Thursday, April 5, 2012

Civil 3D 2013 New Features Part 3.

Good morning everyone. Well congrats on Kentucky wining the men’s NCAA national basketball championships and Texas Baylor Bears winning the women’s NCAA national championship. I also want to send my prayers go out to all those that lost their homes in the DFW area during Tuesday’s tornados storm. 
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Anyways, I hope everyone is exciting about all the new features that C3D 2013 has to offer. Some new feature may benefit some firms greatly, while it may not be useful to other firms. It honestly depends on what type of projects your company/firm works on. So moving on, in this post I would like to talk about the transportation improvements that Autodesk has included in C3D 2013. I have listed below  few more new features of C3D 2013. I have also included a short video presentation.
  1. The addition of Subassembly Composer
  2. The addition of railway design tools
  3. The addition of cant railway design with new rail alignment
  4. New layout tools
  5. Importing/Exporting IMX files from/into Infrastructure Modeler
  6. Pressure Part Network.
Some of you may be asking what is cant rail design? Well basically cant rail design is used to steer a train moving along a curve, keeping the wheel flanges from touching the rails. This minimizes friction and wear. In addition, cant rail design helps in the distribution of weight across both rails, and creates a smoother ride by neutralizing the effects of lateral forces. The two acting factors of cant design is the speed and radius of the rail track. Cant design is basically in essence referred to as superelevation of a rail from one side of the rail to the other side. If you go to your settings tab on your toolspace, and right click on your ALIGNMENTS and select Edit Feature Settings, here you will find settings for your rail options and cant design. From here you get set the rail wide, degree of curvature, design speed,pivot method…and so on.
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In a few weeks I go more in depth over rail design. I have presented below the new and improved layout Tools tab.
Civil 3D 2012 Layout Tools Panel
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Civil 3D 2013 Layout Tools Panel
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As you can see from above, the layouts panel has a new look with a few needs features. See video below.
C3D 2013
As you can tell some really cool features have be incorporated into C3D 2013. If you are in subscription you can now sign in and download you new slick C3D 2013. I apologize for only skimming over the new features so fast but I will do a few more new features post to get a better understand of the new features. . Feel free to comment.


  1. MY QUESTION IS : how much of it is reliably working??? sub assembly might be great if its under the KISS philosophy.

  2. The Subassembly Composer is the furthest thing from KISS. Why this don't invest in the SA Composer is beyond me. The concept of unlimited and unrestricted subassemblies is really an evolution of design. Just make it a whole lot better.