Archive for Parcels

Turning Background Parcel Segments Off

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D ParcelUsing Autodesk’s AutoCAD Civil 3D Parcels makes short work of conventional subdivision layout, as well as more intricate work like overall parcel boundary divisions and phases. One thing we always try to adhere to is the foundation rule of working form an overall region towards more defined smaller regions. This requires an initial parcel to be established on a site before more can be divided. During the creation, Parcel Segments are created in the background, and remains invisible and harmless until you want to do some fancy footwork. That’s where we come in.

Desired Outcome

Let’s say one of your retention parcels is to be developed in another phase, and the client absolutely does NOT want that parcel, or even the outline to be visible. Good Luck.

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The Bullet List: AutoCAD Civil 2010

Without further elaboration, here are the big bullets from todays PR Packet:

  • Improved UI: Ribbon, Consistent Interface, Quick Access Toolbar, New Application Menu
  • Surveying and Design: Intersection Wizard, Enhanced Field to Finish, Enhanced Parcel Generation, Alignment Offset and MAsking tools
  • Production Drafting: Staggered profile and section labels, Enhanced labeling Profile and Section Projection of objects, and Profile hatching.

Obviously, these are the big ticket items, and this list is pretty dry. Believe me when I say this is REALLY undersestimating the amount of coolness in 2010. As we’re slowly released from various agreements, we’ll be back with more. For now, you can get your hands on the press materials if you care that much. Click here.

EECast Today: Parcel Rules

Don’t forget to register for today’s EECast: Rules of Parcels Explained which will be held from 12-1 PM EDT.

Do parcels perplex you? Learn the rules that will help you create, edit and label parcels. Create better site plans with more opportunity to go through more design simply by following these guidelines for good parcel geometry.


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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Civil 3D 2009: Adding Custom Text to Parcel Labels

Sometimes its the small things that make me happy.


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