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Version 17.014 to be released soon!

Civil Site Design v17.014 will be released very soon. This version contains a number of fixes and some new functionality. Also, this version will be available for BricsCAD v17 users.

New functionality added includes:

Improvements to Image From Satellite command.

We now allow users to select from a number of different map providers. Users can select from the following providers:

  • Bing Satellite
  • Bing Hybrid (includes road names)
  • Google Satellite
  • Google Hybrid (includes road names)
  • NearMap Satellite
  • NearMap Hybrid

To use some of these map providers, users might be required to enter further login details in the Model Viewer ‘Viewer Settings’.


Fast Refresh option added to Model Viewer

Trimming boundaries to the base surface is the slowest part of refreshing Model Viewer. Users who are working on large design projects who want a faster refresh can now benefit from the ‘Fast Refresh’ option.


When ‘Fast Refresh’ is turned on (via the Viewer Settings), the base surface will not be trimmed and a transparency is added to the base surface, so that design data can still be seen.



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Menus Not Displaying in Civil 3D 2017?

Civil Survey Solutions software uses the in-built Autodesk Autoloader functionality to load menus after software (such as Civil Site Design and Stringer) are installed.  For some users installing the software is not resulting in the Autoloader ‘doing its thing’ and loading in the new menu system.

Autodesk have identified this as a bug and have provided a hotfix to address the problem.  So, if you’ve installed software for Civil 3D 2017 and the menu/ribbon isn’t displaying, you should follow the instructions as per this hot fix:

After you replace the problem file, restart Civil 3D 2017 and the application menus will all display.

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HEC-RAS 2D Analysis

In Civil Site Design V17.1, you can now exchange data with HEC-RAS 5.0 or later for undertaking 2D flow analysis.

Civil Site Design can share your existing and design terrain data to HEC-RAS. After flow analysis has been performed in HEC-RAS, Civil Site Design can read the flow information directly from HEC-RAS and display it in Model Viewer.

Analyse flow and flood development over time, in 3D and in context .

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Intersection Reconstruction with V17.01

In this video series, I want to demonstrate some of the new functionality in Civil Site Design v17.01 by running through an intersection reconstruction.

This dataset is a variation on one of our standard datasets available when you install the software. If you would like to sample some of the new commands with this dataset, then click here to download the data.

In this project we are aiming to upgrade the existing intersection with a roundabout and islands to better manage the movement of traffic through the intersection.

The proposed layout for the intersection has been rendered for public consultation.


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Hi-Res Renders & Sharing Models

Civil Site Design users can now export their design model to Blender and output hi-resolution images and animations. Blender is a free open-source graphics application that will allow users to produce stunning visuals with shadow casting, lighting effects, and much more. Download a free copy here.

Learn more about outputting your design to Blender in this video.

SketchFab is free to join website that allows users to upload and share 3d models. Civil Site Design users can upload their designs and share them with clients or other stakeholders. The SketchFab viewer can be used on most devices and 3d models can also be displayed in virtual reality – if you have the VR headset of course.

Check out the video below outlining the process for sharing your Civil Site Design model to SketchFab. See also below an example of a Civil Site Design model displayed in the SketchFab viewer…