So let me get this workflow straight. I import my C3D stuff into IM, create my model, then export to FBX, then import into some other app. then hopefully from there I can export to PDF.
Frankly this is rediculous.
>> Frankly this is rediculous.
Yep, as long as Infrastructure Modeler does not hold real 3D-data (it just displaying some data like 3D but it's more a GIS-product than a 3D-geometry editor) the export is not trivial.
Even DWF (as Autodesk internal prefered 3D-viewing format) is not supported by AIM (afaik) and that makes me thinking that FBX is at least one way to get geometry converted to other 3D-vector based products, working with 3D-CAD or 3D-visualisation-objects.
You are right that this is not the easiest workflow, but at least it is one
Sorry not to have more, - alfred -
I'm thinking it would be better to just use C3D for generating the visualizations. We don't need the sophistication of 3DS and it doesn't make sense to have to learn 2 more applications (IM and 3DS) to get our models out.
That still leaves us with the problem of how to get those models out to clients. 360 looks like a good solution but it requires setting up accounts and managing another portal. We already have a portal for our projects so it would be best if we could make our models available there.
>> I'm thinking it would be better to just use C3D for generating the visualizations
>> We don't need the sophistication of 3DS
To export as FBX from AIM does not mean you have then to use 3DS, you can also import the FBX file into Civil3D.
- alfred -
So what is the advantage of IM? Can we not do all of those things in C3D?
And again, how do we get those models out of C3D?
>> So what is the advantage of IM?
I see AIM as GIS-engine for displaying infrastructure with easy tools with a real mass of objects.
I see AIM as tool to draft (not design, just fast draft), create easy buildings, some small water basins, simplified streets (without any thinking about exact elevation/slopes/materials of subassembly-parts/.... draft multiple revisions and present them before you start your more detailed planing. So I would use this product before I start to setup my Civil3D-environment for a project.
That's my understanding of what is AIM for. But I'm sure there are a lot more ideas for how it's useable from others too.
- alfred -
Valid points. I suppose if we were doing large scale planning it would be useful in that regard. For the type of projects we do I don't see that as an advantage since our designs are highly dependent on the grading, so we have to evaluate the grading more precisely before presenting a scenario.
I'm now glad I didn't invest too much time into learning the product as I don't think it is a good solution for us..