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
Feature Line Corridors from Survey
Timothy Corey of Delta Engineering Systems shows how to create a corridor from the most basic Survey linework.
Corridors from Feature Lines are also really useful and better managed grading design tools.
From the Timothy Corey's YouTube Channel.
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Tim does the Corridor creation using multiple LenghtWidthAndSlope subassemblies from a single Feature Line and 3D polylines. Corridors from Feature Lines are really useful grading tools.
The targets of the Corridor Baseline Region could also be Survey Figures or other Feature Lines made from the same.
I would give the subassembly Point Codes names related to the Figure Targets to keep an audit trail and make output easier to perform.
Why would you want a corridor built like this from the surveyor's perspective? Better managed surfaces? Better deliverables for the design folks?
The dynamic Features Lines produced from the resultant corridor might also provide some really useful site design grading potential.
Maybe you just need to annotate the survey data by station.
See the Corridor Station Labels posts and videos series - Deeper Civil 3D Corridor Annotation
The Toolbox Reports in Civil 3D
What you need to know to employ and customize the Toolbox Reports in Civil 3D
Kyle Groves, an Application Engineer at CAD Technology Center, reviews What you need to know to employ and customize the Toolbox Reports in Civil 3D
A really well-presented overview of Civil 3D Toolbox Reports and basic customization of the same.
All the important details and essential mechanics are covered.
I personally employ some Toolbox reports all the time within the course of project development and not just at the end. Alignment-based Point Groups are a great example. You do have to know what the report engine eats for data.
You may want to consider standardizing your Report file names and project folder locations. These become placeholders in your Civil 3D Project Template.