Thursday, June 12, 2014

Getting Started with InfraWorks (2015 version) - Part 5: Sharing with the World

Note: This series of posts is an updated version of the same posts I did last year for version 2014 R2. It has the same content as those posts, but updated to address the new user interface and any applicable feature changes. If you're still on the older software, you can try out this series of posts.

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In this final post of the series, I'd like to take a look at how to share your InfraWorks creation with the world - even someone who doesn't have InfraWorks.

I'll start by creating a Scenario.  This begins by clicking the Scenario Browser icon on the Presentation toolbar.

This opens the Scenarios palette where I can click the Green plus sign to create a new scenario. As the new scenario is created, the Scenario Editor asset card also opens.

I'll use the Polygon icon within the Area of Interest section to set the extent of my scenario. Unless you've got a really small model area to begin with, it's not a good idea to include the whole model in your scenario. Remember that the person viewing the scenario may have limited resources such as computer power or internet speed.

There are more settings here, but for now, let's just define the area of interest (which we've done) and get this thing in the cloud. To do that I'll need to click the Publish/Sync icon in the upper left corner of the screen within the black strip called the Utility Bar.

This will publish the model to InfraWorks 360 and also publish the scenario. You'll need to choose a group that will become the new home of the online version of your model. Then you can click Publish.

Now of course, in order to pull this off, you have to have InfraWorks 360 installed as well as have access to a group that you are able to publish to.

Once the model is published, the status of your scenario will say Generating for a while...

But then the status will change to Published. Once it has, you can select the scenario and then click the Open in Web Browser icon to it in a web browser.

When you click the button, you'll be asked to log into your Autodesk account (if you're not already) and then you'll be taken to your online scenario.

You can share this link with others so that they can get a look at what you have in mind. In fact here is the link to the scenario I published while writing this post - give it a try.

There is also an iPad app which allows you to take the scenario out in the field and visualize your model right there where it's going to happen. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense for what we've done so far, but imagine editing your model to add a resort on the hillside. Now imagine taking a developer out to the site, having him hold up the iPad like a magic window, and see the building right there like it's already been built. You can totally do this.

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