The InfraWorks 2018.2 update became available last week and many people are looking for all the details about exactly what has changed. Here’s a video breakdown of the new features:
Point Clouds – Improved Edge Recognition
With the latest release, InfraWorks will now analyze a point cloud more accurately as it automatically places vertices where it detects the top and bottom of a curb in cross section view. This improved precision means that you’ll spend less time manually adjusting curb breaklines and that you’ll get more accurate results from the software.
Point Clouds – Merge and Connect
In the latest release of InfraWorks, you are now given two options when you match the endpoints of two extracted linear features. You can choose Connect to make the ends meet but keep the features separate, or you can choose Merge to convert the two features into one – similar to the P-edit command in AutoCAD with the Join option. With this option, the second feature will take on the properties of the first and become part of it.
Point Clouds – Camera Image Lookup
In the latest release of InfraWorks, you can incorporate photographs into the point cloud data that you’ve included in your model. You can quickly call up these photographs based on locations in the model to assist you with identifying features that may be tricky to make out in the point cloud data.
In the latest release of InfraWorks, visual cues show you which regions you’re quantifying when you limit an area of interest by station. Also, generic pipes are now included in quantity calculations in addition to drainage pipes, which have been included in prior versions. You can also break down pipe quantities by depth range, giving you more granularity when performing pipe installation cost estimates. And finally, road components now have editable depth which means that you can calculate more accurate quantities based on what’s required for your design.
Bridges – Improvements to Custom Parametric Components
In the latest release of InfraWorks, you’ll find improvements to the workflow for incorporating custom parts into your bridges. For example, when defining a new parametric model, the Model Details will show you if you’ve provided the required parameters for the model to work. Also the Part Sizes tab has a new, easy-to-read layout. And finally, you can now import and export the information on the Part Size and UI Appearance tables making it easier to configure parts in other models.
Other Bridge Improvements
In the latest release of InfraWorks, piers and abutments will adjust their widths automatically to respond to variations in road width. Also, bridges will not be created automatically when roads are created over water. The thinking here is that the designer should decide whether a bridge is to be placed versus a culvert or some other crossing design.
Roads – Element Based Layout
In the latest release of InfraWorks you will find an entirely new way to design roads – Element Based Layout. With this new approach, you can create any combination of tangents and curves, including compound and reverse curves. Simply right click to choose between tangents and curves as you draw. There is even a 3-point curve option for more accuracy and control. Also, you now have the full flexibility to begin or end a road with a curve. You’ll find this way of designing much more effective than the previous PI Based approach, but that approach is still available if you choose to use it.
More Streamlined Road Design
With the latest release of InfraWorks, you’ll find a more streamlined user interface for Road Design. First, when you begin your design you’ll find what you need neatly arranged in the stack on the right including the assembly, design standards, and design speed. The newly designed messages at the bottom of the screen are more effective at sharing tips and warnings. You can now hold the shift key to move a vertex along an established line or curve in the road alignment. Newly designed dimensions are easier to read and in some cases can be edited to control geometry in the model. You can now edit the depth of lanes and other road components to more accurately model the design and calculate quantities. And finally, the default slope configuration for new roads is Fixed Slope instead of Fixed Width.