Archive for Best Practices

Civil 3D Objects and Styles and AutoCAD Layers

The more classes I teach, the more I see constant confusion regarding how Civil 3D objects and styles use AutoCAD layers. What is even more surprising is that it doesn’t seem to matter if I am teaching a basics class or an advanced class.

Thus I have added a link to a document that explains this in more detail. Let me know what you think! Smile

Civil 3D Styles and Layers

AU Class: Part 4

In the continuing saga that is my 2011 AU class, the final part covers surfaces.

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AU Class: Part 3

In the continuing saga that is my 2011 AU class, the next part covers connecting the dots.

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Tips for Presentations

There was a question on the discussion group the other day that got me thinking.  Some of you, certainly not all, need to put together documents with captures from your dialogs or your drawing window.  Could be an internal Memo, Training documentation, a Power Point, or even an AU paper.  This has nothing to do with Civil 3D directly, but it may be of some use to some of you.  Read on for a few tips.

Deploying Infrastructure Design Suite – Part 1

Over the next few days I’m going to be building and testing a deployment for the Infrastructure Design Suite for about 150 users.  Already I’ve run into some interesting revelations so I thought I’d chronicle my experience to hopefully save those who go after me some time and headaches.

First big lesson: When you choose to include Civil 3D, Map, and AutoCAD in your deployment you get three complete installations.
That’s right folks.  It’s not three separate AutoCAD profiles like you’d expect (or at least I did), you get three complete installations.  I haven’t decided yet whether this is a good thing or a bad thing but I do know it’s going to make me rethink my deployment strategy.

Within every installer is a "staller" (couldn’t resist that play on words)
Another really helpful thing I’ve learned deals with batching your Civil 3D installation along with other stuff.  In the past, when I tried to call the Civil 3D installation then something after it, the next thing would execute before Civil 3D finished and there would be a big mess.  Thanks to this post from The CADMasters blog I was able to put a stall function in my batch file that would force the batch file to wait until Civil 3D was done.  I had to tweak it a bit to get it to work, here’s the resulting "staller" piece of the batch file:

set tempfile=c:\windows\temp\tmp.txt
REM **********Wait until Previous install is finished before calling next install************
PING -n 1 -w 10000 >NUL
del %tempfile%
tasklist > %tempfile%
type c:\windows\temp\tmp.txt |find /i "setup.exe"
if errorlevel 0 if not errorlevel 1 goto IsRunning

See you when I post Part 2!