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The Best Map 3D Tools for Civil 3D Projects
Seth Cohen of Digital Drafting Systems Inc walks through a review of the many useful and powerful Map 3D Tools for use in Civil 3D Projects.
From the Digital Drafting Systems Inc YouTube Channel.
Seth does a great job of covering the best of Map 3D functionality and tools in Civil 3D without getting bogged down in the details. Seth covers the best of Map 3D in less than an hour. No small challenge. His large Surfaces from Map Attached drawing Queries is alone worth a look see here.
Map 3D is one of the best things built into Civil 3D that many ignore and therefore work way too hard.
This is best Map 3D tools overview I have seen in a long time. Thanks Seth!
If you don't use MAPCLEAN on a regular basis, we can only ask, "What Are You Thinking?"
Autodesk's Jeff Bartels demos how to employ some of the many Corridor contextual modeling tools in recent versions of Civil 3D to build an intersection.
From the Jeff Bartels YouTube Channel.
and the Civil Immersion blog.
Ok Jeff. The Intersection wizard might have been quicker in this case but intersection mechanics is not the topic of the video.
Jeff's real point is, of course, the Corridor, Baseline, and Region tools in the Ribbon and the Right Click menus. Great stuff.
The main Corridors edit and construction box is probably used more in much older courseware because the Civil 3D interface and tools change more in little but important ways. These tools have improved significantly since the 2018 release.
Did Jeff use Connected Alignments to create the Curb Return geometry control. It is easy to tell, isn't it?
We do have to regularly question and challenge our habits and workflows to make better use of the software tools.
Surface Smithing in Civil 3D
Frank Diemert, a Technical Specialist at ATG, explains a basic workflow for Volume calculation with Volume Dashboard Tool from combined multiple surfaces in Civil 3D.
From the ATG YouTube Channel.
You can construct the differential volume surface(s) before you open and use the Volume Dashboard Tool. That has some workflow benefits Frank does not cover here.
Frank's tip about the use of LandXML files to help you manage the Civil 3D dynamic model interaction here is as important as he states, but maybe not that obvious when the surfaces are not large.
Sometimes is helps to keep the new design surfaces in separate XML files as those specific design surfaces usually change. The data Imports, Surfaces, and Reports can be refreshed after the files are updated.
In other words, you can build a standard placeholder drawing(s) for basic volume calculation into your Civil 3D Project Template to optimize user time spent and the namining conventions. Placeholer Surface drawings and empty XML files work.
See the videos on the Civil 3D Projects and Setup page
The Framework for Civil 3D includes Style collections of themed Surface styles for both contours and points and triangles and Surface representations. This video demonstrates the need.