Let’s face it. Most of the time we all tend to initially shoot for some form of published annotation. It’s a habit. For surveyors this means data out of Survey Dbs. The Lord knows, I hope you have moved beyond imported point files to better manage your survey data behind. You Civil 3D design folks heard that too? For civil engineers this often also means linear design stuff that needs to be annotated.
Someone calls me up the other day with AutoCAD Civil 3D Pipes questions. Mike asks if our Production Solutions products will solve his specific storm drain Pipes labeling problem for his local municipal jurisdiction. That happens to be a major US metro that’s currently under water – literally under water. I’m not laughing at Mike. I’m laughing with him.
A point is a point is a point. Along came Civil 3D and turned all this simple stuff on its head. The idea was to make the whole point symbols and label thing more useful, less time consuming, and much more flexible. Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
It’s fair to say that most people said, “You’ve got to be kidding.”
What the heck is an Alignment based Point Group? What? You’ve never had to produce Plan and Profile sheets? Aren’t there lots of points you have to label and or symbolize relative to those View Frames slapped down along an Alignment? Sure View based Styles and Label Styles help a lot.
The Long and Winding Road
You know that’s not enough. You’ve all face this…Read more
Lots of us must output sections. Sometimes it’s a single section; sometimes that means pages and pages of sections. There’s certainly no doubt that Section View production and specifically Section annotation is one of the more complex tasks in AutoCAD Civil 3D (lots of posts about Civil 3D sections here).