Adaptive Trees and Simplified Trees

Adaptive Trees and Simplified Trees

There are quite a few new things that are available in InfraWorks 2018, one of them is adaptive trees and simplified trees. Adaptive trees have been around for a bit (well, an adaptive tree that is). In the initial 2018 release, two more adaptive trees have been added, bringing the total up to 3.

Adaptive trees are available in the style palette under 3D Mode/Vegetation/Adaptive Trees. The three trees that are available are Beach Tree, Spruce Tree, and Spruce Tree Snow. As you zoom in and out on these trees, they will automatically change there level of detail to help InfraWorks perform well.

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Adaptive Trees

InfraWorks also has a new concept called “Simplified Trees”. This isn’t a new model, like the adaptive trees, but a different way of displaying things. When you create a view (or you can edit an existing view), you can set the trees to display as simplified trees. One of the default views that comes with InfraWorks, the “Engineering View” has this set as the default. The same image we are looking at for the adaptive trees above, looks like this when the “Engineering View” is set:

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Simplified Trees

The option to display your trees as simplified trees is simply an option in the view. When creating or editing a view, simply turn off the realistic trees option.

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Turn on simplified trees

This setting should greatly improve the performance of InfraWorks as you are doing your design.

What do you think? Is this a good workflow? Do you plan on using it? Let me know in the comments.

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Planning Roads Catch Point

Planning Roads Catch Point

So, you’re running InfraWorks without the roadway design tools and you want to adjust how quickly your roadway ties into the existing ground? Well, look no further! You’ve found how to do it!

Here’s the problem, I have a planning road in InfraWorks that has a vertical tie in. Yuck. How horrible is that?

Vertical Catch Slope

Vertical Catch Slope

Where do I change it? If I’m using the design roads, I can just add a slope zone but, I’m not. This is controlled through the road style. Not sure what style your road is using? Simply select the road, right click, and choose “Properties”.

Roadway Properties

Roadway Properties

Once you’ve figured out which style it is, simply edit the style. Find the style in the style palette, select it, and choose the “Edit Style” button (it looks like a pencil).

Once you are editing the style, all you have to do is change the value for the Right Groups “group height transition zone width/track main category”

Edit the stle

Edit the style

Now that you’ve done that, sit back, relax, and watch your model update!

Sloped Walls

Sloped Walls