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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 Work With Ordnance Survey 1km Tiles For AutoCAD Map 3D

How To Work With Ordnance Survey 1km Tiles For AutoCAD Map 3D
I get asked this a lot… “How do I identify which OS Tile my site is on?”, which can affect users of AutoCAD Map 3D, which is now a part of AutoCAD 2019 subscriptions. This often happens when people download the LIDAR land data from the data.gov.uk website and they get a folder full of tiles. Say that the tile you pick is a 100km tile. In the early days you get a folder with 100 1km tiles in it. N...
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Oops! How to correct an error in AutoCAD

Oops! How to correct an error in AutoCAD
No, I’m not talking about the infamous Britney Spears number, I’m talking about correcting an error in AutoCAD that you’ve made. AutoCAD users, especially of Civil 3D, will be familiar with accidentally deleting something and not noticing. One of the reasons for this in Civil 3D is that in order to get to the tools for any object, the quickest way is to select the object - you can then use the too...
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A Guide to InfraWorks Smart Labelling

A Guide to InfraWorks Smart Labelling
So, you’ve seen lots of posts about Infraworks and all the clever things it can do. But sometimes, it’s the simplest things that can make a dramatic difference. Take labels for example. In Infraworks you can add labels to your objects, basing the labels on real world data, and you can even style them so they automatically appear when you get close to an object. Amongst the other great things you c...
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Use a single source for your Data with the AEC Collection

Use a single source for your Data with the AEC Collection
BIM discussions are often about the big picture and can sometimes seem a little over complex for the day to day work of the Engineer. So, to address this, let's take a quick look at connected data. One big risk in an Infrastructure project is making a decision based on old or out of date data. Therefore procuring and using the same piece of data in a whole host of applications makes sense and redu...
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Putting your Revit and AutoCAD models on the map - how Infraworks adds context

Putting your Revit and AutoCAD models on the map - how Infraworks adds context
We often get asked how to put Maps into Revit or AutoCAD. And our reply is always the same… “Do you really want to do that?”. And the response we get is always the same… “Yes!” Have a think about it for a moment. What you are actually wanting to do is to place your model in context. Rather than complicating matters, and trying a thousand different ways to get a Google map, a Bing map or Ordnance S...
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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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