Civil 3D Data Extraction with Dynamo

Creating custom reporting using Dynamo for Civil 3D has never been easier! Here, I demo some very basic data extraction functionality that can be handled by leveraging Dynamo. We are just scratching the surface in this particular demo, but get a sense as to where we can start to take these custom scripts!

Civil 3D and Dynamo Clash Detections – Comparing All 3D Components

Leveraging Dynamo to perform clash detections within Civil 3D, without having the need for any additional software. Perfect routine for quickly identifying conflicts in your design between Utility Networks, Revit Models, Corridors, Structural Components and any additional 3D Geometry developed inside your Civil 3D Model. Full script is available at:

Civil 3D and Dynamo – Create Points, Point Group, Surface from Surveyed Points

Here’s a great example of how we can leverage Dynamo within Civil 3D to Automate and Simplify our tasks, ultimately generating higher levels of efficiency and saving time! This example explains how to Convert a typical 3 step process into 1 routine, while we import point data into our current working C3D file, Group the points into a Point Group, and then create a surface from the point group. Enjoy!

Ultimate Rendered Reality Visualization Package

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First look at the Ultimate Rendered Reality Visualization Package! Simple, yet effective way to immerse yourself in design models! Scan the QR Codes with the Camera on your Mobile Device and Enjoy!

Fully Immersive Designs (CAD, BIM, CIM)

Jumping into your Design Models has never been made easier! Allow me to assist your company in providing a Fully Immersive Experience for you and your Clients!

Embedding QR Codes into your Rendered Videos allows your Audience to dive into the design with a quick scan of their phone, giving them an opportunity to truly visualize, from multiple viewpoints, what the end product will look like before it’s even constructed!
Just for fun…I call it “Unrealistic Panorama Rendering in the Shire”
2 Viewpoints sharing the same QR Code of our design model with different lighting effects applied. As long as you have Viewpoints Enabled when you pull it up on your tablet or phone, you can click on the Eye Icon and jump to the other location in your view!

QC Checklist for Civil 3D Modeling

QC Checklist for Civil 3D Modeling

Give you and your company peace of mind with this Civil 3D QC Modeling Checklist. With embedded formulas and dynamically linked cells, filling out this form, all while ensuring your design model has been thoroughly checked, has never been easier to Manage and Review. This QC Modeling Checklist covers all modeling aspects available within Civil 3D, including Corridors, Gravity and Pressure Pipe Networks, Surfaces, and more!


Bring Your InfraWorks Model into Stingray

Once you have your InfraWorks model set up and everything appears as it should, you can then export your model to an FBX using the ‘Export 3D Model’ command under Settings and Utilities.

Export 3D Model to FBX

Export 3D Model to FBX Dialog Box

           If you’re new to Stingray, I would strongly recommend starting a new project using 1 of the templates already configured. The project templates include all the basic necessities you’ll need to create the virtual reality experience with your design. Once you determine which template you want to use, your basic scene will be set up. Go ahead and select all the objects in the Explorer tab on the right hand side, minus the ‘reflection_probe (Unit) and ‘Skydome’, right-click and delete.

Stingray Explorer Tab

           Then, in your Asset Browser tab underneath the scene, expand ‘Content’ and select the models folder. Go ahead and drag and drop the FBX file you created from InfraWorks into the models folder. This process imports the model into your Stingray project. Depending on the size, it may take several minutes to process. Once Imported into the models folder, you can then drag and drop the imported FBX file into your scene.

Import FBX Dialog Box

Stingray Asset Browser Tab

           After you get it positioned in your scene where you want, the final step is to generate your EXE file, by going to the Window | Deploy and Connect | Deployer. In the Deployer dialog box, define the location where you want to save the EXE to, give it a name and click the Package Project for Windows button. It’s that simple!

Package Project for Windows Deployment