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 Pasted Surfaces for Profile Labels

Pasted Surfaces for Profile Labels


Use a Pasted Surface to Generate Corrected Profile View Labels


Jeff Bartels of Autodesk covers the basics of the Surface Edit Paste command - a way to combine surfaces in Civil 3D.
He employs the tool to create adjusted surface labels in the band style of a typical roadway that includes a bridge over the existing ground.
From the Jeff's YouTube Channel.
and the Civil Imersion blog.

The concepts covered here are very important for the creation of intermediate surfaces often employed in design in Civil 3D.
In other words sometimes it takes more than one surface to create and/or document your design in Civil 3D.

My only caution here is that you'd better carefully manage where all these interactive surfaces are stored in your project.
In Jeff's quick and dirty example the working drawing is the publishing drawing. This can drive you crazy as things get more complicated.

 Introductory Tutorials to Civil 3D

Introductory Tutorials to Civi 3D


Five Super Basic Tutorials for AutoCAD Civil 3D


If you are brand new to Civil 3D this list of super basic tutorial training videos will help you get a basic understanding.
You can employ the list icon in the video control to choose between the list of 5 videos.
Topics covered include points, surfaces, data shortcuts, alignments and profiles.

From the CAD Masters YouTube Channel.
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 Map 3D Labels from Data

Map 3D Labels from Data


How to Create Map 3D Object Data Labels from SHP Data


Jerry Bartels of Autodesk covers the quick and dirty basics of the creation of Map 3D Object Data Table templates and Labels in Map 3D.
He demos how to use the MAPANNTEXT command to generate data driven labels from an imported SHP file.
Jerry employs typical parcels in the example. This process in pretty simple given you have the data table and the SHP data.
From the Jerry's YouTube Channel.
and the Civil Imersion blog.

Seriously left unsaid is that you might actually want to build Civil 3D parcels in a Site Parcel from this sort of data.
This is certainly possible, but you'll have more serious work cut out for you.
Often the SHP exports are quite often really dirty with buried segments and bits and pieces.
You'll need to learn about the great Map Cleanup tool which every Civil 3D user must master.
Autodesk could automate this a bit, but don't hold your breath.

ESRI topologies are not Map 3D topologies. This is a good thing, but not the issue.
No. There isn't a Map topology employed in this example.
Civil 3D Site Parcels (a topology too) are a different beast yet again from both of the above.
Discover more than you want to know about Civil 3D Parcels in this series of posts.
After a decade+ nothing has been done to fix even the Autodesk integration.
So in the end Jerry's tip is valuable when push comes to shove.