New Civil Tools: What is new or changed in V8i Select Series 1?

What is new or changed in V8i Select Series 1 for the Civil Enhancements?

  1. Data Acquisition - This new toolset allows processing of various data to feed the design process.  Utilizes a dynamic graphically oriented interface and drag and drop processing.
    1. Data Sources include:
      1. Survey Raw data
      2. LIDAR
      3. DEM
      4. LandXML 1.2 (including survey observations) 
      5. Various terrain model formats (DTM, TIN, FIL, LandXML)
      6. and more
    2. The end result is a map (DGN file) and surfaces (DTM, TIN, FIL)
    3. Export points and lines to FIL, ALG or GPK if needed
    4. XML export is also an option.
  2. Civil Geometry - Utilizes heads-up, graphically oriented and dynamic geometry commands.  Data is stored in DGN.  User input is persisted on the elements to preserve your design intent and allow updating of related elements.
    1. 26 commands to accomplish horizontal geometric layouts. (Vertical commands to follow in future releases)
    2. Uses your current feature tables (DDB, XIN or PSS)
    3. Data can be simultaneously created in FIL, ALG or GPK.
    4. Automatic annotation is available
    5. User input is persisted on the elements.  So, for example, the edges of pavement know they are related to the alignment.  Thus, if the alignment is edited the pavement edges can update as well.
    6. User defined design standards to control alignments.  AASHTO 2004 standards included in the install.
    7. Commands are user customizable
  3. Roundabouts - Same tools as available in V8i, except the handling of features is changed.  In V8i, the features were handled by directly picking a feature table and the desired feature item.  In V8i Select Series 1, this has been changed to utilize the same features mechanisms as the Geometry toolset so that they are compatible in workflow and also to take advantage of the auto persit and annotation capabilities.
    1. The Commit command is gone.  Commit to the civil products is controlled by the feature.
    2. Roundabout libraries from previous versions will need to have features reassigned using the Geometry Set Feature command.  This is because of the switch in the method of storing the feature assignment noted above.