I have blogged previously about checking out the Autodesk Labs website, but this time around I am going to blog about a specific technology preview on their website; the Civil 3D Terrain Shaping Technology. For those not familiar with the Autodesk Labs website, go to the following link:
All content can be downloaded for free, but you need to get a username and password, but even that is free! There is some pretty cool stuff. The Interactive Terrain Shaping technology basically turns a surface model into “putty in your hands”. With a whole palette worth of interactive modelling commands, this technology preview is awesome! Below is a screen shot of the tools as shown on the Civil 3D ribbon.
The things that can be done with this tools are great. You can see that there are pre-defined shapes that can be placed on a surface, then specify parameters and BANG! There it is! An example of one of the tools can be seen below. In this example, I used the pond shape tool to easily grade out a pond object on the terrain model. I basically picked a feature line, selected the shape type, verified parameters and there it is! Very easy to use.
Another example is adding a swale. This can be done just as easily as creating the pond was done. In the example below, I picked a feature line to create the swale terrain type, specify parameters, and a swale has been created as seen below.
I could spend alot of time going through all the things these routines can do but instead, I am posting the link to this technology preview at the Autodesk Labs website:
Check it out! There are several videos to get an idea of what this can really do. I, for one, hope that this technology finds its way into a future release of Civil 3D. Oh, and by the way, it is also available for use in Map 3D as well.