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Offers an innovative blend of core civil engineering concepts and thorough Autodesk Civil 3D instruction. It moves beyond a how-to manual, to explain why the software produces specific results and how it can be used to solve specific civil engineering problems. Flexible in design, the book begins with an overview of the software and its interface, introduces a comprehensive design project and then covers advanced usage of each of the software’s capabilities.  The book uses screen shots, dialogue boxes, CAD images, and digital AutoCAD files to introduce the procedures and applications of Autodesk Civil 3D. 

Emphasizes appropriate theories, formulas, algorithms and computational methods in the first half of each chapter. Discusses how to use the software to solve specific civil engineering problems in the second half of each chapter.  Emphasizes civil engineering concepts within the context of the Autodesk Civil 3D software.  Helps users understand the formula behind the automation, giving them a depth of knowledge that makes them more efficient and effective on the job.  Shows how to use the software and the specific features and commands of the program.  Shows how to maximize the software’s capabilities to solve specific civil engineering problems. 

  Civil Engineering professionals

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131713505
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/19/2006
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: CADD, the Primary Tool of Our Trade

A Brief Introduction to the Field of Civil Engineering

How CADD Became the Primary Tool of the Trade

Primitive and Manual-Based Tools of the Trade

Automated Tools of the Trade

Interactive Graphics-Based Tools of the Trade

   PC-Based CADD Is Introduced and Becomes the Primary Tool of the Trade

The Future of Technology for Civil Engineering

 Chapter 1   The Components and Interface of Civil 3D

   Chapter Objectives


   Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

  What Are the Components of Autodesk Civil 3D?

Introduction to AutoCAD MAP 3D

   Features of MAP 3D

   An Application for MAP 3D

   Some of the Main Features of MAP 3D


   The Spatial Database


   Editing and Graphical Cleanup Tools

   Geodetic Transformations

Civil 3D — A Civil Engineering Design Application with New Philosophies

What Civil 3D Introduces

   Understanding Civil 3D Icons

   Pipe Utilities Grips

Sheet Set Manager Palette

Chapter Test Questions

 Chapter 2  A Civil 3D JumpStart Project

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

Project Design Application

Part One: Project Design Application

Part Two: Project Design Application

Site Design

  Chapter Test Questions

Chapter 3  The Simple, but Time Honored Point

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

Point Basics

Geodetics and Global Coordinate Systems

Point Aesthetics

Description Key Sets and Point Groups

Description Key Sets

External Data References

Point Computations

Miscellaneous Point Creation Commands

Miscellaneous Polyline Vertices — Manual

Miscellaneous Convert AutoCAD Points

Miscellaneous Convert Softdesk Point Blocks

Intersection-Related Point Creation Commands

Alignment Related Point Commands

Surface Related Point Commands

Surface — Along Polyline/Contour Command

Surface — Polyline/Contour Command

Import Points

Continue with the Points Pull-Down

Creating Automated Tables — Add Table


Chapter Test Questions

Chapter 4  Civil 3D, the Modern Curvilinead

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

Computations of Lines and Their Angles

Distances and Bearings

3D Linework Uses Slope Distances for Distance Measurement

Control Surveys

Vector Data and Formulas

Curvilinear Objects — Arcs, Circular Curves, and Spirals — Definitions and Formulas

Civil 3D’s Default Angular System

Converting Decimal Degrees to D-M-S

Angles in Civil Engineering

Geometry Computations

The Transparent Commands Toolbar

   The ‘GN Command

   The ‘LL Command


Parcel Development in Civil 3D


Horizontal Alignment Development in Civil 3D

Fixed, Floating, and Free Lines and Curves

   How to Design an Alignment

   Chapter Test Questions


Chapter 5   Advanced Digital Terrain Models

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

DTM Theory

The TIN Process

Ground Information

What Method Is Used to Calculate the Contours for the Site?

Surfaces in Civil 3D

   Surface Analysis

Chapter Test Questions

Chapter 6  Advanced Profiles and Sections

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

Theory of Vertical Alignments

The Properties of Parabolic Curves

Formulas Used for Computing Parabolic Vertical Curve Data

Applications Using Civil 3D for Profiling

Profile Layout Toolbar

The Ripple-Through Effect

Superimposing Profiles

Civil 3D Sections

Chapter Test Questions

Chapter 7   Advanced Corridor Development
Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

Corridor Theory

Superelevation of Roadways — Basic Criteria

Create a Corridor for a Road

Modify Subassemblies for the Road

Superelevating a Roadway

Codes and Feature Lines

Multiple Baselines

Roadway Design for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

Chapter Test Questions

Chapter 8  Advanced Site Grading and Virtual Site Designtm

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

Virtual (3D) Site DesignTM

Earthworks Algorithms

The Grading Layout Tools

Chapter Test Questions

Chapter 9  Piping for Storm Sewers and Drainage

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used



      SCS Storm Distributions

   Determining the Time-of-Concentration  


Basic Concepts Related to Flowing Water

Discharge—Area—Velocity Relationships

Hydraulic Mean Depth and Hydraulic Radius

Velocity Head Concept

Civil 3D Storm Sewers

Chapter Test Questions


Chapter 10  Civil 3D’s Visualization Capabilities

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

Samples of Renderings

Chapter 11 Surveying

Chapter Objectives


Review of Functions and Features to Be Used

Surveying Functions

   Developing Traverse Data   

   Computation of Azimuths for the Traverse

Electronic Field Recorders or Data Collectors

Survery Language

   Point Creation Commands

   Point Location Commands

   Point Information Commands

   Point Editing Commands

   Figure Commands  

   Intersection Commands

   Figure Correction and Manipulation Commands

   Equipment Correction Commands

   Baseline Commands

   Centerline Commands

   AutoCAD Related Commands

   Miscellaneous Commands

   Mathematical Operations

   Files Produced When Balancing

   Secrets of Survey Functions

   Civil 3D File for Adjusting a Closed Traverse

   Civil 3D File for Adjusting a Traverse Cross Loop

Chapter Test Questions

Appendix  A  Data Sharing in Civil 3D


Data Sharing

Method 1: Inserting or Copying a Drawing

Method 2: LandXML

Method 3:  Data Shortcuts

Method 4: Civil 3D Projects

   Sharing Data with Contractors for 3D/GPS Machine Control

   Carlson Connect

   Trimble Link

   Leica X-change

   Sharing Civil 3D Configuration Data

Appendix B   Labeling in Civil 3D 2007

Appendix C   Software and Hardware Versions

Software Versions and Specifications

Hardware Specifications

   Scenario 1

   Scenario 2

   Scenario 3

Appendix D Identify the Civil Engineering Industry

Identify the Breakdown and Flow of Engineering Tasks and How Civil

   3D Contributes to the Work Effort  

   For the Public Sector

   For the Private Sector

 Appendix E   Supplement to Chapter 3: The Simple, but Time Honored Point

  Creative “Thinking Points”

  Performing Slope-Based Computations



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