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Ian is the Infrastructure Consultant with over 15 years’ industry experience. A certified Professional and Instructor, Ian consults, trains, presents and evangelises Geospatial, Civil Engineering and BIM solutions to a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) plays a big part in Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure (ENI) and the Autodesk solutions are at the forefront of this vital progression into the next level of Digital Engineering.
Ian specialises in AutoCAD Civil 3D, Infraworks 360, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking, Recap 360, AutoCAD Map 3D and Navisworks. He also understands your Geospatial needs and advises on Digital Data and GIS infrastructure.
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How to fix an issue with the AutoCAD Civil 3D Country Kit

How to fix an issue with the AutoCAD Civil 3D Country Kit
Now that the UKIE AutoCAD Civil 3D Country Kit is available we’ve had a look at it and there are a couple of things that have gone slightly awry. If you can’t wait for a fix, you can sort them yourselves and be the “go to guy” in your office, winning admiration and accolades from your fellow Engineers. There might even be an open top bus parade and people will name libraries after you… OK, maybe n...
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Country Kits and Add-ins Available For AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018

Country Kits and Add-ins Available For AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018
The UKIE country kit is now available. It has moved to a better place now :) because you can download all the enhancements and country kit from the same place. Just go to your Autodesk Account Management web site and sign in. From here, go to your product enhancements (Quick link on the left side of the page). Your Country kits are there:   While you are there, download the new enhancements,...
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Important Update: Hotfix for AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D

Important Update: Hotfix for AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D
Autodesk have released a Hotfix for Civil 3D and Map 3D 2018. I don’t know if you have noticed this one, but when you grip edit an arc or hover a vertex you get some unexpected results. For example, when grip editing the mouse moves away from the grip. When this happens you lose the hover menu: This doesn’t happen straight away, it occurs when you try to edit the arc a second time. This fix is wo...
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Important AutoCAD Bing Maps update

Important AutoCAD Bing Maps update
Have you received a message in AutoCAD or any of the vertical products saying your On-Line Maps will stop working unless you upgrade? Don’t panic! It’s not a biggie. All that has happened is that Microsoft are discontinuing their Bing Maps Version 7 (which is what is used in AutoCAD) and everyone must now use Version 8. Autodesk have provided an update to your software so you can continue usi...
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If John Snow had Infraworks

If John Snow had Infraworks
If John Snow had Infraworks, he may have done something like this... You know how it is. Saturday night, “Britain’s got the Great British Bake-Factor” is on the telly and you drift into deep thought.... about life, the universe and everything. Eventually settling on technology and how you can change the world. Then you wake, and think of all the things that technology has already done to change t...
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Infraworks 360 - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 3

Infraworks 360 - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 3
In the first post about Point Clouds I talked Recap 360, you can read it HERE if you missed it. In the second post it got rather large so I blogged HERE, this post includes a whitepaper which can be downloaded through the same link. In this post I will be talking about Infraworks 360. If you have access to it via an Autodesk Suite of products, you may have the LT version. This post refers to both ...
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AutoCAD Family of Products - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 2

AutoCAD Family of Products - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 2
So... in the last post I talked about Point Clouds in Recap 360, you can read my blog here if you missed it. In this post I will be talking about the AutoCAD family of products, starting with AutoCAD 2017 and what you can do with Point Clouds in there, moving onto Map3D and then Civil 3D. Due to the length of this blog I have changed part 2 to a downloadable guide and you can view this by filling ...
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Recap 360 - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 1

Recap 360 - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 1
Point Clouds are becoming more and more relevant in the Infrastructure arena and we have always had trouble working with them efficiently. Well here is my take on the various tools available to us. The key products available to Autodesk users are: Infraworks 360, Civil 3D, Map 3D, AutoCAD and Recap 360. In this part 1 of my Point Cloud blog I’m going to concentrate on Recap 360. Part 2 will look a...
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Saving Assemblies to your Pallets in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017

Saving Assemblies to your Pallets in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017
So, you’ve updated your AutoCAD Civil 3D software to 2017 and are in the process of adding your new 2017 Assemblies to a tool pallet.... and this happens: Fig 1 As soon as you click on the assembly and then select it to drag onto the Toolpallets you get a message saying “Copy to Clipboard Failed” [fig 1]. Fear not! I’m not sure what is causing it, but something has changed for this to happen. So...
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Be more square - AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 New Features

Be more square - AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 New Features
Here’s a really useful new feature in Civil 3D 2017, namely “Cleaned up corners in Corridor Modelling”. This is great, mainly because you don’t have to do anything at all! It just works. When you have anything that has angled corners, like a Pavement on a turning area, there has always been a bit of work required to clean up the corners. For example, here in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 (figure 1) when I...
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