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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Essentials

Book Description

The hands-on resource for quickly learning AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013

This Autodesk Official Training Guide features straightforward explanations and real-world, hands-on exercises and tutorials to quickly teach new users the software's core features and functions. Each full-color chapter offers a discussion of concepts and learning goals and includes an approachable hands-on exercise that helps build confidence. The book is filled with full-color screenshots to illustrate tutorial steps and will help you quickly thrive in Civil 3D's dynamic, powerful environment.

This thorough revision even includes access to video walkthroughs of the additional suggested exercises.

  • Shows how to turn survey field data into maps and drawings and create 3D models of existing terrain

  • Covers how to construct 3D road models with the new 2013 workflows, design entire communities using parcels, and create detail models of underground and pressure pipe networks

  • Explains reshaping terrain in 3D with grading tools and design surfaces and how to leverage automation to produce construction documents quickly

This great reference and tutorial also features a companion website with dataset downloads so readers can jump in anywhere--and also compare their work to that of professionals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. Chapter 1: Navigating the AutoCAD Civil 3D User Interface
    1. Getting to Know the Civil 3D User Interface
    2. Using the Application Menu
    3. Using the Ribbon
    4. Using the Toolspace
      1. Prospector Tab
      2. Settings Tab
      3. Survey Tab
      4. Toolbox Tab
    5. Using the Drawing Area
    6. Using the Command Line
    7. Using Panorama
    8. Using the Transparent Commands Toolbar
    9. Using the Inquiry Tool
  5. Chapter 2: Leveraging a Dynamic Environment
    1. Connecting Objects and Styles
    2. Connecting Labels and Label Styles
    3. Connecting Objects to Objects
    4. Connecting Objects to Labels
    5. The Richness of the 3D Model
    6. Sharing Data in a Dynamic Environment
  6. Chapter 3: Establishing Existing Conditions Using Survey Data
    1. What Is Survey Data?
    2. Creating a Survey Database
    3. Importing Survey Data
    4. Automating Field-to-Finish
      1. Linework Code Set
      2. Point Styles
      3. Point Label Styles
      4. Description Keys
      5. Figure Prefix Database
      6. Point Groups
    5. Editing Survey Points
    6. Editing Survey Figures
    7. Creating Additional Points
  7. Chapter 4: Modeling the Existing Terrain Using Surfaces
    1. Understanding Surfaces
    2. Creating a Surface from Survey Data
    3. Using Breaklines to Improve Surface Accuracy
    4. Editing Surfaces
      1. Adding Boundaries
      2. Deleting Lines
      3. Editing Points
    5. Displaying and Analyzing Surfaces
      1. Analyzing Elevation
      2. Analyzing Slope
      3. Performing Other Types of Analysis
      4. Exploring Even More Analysis Tools
    6. Annotating Surfaces
      1. Adding Spot Elevation Labels
      2. Adding Slope Labels
      3. Adding Contour Labels
  8. Chapter 5: Designing in 2D Using Alignments
    1. Understanding Alignments
    2. Creating Alignments from Objects
    3. Creating Alignments Using the Alignment Creation Tools
    4. Editing Alignments
      1. Editing Alignments with Grips
      2. Editing Alignments Using the Alignment Layout Tools
      3. Editing Alignments Numerically
    5. Applying Design Criteria Files and Check Sets
      1. Applying Design Check Sets
      2. Applying Design Criteria Files
  9. Chapter 6: Displaying and Annotating Alignments
    1. Using Alignment Styles
    2. Applying Alignment Labels and Label Sets
      1. Applying Labels to Alignments
      2. Using Alignment Label Sets
      3. Editing Alignment Labels
    3. Creating Station/Offset Labels
    4. Creating Segment Labels
    5. Using Tag Labels and Tables
      1. Creating Tag Labels
      2. Renumbering Tag Labels
      3. Creating Tables
  10. Chapter 7: Designing Vertically Using Profiles
    1. Creating Surface Profiles
    2. Displaying Profiles in Profile Views
    3. Creating Design Profiles
    4. Editing Profiles
      1. Editing Profiles with Grips
      2. Editing Profiles Using the Profile Layout Tools
      3. Editing Profiles Numerically
    5. Using Design Check Sets and Criteria Files
      1. Using Design Check Sets
      2. Using Design Criteria Files
  11. Chapter 8: Displaying and Annotating Profiles
    1. Applying Profile Styles
    2. Applying Profile View Styles
    3. Applying Profile View Bands
    4. Applying Profile Labels
    5. Creating and Applying Profile Label Sets
    6. Creating Profile View Labels
    7. Projecting Objects to Profile Views
      1. Projecting Linear Objects
      2. Projecting Blocks and Points
  12. Chapter 9: Designing in 3D Using Corridors
    1. Understanding Corridors
      1. Understanding the 3D Chain
      2. Understanding the Assembly
      3. Understanding Assembly Insertions
      4. Understanding Corridor Feature Lines
      5. Understanding the Corridor Surface
    2. Creating an Assembly
    3. Creating a Corridor
    4. Applying Corridor Targets
      1. Understanding Surface Targets
      2. Understanding Width or Offset Targets
      3. Understanding Slope or Elevation Targets
      4. Applying Subassemblies That Can Use Targets
      5. Assigning Targets
    5. Creating Corridor Surfaces
  13. Chapter 10: Creating Cross Sections of the Design
    1. Using the Section Editor
    2. Creating Sample Lines
    3. Creating Section Views
      1. Creating Single-Section Views
      2. Creating Multiple-Section Views
    4. Sampling More Sources
  14. Chapter 11: Displaying and Annotating Sections
    1. Applying Section Styles
    2. Applying Section Labels
    3. Controlling Section Display with Code Set Styles
    4. Applying Labels with Code Set Styles
    5. Applying Section View Styles
    6. Applying Section View Bands
    7. Applying Group Plot Styles
    8. Creating Section View Labels
  15. Chapter 12: Designing and Analyzing Boundaries Using Parcels
    1. Understanding Parcels
      1. Understanding Parcel Objects
      2. Understanding Sites
    2. Creating Parcels from Objects
    3. Creating Parcels by Layout
      1. Using the Lot Line Tools
      2. Using the Parcel Sizing Tools
      3. Using Parcel Sizing and Layout Parameters
    4. Editing Parcels
      1. Editing Parcels Using Grips
      2. Editing Parcels Using the Edit Geometry Commands
      3. Editing Parcels Using the Parcel Layout Tools
  16. Chapter 13: Displaying and Annotating Parcels
    1. Applying Parcel Styles
      1. Using Parcel Styles to Control Appearance
      2. Applying Parcel Style Display Order
    2. Applying Parcel Area Labels
    3. Creating Parcel Segment Labels
    4. Editing Parcel Segment Labels
      1. Applying Segment Label Styles
      2. Editing Parcel Segment Labels Graphically
    5. Creating Parcel Tables
      1. Creating Area Tables
      2. Creating Parcel Segment Tables
  17. Chapter 14: Designing Pipe Networks
    1. Understanding Gravity Pipe Networks
      1. Understanding Structures
      2. Understanding Pipes
      3. Exploring the Pipe Network
    2. Creating Gravity Pipe Networks
      1. Creating a Pipe Network from Objects
      2. Creating a Pipe Network by Layout
      3. Drawing a Pipe Network in a Profile View
    3. Editing Gravity Pipe Networks
      1. Editing Pipe Networks Using Grips
      2. Editing Pipe Networks Using Editing Tools
      3. Editing Pipe Networks Using Properties
      4. Editing Pipe Networks Using the Pipe Network Vistas
    4. Understanding Pressure Pipe Networks
      1. Understanding Fittings and Angles
      2. Understanding Pressure Pipes
      3. Exploring the Pressure Network
    5. Creating Pressure Pipe Networks
    6. Editing Pressure Pipe Networks
      1. Editing Pressure Networks Using Grips
      2. Editing Pressure Networks Using Editing Tools
  18. Chapter 15: Displaying and Annotating Pipe Networks
    1. Displaying Pipe Networks Using Styles
      1. Applying Structure and Fitting Styles
      2. Applying Pipe Styles
    2. Annotating Pipe Networks in Plan View
      1. Renaming Pipes and Structures
      2. Creating Labels in Plan View
      3. Editing Labels in Plan View
    3. Annotating Pipe Networks in Profile View
      1. Creating Labels in Profile View
      2. Editing Labels in Profile View
    4. Creating Pipe Network Tables
  19. Chapter 16: Designing New Terrain
    1. Understanding Grading
    2. Understanding Feature Lines
      1. Understanding Sites
      2. Understanding Feature Line Geometry
    3. Creating Feature Lines
    4. Editing Feature Lines
      1. Using Edit Geometry Commands
      2. Using Edit Elevation Commands
    5. Understanding Grading Objects
      1. Understanding Grading Criteria
      2. Understanding Grading Groups
      3. Understanding Grading Objects and Sites
    6. Creating Grading Objects
    7. Editing Grading Objects
  20. Chapter 17: Analyzing, Displaying, and Annotating Surfaces
    1. Combining Design Surfaces
    2. Analyzing Design Surfaces
      1. Using Surface Analysis
      2. Using Hydrology Tools
      3. Using a Quick Profile
    3. Calculating Earthwork Volumes
      1. Understanding Earthwork Volumes
      2. Using the Volumes Dashboard
    4. Labeling Design Surfaces
  21. Chapter 18: From Design to Construction
    1. Calculating Quantities
      1. Calculating Quantities Using QTO Manager
      2. Calculating Quantities Using Sectional Volumes
    2. Creating Individual Sheets
    3. Creating Multiple Sheets Using Plan Production
      1. Creating View Frames
      2. Creating Sheets
  22. Appendix: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Certification
  23. Index