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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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Before Autodesk University I posted about how to Stop the Intersection Wizard to create multiple interconnected Intersections in Civil 3D. Did you miss it? Our goal there was a Complex Corridor – a related and interconnected corridor model built and managed in part by Intersections.

I like to call the Intersection the Design Control Supervisor

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The Wizard is an operative fact in modern software. Autodesk programmers love to employ the beasts. Wizards do make workflow and user data collection easier to manage. AutoCAD Civil 3D has more than a few mission critical ones.

The current Civil 3D publication methodology based on Alignments is very wizard centric. Our discussions of many details of that became part of our Civil…

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Software hopefully grows more intuitive. AutoCAD Civil 3D’s interface is better at it than the not so model-based software of the past. Features must behave in a more consistent and predictable way by definition. However “intuitive” means different things to different people. A change of context can be befuddling to the best of us.

We Don't Know When to Look for Directions

I ran…

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AutoCAD Civil 3D allows us to make new and More useful data out of nearly nothing.

This is what better and functional civil engineering design software should do.

The Common "I Need Control" Problem

We need to create some basic and MANAGABLE horizontal and vertical control for a roadway repavement, widening, or pipeline project. All we've got at the moment is some survey…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags  alignment, best fit, horizontal control