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A blog about Civil 3D method and practice, Civil 3D Templates, Civil 3D Styles, Civil 3D Management, and Civil 3D Customization


Any exhaustive discussion about the large topic of the Alignment in Autodesk Civil 3D is a serial and long-term effort. Even the familiar fundamentals of civil engineering Horizontal Control are nuanced for this one of many roles for the Civil 3D Design Control Manager. We certainly need to align our thinking with the Civil 3D functional and workflow…

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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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The Autodesk Civil 3D Alignment Feature altered, and continues to alter, how civil engineers and survey professionals and their organizations employ Civil 3D in production. Autodesk invests heavily in the technology surrounding the many Alignment-based tools in Civil 3D. The many capabilities and properties of the Alignment make the Alignment the core Feature in…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags alignment, alignment type, naming conventions, Name Template

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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