I have some sewer lines from GIS information in Map 3D. I brought it in through an FDO connection.
I ran a feature buffer on the data. Map 3D creates the buffer as an SDF file and automatically connects to it. You maybe not have realized that was happening if you’ve ever done a feature buffer before. In this case, I just want a 20 foot buffer around each pipe to mark a utility zone.
Next, I go over to Infrastructure Modeler (now InfraWorks), import the SDF and configure it as a coverage. (If you need help with this process, see my post from the other day, Importing Parcels with Black Outlines in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler.)
Now I can see my buffer in Infrastructure Modeler, and use it as a guide when working out concepts, etc.
This really gets me thinking about what other types of analysis I can do in Map 3D and bring in to Infrastructure Modeler to visualize the analysis in context. Remember that trick I did the other day where I assigned different heights to parcels based on their value? What if I did that with an overlay analysis of flood zones and land use? Or a buffer around dangerous intersections? How can you leverage these tools from the Infrastructure Design Suite in combination to tell your story? I was especially thinking about doing a stream buffer analysis with Map 3D and seeing what that would look like in Infrastructure Modeler.
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