Leo Lavayen

Cary, NC Infrastructure Technical Consultant

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Infraworks:  Fixing an Odd Looking Model

January 05, 2017 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

The online resource SketchUp 3D Warehouse (https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/) is an incredible source, but some models at times can look a bit odd when compared to the preview seen on the download page.

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InfraWorks: Rule Styles to Created Objects

December 29, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

 

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Issue:  Creating Final Surface & the Donut Hole

October 06, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

After a recent conversation with a longtime friend and Autodesk University Instructor, David Garrigues, I decided to post his interesting insight and content from one of his previous Autodesk University classes, on FG Corridor Surfaces.  The illustration below displays how pasting EG and FG to together to create a composite surface does not produce the expected or desired result.  These results are evident only upon creation of an entirely enclosed corridor, like in a Subdivision Layout, Pond, enclosed Berm or a moat.

Separate EG and FG surfaces

Desired Composite Paste

 

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ISSUE:  Slow to Open Drawings in Civil 3D

September 29, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

 

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Civil 3D: Grading Issues – Duplicate items that can't be removed.

September 20, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

In a recent update and clean up of a Civil 3D template for a client, I ran into an issue with the Grading configuration.

The issue:

Looking at the Grading collection (from Settings tab of the Toolspace) there were Grading Criteria Sets and individual Criteria that are duplicates with a dot and number (.#) as prefixes. Even in a clean and empty drawing, you will not be able to erase them. If you attempt this, you might find yourself in an unexpected software crash, regardless of the Service Pack.

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Civil 3D 2017 What’s New:  Not Backwards Compatible

June 15, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

On a recent support case, I came to realize that although Civil 3D 2017 uses the 2013 drawing format, the AEC objects (Points, Surfaces, Alignment, Profiles, Corridors, Pipes, Etc...) have been updated, causing them to not be recognized by the previous versions.

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Civil 3D 2017 What’s New: Feature Lines as Corridor Baseline

May 16, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Feature Lines have always carried the X,Y (like an Alignment) and the Z (similar to a Profile). I'm glad to finally see this AWESOME update in Civil 3D 2017, giving users the ability to create a Corridor from a Feature Line.

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Civil 3D 2017 What’s New: Corridor Clean Up

May 13, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

This is what we have been waiting for since the first release of Corridors... The ability for Corridors to turn tight corners without bumping into itself.  We addressed this behavior and possible workarounds this in an earlier blog post, Casual Corridors.  

OLD ISSUE: BOW TIE

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Civil 3D 2017 What’s New: Pressure Pipes

May 12, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

In the new release of Civil 3D 2017, we gained a few more Pressure Pipe catalogs and a few more parts.  Using the SetPressureNetworkCatalog command we can see the complete list

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Civil 3D 2017 What’s New: Siteless Feature Lines

May 11, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Since the release of Civil 3D Feature Lines, their interaction has plagued us.  We discussed this very issue in a previous 2014 blog article, Grading Gone Wrong.

 

 Autodesk took the hint and added in the use of Feature Line styles to control the Split point resolution within the Sites > Feature Lines > Properties…

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