Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs... OH MY

Ever wonder why you are paying an annual subscription on your Autodesk licenses? Now if you're like MOST of the medium to large engineering firms out there you are NOT upgrading your users to the current version every year even though you are paying for the latest and greatest. If you are a smaller firm with only a couple of users you may be installing the current version each year.

Well... Here are some AWESOME downloads that you get FREE as a subscription customer, check out what you get and the links are at the bottom. Enjoy!!!

This is what AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010 has to offer!

Point Clouds, Roundabout Layout, and General Enhancements
Extend the capabilities of AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010 software with the following features:

Point Clouds—Import and visualize large sets of point cloud data, such as 3D laser scanning/LiDAR data sets with millions of points, in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 with the Point Clouds feature. The point cloud feature enables you to:

Import LiDAR data in LAS format and all point file formats supported by AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010
Visualize large point clouds in 3D
Stylize point data based on LAS classifications, RGB, elevation, and intensity
Filter point data by style
Snap to points within the point cloud using standard AutoCAD® software tools
Some common uses of LiDAR data in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 may include using the point cloud data for site surveys, developing an understanding of the site context, and digitizing as-built features (for example, building footprints and curbs) for design projects.

Roundabout Layout—More quickly lay out roundabouts, including signage and striping, based on common design standards using the Roundabout Layout feature. Once the horizontal geometry of a roundabout has been defined, you can dynamically move and edit the roundabout throughout the optimization process.

General Enhancements—Streamline existing workflows in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 with a variety of powerful enhancements for transportation design, survey, visual analysis, and general production. Capabilities include:

Transportation Design Tools

Best-fit alignment creation tool
Split (create subset) alignment
Join profile tangents (extend tangents to point of vertical intersection [PVI] by grade intersection)
Set PVI by elevation and grade
Create spiral by sweep angle
Import superelevation from Microsoft® Office Excel® files (XLS)
Survey Tools

Crossing breakline utility
Survey import (TSS format support)
Survey import (SRV format support)
Survey change report
Survey point and chain edit utility
Visual Analysis Tools

“Drive Along” visualization
Line-of-site analysis
Vertical distance analysis
General Production Tools

Save as DGN format
Create surface from GIS data
Zoom to point
Calculate minimum vertical distance between surfaces
Calculate minimum vertical distance between entities
Divide/crop surface (create subset for use in other drawings)

There are Subscription Advantage Packs for all of the following:

AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010
AutoCAD® Civil 2010
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2010
Autodesk® Navisworks® 2010