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Civil 3D – SAP Point Clouds

image Autodesk released the Subscription Advantage Pack recently, and can be downloaded at he subscription site.  I’ll summarize some of the items that we were shown during the preview.

Point Cloud support

  • New point cloud objects
  • Control display density, thematic display control
  • Ability to snap to points in object

The point cloud utility is included in this SAP to prepare the market, and to stage future integrations into other applications.

Dana Probert added a 1 gig dataset of the Manchester office, and showed us some properties that included dataset count limitation (she was at 500K), and styling (which included display size and categorical coloring by elevation range). While the main dialog was up, I noticed that multiple sources can be used to create the cloud.

It looked awesome.  You could see every detail.  Imagine being able to walk the site, preplan your storage and parking, and see vertical problems that might not have been noted on a survey.

I am concerned about the impact the dataset will have on a processor and RAM.  There is no way currently to thin the cloud density.  Subsequent discussions with co-workers has brought up various scenarios for the use of the tool, but also many reasons not to.

I think that as Autodesk enhances the toolset, and broadens the scope of it’s adaptation, we will see many more demands for this type of data, and many uses we have not yet conceived.



Next is Roundabouts!

October 30, 2009 Posted by | 2010, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk, SAP | , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – Subscription Advantage Pack

Recently Autodesk hosted a blogger day invitation to preview the new Civil 3D subscription advantage pack.

I missed the meeting.  I had formatted my machine, and had no updates or email for a few days.  David Mills was kind enough to get me up to speed.

image The SAP contains numerous tools, but here are the highlights:

  • Point Cloud support
  • Roundabout layout
  • Visualization and Analysis tools
  • Transportation productivity tools
  • Survey productivity tools

Dana showed us the layout of the SAP, which shows up in your toolbox located in the Toolspace.  Each category is contained in the familiar tree view containing Alignment, inquiry, Point Clouds, Points, profile, Roundabaouts, Surface, and Visibility Checks.

I’ll cover various topics on this over the next few days, and add some screenshots as well.

You can download this from the subscription site.  You must have Civil 3D SP2 installed before attempting this addon.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | 2010, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk | , , , , | Leave a comment

Subscription Renewal – Musical Chairs and Subscriptions?

Recently I got a tip that I could drop some seats off of my subscription, and pick them up for pennies on the dollar.

Hmm… One of the vendors really wants my renewals.  Good!  I think I just found out how to get past this year, and get a decent deal too.

Well, if there is a good angle, someone will figure it out pretty quickly, and plug the hole.  Starting March 16th, to pick up a dropped subscription seat will now run you 50% cost.

That scenario will no longer work for me (which is what the mothership expected).  So much for the bennies I was trying to pull together, as well my Christmas bonus and the petty cash for Vegas. 

If you are renewing, and planning on a little musical chairs with the subscription seats, you may want to talk with your VAR or ISV.

April 10, 2009 Posted by | Autodesk | , , , , | Leave a comment

Renewing your Autodesk subscription?

I work with a few Resellers and Vendors, and I do a lot of support research here on this site and behind the scenes.  That does not mean that I necessarily understand the ins and outs of the reseller business (I am picking it up quickly, but still have a lot to learn).  If you are considering renewing your contracts, here are a few things to consider.

What you need

You will need the following to get that quote:

  • Company Name (I think you can handle that)
  • The Serial # and Name of your subscribed products
  • The Subscription end date

If they ask for your contract number, they are probably trying to find you on their database, and if this is not your vendor, it is a waste of time.  Tell them that you are not with their company and are shopping for a competitive quote.

Crossgrade Promotion

There is a current Autodesk promotion going on to crossgrade your Land Desktop licenses up to Civil 3D for a standard fee.  This offer expires on 4/17/2009.  After this the cost will be substantially larger.

If you have seats on any of the outmoded products, you may wish to ask if the reseller it there are any promotions going on.  Once the subscription expires, the outmoded application seats will fall off, and new purchases (at the new purchase price) will have to be made to replace those seats.

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February 27, 2009 Posted by | Autodesk | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – PDF enhancements

Autodesk announced the PDF enhancements are available in the new susbscription Bonus Pack.

Direct PDF overlays and 3D printing are 2 of the enhancements.

Get your bonus packs here, at the Autodesk Subscription Center.

December 22, 2008 Posted by | AutoCAD Civil 3D | , , , , , , | Leave a comment