If you remember my “Greetings from UK” post a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was on training along with some people you may know from our community. One of the reasons for it was, in my honest opinion, the new technology that Autodesk acquired. I am talking about Autodesk Vehicle Tracking software.
"Vehicle Tracking software is a comprehensive transportation analysis and design solution for vehicle swept path analysis. The software enables engineers, designers, and planners at government agencies and engineering consulting firms to predictably evaluate vehicle movements on transportation or site design projects."
This is a great addition to civil engineers especially for those that work on roads and parking lot design.
Swept Paths tools is probably what this product is known for and allows you to get different vehicle types and run them through your design, intersection, roundabout. Cool and ... very, very easy to use.
I’m sure all of you remember how easy but boring is to create a simple parking lot. You may also remember lots (I mean LOTS) of copying and offsetting, counting and starting over when edits are necessary. Now with Autodesk Vehicle Tracking software those days are almost numbered. This tool allows us to create, edit and get quick feedback on how many we have. It creates islands for us, and so much more.
One other feature that I was personally very impressed is the easiness of using roundabout tools. You literally need a few clicks to create one that is dynamic and quick to update. It can create a corridor for you at the same time!!! Other things such as Design Checks and Animation tools are also very intuitive and easy to use but yet, very powerful.
Now sounding like one of those talking heads from infomercials “But, wait, there is more…” This all comes as a separate ribbon on your Civil 3D interface. I personally spent hours going through different vehicles from Vehicle Library and playing with visualization tools. Very relaxing!
Remember, help is your friend.
More to come on that in the future, so please stay tuned.