Civil 3D Basics Video Training

Useful Basic Civil Training from Civil 3D Experts and Consultants

    Civil 3D experts and consultants produce a wide range of video content. This pages features videos about some basic tasks in Civil 3D.
    Many of these videos are very short. Many may include tips and tricks and yet all include useful Civil 3D basics.

    Please visit included links to the original postings. Those may contain details not included here for the sake of brevity.

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 Viewport Rotation Commands in Modelspace

Viewport Rotation Commands in Modelspace

5/15/2018

 

USCAD's Ron Couillard demonstrates two practical methods to adjust a modelspace View with DVIEW TWIST and UCS OBJECT commands in Civil 3D.
From the USCADBuilding YouTube channel
and Ron Couilard's blog on USCAD.com

Comments

My only addition to Ron's great walk-throught is that you usually want to create a named modelspace View when you get the desired rotated result.
That saves you the effort of having to work throught the whole process again and the named View provides more consistent results.

 


 Import Point Data Directly to Surface

Import Point Data Directly to Surface

4/7/2018

 

Alan Gilbert from Autodesk shows how to quickly import survey points directly into a Civil 3D Surface from a CSV text file.

Videos from Alan's YouTube Channel.
and the Civil Immersion blog.

 

Comments

I almost never employ COGO points in a Civil 3D Surface via Point Groups except in temporary builds. You are asking for trouble if you do so.
I tend to employ the Toolspace's Surface Definition and Point File method and employ .AUF files to keep things clear and separate from any original data files.
Alan's walk through shows that Civil 3D is very flexible about how you can suck in data.

You might want to check out the Quick Surfaces from Survey video too.

 


 Label Style Defaults Basics

Label Style Defaults Basics

3/8/2018

 

Autodesk's Jeff Bartels explains how to employ Label Style Defaults at the Drawing and Feature level to better manage the properties of Civil 3D Label Styles.
From the Jeff Bartels YouTube Channel.
and the Civil Immersion blog.

Comments

Jeff's short explanation of the LSD (Label Style Defaults) hierarchy in Civil 3D is done really well.

Sadly, he doesn't cover the important LSD level of Feature class Type. For example there are lots of Alignment Label Styles. These have Types like Station Labels that can also be managed with LSD. A thoughtful use of LSD employed in a Top Down manner allows you to better manage and control Civil 3D Labels.
I trust you get it that LSD also allows you to fix user created Label Style chaos if necessary.