Well, this is it. My inaugural post here on Civil3d.com. Iâ€™m Matt Kolberg. Some of you may remember me from such self-help films such as â€œSmoke Yourself Thinâ€ and â€œGet Confident Stupidâ€. It has been decided that my role here is â€œGuest Contributor, or â€œSpecial Posterâ€.Â What that means is that I wonâ€™t be posting 24 hours a day like some of the other geeks in here. Iâ€™ll post when the wind is right or when Mercury is in retrograde. Ed: Or when James hits the publish button. Nothing like a smartass.
Enough about my life.Â If you’re like me, you have used Land Desktop for many years, but dumped it faster than a one night stand when you discovered the wonders of the new kid on the block that is Civil 3D.Â Except you want to see those little ROW lines in your cross sections that show you where your property lines are.Â Where IS that toggle that turns then on?Â There isn’t one. Read on for the details.
As a reseller with Global CADD SystemsÂ I get this question quite often.Â I have finally put it into words…and images.
Land Desktop gives you this:
Civil 3D can give us this with a little work:
Â Or this:
Not exactly the same, but pretty good I think. Here’s how to accomplish image B:
2.Â Add a LinkOffsetOnSurface on both the left and right sides.Â The offset is not important.Â We DO NOT want to see this link in our cross sections so weÂ have to turn it off.Â “Omit Link” = true will do this.Â Also, we certainly don’t want this link to be used for our Top of Datum surfaces.Â Delete all of the Link Codes.Â Finally delete the Point Codes and Add “RW”..Â We’re going to create a label style and attach it to this marker.Â Â It should look like this:
3.Â Create alignments for the left and right ROW’s.
4.Â Create your corridor and set the following targets.
Â Â Â LinkOffsetonSurface – LeftÂ Â Â Set to your existing ground
Â Â Â LinkOffsetonSurface – RightÂ Â Set to your existing ground
Â Â Â LinkOffsetonSurface – LeftÂ Â Â Set to your left ROW
Â Â Â LinkOffsetonSurface – RightÂ Â Set to yourÂ right ROW
5.Â Create your sample lines and sections views like normal.Â Pay close attention to which style is being applied to your corridor.Â This is a “Code Set Style”.Â We are going to edit this style so that we can the label “RW” code we added in step 2.Â In the image below, it is “All Codes”.
6.Â Create your section views.Â See the ROW lines?Â No?Â We’re not quite done.
The next section deals with Code Set and Marker Label Styles.
5.Â Create a new marker label style called “RW”.Â This label style will have two components:
a)Â a vertical line that extends below and above the anchor.
b)Â a text component attached to the end point of that line “ROW”.
If you need help on how to create styles, there is aÂ document on the Autodesk website with some great info.
6.Â Remember that code set style from step 5?Â We now need to edit it.
a)Â Right click the “Point” tree and choose “Add”.
b)Â Select a Marker Style (I use _No Markers).Â
c)Â The new point code will be called “NEW CODE”, rename it to…you guessed it “RW”.Â This MUST be the same as the code you type for the LinkOffsetonSurface in step 2.
d)Â Change this code’s label style to “RW”.Â Same as the marker label style in step 5.
7.Â Look at your cross sections.Â You are now the proud owner of a pair of ROW labelsÂ
And that’s it.Â It sounds like many steps that will take you a long time, but it’s not as bad as it may look.Â I started with a dwg that already had a corridor and section views and followed step by step.Â I was done inÂ 6 minutes.