Do you need help with AutoCAD Civil 3D?

Need AutoCAD Civil 3D help?

I am in the process of writing about AutoCAD Civil 3D and how it can be used by land surveyors. I will be publishing this in posts on this site, and with more detail in eBooks.

I know that I encountered a steep learning curve in setting up my AutoCAD Civil 3D templates. Did you? Or did you give up- At least in some aspect limiting yourself to what you could do, hoping to be more complete in the future. You may have started with a template supplied with your AutoCAD Civil 3D purchase, and have been creating point styles, point label styles, point groups, description keys, etc. on the fly, hoping to pull it together, sometime. Or does it just seem too complicated to setup and use?

You're not alone. It takes a lot of time to properly configure your templates and investigate how to work with this "new" AutoCAD. If you've started the process, and are working with AutoCAD Civil 3D (at least a little), you are well aware that this is not your mother or fathers Land Desktop. No Toto, we are not in Land Desktop Kansas anymore!

What AutoCAD Civil 3D problems are you experiencing?

I know the problems I had. I struggled at first, just like many of you have. But I kept with it, rolling with the punches and now I find that using AutoCAD Civil 3D for land surveying is an improvement over Land Desktop, or prior versions. It is a better land surveying solution and provides time saving opportunities (after proper setup), not the least of which is its ability to dynamically update your data.

I know what problems I encountered and the solutions I created, but I also want to know what AutoCAD Civil 3D problems you are experiencing so that I can cover these issues, too.

Ask not what you can do for yourself. Ask what you can do for land surveyors using AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Please add your comments describing the problems you are having implementing and using AutoCAD Civil 3D. It could be anything; template setup, working with point groups, importing and editing electronic field books, setting up and using survey databases, or creating and using surfaces, to name a few.

Whatever the issues, share a little and you can help someone else, maybe saving them some time, money and aggravation. Of course, if I have an answer to your problem, I'll be happy to pass it along.

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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