Civil 3D Basics

Basic AutoCAD Civil 3D Training Videos

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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 User-Defined Properties for Parcels

User-Defined Properties for Parcels



CADD Microsystems' Donnie Gladfelter overviews how to create and apply User-defined Properties to Civil 3D Parcels.
From the CADD Microsystems YouTube Channel.
and the CADD Microsystems blog.


 Fix Toolbox Reports that Use Profile From File

Fix Toolbox Reports that Use Profile From File



Jowenn Lua shows how to get the 2019 Profile Toolbox Report Tools to work with Profiles built from a an exteral text file.
From the Autodesk AKN Civil 3D Screencasts
See Jowenn Lua's AKN page


The specific Toolbox Reports affected:

  • Toolbox > Report Manager > Profile > PVI_Station
  • Toolbox > Report Manager > Profile > Incremental Stationing Report

This is an important trick worth noting. We might face similar issues with other Civil 3D features aside from Profiles.
We simply turn something linked to external file data into the dynamic design data behind that the Report engine recognizes by Copy.


 Civil 3D Sites and Feature Line Priorities

Civil 3D Sites and Feature Line Priorities



Jason Porter of Applied Software demos the Site Parcel basics and the bare essentials of the Site Parcel's Feature Line Style Priority in Civil 3D.
From the Jason Porter's YouTube Channel.


Jason gets the Site Parcel basics correct except that the Site Parcel is not imaginary in any way. The Site Parcel collector is a real deal.
OK. I can accept the explanation that a Civil 3D Site is somewhat imaginary because the Site Parcel itself has no Style in Civil 3D and is always invisible. Autodesk should fix this.

Left unsaid by Jason - The complex logical relationships between Corridor Code Set Styles and Feature Line Styles when coupled with Site Parcel Feature Line Priority demands a plan.
Feature Line Priority based on Style assignments works in Sites and was built initially to help resolve site grading issues. In the old days all Feature Lines had to be in a Site. Now Feature Lines can be Siteless.
Since we might employ Corridors to dynamically solve more more grading problems the importance of Site Parcels, the current applied Code Set Style (which can reStyle Corridor Feature Lines), and Site Feature Line Style Priorty is both more complex and more useful.
We must manage all of that or be schooled.