Archive for Civil3D2010

Underutilized Profile View Graphics (HATCH)

I’ve found, while working with customers, that one very useful component of profile views has been underutilized since its addition in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010. This component I’m referring to is the profile view hatch. The initial perception users have of this component is that it is only used to show cut and fill locations between an existing surface and a proposed surface. But, that’s not the only use. When creating multiple proposed surfaces that are based on material (ie. Paving), this component adds an additional dimension to profile views. Reviewers and contractors can now see an added entity that helps in deciphering the vertical scale and location of underground utilities. In this post I’ll share with you an easy way to use this graphic which will add more meaning to your profile views.

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Grip tricks (AutoCAD and Civil 3D)

Sometimes the simple tricks are the best tricks!  This post discusses grip editing in Civil 3D and vanilla AutoCAD.  These are fundamentals for creating and editing content but some are not ‘in your face’ and go unnoticed by even the most seasoned of users.  Check it out and let everyone know which you did, or did not, know (comments section).

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Return from SSA

In the last post on Pipe Network Part Matching, we discussed what happens to the STM parts as they enter into the world of Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Sewer.  For now let us say we completed the design and the analysis.  Ultimately, we don’t want to hand the technician the reams of paper that was generated or take the dialog boxes and manually mark up plan sheet in Red Sharpie.  Pens are cheap, but come on!

We want to preserve that precious time and data and seamlessly import that analysis back into AutoCAD Civil 3d. 

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Launch Autodesk Storm and Sanitary from with Civil 3d

Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis is a Civil 3d 2011 Subscription benefit.  It requires that either AutoCAD Civil 3d 2011 or Map 3d 2011 be installed and it is a Stand-alone product that requires you to leave Civil 3d to launch.    If you want to launch SSA from Civil 3d, add the SSA program path to the Working Path of your current profile, and add a command macro button on your Ribbon that uses the following command macro;

(startapp “StormSanitary.exe”)

For example; for Windows XP, add the following path;

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\SSA Stand-alone 2011\

The path for Win7 64 is;  (SSA is a 32-bit product)

C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\SSA Stand-alone 2011\ 

Note:  This works in Civil 3d 2010 as long as you meet the installation requirements of SSA.  SSA can read and write the Hydraflow STM file format to allow you to use 2010.  There are other reasons why you may want to push 2011 out to your corporation.

Styles, Settings, and Templates – Oh my

It is not a stretch of the truth nor is it a new find that managing styles, settings, and templates has been daunting with Civil 3D. Then with each additional release there are improvements made to the existing styles and settings and new styles and settings added. Actually with Civil 3D 2010 SAP there were new styles and settings added MIDSTREAM!

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