How do you start creating a model in Autodesk® InfraWorks™? What I like to do first is find, download, and import some terrain data. The resources for harvesting this kind of data are diverse and may have changed since the last time you checked.
Some websites offer free downloads, some priced, of sets of elevation data, orthoimagery, building footprints, roads, municipal boundaries, and other geospatial data, in a range of quality and resolution.1 Some formats you’ll find useful, and some you won’t. Some data sets are new, some are out of date.
To help you cut through the noise and grab just the data you want for your InfraWorks model, WeoGeo® curates the InfraWorks Data Market on WeoGeo.com, providing attractively priced data sets to help you imagine, design, and create in 3 dimensions in InfraWorks.
A page like this will open:
On WeoGeo, tell the InfraWorks Data Market where in the world you’re interested in. This video gives some good pointers for using this resource.
After downloading your
data from WeoGeo, import it into your InfraWorks model by opening the Data Sources
panel, clicking this button ----->
and selecting “Raster” (or, if you downloaded vector data, selecting “SHP” here usually works)…
…then navigating to the files that you’ve saved, and double-clicking each file. Once imported, back on the Data Sources panel, you can double-click each imported file to configure it and you’re on your way. Easy peasy.
1 See the Autodesk InfraWorks Training Guide (it’s being revised).