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The only comprehensive reference and tutorial for Civil 3D 2011

Civil 3D is Autodesk’s popular, robust civil engineering software, and this fully updated guide is the only one endorsed by Autodesk to help students prepare for certification exams. Packed with expert tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials, this book covers every aspect of Civil 3D 2011, the preferred software package for designing roads, highways, subdivisions, drainage and ...

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The only comprehensive reference and tutorial for Civil 3D 2011

Civil 3D is Autodesk’s popular, robust civil engineering software, and this fully updated guide is the only one endorsed by Autodesk to help students prepare for certification exams. Packed with expert tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials, this book covers every aspect of Civil 3D 2011, the preferred software package for designing roads, highways, subdivisions, drainage and sewer systems, and other large-scale civic projects.

  • This is the official, Autodesk-endorsed guide to Civil 3D, the leading software for designing large-scale civic systems such as highways, subdivisions, and sewer systems
  • Covers all the key concepts, the software interface, and best methods for creating, editing, displaying, and labeling all elements of a civic engineering project
  • Features in-depth, detailed coverage of surveying, points, alignments, surfaces, profiles, corridors, grading, LandXML and LDT Project Transfer, cross sections, pipe networks, visualization, sheets, and project management
  • Includes what students need to pass the Civil 3D 2011 Certified Associate and Certified Professional exams

Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 is a complete course in the real-world application of Civil 3D as well as the ultimate study guide for certification.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470884188
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 936
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Wedding is an award-winning registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Autodesk Civil Engineering team who has worked extensively? to help shape Civil 3D. He is a highly rated Autodesk University speaker, the face of Auodesk's Civil Engineering Resource Center, and blogs at McEachron has experience in? the civil engineering, land surveying, and GIS industries. He has worked as a consultant for Autodesk, its resellers, and many of the top 100 firms on the Engineering News-Record's Top 500 Design Firms list. Scott has been an instructor at Autodesk University for seven years and actively maintains

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Getting Dirty: The Basics of Civil 3D 1

Windows on the Model 1

Toolspace 2

Panorama 16

Ribbon 17

It's All About Style 18

Label Styles 18

Object Styles 26

The Underlying Engine 27

The Bottom Line 27

Chapter 2 Back to Basics: Lines and Curves 29

Labeling Lines and Curves 29

Coordinate Line Commands 30

Direction-Based Line Commands 33

Creating Curves 39

Standard Curves 40

Re-creating a Deed Using Line and Curve Tools 44

Best Fit Entities 46

Attach Multiple Entities 49

The Curve Calculator 51

Adding Line and Curve Labels 52

Converting Curve Labels to Tags and Making a Curve Table 54

Using Transparent Commands 55

Standard Transparent Commands 56

Matching Transparent Commands 57

Using Inquiry Commands 57

Establishing Drawing Settings 61

Drawing Settings: Units and Zone 61

Drawing Settings: Ambient Settings 61

Checking Your Work: The Mapcheck Analysis 64

The Bottom Line 66

Chapter 3 Lay of the Land: Survey 67

Understanding the Concepts 67

Databases Everywhere' 70

The Equipment Database 70

The Figure Prefix Database 71

The Survey Database 73

The Linework Code Sets Database 77

Creating a Field Book 81

Working with Field Books 82

Other Survey Features 92

The Bottom Line 94

Chapter 4 X Marks the Spot: Points 95

Anatomy of a Point 95

Creating Basic Points 96

Point Settings 96

Importing Points from a Text File 98

Converting Points from Land Desktop, Softdesk, and Other Sources 99

Getting to Know the Create Points Dialog 104

Basic Point Editing 108

Physical Point Edits 108

Properties Box Point Edits 108

Panorama and Prospector Point Edits 108

Changing Point Elevations 109

Point Styles 110

Point Label Styles 115

Creating More Complex Point and Point-Label Styles 118

Point Tables 121

User-Defined Properties 121

Creating a Point Table and User-Defined Properties for Tree Points 122

Creating a Point Group to Control Visibility and Moving a Point Group to Surface 125

Working with Description Keys 128

The Bottom Line 134

Chapter 5 The Ground Up: Surfaces in Civil 3D 137

Digging In 137

Creating Surfaces 138

Free Surface Information 139

Inexpensive Surface Approximations 143

On-the-Ground Surveying 146

Refining and Editing Surfaces 147

Surface Properties 148

Surface Additions 150

Surface Styling and Analysis 168

Surface Styles 169

Slopes and Slope Arrows 175

Comparing Surfaces 177

Simple Volumes 178

Volume Surfaces 179

Labeling the Surface 183

Contour Labeling 183

Surface Point Labels 187

Point Cloud Surfaces 194

Importing a Point Cloud 194

The Bottom Line 198

Chapter 6 Don't Fence Me In: Parcels 199

Creating and Managing Sites 199

Best Practices for Site Topology Interaction 199

Creating a New Site 203

Creating a Boundary Parcel 206

Creating a Wetlands Parcel 206

Creating a Right-of-Way Parcel 208

Creating Subdivision Lot Parcels Using Precise Sizing Tools 212

Attached Parcel Segments 212

Precise Sizing Settings 214

Slide LineCreate Tool 215

Swing LineCreate Tool 218

Creating Open Space Parcels Using the Free Form Create Tool 218

Editing Parcels by Deleting Parcel Segments 221

Best Practices for Parcel Creation 224

Forming Parcels from Segments 224

Parcels Reacting to Site Objects 225

Constructing Parcel Segments with the Appropriate Vertices 232

Labeling Parcel Areas 234

Labeling Parcel Segments 239

Labeling Multiple Parcel Segments 239

Labeling Spanning Segments 241

Adding Curve Tags to Prepare for Table Creation 244

Creating a Table for Parcel Segments 246

The Bottom Line 247

Chapter 7 Laying a Path: Alignments 249

Alignments, Pickles, and Freedom 249

Alignments and Sites 249

Alignment Entities and Freedom 250

Creating an Alignment 251

Creating from a Polyline 251

Creating by Layout 254

Creating with Design Constraints and Check Sets 261

Editing Alignment Geometry 264

Grip-Editing 265

Tabular Design 267

Component-Level Editing 268

Changing Alignment Components 270

Alignments as Objects 271

Renaming Objects 272

The Right Station 275

Assigning Design Speeds 277

Banking Turn Two 279

Styling Alignments 281

The Alignment 282

Labeling Alignments 283

Alignment Tables 294

The Bottom Line 298

Chapter 8 Cut to the Chase: Profiles 301

Elevate Me 301

Surface Sampling 302

Layout Profiles 308

Editing Profiles 319

Profile Display and Stylization 326

Profile Styles 326

The Bottom Line 339

Chapter 9 Slice and Dice: Profile Views in Civil 3D 341

A Better Point of View 341

Creating During Sampling 341

Creating Manually 343

Splitting Views 344

Profile Utilities 350

Superimposing Profiles 350

Object Projection 352

Editing Profile Views 353

Profile View Properties 353

Profile View Styles 364

Labeling Styles 374

The Bottom Line 382

Chapter 10 Templates Plus: Assemblies and Subassemblies 383

Subassemblies 383

The Corridor Modeling Catalog 383

Building Assemblies 385

Creating a Typical Road Assembly 386

Alternative Subassemblies 390

Editing an Assembly 394

Creating Assemblies for Nonroad Uses 396

Working with Generic Subassemblies 400

Enhancing Assemblies Using Generic Links 401

Working with Daylight Subassemblies 404

Enhancing an Assembly with a Daylight Subassembly 405

Saving Subassemblies and Assemblies for Later Use 409

Storing a Customized Subassembly on a Tool Palette 410

Storing a Completed Assembly on a Tool Palette 411

The Bottom Line 412

Chapter 11 Easy Does It: Basic Corridors 413

Understanding Corridors 413

Creating a Simple Road Corridor 414

Utilities for Viewing Your Corridor 416

Rebuilding Your Corridor 417

Common Corridor Problems 418

Corridor Anatomy 419

Points 420

Links 421

Shapes 421

Corridor Feature Lines 421

Adding a Surface Target for Daylighting 425

Common Daylighting Problems 427

Applying a Hatch Pattern to a Corridor 427

Creating a Corridor Surface 430

The Corridor Surface 430

Creation Fundamentals 431

Adding a Surface Boundary 434

Performing a Volume Calculation 438

Common Volume Problem 439

Creating a Corridor with a Lane Widening 439

Using Target Alignments 440

Common Transition Problems 443

Creating a Stream Corridor 443

The Bottom Line 446

Chapter 12 The Road Ahead: Advanced Corridors 447

Getting Creative with Corridor Models 448

Using Alignment and Profile Targets to Model a Roadside Swale 448

Corridor Utilities 448

Modeling a Peer-Road Intersection 453

Using the Intersection Wizard 454

Manually Adding a Baseline and Region for an Intersecting Road 461

Creating an Assembly for the Intersection 463

Adding Baselines, Regions, and Targets for the Intersections 464

Troubleshooting Your Intersection 470

Building a First-Draft Corridor Surface 474

Perfecting Your Model to Optimize the Design 475

Refining a Corridor Surface 481

Modeling a Cul-de-sac 486

Adding a Baseline, Region, and Targets for the Cul-de-sac 486

Troubleshooting Your Cul-de-sac 488

Modeling a Widening with an Assembly Offset 491

Using a Feature Line as a Width and Elevation Target 497

The Bottom Line 500

Chapter 13 Stacking Up: Cross Sections 501

The Corridor 501

Lining Up for Samples 503

Creating Sample Lines along a Corridor 506

Editing the Swath Width of a Sample Line Group 506

Creating the Views 507

Creating a Single-Section View 508

It's a Material World 512

Creating a Materials List 514

Creating a Volume Table in the Drawing 515

Adding Soil Factors to a Materials List 516

Generating a Volume Report 519

A Little More Sampling 519

Adding a Pipe Network to a Sample Line Group 520

Annotating the Sections 521

The Bottom Line 523

Chapter 14 The Tool Chest: Parts Lists and Part Builder 525

Planning a Typical Pipe Network: A Sanitary Sewer Example 525

The Part Catalog 527

The Structures Domain 528

The Pipes Domain 531

The Supporting Files 533

Part Builder 533

Parametric Parts 534

Part Builder Orientation 534

Adding a Part Size Using Part Builder 538

Sharing a Custom Part 539

Adding an Arch Pipe to Your Part Catalog 539

Part Styles 540

Creating Structure Styles 540

Creating Pipe Styles 546

Part Rules 551

Structure Rules 551

Pipe Rules 554

Creating Structure and Pipe Rule Sets 556

Parts List 558

Adding Part Families on the Pipes Tab 558

Adding Part Families on the Structures Tab 561

Creating a Parts List for a Sanitary Sewer 563

The Bottom Line 567

Chapter 15 Running Downhill: Pipe Networks 569

Exploring Pipe Networks 569

Pipe Network Object Types 569

Creating a Sanitary Sewer Network 571

Creating a Pipe Network with Layout Tools 571

Establishing Pipe Network Parameters 571

Using the Network Layout Creation Tools 572

Creating a Storm Drainage Pipe Network from a Feature Line 580

Changing Flow Direction 582

Editing a Pipe Network 583

Editing Your Network in Plan View 583

Making Tabular Edits to Your Pipe Network 587

Shortcut Menu Edits 588

Editing with the Network Layout Tools Toolbar 590

Creating an Alignment from Network Parts 590

Drawing Parts in Profile View 592

Vertical Movement Edits Using Grips in Profile 595

Removing a Part from Profile View 598

Showing Pipes That Cross the Profile View 598

Adding Pipe Network Labels 602

Creating a Labeled Pipe Network Profile Including Crossings 603

Pipe Labels 604

Structure Labels 605

Special Profile Attachment Points for Structure Labels 606

Creating an Interference Check between a Storm and Sanitary Pipe Network 613

The Bottom Line 617

Chapter 16 Working the Land: Grading 619

Working with Grading Feature Lines 619

Accessing Grading Feature Line Tools 619

Creating Grading Feature Lines 620

Editing Feature Line Horizontal Information 629

Editing Feature Line Elevation Information 634

Stylizing and Labeling Feature Lines 645

Grading Objects 647

Defining Criteria Sets 647

Creating Gradings 651

Editing Gradings 654

Grading Styles 656

Creating Surfaces from Grading Groups 658

The Bottom Line 663

Chapter 17 Sharing the Model: Data Shortcuts 665

What Are Data Shortcuts? 665

Publishing Data Shortcut Files 667

The Working and Data Shortcuts Folders 668

Creating Data Shortcuts 670

Using Data Shortcuts 672

Creating Shortcut References 672

Updating and Managing References 676

The Bottom Line 681

Chapter 18 Behind the Scenes: Autodesk Data Management Server 683

What Is Vault 683

ADMS and Vault 684

ADMS and SQL 685

Installing ADMS 686

Managing ADMS 691

ADMS Console 691

Accessing Vaults via Vault 696

Vault Management via Vault 698

Vault Options 698

Vault Administration and Working Folders 699

The Bottom Line 701

Chapter 19 Teamwork: Vault Client and Civil 3D 703

Vault and Project Theory 703

Vault versus Data Shortcuts 704

Project Timing 704

Project Workflow with Vault and Civil 3D 706

Feedback from the Vault 706

Working in Vault 708

Preparing for Projects in Civil 3D 708

Populating Vault with Data 711

Working with Vault Data References 716

Pulling It Together 721

Team Management in Vault 726

Vault Folder Permission 727

Restoring Previous Versions 729

The Bottom Line 732

Chapter 20 Out the Door: Plan Production 733

Preparing for Plan Sets 733

Prerequisite Components 733

Using View Frames and Match Lines 734

The Create View Frames Wizard 735

Creating View Frames 741

Editing View Frames and Match Lines 743

Creating Plan & Profile Sheets 745

The Create Sheets Wizard 745

Managing Sheets 751

Creating Section Sheets 754

Creating Section View Groups 755

Creating Section Sheets 757

Supporting Components 758

Templates 758

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