AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks: Angle Format Settings

AutoCAD Civil 3D Angle Format Settings

AutoCAD Civil 3D Angle Format Settings

This is the fourth of five AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks expanding upon a previous article I wrote outlining the 5 AutoCAD Civil 3D Settings Professional Land Surveyors Need To Know.

The fourth of the five AutoCAD Civil 3D settings Professional Land Surveyors need to know was, "Angle Format Settings", which is explained in today's AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks.

Please note that the images in this AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks represent the Units appropriate for my work area and project requirements. You will, of course, select the appropriate Units for your circumstances.

Now on to the AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks for Angle Format Settings:

  1. Switch to the Settings Tab of the Toolspace and right click on your AutoCAD Civil 3D drawing name. This will bring up a drop-down list of menu items. Select the first option, "Edit Drawing Settings ...".

    Select Edit Drawing Settings

  2. With the Drawing Settings screen now open, switch to the "Ambient Settings" tab and expand "Angle", which is the twelfth property setting down from the top.

    AutoCAD Civil 3D Angle Format Settings

    AutoCAD Civil 3D Angle Format Settings

  3. Now, select in the "Value" section opposite "Format" to choose your Angle Format of either "DD.MMSSSS (decimal dms)" , "decimal", "DD°MM'SS.SS", "DD° MM' SS.SS (spaced)", or "DD°MM'SS.SS (decimal dms)". I chose the last option, of "DD°MM'SS.SS (decimal dms)". Please note that along with setting the Angle "Unit", "Rounding", "Sign", "Drop Decimal for Whole Numbers", and "Drop Leading Zeros for Degrees" to your liking, it is very important to set the Angle "Precision" to match your desired output. For example, with the "Precision" set to "4", as shown, the angle will be output to the nearest second with my chosen "DD°MM'SS.SS (decimal dms)" angle setting (45°22'07" for example).

    Angle Format Settings

    Angle Format Settings, Including Precision

This AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks is brought to you by the Professional Land Surveyor Source, showing you how to use the Angle Format Settings in your AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 drawings.

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