Our Master Planned Community continues to evolve. One thing that Arnab and I have been working on (well, let’s be honest, Arnab does the work and I mostly just talk) is an neighborhood of medium density residential.
Something that has been very valuable in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler has been the ability to try different road cross sections and see how they “feel”. What does our streetscape look like? What is the scale of a two land road versus a four lane road? Does it seem like a human would be comfortable crossing the street? What happens to the intersection?
While we aren’t at the point of doing a true traffic analysis just yet (we are doing one, though, and I will share the information once we are finished), this exercise made me think of the Road Diet video from Streetfilms. From the accompanying blog post “What’s a road diet? Quite simply, traffic-calming expert Dan Burden told Streetfilms, “A road diet is anytime you take any lane out of a road.”
I can drag and drop different road styles from the built-in catalog and see what happens when I make my four lane road with treed boulevard into…
A two lane road.
And now what if I make both intersecting roads four lanes?
What a powerful way to visually work through your options to check for how it feels and how it scales. You can sit down with the stakeholders and try things out, then do your more detailed designs, analysis and eventually design on the winning combination.
There have been a few comments on previous posts about the building models. In today’s example, the building models are adapted from something in the Revit Architecture tutorials. You could use many formats of 3D models of houses or buildings that are similar to what might be on your site. If you don’t have access to a good match, or you simply aren’t ready for that level of detail, Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler has some tools to help you sketch in buildings of the right size to act as conceptual placeholders.
Here is an example in the northern portion of the community where I might want to try out a building footprint.
If you’d like to get some more ideas of how to use Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler, you should check out the classes at Autodesk University this month. Don’t forget that most Autodesk University lectures are recorded and will be available online after the event.
Be a Hit: Work on your A.I.M. with Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012
November 29, 2011
AIM at Perfection: Create Conceptual Designs Faster with Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012
December 01, 2011 1:00PM
Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler (AIM) for Success
December 01, 2011 5:00PM
Geometry On Demand: Tap into the Power of 2.5D Data with Autodesk® LandXplorer®, Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler, and Autodesk 3ds Max®
November 29, 2011 10:00AM
Infrastructure Conceptual Design with the New Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012
November 30, 2011 10:00AM