5 AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Tips for the Professional Land Surveyor

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Tips

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 is a very powerful program for Professional Land Surveyors. Unfortunately, it requires a lot of setup and a new way of working with our data. Fortunately now our data and objects can be dynamically linked.

Here are five tips to help you with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009:

  1. Expand New Network Dialogue Box to enable data entry. This post explains how to fix this problem.
  2. Setup your Point Styles, Point Labels, Point Markers, Description Key Files and possibly Point Groups before entering/input of survey data. The Point Groups are created in the Prospector tab of the Toolspace and everything else is created in the settings tab of the Toolspace, under Points. There are many settings you can change later, but points work best when setup first.
  3. If you set a Point Group point style to "None" the point elevation will be removed from any surface these points are associated with. So, if you want to clean up your screen by removing those nodes but want to keep their elevations in the surfaces, create a Point Style with a blank Custom Marker Style. This is the second available custom Marker Style located between the "." and "+" Custom Marker Styles. Call this new Point Style something like "Blank" and then select it for your Point Groups where you don't want nodes, but do want the points to be used in a surface.
  4. Use Parcels to label and hatch buildings. Make sure that you create a separate Site just for these entities. This will automate this process and save you time, particularly when you have to make universal changes, such as when a hatches for all existing buildings are changed to your "Demo" hatch, for example.
  5. Try out the Ribbon. Enter at the Command entry "ribbon" (no quotes) and you will find a new way to access all of your favorite AutoCAD commands. This is a highly customizable feature that can, if you like it, speed up your work.

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Please feel free to share any AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 tips of your own that you think others could use.

Eric D. Colburn, PLS, "The Geo-Business Innovator", helps geo-professionals improve through innovative solutions, mastery of marketing and business growth strategies, and coaching/training. Eric is a successful, serial entrepreneur, podcaster, industry writer, product development consultant, and RI licensed professional land surveyor.

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2 comments on “5 AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Tips for the Professional Land Surveyor
  1. Jay says:

    I use the pipe functionality quite a bit. It makes great tables and doesn’t clutter up the .dwg.

    Keep up the tips!

  2. Darren Noble says:

    I use the elevation banding function quite extensively for all of my Cut-Fill volumes and have found it to be very handy and it leaves a stirling impression on the client.

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