AutoCAD Civil 3D software supports BIM (Building Information Modeling) for enhanced civil engineering design and construction documentation.
What’s new in Civil 3D 2020:
This release of Civil 3D delivers further improvements to performance and scalability, enhancing BIM design and production efficiencies for larger, more complex projects. The latest release is packed with new features and we’re particularly excited to introduce Dynamo for Civil 3D, which will streamline repetitive tasks and help you get more out of your model.
With Dynamo for Civil 3D we enter the next era of design automation and computational BIM. Customers will be able to iterate, automate and solve complex design challenges, significantly reducing time and improving quality. You can get started with the included sample scripts or use the visual programming environment to develop custom scripts to tackle your specific tasks. Accelerate design efficiencies with Dynamo for Civil 3D and the new features in Civil 3D 2020. Watch Dynamo in action below:
New look and new capabilities
In addition to the introduction of Dynamo for Civil 3D, the 2020 version of Civil 3D also comes with notable enhancements to storm and sanitary analysis, gravity network analysis, and an upgraded user interface.
Updated User Interface
The first thing you may notice when launching Civil 3D 2020 is the look and feel – a dark blue theme running across the ribbon background, and easier navigation; these cosmetic updates were designed to create a uniform experience across the entire AEC Collection. The kicker – upgrades to the ribbon icons in order to scale with high-resolution monitors such as a 4K display, helping to make the purpose of each command clear and intuitive.
Storm and Sanitary Analysis
There are several updated features in Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis, which accompanies Civil 3D 2020. When analyzing multiple storm events, you can now add separate tailwater conditions for each event and edit the outfall conditions for each storm event.
When using dimensionless hydrographs, you can now adjust the peak rate factor for the hydrograph on a per sub-basin basis. For example, if you’re running an SCS hydrology model, TR20 or TR55, the sub-basin dialog box enables a new peak rate factor field at the top of the dialogue box and for each sub-basin in the table at the bottom of the dialogue box. The factor can be entered on either location and copied from one sub-basin to another. New storage chamber systems from ADS or Cultec are available for underground attention.
Gravity Network Analysis
The updated analyze gravity network command helps users to analyze a gravity pipe network and then apply the results while in the model. This feature uses the hydraulic properties and gutter details for each structure being analyzed in this network. The wizard for the analyze gravity network command has been replaced with a mode-less dialogue box, which enables you to directly interact inside the drawing. There are three different types of analysis to choose from: pipe sizing, computing energy in hydraulic grade lines, and inlet analysis.
By selecting the network details button before you run the analysis, you can review and resolve issues before performing the final analysis. Additional outfall options have been added to give you more design options. You can look at the final results of your analysis in an Excel spreadsheet for reporting.