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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

 Modify a Pipe Label Style with an Expression

Modify a Pipe Label Style with an Expression



Mark Schnesk of Seiler Design Solutions shows how to utilize an Expression in a Pipe Label Style.
From the Seiler Design Solutions YouTube Channel.
and the Seiler Design Solutions blog.


You could attack this Expression problem differently via the difference of between center to center distance and the inside distance and how that relates to the outside Pipe diameter.
I'd argue this is not an accuracy issue but perhaps a what is suitable issue. Obviously, the length of pipe sections used also bears on the construction and estimating problem.
In the real world you probably need the approximate overage. Whether the pipes are actually installed off the assumed center to center line is also an issue.


 Civil 3D Assembly Management Tools

Civil 3D Assembly Management Tools



Jeff Bartels of Autodesk explores some of the benefits of using the Civil 3D Toolspace Prospector tab to work with and manage Assemblies.
From the Jeff Bartels YouTube Channel.
and the Civil Immersion blog.


Right Click is your Friend in Civil 3D.
Your initial take away should be that you can somewhat protect your current Assembly collection by removing them from Modelspace.

You should recognize that Civil 3D considers Assemblies, Subassemblies, and PKTs as Data in the Civil 3D object model not as a Style. In other words, Assemblies are more like Point Groups (a display collector) than Points (the collected data). Needless to say - there are referenced Styles attached to Assemblies.

The current glaring lack of even basic Import and Export tools for Assembly collections in Civil 3D is more than annoying.
The work-arounds are basic AutoCAD command Insert/Explode and WBLOCK methods which create some maintenance hassles that can be easy to miss.