Archive for Points

Point Visibility Glitch in Civil 3D 2012

http://Designandmotion.netA few weeks ago I was working out some control issues for the field crews. I was using a drawing from a team whose template origin may have deviated from the standard, or been converted from an older version of Civil 3D. I ran into a similar circumstance today doing the same operations with the same originating team. Clearly there is a pattern.


The issue is that many Civil 3D Points will not display their labels. In the image below, notice that I have overridden my controlling Point Group, here called ‘Control’, so that the Point and Label styles will change to appear like the rest of the control points. The problem is that it isn’t working.

I have been through every aspect of investigation, display layer, point edit, audit, and even purge registered definitions too. These Points will just not play fair.

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Point Style for Visual Inspection Tip

imageI spend a great deal of time managing data moving through the office. One of my regular duties is to ensure the accuracy of design vs field construction layout. I use formatted Point Styles to speed up my inspection time.

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Taming the Beast at Autodesk University

Along with so many fabulous ‘don’t miss’ classes at Autodesk university this year, I’ll be delivering one on tips and management strategies of Civil 3D Points.

Check it out here: CI5746 – "Taming the Beast: Everyday Tips and Tricks for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® Points"

What I’ll be discussing

Things like:

  • Point display issues
  • Leveraging Point Group capabilities
  • Troubleshooting
  • Survey Database
  • and more…

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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.

Read on to find out more…

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Tables From Survey Point Blocks

Civil 3D is probably one of few software’s that you use for years and never fully learn or use all it’s unique features and commands. I spend countless hours every week training myself and I always learn new things. Like everyone says “ there is always room to grow.” Anyways today I want to teach you how to used the EATTEXT command. Have you ever received a drawing from a surveyor, client, or developer an all the survey shots are survey point blocks? Lets say you need to create table for all the tree shots? That’s where the EATTEXT command comes in. EATTEXT command basically extract and compiles information and organizes them into a table. This feature can definitely come in handy for landscape architects. See below for step by step procedures to create a table from survey point blocks. Read more