Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Civil 3D Visualization Suite

Subscription customer benifits are vast these days. Autodesk is pushing out new technology to subscription customers and increasing the benifit of subscritpion. This is no different. I'd like to talk a little bit about the Civil Visualization Suite and what it can do for you.

First of all, if you're a subscription customer, sign in and download both modules. The Civil 3D module and the 3DS Max Design module. That's right, I said 3DS Max Design. I know, you likely don't have a copy of 3DS Max laying around, but you can download that Just grab a 30 day trial and when you figure out what it can do for your presentation value, give your reseller a call and purchase a license. You can update that existing 30 day trial.

So what does this thing do? It allows you to link your Civil 3D model with 3DS Max Design. Take note - I didn't say import. A direct link between Civil 3D and 3DS Max means that anytime your Civil 3D model is updated, it can be updated in 3DS Max, eliminating needless rework.

Ever wonder how Autodesk gets those images for the logos and box shots on Civil 3D DVD cases? This is it. This plug-in enables civil engineering materials, signs, and road striping inside of 3DS Max. It does more than make pretty pictures though. You can run traffic simulations and record real-life animations to show your ideas, bringing everything to life before it's built.

If you're interested, and you should be ;), take a look at this demonstration from Autodesk. You can find it here.

Have fun!

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