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.


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

Explore the Future of Design with Autodesk 2016 Software

June 04, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment



The Future Shock with Autodesk 2016 Software virtual event will begin on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 and run through Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Through the registration link, participants will be directed to a dynamic landing page with detailed descriptions of each session, event highlights, presenter biographies, a full agenda, and frequently asked questions.

Once the registration is closed and the event opens, event attendees will enter the virtual conference hall and gain access to:


Tagged with Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Design Suite, Autodesk Inventor, AEC, architecture, Infrastructure, BIM, Autodesk 2016, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Vault, digital prototyping, Manufacturing, Simulation, Autodesk Infraworks, News & Events, construction, Autodesk, engineering, A360

Do You FLUG?

November 06, 2014 By April Raque Leave a comment
Florida Local User Group

FLUG is the Florida Local Users Group, which still poses the question, "What is FLUG?"

The Florida Local Users Group strives to provide a common Forum where Individuals of the Bentley and Autodesk communities, such as Local Community Users, CADD Technicians & Developers and Third-Party Vendors & Developers can come together to share ideas, building knowledge of the Industry Changes, Software Development & Support and Effective Training. FLUG runs both a spring and a fall conference each year to keep their members up-to-date on the local policies, like FDOT updates, as well as the latest in software and innovative industry related technology. The fall 2014 conference is taking place next week, from November 12-14th in Tampa, Florida.

Advanced Solutions is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of FLUG Fall 2014 and will have the privilege to present two in-depth classes at the conference. Attendees will extend their networks and learn about the latest Autodesk software, including innovative cloud-based solutions for engineers and architects. This year Autodesk and Advanced Solutions have partnered with FLUG to expand the offering of workshops and classes to be featured during the conference.


Tagged with Tampa, Engineer, FDOT, AEC, transportation, Infrastructure, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking 2014, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Swept path analysis, Advanced Solutions, FLUG, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Vault, News & Events, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk, Environmental Engineer

What is it made of? Issue with Gravity Pipe Materials in 2015.

November 03, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

During a recent Civil 3D 2015 configuration, I found another issue, when labeling gravity pipes materials.

Working RCP material Pipe

The labels behaved as if they could not find a material value, showing a set of question marks (???) or a empty area. This issue appears to be isolated to only some pipe types.

Defective PCV material Pipe

Tagged with Pipe Material, Content Builder, Tips & Tricks, Tips, Civil 3D 2015, question marks, Tech Support, Parts Catalog, Infrastructure, Pipe Label, Optional Property, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Pipe Label Style, Created Design, Autodesk, Tricks

Civil 3D Pressure Pipe Inside Diameter Issue

October 06, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

During a recent style set up, I found an issue when trying to label a pressure pipe inside diameter, it was labeling it as ???. It behaved as if it could not find the value.

Checking the used Pipe Label Style it was set up correctly, the issue was not there.

Further investigation, lead me to the Civil 3D objects itself, the Pressure Pipe. If you look at the Pipe Properties, the field for Diameter Inside is empty. This is what caused the label field to show as ???.


Tagged with ???, Pressure Pipe, Labels show ???, Pipe Network, Tech Support, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D

Creating a Civil 3D Surface from Text Data

October 02, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

I would like share an old Civil 3D tool that I recently used in a custom class, the command is called MOVETEXTTOELEVATION.

In the scenario presented, files are being provided from external sources and data in the drawing is only in 2D. That is the Contours, TIN lines and Points are ALL flat showing an elevation of zero (0.00).


  • Editing the TIN Lines: Too time consuming to edit each end point to the listed elevation.
  • Adjusting the contours lines: Possible, but too time consuming to edit individually.
  • Adjusting the point blocks “X” markers: Possible as well, too time consuming.
  • Elevating the Text to the elevation value: Quickest method, described here.

With this example, a few assumptions were made:


Tagged with Text Data, Tech Support, Infrastructure, Surface, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D

Creating Civil 3D Surface from Contours

September 24, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

The question on how to create surfaces from contours has come up lately and decided to create a write up. More than a how-to, I wanted to get into more details on the options when minimizing flat areas.

Surface from Contours

First, the contours MUST have elevations assigned to them. Typically files that come only have contour data provided have NO Civil 3D set up and styles. Optimally as the workflow should be to:

  1. Start by creating a new drawing using a Drawing Template that has a Civil 3D set up (preferably yours).
  2. Insert the drawing that has the contours and explode it.
  3. Create a new Civil 3D TIN surface (from Prospector or Ribbon).
  4. Set values in Create Surface dialog box.
  5. In Prospector, expand + the surface > expand + Definition
  6. Right click on Contours > select Add… > s
  7. Set values in Add Contour Data dialog box.
  8. Select Contours lines (preferably all other layers have been turn off)

Surfaces are great, as soon as x y z values are added, a surface is created.

Minimize Flat Areas Options

The above functionality has been part of the software for quite a long time now. What I wanted this post to add is more detail on #7 above, and show is the different surfaces created using the different combinations of the Minimize flat area options.


Tagged with Contours, Tech Support, Add Contour Data, Infrastructure, Surface, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Contour Data

Grading Gone Wrong

August 04, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

I was recently teaching a custom Civil 3D class that involved some advanced grading and shared with the client some tips on use of Feature Lines and Grading Objects. I was able to show off the awesome powers of features and grading objects built in intelligence. That is how grading can interact with each-other.

Feature Lines in same SITE

If you still don’t know what I am talking about or have never seen it, what I am referring to is the ability that gradings created from separate feature lines in the same site and group, can clean up when they bump into each other.


Tagged with Feature Lines, Tech Support, Infrastructure, Grading Objects, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Grading

Civil 3D to InfraWorks: Data... You can get with XML, or you can get with IMX!

July 15, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Although Autodesk InfraWorks is usually referred as preliminary design tool, it can work great as a post-design too. By allowing to import and display completed Autodesk Civil 3D projects in context. The choices to transfer data from Civil 3D to InfraWorks are provided from the ribbons Output tab, the Export panel provides 2 choices: Export IMX and Export to LandXML. Each file has it’s pros and cons.

Exporting from Civil 3D LandXML Files

The LandXML file format allows the raw data to be written out in a non-platform specific format. The advantage is that with this method we are presented with the option to select exactly what we want to export. Once the command is executed a location to save the file has to be specified. A disadvantage is that sometimes the data looks quite right and at times it creates jagged elements.


Tagged with Themes, IMX, Tech Support, XML, AEC, Infrastructure, Object Data, InfraWorks Magic, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Infraworks, Infraworks

InfraWorks Magic: Object Data 101 (Part 1)

June 05, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Before you can analyze, stylize or display in a tooltip in Autodesk InfraWorks, data needs to be assigned appropriately. Since there is currently no way to examine the tabular object data within InfraWorks, we’ll have to rely on Autodesk Map 3D or AutoCAD Civil 3D to attach and decipher data.

Task Pane showing connected data.

Once data is connected in Civil 3D or Map 3D, use the Data Table or AutoCAD Properties to look at the tabular data. Each data source will have its unique object data assigned, at times oddly abbreviated or named.


Tagged with Autodesk Map 3D, Tech Support, AEC, Infrastructure, Object Data, InfraWorks Magic, Map 3D, Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Infraworks, Infraworks, Autodesk

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