Every Thursday morning, I have a meeting with Dave Simeone, Nick Zeeben and other team members that prefer to remain anonymous. Here is a picture of Dave as he reminds me that I still have not talked about the Volumes Dashboard Extension which is available on the Autodesk Subscription Center. If I don’t get this posted soon, he’s going to unleash his pet fisher cat on me.
Volumes Dashboard gives you tools to aggregate the results of multiple volume calculations. For example, let’s say I have a road design. I have an existing ground surface and a proposed ground surface that is linked to the road corridor. My road is broken into three phases and I’d like to know the total cut/fill as well as the cut/fill for each individual phase.
Using the dashboard, I create a volume surface and assign boundaries for each phase. As I work through iterations that affect the proposed surface, such as a profile adjustment, I can see the effect in real time on the dashboard. I can also create reports at any time.
I created a video introduction to how this tool works. I posted it to youtube (embedded below). I will make it available for download shortly- typepad doesn’t seem to want to let me upload it right this second.