Better Civil 3D Sandboxes

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Everyone needs better and safer places for productive play in Civil 3D. There are mission critical personal and corporate reasons why we need better Civil 3D sandboxes in our civil engineering and survey organizations. How good is your Civil 3D sandbox?

Civil 3D skills are personal. Productivity improvement requires proactive time spent to learn to employ them. That requires a consistent environment to learn how to perform under pressure.

Learn and Burn

Do you read a random page in the Civil 3D help file every day? Will you watch a Civil 3D training video about something you do or don’t understand? Do you invest small chunks of time on a regular basis in a known sandbox to learn how to complete tasks in Civil 3D quicker to reach ever more useful results?

Some are Paid to Work
The Good Ones are Paid to Get Better at the Work

Someone complained to me,

“I don’t get paid to do that.”

This statement equates to – you don’t believe the boss pays you to do that. Aside from the affront to professional ethics and the bad behavior that attitude represents, it reflects a self-destructive mindset that is sure to come back around.

Someone who is semi-skilled in Civil 3D does the work of one. These days someone very skilled at Civil 3D does the work of four or more. So much for a fairness of income doctrine.

I love the background story and the Pareto PrincipalThe 80 20 Rule. Pareto personally set out to prove a justification for socialism. He managed to pretty much prove the reasons for its guaranteed downfall. Do they teach about Pareto in high school?

Civil 3D is a Team Sport

Civil 3D skills are corporate. A civil engineering or survey project produced in Civil 3D and other software is a team sport whether we like it or not. Good teams work together and do better than the competition. Great teams get to pick the projects they want to do. They also get paid better when they do that.

Investing regularly and thoughtfully in your Civil 3D Project Templates which must work for Civil 3D Users and Project Managers alike, can help make the difference. Yes. A good Civil 3D Project Template is a corporate form of sandbox.

The right playground can produce excellence faster and better in Civil 3D.

 

InstantOn Styles in Example Corridors

The Framework for Civil 3D’s Example Corridors drawing isn’t the perfect sandbox for Civil 3D. One good reason why we ship Sandbox Projects for Civil 3D in both STB and CTB with the Framework. Nonetheless, everyone should have easy access to a Civil 3D sandbox like this.

The truth be told, I’ve managed to train a lot of folks is a lot of Civil 3D tasks and workflows for days on end without ever leaving this drawing. See the Linear Corridor Examples and Nonlinear Corridor Examples videos that have stood the test of time and circumstance.

Funny how a wee little bit of data behind that we can browse around can change the way we work and think about Civil 3D.

Adaptive Tools to Reach Beyond the Code
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