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Surface Volumes 301

A post in the discussion group today got my attention.  Calculating end area volumes based on your EG versus your Corridor Datum is easy and it’s explained in various publications including the Civil 3D tutorials, the Learning Civil 3D manual, among others.  There are often far more complicated calculations that need to be done, however.  Read on…

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Keep Your Curbed Islands Afloat

Grading in curbed islands can be a time consuming task and they often need to be changed based on the overall grading changes. Whether it’s a curbed island in a parking lot or a curbed median on a boulevard, secondary corridors give you another option to keep your islands dynamic.

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Smooth a Surface

Again, this is a re-post on a topic that was already covered in 2007 on, Surface Smoothing Simplified.  However, this tip may be a little more simplistic – not giving as much in-depth detail – making it a little easier to distribute around the office.  Also, maybe some folks missed the 2007 posts… you never know.

Creating a nice smooth surface in the computer has always been a somewhat difficult task; until now!  With Civil 3D you can apply a surface edit (call “Smooth Surface…”) that will run some extra algorithms on your surface and make nice smooth contours were you don’t have that much definition to build the surface. 

Check it out…

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Using Max Triangle Length to Make A Surface Boundary

A tip I picked up from an Autodesk University class was to use restrictions on surface triangulation length to help create a surface boundary.  This is useful for Existing Grade (EG) and Finished Grade (FG) surfaces; surfaces built with Point, Survey Figures, or Featurelines.  However, it does not work for surfaces built from a corridor model.  It’s a real shame too, because I think it would be most useful for corridor surfaces.  So here’s the trick…

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