conceptual Design and Visualization course. In InfraWorks, the Terrain Themes are accessible through the <Analyze your model> <Terrain Themes> menu.

About the Author

Jeff Morris

Learning Content Developer<br><br>Jeff specializes in infrastructure tools such as Civil 3D and Infraworks, delivering training classes and contributing to the learning guides for these Autodesk software applications. Jeff has worked for several Autodesk resellers and has had roles of both CAD and BIM Manager with Civil and Architectural firms.

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