Some of the coolest stuff in Civil 3D 2009 has to do with extended functionality with feature lines. For instance, now you can link a feature line to an alignment with the option of linking it to one of the profiles as well. This really opens up some doors when designing. But as with most users, it hasn’t taken long for me to get spoiled.
So I’m laying something out and I want to take advantage of geometric constraints. Well darn it, that means I have to use an alignment. But I really like using the elevation editor to set grades…well then a feature line is the best choice. But I’d like my feature to have a vertical curve….back to alignments/profiles. Yes, I have these conversations with myself sometimes.
So I’d like to raise the question…Why not wrap all this stuff into a super-entity? One that has geometric constraints, can be edited with elevation editor, can have assemblies attached to it, can be used with the grading creation tools, can be shown in a profile view, can be infused with vertical curves, and I’m sure some other stuff that is currently specific to certain object types. When you think about it, isn’t a feature line just an alignment and profile all rolled into one? Would this make Civil 3D simpler or more complicated? What do you think?