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LAS files are imported using the point cloud object point database, which is an integral part of Civil 3D 2011 and available through the Subscription Advantage Pack in Civil 3D 2010. There is no need to convert the format to ASCII.
Yes, there is a standalone version of StormNET Stand-Alone (under the new name Autodesk® Storm and Sanitary Analysis Stand-Alone Extension) available as part of the Subscription benefits starting April 30th, 2010.
The FCS (First Customer Ship) date is not until near the end of this month, and until we see what's in that we won't know what the installer will allow. However, if this follows the same format as Map 3D, then the 32 bit version will not install on 64 bit systems. Besides, why would you want to trade a native 64 bit application for a 32 bit one?
The stage storage extension takes its contour data from the surface style, or, if you are using polylines, the polyline elevations. You also can add manual elevations and areas to the table. When using contours derived from a surface style, the routine uses integer values. When adding the values manually, the displayed precision is only one decimal place, regardless of how precise your entry is. The question is: is this just a display precision for the field in each case or is this the actual value used in the calculation? To be honest, I don't have an answer for you. I'm going to have to take a closer look and see what's happening behind the scenes. Stay tuned!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2010 on My Pond's a Heap! at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
There still will be a 32 bit version of Civil 3D for systems with 32 bit architecture and OS. You will not be able to install the 32 bit version on a 64 bit system, however.
Here’s a link to an interesting article about the newest version of FME from Safe Software. FME now has the capability to make Civil 3D data available to GIS platforms, a big step for integrated planning environments. Here’s the link: Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2010 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
OK, after a year end absence, I'm back! My last post on the Quick Properties dialog box generated an interesting comment on positioning the box. While the dialog is really helpful, it can get in the way, sometimes, and can be annoyingly close to the cursor. Fortunately, you can make the Quick Properties dialog behave. Here's what you do. When the dialog is visible, right click on the gray border and select Settings from the pop-up menu. The Settings dialog gives you the option to either position the Quick Properties dialog dynamically relative to the cursor position, or in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
In the 2009 release of AutoCAD, Autodesk introduced the Quick Properties palette for drawing objects. This palette is a popup activated by selecting a drawing object. The palette visibility can be controlled by the QP button on the status line. With the 2010 release of AutoCAD Civil 3D, the Quick Properties palette is now responsive to Civil 3D objects as well as AutoCAD drawing objects. Here's a structure with a label. When we select it, here's what we get from the Quick Properties palette. You can see several of the properties of the structure. If we right click on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
I was taking a look at some volumes a couple of days ago, and I thought I'd try an experiment. Ihad a mound sitting on a pad and was wondering what the volume might be between one contour and another, say the 45.5 and 50 meter contours. Here's the original mound. Now, I've taken a slice through it between the contours I specified, so we get it looking like this. Alright, I thought. Let's see what happens when I calculate the volume of this slice using the standard surface volume tools, then compare that to the volume calculated by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
I'm back from Regina, where I had some Civil 3D training to take care of. I had a great time. The weather was unusually warm, something I'm sure helped fuel the Roughriders fever sweeping the city (not that they need much help with that). Saskatchewan plays Montreal for the 97th Grey Cup on Sunday. The game will be held in Calgary, where there is now an acute shortage of watermelons. The Riders fans carve them into helmets and wear them at Riders games. So, if you're new to Calgary and see greem painted people with watermelons on their heads wandering... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
Well, I'm back in the office for a couple of days after a week on the road. I've had some time to take a look at the point cloud object in the Civil 3D and Map 3D Subscription Advantage Pack. An increasing amount of ground data is being represented by lidar surveys. We've all been in the situation where we have to generate a TIN based on a large (> 2 million) points and we've all run into the problems associated with trying to do that. Things have improved with the surface simplification commands and the data clip boundary, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2009 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog