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Tool palettes are one of the most powerful and versatile features in the Civil 3D / AutoCAD user interface. Having said this, most folks only use tool palettes for simpler things like quick access to blocks, or inserting content preset to adhere to the company CAD standards. Tool palettes can... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Civil Immersion
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In this 30 min workout session, we explore numerous ways you can navigate a Civil 3D model. (Because there are WAY more tools than just the wheel mouse :) ) These include Walk, Fly, Drive and more. We also review several strategies where tools like Views and Model Space Viewports... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2021 at Civil Immersion
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Our next 30 min workout session is right around the corner. Register here In this installment we will walk through numerous ways to navigate your Civil 3D model. (Because there is way more that can be done besides just Pan and Zoom :) ) July 22nd, 2021 - Taking Civil... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Civil Immersion
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In today's installment we talk about creating some custom content. Specifically, custom linetypes. I'm sure we can all agree that Civil 3D contains a lot of default "stuff" we can work with. I'm sure we would all also agree that there is ALWAYS a need to create more. :) I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Civil Immersion
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During today’s presentation, we explore Civil 3D's Inquiry Tools. Using these tools, we can quickly compute things like Elevation, Grade, Slope, Distance, Bearing and more directly from Civil 3D Objects. These objects include Points, Surfaces, Profile Views, Profiles, Sections, Section Views and Corridors. Why are these tools really helpful?? Many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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In this session we will be taking a look at Civil 3D's numerous "Inquiry Commands". If you have not used them before, they can be very helpful in quickly determining things like Distance, Station, Elevation, Grade and so much more. In short, they are used to quickly interrogate Autodesk Civil... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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During today’s presentation, we explore “Design Center”. Design Center was originally added to AutoCAD back in the 2000 release. (Over 20 years ago!) This officially makes it an “oldy but goody” when it comes to AutoCAD/Civil 3D tools. :) In short, Design Center helps you recycle/reuse your content in ways... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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In this session we will be taking a tour of “Design Center”. This tool was originally introduced in AutoCAD 2000 and (even after 20 years) it still provides tons of value. If you have not used it before, (or if it's been a while :)) this tool provides a quick... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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During today’s presentation, we do a deep dive into the MapClean Tools within Civil 3D. Using MAPCLEAN, we can quickly analyze and correct geometric “issues”. These include deleting duplicate objects, erasing short objects, extending undershoots, snapping clustered nodes and much much more. We also explore several ways to select geometry,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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In today’s installment, we explore several more common commands and look at ways to get more out of them. These include a discussion about using Layer Freeze vs. OFF. We also explore several aspects of the Layer Dialog box including controlling column display, filters and exporting a layer list. From... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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Today we start exploring some underutilized features of commands most users rely on every day. The challenge that we are trying to overcome is the fact that, because the commands are very familiar to us, we tend to rely on only a small amount of what is possible. That begins... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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In 30 years, I have never worked on a civil project that did not require some interaction with GIS data. Whether it is referencing GIS data to get started, using GIS data to help make better design decisions or exporting as-built information to GIS at the end of a project,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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When you think about it, practically every command requires some user input in the form of an Object Snap. Move from the END of this, Rotate around the INTERSECTION of this.... The problem is that typically, a handful of Object snaps become our "Go-tos". As a result, we attack most... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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In our last installment, we talked about how BIM 360 Docs can help us collaborate by providing tools to address typical “face to face” interactions. In today’s installment, we will open it up to several additional tools within the BIM 360 Platform. This includes BIM 360 Design and BIM 360... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Civil Immersion
Today’s installment is all about ways to work together. Whether your Civil team resides in a single office, spans multiple offices, works from home… the ability to collaborate efficiently on a project is critical. This collaboration includes more than just file access. It also requires ALL of the typical “face... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at Civil Immersion
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Today’s installment is all about making new connections. Specifically, connecting the worlds of Vault Professional and BIM 360 Docs. This is a long-awaited tool and has been requested since the retirement of Buzzsaw. Using this tool, organizations using Vault Professional can more easily exchange files and collaborate with external stake... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Civil Immersion
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A lot of folks have been asking us why our posts have become a bit sparse after being so regular for a couple of years. In short, Alan, Jeff and I have been working behind the scenes to stand up a second project. This project is the topic of today’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Civil Immersion
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Today’s installment is all about the "Transfer". Specifically, transferring an ASCII point file from one "Point file" format to another. In other words, I have an ASCII file containing survey points that are formatted as PNEZD (comma delimited) and I need them in a PENZ (space delimited) file format. In... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Civil Immersion
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For those of you that know me, I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to throw anything away. I just can’t get past the angst that I might need (or be able to use) the discarded item(s) at some point in the future. That is the catalyst for today’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Civil Immersion
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Have you ever created a new Proposal from the Master Proposal and then had to add more objects to the Master Proposal later? Happens to me all the time and it drives me crazy! I say this because the new objects do not automatically show up in the Proposal created... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Civil Immersion
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Today’s installment is a tool that helps us duplicate objects within an InfraWorks model. For example, you have a model that contains some trees and an empty space where you would like to add some trees. Rather than creating new trees from scratch, you can select several of your existing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Civil Immersion
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Because we need the info!! Today’s installment is about extending the usefulness of our rollover Tooltips. Specifically, how to customize them so they show us exactly the information we are looking for. For example, when hovering over a Block object, the Tooltip shows us the Color, Layer and Linetype currently... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Civil Immersion
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Today’s tool is all about the scale our model objects are displayed in our Layout Viewports. While folks shouldn’t be scaling geometry from paper plots, as long as scales are still available, they will. :) Because of this, it is very important to ensure our models plot to scale. This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Civil Immersion
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Today’s installment is another perfect example of a tool that says what it does and does what it says. :) Essentially, it helps us create a Civil 3D profile from an ASCII file. Civil 3D provides many tools to create profiles. Most of which involve creating it geometrically and/or using... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Civil Immersion
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Because too much of anything can cause problems. :) Today’s post deals with Points. Lots and lots of Points. Specifically the process of importing these Points into your model via. an ASCII file. If you are like me, this is something you have done literally hundreds of times. Having said... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Civil Immersion