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Alignments in Autodesk Civil 3D have Types. Whoopie. No Biggie. If we get the Type wrong when we create the Alignment, we can change the Type? Errr. Well sort of and it depends. This is Civil 3D. Some Civil 3D Feature Properties and Parent and Child relationship properties only can be built on creation. Some may be destroyed by a manual change of Alignment Type.


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In Civil 3D Land we hear this compliant all too often. I believe that it is safe to say that I have a healthy respect for the complexity of AutoCAD Civil 3D. Needless to say the Framework for Civil 3D is deep, detailed, and robust because all of that is required. This is a good capability thing in the end, but bad training news in the beginning.
In training sessions l like…

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“What do I need to know about Alignments in AutoCAD Civil 3D?”

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”

“Whoa. How about the short version?”

Thus is created The Civil 3D Book of Alignments.
Sorry. Yes, the title has to be plural. To make Alignments singular would be puerile and tangential.

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In my last post about Questions of Power in AUTOCAD Civil 3D, I tried to point out that our traditional CAD thought processes about AutoCAD Civil 3D don’t always line up with the way the software actually behaves. This is because our thinking processes most often line up with how we used to do things.
The statement above may sound a bit moronic or circular, but it ain’t.…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags  alignment, Style, feature line, feature, Alignment Style