Object Folders: An Easily Overlooked Feature

June 20, 2017 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

A useful feature in Civil 3D 2017 is the ability to create folders under most major categories or objects from the Prospector tab in the TOOLSPACE.     

Object Folders serve as an excellent tool to separate design alternatives, element types, phases, and more.  Setting up Object Folders is a relatively simple process, just create a folder, name it, then drag and drop objects.

 

For example, organizing Surfaces:

Another useful application is the sorting of Alignments:

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Civil 3D PIPES:  Assigning Alignments to Structures Labels

June 13, 2017 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

Recently while working with a client, I learned about a FANTASTIC Civil 3D feature; changing the Reference Alignment directly to a Pipe Structure Label.  I confirmed this has worked since 2016. 

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Tagged with Tech Support, Infrastructure, Civil 3D, Alignment, Autodesk, Alignments, Civil 3D 2016, Civil 3D 2017, Civil 3d 2018

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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Tagged with Tech Support, Infrastructure, Surface, Civil 3D, PASTING SURFACES, akn_include

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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Tagged with Tech Support, Civil 3D, Styles, Grading, Support, akn_include

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

Understanding Revit Build Numbers

December 23, 2015 By Justin Eckhardt Leave a comment

One of the most common and frustrating issues our support team deals with is trying to get everyone in an organization on the same level "Revit" playing field. If you utilize the worksharing features of Revit, Revit Architecture, or Revit MEP, then you're probably familiar with this issue.

Everyone in the worksharing group has to use the same version or build number of Revit, or face the consequences of data corruption and design errors. One of the most common support inquiries we get for Revit is, “My update won’t apply because of the following error message...”

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Tagged with Autodesk Revit, Tech Support, AEC, Infrastructure, Technology, Revit, Autodesk 2016, Manufacturing, Software, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, Software Installation, Software Download, Software Deployment, Revit LT, Build Numbers, Software Alignment, Revit MEP, OEM Customer Download, Software Upgrades, CAD Manager, Revit R2, UR3, Software Support, Software Versions, Revit Build Numbers

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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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

Plan ahead... Don't wait!

December 07, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

What do you need to know about Autodesk Perpetual License Changes?

Mark Your Calendar... January 31st is the Last Day for Purchasing Autodesk Perpetual Licenses! 

What does this mean?

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