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Transition a Corridor Daylight Slope

Corridor daylight slopes are very easy…unless you need to transition from 1:1 to 5:1 over a station range.  It can be done, but it’s a little tricky.  Find out how after the jump.

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AU Class: Part 2

Part 1 consisted of a description of the Parcels portion of my class, part 2 is about Points.

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Thank You, and Goodnight.

What can I say, it’s been fun, but the time has come to put the site in some old beer boxes, vacuum up the crumbs from behind the couch, and hand over my keys at the realtor’s office. On May 2nd I’ll be turning this domain over to Autodesk, Inc. and it will begin redirecting to the AutoCAD Civil 3D landing page. Where’s almost five-years’ worth of going? I’m not sure, but have no fear, for the next six months, you’ll have an opportunity to go to the new home, or just be automagically taken to the Autodesk Civil 3D page.

I’m in talks with a couple of folks to move the content to their sites, or I might simply use one of the other domains I have in my pocket. If you’d like to have some of the best Civil3d instruction and commentary propping up your blog and making your site a top destination for Civil 3D users, drop me an e-mail, wedding@ this domain, and we’ll talk. I’m not interested in locking the content away, but I do want it to have a home.

I want to take a final opportunity to say thank you to all of the authors that have contributed over the years. We’ve seen posts from some of the most insightful and brilliant Civil 3D users, instructors and consultants. Thanks, Rick Graham; Tony Carcamo; Christopher Fugitt, P.E.; Eric Chappell; Joshua Modglin; Josh Petersen; John Postlewait; Jonathan Stewart; Kevin Clark, P.E.; Kati Mercier, P.E.; Matt Kolberg; Chuck Lamping, P.E.; Mark Scacco, P.E.; Matthew Anderson, P.E.; Jeff Mishler; Matthew Risch; Steve Boon; Mark Spatz, P.E.; & Richard Sincovec, this site could have never been was it is without your input.

Of course, this blog would have been dead in the water without the serious, over-the-top, way beyond the call of duty, posts of Jason Hickey, Dana Probert, P.E., and Nick Zeeben. Funny how we all wound up in different corners of Autodesk.

Maybe there’s something to this whole blog thing.


Decade Old Tools, Century Old Processes

I had the pleasure this past week of venturing up to the Autodesk office in Waltham, Massachusetts to peek at the future through Autodesk’s eyes. The future that they laid out before us at the AEC Media Day looks pretty bright. Paul McRoberts (vice president, infrastructure product line group, Autodesk AEC Solutions Division) stated that “the [Civil 3D] 2012 release offers robust new functionality and enhanced tools for intelligent model-based design, documentation, and collaboration, helping civil engineers to take full advantage of the BIM process.”

I hope that some of you were able to tune into the #ADSKAEC tweets that were happening live during the day. (Are you not a Twitter user yet? There is a wealth of Civil 3D knowledge just bursting at the seams, check out the Civil 3D feed to the right for a taste of the current topics.) One of the overriding themes throughout the event was the cycle of BIM (Building Information Management): Manage –> Plan –> Design –> Build –> Manage…

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AU 2010 is over… Or is it?

Now that I’m starting my recovery and detoxing from the events of last weeks Autodesk University, I wanted to drop a brief post to let everyone know, it’s not quite over.  And it’s the best time to start thinking about next years AU.

LOOK; LEARN; BE WOWED; and PLAN on attending next year’s AU.


Be on the look out.

In the near future, keep your eye on and the rest of the blogging community for all the great information that will be shared based on new approaches to utilizing Civil 3D as well as other new Autodesk  technologies.  I promise that  there will be some really exciting tips and tools that you may already have at your finger tips that you may not realize.

Importantly, AU is NOT over!

In addition to the regular AU’s events that were held in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay last week there are still many affiliated AU events happening around the world and quite possibly in your neighborhood.  These events are brought to you by way of Autodesk University Extension.

Starting December 6, 2010 and extending through February 11, 2011, AU Extension events are planned for cities worldwide. Each event, hosted by Autodesk Channel Partners, is unique and tailored to fit the specific needs of the local Autodesk community. Find an event that is close to you.

To Register go to

Get Excited for new Autodesk Technology.

Checkout Project Galileo.  Wow, you’re going to like what you see.  I guarantee it!
You have to check out this video…

Project Galileo is an easy-to-use planning tool for creating 3D city models from civil, geospatial and building data, and 3D models. Galileo also enables users to sketch conceptual infrastructure ideas within the 3D city model. Using Galileo, planners, GIS analysts, project managers, and architects can help stakeholders better understand infrastructure projects and plans in the context of the built and natural environment.

NOW is the time to plan for next year’s AU.

This is the time of year when all companies are strategizing and finalizing their annual budgets for the following year.  By all means, make sure they allow some room in the budget for allowing you to attend next years AU.  I know it’s very hard to try to do some convincing to your bosses in October to allow you to attend the yearly AU in November. 

Start convincing NOW!  There are so many reasons to attend.  The first main reason is that you will always learn something.  I have attended 5 AU’s and every single time I have learned something, (not just new), but also very valuable to my company and to my clients.  The Networking is second to none in the industry.  You will meet new and interesting people that have the same type of interests on all different levels. 

The one thing that I (personally) took advantage of this year is the certification exams.  They are held at AU all week long free of charge, and you can set yourself and your company apart from the other competition.  This in itself is a very good marketing tool for yourself as well as your entire company.  Having someone or multiple people certified in your office gives your clients that assurance that they will receive quality and efficient utilization of the software that is used in designing their project.  This is so important in today’s economy.  Seriously, make a point to bring it to your bosses attention now.  If their excuse or reasoning is the current economic troubles, then this point of selling AU to your boss as a marketing tool just might make him realize that the benefit is not just for the attending individual(s). It’s for the entire company!

If that’s not enough for your boss, drop me a line and I’ll add a few more reasons. 😉