Emergency AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Compute Volume of Stockpiles

AutoCAD Civil 3D 911

AutoCAD Civil 3D 911


In this AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 series article is available to all site members beginning at the (free) Associate Member level. Some names have been changed to protect the inquisitive. Submit your AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 request using the form at the end of this article.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 911: Emergency AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Compute Volume of Stockpiles?

Jack, submitted an Emergency Civil 3D 911 request asking how to compute stockpile volumes in a mine? While I don't know very much ab

Emergency AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Compute Volume of Stockpiles

Emergency AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Compute Volume of Stockpiles Video

out working in a mine, I do know how to compare two AutoCAD Civil 3D Surfaces and compute a volume. Below you will find a video and step-by-step explanation.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Response

The first things you need, and most land surveyors will have, are two Surfaces: One Base Surface (think existing conditions) and one Comparison Surface, being your stockpile.

Here's my AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 video showing you how to compute the volume of stockpiles:

Step-By-Step Explanation:

  1. As noted above, you need the two Surfaces in your Civil 3D drawing (*see below for more information).
  2. Switch to the Ribbon Analyze Tab, Volumes and Materials Panel, and click on Volumes Dashboard.
  3. Click on the Create new volume surface icon, which opens the Create Surface dialog.
  4. Enter a new name for your Volume Surface, or accept the default values, and then select the Base Surface and Comparison Surface.

*Note: There are a few tips and tricks and alternate scenarios that I'll address in a Premium Post and video. One example is when you only have the stockpile surface to work with.

Submit Your AutoCAD Civil 3D 911 Question

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