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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Essentials by Eric Chappell

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Chapter 3

Establishing Existing Conditions Using Survey Data

With our tour of the AutoCAD® Civil 3D® user interface and our study of its capabilities behind us, it’s time now to do what we came here to do: use Civil 3D to complete a land development project. To begin to understand the task ahead, let’s imagine land development as creating a sculpture but on a very large scale. If a sculptor were creating a work of art from wood, he or she would probably begin by studying the original piece of wood, assessing its dimensions, shape, and surface features. These elements would all factor into how the sculptor would approach his or her work. A sculptor with some computer savvy might even model the original piece of wood on a computer and plan out ...

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