Leo Lavayen

Cary, NC Infrastructure Technical Consultant

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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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Tagged with Civil Engineering, Corridors, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk, Civil 3D 2017

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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Tagged with Civil Engineering, Pressure Pipe, AEC, Infrastructure, Pipes Catalog, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Civil Infrastructure, Civil 3D 2017

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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Tagged with Civil Engineering, Feature Lines, AEC, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Grading, Civil Infrastructure, Alignments, Software Alignment, feature line, Civil 3D 2017

Civil 3D Elevations: Labels Along Feature Lines

May 04, 2016 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

I was recently teaching a custom Civil 3D grading class where the client wanted to label a Feature Line’s elevation, at will, along the length of the line, without adding extra points.

There is NO out of the box label, but after poking around, I came up with a possible workflow:

  1. Used a Note type label
    (found in the TOOLSPACE Settings tab > General > Labels Styles > Note )

     

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Tagged with Feature Lines, Tech Support, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, engineering, Autodesk Civil 3D, elevations, feature line, elevation

4 Steps to Improving Aerial Image Quality in Autodesk InfraWorks 360

December 14, 2015 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

One of my favorite Autodesk presenters, Angel Espinoza, shared some insight into improving the quality of Aerial Images from models built using the Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Model Builder. I found this information so helpful, I thought I would share the 4 Steps to Improving Aerial Image Quality in InfraWorks 360.

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Tagged with Model Builder, Tech Support, Infrastructure, Autodesk Infraworks, Infraworks 360, Infraworks, Autodesk, image quality, Bing Maps, image resolution, Aerial Images, Satellite Imagery, Bing Imager, Data Source, Raster

Building Intersections with Overlapping Alignments in Civil 3D

December 14, 2015 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

When multiple alignments are present at an intersection, Civil 3D will recognize ALL of the alignments and create funky corridors.

It is not a typical scenario to have multiple alignments stacked up in the same location. However, there are some reasons for overlaps, such as:

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Tagged with Civil Engineering, Tech Support, Infrastructure, Technology, Civil 3D, Software, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk, Autodesk Civil 3D, Alignments, Intersections

Quick Fix: Description Key Configuration Issues in AutoCAD Civil 3D

November 10, 2015 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

During a recent AutoCAD Civil 3D Survey Class, we came across an issue when trying to customize the appearance of point labels within the Description Keys Configuration.

The Issue

The Description Key ignores any value assigned to the "Label Fixed Rotation" field.

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Tagged with Technical Support, Civil Engineering, Tech Support, Infrastructure, Technology, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Software, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk, Description Key, Label Fixed Rotation, Description Key Configurators, Marker Fixed Rotation

Points from Alignment using Civil 3D Surface Elevations (bilingual)

June 16, 2015 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

I recently was involved in two seperate support cases for Civil 3D, where the software users asked for assistance with alignment using surface elevations. I decided to create this blog post as a quick reference on this design issue, as well as provide the same information in Spanish.

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Tagged with Spanish, Tech Support, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, Alignment, AutoCAD Civil 3D, surface elevations

InfraWorks: Roundabouts & Cul-De-Sacs with Style

June 15, 2015 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

In the current release of InfraWorks 2015, there are NO Cul-De-Sac or Roundabout options, not even within the Roadway module. Autodesk is working on the Roundabout feature, but it is unclear when this will be released, we hope it will be later this year.

For now, take a look at the pictures below, 3 styles were created by copying the existing style and making some modifications.

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Tagged with Civil 3D 2015, AEC, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, Autodesk Infraworks, Road, Highways, Roundabouts, Cul-De-Sacs

How To: Show Existing and Proposed Conditions in a Section

June 10, 2015 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

The question of how to show Existing and Proposed design on a cross section has come up in the past couple of my custom classes. I’ve always assumed it could be done, but finally decided to put my thoughts to the test and create a write up.

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Tagged with Technical Support, Tech Support, Corridors, Infrastructure, Code Set Styles, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Software, Autodesk, Proposed Conditions, Assemblies, Existing Conditions

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