August Civil 3D Training

Tags Service Pack, Civil 3D, training, video, Release 7

This August has been busy and sometimes downright hectic. Funny thing is, I don’t feel like I accomplished much which is really silly. It must be a post-Olympic hangover. Too much highly visible amazing personal and team achievement followed too many endless ads from the same corporations can do that to you. No single TV network should ever be allowed to do the Olympics again.

If the tiny nation of Fiji can win an Olympic Gold, anything is possible. I shouldn’t feel so bad. After the usual rasher of Autodesk summer Service Packs we produced new builds of Release 7 of the Framework for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 and 2016 and did that in no time. It is a matter of focus.

You probably also noticed that I’ve been discovered talking to the wall again. This seems to be something surviving AutoCAD Civil 3D experts are now required to do. There is an august plethora of new videos on the website. I always wanted to use the phrase “august plethora” in a blog post. A lots of gold thing. Now I got that writer-craft thing is done. I can check it off my bucket list (grin). I already hiked over My Whitney the wrong way in bare feet and shorts just to do it. I admit that was in another more extreme lifetime. Trust me. It still counts.

Serious Civil 3D Content

A brief summary of August's website additions and updates:

  • New product builds for all products for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017
  • New Framework Previews videos page
  • Updated many more Overview Videos for Release 7
  • New Install Videos and updates to the Installation Video pages for Release 7 in Windows 10
  • Updated Framework for Release 7 install docs now available on product download pages
  • Additions to the Book of Alignments - see Civil 3D Alignments in Documentation and Help
  • Many Video additions to the Civil Training on the Web video training section
  • Added a new Civil 3D Basics section to Civil Training on the Web
  • Added a new Civil 3D Exports section to Documentation and Help
  • Added links to in-depth Civil 3D video traininng courses on the web
  • Website security updates

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Recent Featured Video Training

 Model Breaklines from a Point Cloud in Civil 3D

Model Breaklines from a Point Cloud in Civil 3D



USCAD's James Lord walks through how to model breaklines (Feature Lines) and COGO points in Civil 3D from Point Cloud data.
From the James Lord's YouTube channel
See James Lord's blog on


A nice and quick basic instructional review of how to mine survey data from a ReCap point cloud in Civil 3D.
James covers some handy and functional setup tricks in Civil 3D you probably want to know.


 Apply a Custom Transition to Any Subassembly

Apply a Custom Transition to Any Subassembly



Autodesk's Jeff Bartels explains how to employ a custom Numeric Generator PKT file to create a geometric transition in a subassembly without that targeting.
From the Jeff Bartels YouTube Channel.
and the Civil Immersion blog.


Jeff points out that it helps to know thy subassemblies in Civil 3D.
This is a sophisticated method to employ a fake profile, a PKT, and output parameters to produce a subassembly component geometric widening without supported targeting in the subassembly.
This method works to solve a one off problem, but perhaps you'd be better served to build a target included PKT if you need to do this a lot.
It is also possible to employ another Subassembly/PKT in the Assembly that has targeting support between the lane and the curb subassemblies as shown.

We still have the project problem of letting others know you pulled this rabbit out of the hat.
How do you inform other project users that the Assembly employs a strange PKT and output parameters in this way?

Previous post mentioned in the video on Share Assembly Output Parameters Between Subassemblies
The playlist link to Jeff's Quick Start video course on the Subassembly Composer.