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AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 Essentials: Autodesk® Official Training Guide: Essential by Eric Chappell

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Displaying and Analyzing Surfaces

images Because you're working with a surface object in Civil 3D, you can do much more than simply show contours. Civil 3D surfaces are able to help you tell many different stories about the shape of the land and how water will flow across it. They are able to do this through multiple types of analyses as well as the ability for styles to display analysis results in nearly any way you wish. With these tools at your disposal, you will be able to study the terrain thoroughly and make smart choices about the direction of your design early in the process.

Analyzing Elevation

Elevation analysis allows you to delineate any ...

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