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
Calculate Earthwork Volumes in Civil 3D
Kyle Groves, a Technical Specialist at ATG, delivers an instructional walkthrough of how to create and calculate Volumes in Civil 3D.
This webinar covers basic and more advanced site grading design issues, tools, and CTC Software Tool improvements.
From the ATG YouTube Channel.
If you do grading site work for a living, the first section of this video is old news. Watch on.
The second section covers the more common volume calculation issues at the level and depth that we must deal with.
The Civil 3D Feature Lines Only crowd will appreciate the workflow and step-by-step detail.
How the CTC Tools compare to Autodesk's new Grading Optimization Tool is something to consider.
I beg to differ with Kyle on an important point.
Civil 3D Site design corridors are not clunky. Corridors produce better managed Feature Lines. Site design corridors take more planned design control work to produce more adaptive results.
They do so better in a project-based, shared-data environment as well.
Rarely, is site grading design performed in a single drawing unless that is what you do. Hmmm?
Calculate Topsoil Volumes with Place Lined Material
Autodesk's Jeff Bartels covers how to employ Structural Materials calculations with Daylight subassembly Place Lined Material options for Civil 3D.
In other words - how to calculate slope controlled volumes of Daylight materials in Corridors.
See the Jeff Bartels YouTube Channel.
and the Civil Immersion blog.
Jeff covers an advanced Volumes method that is native to the Place Lined Material options available in the Civil 3D stock Daylight subassemblies in detail.