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 Manual Superelevation in Civil 3D

Manual Superelevation in Civil 3D

3/30/2020

 

Alister Ridden of Prokon Build (South Africa) some nifty manual Superelevation tips and tricks in Civil 3D.
From the Prokon Build Channel on YouTube.

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It certainly pays to understand how the Design Criteria Standards files relate to the calculated Superelevation results in Civil 3D.
You can then learn to cheat and manually tweak the forced results quicker than an automated method alone.

This Superelevation approach assumes you cannot solve the design problems with Offset Alignments and their Offset Profile children's slope control.
Note that a faked Super calc can provide you with the substantive Station and Slope detail for the above.

 

 Map 3D FDO for Better Large Surface Performance

Map 3D FDO for Better Large Surface Performance

3/30/2020

 

Alister Ridden of Prokon Build (South Africa) shows how build and employ a Map 3D FDO connection to improve display performance of large surface contour maps in Civil 3D.
From the Prokon Build Channel on YouTube.

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Ah! Ha! This well done, detailed, and mostly complete video demos one of the many Joys of FDO.
Note that you will need to export and republish the FDO contour Surface if your proposed surface is included in the FDO's surface model.
Don't just neglect or forget those standard USGS themes.
These are often more than enough detail to guide your design process once you get used to them.
They might also remind you to change things around when it comes time to actually produce a deliverable.

 

 Make Contours Look Good

Make Contours Look Good

3/12/2020

 

USCAD's James Lord covers in detail how to do Contour construction and best practices for Civil 3D surfaces.
See James Lord's AKN page
From James Lord's YouTube channel
See James Lord's blog on USCAD.com

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A basic video with great Surface construction tricks. These are mostly focused on prettier contour presentation.
Typical Weeding and Suplementing values for Coutour and Feature line processing should be based on a spec - aka an agreed on standard for the type of surface.

James covers the often neglected Smoothing Tool for Surfaces in Civil 3D with the important gotchas.