So, I was installing Vault 2015 Professional today and I noticed that the projects weren’t showing up in my Civil 3D and I couldn’t figure out why. I searched the help system, searched the discussion groups, searched Google (I know, talk about desperate!) with no luck. Everywhere I went it said that after installing the client, the projects should just show up (provided the Master View is set in the Prospector) and I couldn’t see my projects. I had the Vault Client installed, I even had the server installed locally (for demo purposes, you shouldn’t do this in a production environment). What to do?

I figured it had to be something with the Vault Client install because, “Projects should be visible after installing the Vault Client”. So, I went to the Control Panel – Programs and Features (aka “Add or Remove a Program”). I found the “Autodesk Vault Professional 2015 R2 (Client)” program, right clicked on it and chose, “Uninstall/Change”.

Change Vault Client

Change Vault Client

In the Setup dialog box that comes up, choose “Add or Remove Features” and then choose the “AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Add-In” and then click the “Update” button. After the install finishes, you should see the projects show up in Civil 3D 2015 now!

Install the Civil 3D Add-In

Install the Civil 3D Add-In

Now, the next time I install the Vault Client and I don’t see the projects in Civil 3D, when I search Google for it, hopefully this blog post will come up and remind be about it!

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Infraworks. Wow. What a great program. I love this thing, I truly do. If Autodesk keeps up development on this, it’s going to rock the industry. The problem with it as it stands today is, there are four different versions of it. That’s right, four.

Infraworks – Comes with the Infrastructure Design Suite Premium
Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro – Available to lease
Autodesk Roadway Design for Infraworks 360 Pro – Available to lease
Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate – This pretty much tells you what it is.

So, what’s the difference? In short, if you want ALL the tools, you’ll need the Autodesk Roadway Design for Infraworks 360 Pro. It has tools that the Ultimate Design Suite doesn’t have, such as Sight distance analysis and Documentation services. The Documentation services is a cloud service that will allow you to create plan and profile drawings in Civil 3D without needing to open, or even install, Civil 3D (sounds pretty cool to me).

You can find a matrix that shows what each version has HERE. In case the website has changed, I’ve printed a page of the Autodesk website and included it HERE for you to download.