Survey Publication Part Two

The Process and Workflow of Plan Deliverable Production

What are the essentials of publishing complex digital deliverables from Civil 3D.
This Training Video provides an brief big picture overview.

Videos employ the InstantOn Resources Project Dataset
available with InstantOn and Jump Kit Framework products

The Ballpark Survey Db from the InstantOn Project dataset is employed

Topics Covered:

Figure Data Cleanups

o Identify bad & crossing Figures

·       Check for Crossing Breaklines

o Add extra points to Figures

Needed geometry points in Figures – better arc definitions – will a copied 3D Line  work?

Gates in Fences , Breaks in Figure ,etc.

Close an open slab , building , roof Figures, etc.

o Create Figures Interactively to add missing pieces

Driveway End and Start to back of aprons

Close open figures – Can you  Continue

Missing segments in Figures

Delete and Recreate Interactively miss connected Figures

Add Figures to become Surface Breaklines  to correct Surface issues

Export to Backup Added Figures

o Create Offset Feature Lines from Figures in a Drawing

Edit Survey Figure Properties versus Edit Geometry and Edit Elevation Ribbon Tools

Face of Curb if you only have Back of Curb etc – Standard Curb & Gutter

Create Figures from Feature Line Objects

Export to Backup Added Figures

Point Data Cleanups

o Do you want a Publish Survey Database?

Separate and Different?

Collection Requires Correction

o Check for unmatched Codes

Use a Description Key Set that assigns one Point Style to ALL codes with no Labels

Create a NOMATCH Point Group that assigns a different Point Style and/or Label Style

        • Put the NOMATCH Group above _All Points

o Correct Codes

Miscodes and/or codes you want to change

Sized Vaults for generic ones

Pipe Inverts, Outfalls, etc.

Other Descriptions and field book notes

o Add Points for more Detail

Create Point to add detail to Figures

Other Descriptions and field book notes

Add COGO points back as Survey Points into the Survey DB

      • Export to a file and Import back in
      • Can Import directly from a Drawing  - What if the drawing is deleted? No problem.

Symbols Drawing

o Get The Right Codes First

o Get the Named View and Annotative Scale Right

Use Point Styles with Blocks Not Markers for Digital Output

o Suitable Description Key Set

How do you want the Descriptions?  - The Format Column

Edit the Scale in the DKS even for Relative Point Styles

o Suitable Point Groups

Delay Manual Edits – The Last Resort

Every Import  Event becomes a Survey Point Group

Work you do here pays off in Labels too

        • Externalize the Point Group definitions

No Display and All Points

Select by Point Group to Be Explicit and to Rotate

        • The Rotation values help with the Labels

o Employ Survey Queries to Help Group and Collect Points

Survey Queries  Not in 2012, Internal in 2013, External and Internal in 2014

Easier to Build Include or Exclude lists

Employ the Power of NOT to Get to the Point

Point Label Drawings

o Get The Right Codes First

o Get the Named View and Annotative Scale  Right

o More than One Labels drawing Can be Better

Less to deal with and easier to manage

o Employ the Point Groups Definitions from the Symbols  drawing

SaveAs Works

Remove the Points - Loose the Explicit Rotations

Apply Description Keys is Worth the Wait

        • A Key Set with no Point Styles

An All Points with almost No Point Style

        • Employ Point Styles with Blocks Not Markers for Digital Output

o Label Only What Matters – Less can be More

The FORMAT Column in the DKS

Every Label Dragged Must be Maintained

Point Styles NOT Label Styles Control where the Drag Leader Starts

o Tables Come From Point Groups Too

Point Numbers can be replaced manually by Symbols

o A Publish Survey Db

Can it be Separate and Different?

Produce the Second Act

o AECEXPORT<VERSION> does NOT use an acad.dwt file

Creates a drawing from scratch with ONLY the ACAD references included in the Features

        • If you want it in the exported drawing, make it visible on the screen

The Civil 3D Batch Convertor that will do many drawings at once

o Export, Produce and Post-process the Results

Explode to Primitives as Needed

Use INSERT|EXPLODE to load ACAD resources as Needed – All the Blocks, Layers, etc.

Runs Scripts to Update the named references – blocks, layers, textstyles, linetypes, etc

o Create an Assembly drawing of the ACAD Results

Check the Results

        • All the same drawings as the Civil 3D version

Go Back and fix the Civil 3D drawing and Reprocess the Results

o Create an Combined ACAD Drawing from the Checked Results

Combine Methods

        • INSERT|EXPLODE  Method - INSERT with Explode  checked
        • Map Queries to combine and/or change Results – Can combine stuff and change stuff

Use Scripts to Rename Blocks and Layers

      • To employ a Script you need All the references  in it – Blocks, Layers, etc

The Third Act - DGN

o DGNEXPORT the Combined ACAD

Search “MAPEXPORT to DGN” in the AutoCAD MAP Help

MapExport.ini, Mapdgn.ini, MapForeignFileProperties.ini files

          • When exporting, AutoCAD Map 3D looks first for the .ini files in the current directory.
          • If no .ini file is there, it uses the .ini files in the Windows 7
            C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\C3D <releaseyear>\folder.
            To always use the same settings, do not create additional .ini files.

Important and/or Meaningless Translation Details

          • Blocks become named Cells
          • Layer to Level conversion – Translate Named Layer to Level see MapExport.ini
          • Color conversion – Translate color numbers

Templates employ ACI colors and NO basic (the first sixteen) colors

o DGNEXPORT makes the cells and the levels

If the cells are attached to the seed, they are employed in the result

o Coordinate Systems and DGN

DGN must employ a seed file in the “right” system
(or NOT)
DGN files even in current releases employ a tiled type coordinate system


o The acad.dwt that is referenced by MAP EXPORT is IMPORTANT

Where is Civil 3D finding the acad.dwt file?

        • Current Working Directory – See the Desktop Shortcut Properties – the UserDataCache
        • OR the first one found in the current Profile’s File Resources folder

Contents of the acad.dwt  - You Can Change the Results

        • The references that exist cannot be overwritten
          Blocks, Layers, Textstyles, Linetypes, CTB/STB, etc.

o DGNEXPORT is a variation of MAPEXPORT

The DGN version and particulars are important –
A DGN file the reference cells with the same names will employ those cells in the final output