Archive for Dana Probert

Setting up a Civil 3D VBA Project

I found in my last point I needed a starting point if I’m going to post little VBA macros. Asking to delete a bunch of lines from other projects seems a bit more difficult than it should be. After the jump lets create a starting point for future VBA posts.

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Toggle Structure Label Placement

Civil 3D allows one to select where a structure label should go in the settings for the Pipe Network. If you have multiple structure labels that require placement at different locations on the structure in a Profile View it can get a bit repetitive either moving the labels manually or going into the Settings and changing depending on what type of label you are going to place. After the jump I’ll go over how to create a macro to change where the structure label should be placed on the structure.

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EECast 7-2-08: Automated Linework without Field Coding

I spent the weekend getting up to speed on some survey tools by working through Jason’s C3D for Surveyors class which is open to our CivilAccess clients. My background is more design oriented, so I was glad to see some practical examples ranging from simple field books, to more complex adjustments, all presented in a practical project environment.

A few of the exercises used a trial version of Microsurvey’s Field Genius to do some simulations and processing. It seemed like a very useful tool, so I was excited to see Jason’s EECast for tomorrow.

EECasts are open to all end users. Join us!

Automated Linework without Field Coding


Hosted by Jason Hickey


A 60 minute lunchtime webinar hosted by Engineered Efficiency and

Do your field crews offer you blank stares when you mention line coding?

Do you have problems understanding the line codes that are compatible with Civil 3D? Would you like a way to correct field crew mistakes in the office? Do you have issues determining the best way to convert your data into a FBK?

Then Wednesday’s EECast is for you.

Join Jason Hickey as he shows you innovative methods of data collection and conversion.

There is no cost for this session, but preregistration is required.  Register here:

Set Points Along Feature Line Using EEProPack

image I’ve been teaching a lot of our unlimited instructor-led training sessions lately, and we always try to integrate the EEProPack with each class. (Both unlimited training and the EEProPack are part of our CivilAccess package.)

One of the features that many people reach for in Civil 3D is setting points along a feature line. For some reason, it can’t be done “out of the box”. You have to explode the feature line into a 3dpolyline first, which destroys your feature line. Once that feature line is destroyed, it is pulled out from its job as a surface breakline or grading object foundation. Yuck!

The EEProPack includes a tool that will set point along your feature line, while keeping it safe and sound.

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Setting Lots Around a Curve with Civil 3D Parcels

One of the classes that I’ve been teaching for our unlimited instructor-led training sessions is called Residential Design. When we wrote the class, out goal was to take a real-world project and apply core skills to all aspects of subdivision design- such as conceptual analysis, grading, road design and more.

In the Residential Design class, there is a very detailed chapter on creating subdivision lots. Those of you who know me, know that parceling is one of my favorite topics. In the winter of 2005, I did my first batch of site plans with Civil 3D 2006 (HF2, remember those days?) Over the course of the next year, I worked on twenty or so projects. Some of them were at the preliminary site plan stage and went through many iterations. Some of them were final plats that required detailed labeling and careful checking. I tried to incorporate all of those lessons learned into this class, and of course, Chapter 6 of Mastering Civil 3D.

One thing that always made me scratch my head was a really good method for setting parcels along curves, when their frontage was measured at the setback line, not the right-of-way. I have a few techniques, but here is one way you might try that we talk about in detail in the class.

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