AutoCAD Civil 3D Survey Setup Details

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AutoCAD Civil 3D Setup and Details for Survey

An overview of all the Setup Details for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 - 2013.
This is the AutoCAD Civil 3D cadpilot's cockpit checklist
Reviews Framework Product typical Setup method and practice details and the essential Setup workflow.


Topics Covered:

Load and Save AutoCAD Profile and Workspace

  • Always Employ Named Profiles and Workspaces
  • Profile - Where Civil 3D looks for Resources
  • Workspace - The Look of the Interface (Maybe for a Task)

Project Setup

  • Employ Manage>>New Shortcuts tool to create project from a Civil 3D Project Template
  • Copy 00\Resources folder OR use Local Computer resources folder OR Shared network folder
  • Create a new Sheet Set from a Sheet Set Template
  • Hook up the Sheet Set Properties

The Working Folder for Project Data Shortcuts

The Survey Working Folder - may not be the same

Survey User Settings

  • A Civil 3D Survey Profile to manage Survey consistently
  • Storage Locations for Survey User Settings

Coordinate Systems

  • State Planes in HARN and HPGN
  • HARN and HPGN differ by DATUM

Drawing Setup from a Template

  • Set the Coordinate System

The Survey Wizard & Import Events

  • Point Files, Points from Drawings, and Fieldbooks
  • Networks
  • Process Linework
  • Survey Points

Survey Toolspace Commands Obey Hierarchy

  • Where you Click and Pick in the Toolspace Matters