To try and make cents out of Civil 3D is no easy task. The Civil 3D diva is a big beast with lots of moving parts and pieces. The numerous methods of usage, optional workflows, and many diverse nuances of the entire Civil 3D tools package are an overwhelming and never-ending story. A new Civil 3D 2020 is almost upon us. If you use Civil 3D, you already know that. You live it.
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Once in another lifetime I received an extraordinary phone call one morning. The caller claimed to be the Business Development Manager for one of the larger multi-national corporate conglomerates in the world. At the time, they weren’t exactly a household name, but the stock market thought differently.
The caller informed me his firm had recently acquired the assets of a large factory located…Read more
Too often our AutoCAD tool user perspective tends to get in the way of productive work. Let’s put the issue in frank terms. People think we use AutoCAD to draw pictures. Well, don’t we? But AutoCAD employs data to create pictures. This is something entirely different. Civil 3D employs an even more structured form of data than raw AutoCAD. I like to call this…
The Civil 3D Data Behind
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.