Within a back to Civil 3D fundamentals series of posts, there is no way to dodge Survey in Civil 3D. Survey is too essential to the workflows and process of not only survey organizations, but to civil engineering and other full-service AEC design firms as well. The difference between what most people think Survey in Civil 3D can do and the actual survey production capabilities can be staggering…Read more
There is no doubt that the increased complexity of Civil 3D Point Display Resolution has been a good news and bad news problem since the initial release. In a tongue and cheek fashion I like to tell people that Autodesk lied to us from the get go. They named things in the Civil 3D Ribbons to make us believe the objects we are dealing with are something like the old school CAD objects…Read more
AutoCAD Civil 3D can be the software surveyors love to hate. Maybe that should read hate to love? Unquestionably, Autodesk immediately messed with the established survey CAD workflows. In truth, they even messed with the core essential meanings of many familiar things like Point, Figure, and Alignment.
Historically, Autodesk also probably took way too long to sort out the…Read more
Are Points are one of those “I love to hate them” beasties in AutoCAD Civil 3D? I say it often and loudly that the performance of Civil 3D COGO points sucks. Best to employ them thoughtfully. On the other hand, Civil 3D Survey points can rock your socks off. There are a whole bunch of videos that show that here.
Does it appear in Civil…Read more
One of the great things about AutoCAD Civil 3D is that there are lots of ways to get things done. One of the worst things about Civil 3D is that there are lots of ways to get things done. The power of the Civil 3D Data Behind, the Clout of Style, and this dichotomy is often exemplified by how (well) we employ annotative Label Style.
Substance and Style