Actively promoting interoperability and BIM in MiTS, our specific Civil 3D plugin, MCIntegrator is now upgraded to another level with the release of MiTS version 2.9. The improvement was made with the intention of providing a better user experience in this regard.
So, what exactly can the upgrade MCIntegrator plugin do?
The new and enhanced engine of the plugin now allows users to seamlessly synchronise starting from MiTS to Civil 3D and vice versa. Most importantly, integration between MiTS and Civil 3D for the utilities (pipes and drains) as well as the survey points can now be done at two different levels (or mode) – CAD or Civil. This means you can now choose to sync your utilities as CAD objects or Civil objects or no sync at all.
Let us break it down to you with the image shown below.
What is CAD Sync, Civil Sync, and NoSync?
From the images shown, clearly the objects synced appear differently in Civil 3D depending on the sync mode.
The first level of the sync, CAD sync mode, is only available for the integration starting from MiTS to Civil 3D. It’s just a synchronisation of the utilities’ parts as CAD objects such as meshes, lines, and vertices. The pipe or civil object information such as pipe diameters or invert levels are not actually available. It should be noted that as CAD objects, they still preserve the geometry correctly, and you can refer here to cross check on the geometry information! The unavailable details– the civil details – will also restrict information sharing between engineers and make the BIM modelling process difficult, something that we want to prevent.
As for Civil sync mode, it works in two ways, from MiTS to Civil 3D and back and forth. Civil sync takes things a step further by synchronising the utilities as actual civil entities like gravity pipes (sewage and drains), pressure pipes (water reticulation) and even surfaces (survey points). Optioning for this sync mode, not only pipe information such as pipe description, invert levels, pipe diameter, etc. are preserved, but also information on the structures connected (nodes in MiTS). You can easily see the information is preserved by juxtaposing Civil 3D object information and the MES object.
Another option available for users is the NoSync mode. Just like its name, the utilities using this mode will not be synchronised at all in Civil 3D.
What’s more to the MCIntegrator plugin?
The upgraded plugin also comes with an improved Action Panel. It works the same way as the verification tab in MiTS, showing entities that require further actions from the users including suggestions. This tells you what to do when there are actions required.
Shown below is the Action Panel of the MCIntegrator.
For further information
As of now, the plugin only supports integration between MiTS and Civil 3D for the three utility modules in our software – Drainage, Sewerage, and Water Reticulation; the support for Road Modules will be implemented in the future upon the request from clients.
To better help users in understanding the integration, we also provide you with a tutorial video which can be found below. As for the installation guideline for MCIntegrator plugin, you may refer here.