Once more unto the breech, dear friends. A new Civil 3D 2022 is upon us like a tide. Should I quit with the Shakespeare references? Is this simply too much Kingly literary reference for civil engineers and survey folk? Funny. Did not I hear a speech much like King Henry’s just this week? Pomp and masked circumstance signifying what exactly? Churchill’s take was far more apt.
We’ve discussed the topic of Data References (DREF) in Autodesk Civil 3D and the important Object Model challenges we simply have to deal with in our Civil 3D projects. This DREF chatter spawns a bunch of questions about Civil 3D Surfaces, Surface DREFs, and how to make them work better and faster. The existing and design surface discussion takes a few words and…Read more
Let’s face it - Surfaces play a huge role in civil engineering and survey work. When I train people in AutoCAD Civil 3D surfaces I frequently get this question:
“Is there any way for me to see what changes I’ve made to a Civil 3D Surface?”
First things first. Did you visualize the surface with at least 3 different Civil 3D Surface Style Tools?Read more
Feature Styles, Label Styles, and Sets are separate and independent from the Feature Data. This good news. How we want to express or represent stuff in AutoCAD Civil 3D is almost without limit. The bad news is we forget and deal with Civil 3D style like it was a fancy version of old school CAD stuff. We’re human and we are visual. To see it is to believe it.
One of the best things about AutoCAD Civil 3D are the visuals that Civil 3D Styles and the backend AutoCAD display engine can produce. If we employ these capabilities to our advantage they are:
More Than Eye Candy
These tools and capabilities can…Read more