Welcome to Fantasy Island

Sometimes you just need a good surface to play with. You’re testing out styles, or trying to make some sample data, or just want to have a random collection of data to make someone learn something without thinking about the site underneath. Thanks to some friends in Manchester, now you can have your own little fantasy land. Check it out after the jump.

When I first played with C3D at an early gunslinger, there was a command on the Surfaces menu, Random Surface. It wasn’t there when it shipped, much to my dismay. A well timed request this beta cycle, and my old friend is BACK!


So, buried in  C:\Program Files\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008\Sample\Civil 3D API\Vba\SurfaceOperations is a nifty little program called SurfaceOperations.dvb. Run either of the macros contained in that file, and you’ll have your own fantasy land to play with! The two samples above are two iterations, with some minor tweaking to the vba to add more points to the surface. The left image has 50 points, the right has 250.


  1. this is really weird. but interesting.

  2. Jason Hickey says:

    very weird. I think I’ll stick with Google Earth for test surfaces when I want to try an idea.