Bentley Civilized Translations in the Autodesk Cloud

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If you must employ both Autodesk and Bentley civil engineering software some more help has arrived. In late October Autodesk released the Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator (CEDT) to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 subscription customers via the Autodesk Subscription Center.

Do We thank the Converts

One supposes we have one or more Autodesk State DOT customers to thank for the new tool one way or another. As I commented earlier last month when seas are rough people in the lifeboats want to cooperate a lot more.

What is it?

The Civil Engineering Data Translator facilitates data translations between Bentley® GEOPAK® and Bentley® InRoads® and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 via a cloud-based translation and file conversion application powered in the Autodesk 360 cloud.

What Gets Converted?

Engineering data translations of Surfaces, Points, Alignments, and Profiles is supported in both directions. Separate commands support Export to and Import in for the supported Bentley products in Civil 3D 2015.

Where it Gets Installed and How it Works

The CEDT is installed and added to the Toolbox palette in the AutoCAD Civil 3D Toolspace.
The actual file translations or conversions are performed in the Autodesk 360 cloud and do require login to the Autodesk 320 service.
The conversions are performed in a Job based model.
Multiple files are produced and a Job Monitor app helps users check the progress of the submitted translation jobs.

What you Feed the Black Box Matters

Needless to say, basic familiarity with the data structures of the supported applications will allow you to get more out of this new tool. These magic buttons tend to work like that.

More information on the Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator is available on Autodesk’s site here