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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press

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Learn the leading civil engineering software, fast and in full color

If you need to learn the core features and functions of AutoCAD Civil 3D now, this is the book for you. AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials uses full-color screenshots and tutorials based on real workflows to teach you the fundamentals of this industry-leading civil engineering software. Award-winning instructor Eric Chappell has been using and teaching Civil 3D since its first release, and his to-the-point explanations of crucial Civil 3D topics mean that you'll learn what you need to know quickly and efficiently. In each chapter, you will progress from guided tutorials to open-ended civil projects, and can download before and after project files to check your work or jump directly to the section of the book you need. AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials will have you designing, implementing, and documenting civil engineering projects in no time.

As an Autodesk Official Press book, AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials is approved as a study guide for Civil 3D certification exams. The proven skills-based approach of this guide focuses on enabling you to fully leverage the capabilities of this powerful software. Here are a few of the skills you will learn as you work through this comprehensive book:

  • Working with field survey data, point data, and stakeout data

  • Modeling terrain and boundaries using surfaces and parcels

  • Using profiles, alignments, corridors, and quantities

  • Creating construction documentation and project visualizations

  • Table of Contents

    1. Titlepage
    2. Copyright
    3. Credits
    4. Dedication
    5. Publisher's Note
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. About the Author
    8. Introduction
      1. What’s New in This Book?
      2. Who Should Read This Book?
      3. What Is Covered in This Book?
      4. The Essentials Series
    9. Chapter 1: Navigating the User Interface
      1. Getting to Know the Civil 3D User Interface
      2. Working with the Application Menu
      3. Working with the Ribbon
      4. Working with the Toolspace
      5. Using the Drawing Area
      6. Using the Command Line
      7. Using Panorama
      8. Using the Transparent Commands Toolbar
      9. Using the Inquiry Tool
    10. 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. Appreciating the Richness of the 3D Model
      6. Sharing Data in a Dynamic Environment
    11. 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
      5. Editing Survey Points
      6. Editing Survey Figures
      7. Creating Additional Points
    12. 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
      5. Displaying and Analyzing Surfaces
      6. Annotating Surfaces
    13. 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
      5. Applying Design Criteria Files and Check Sets
    14. Chapter 6: Displaying and Annotating Alignments
      1. Using Alignment Styles
      2. Applying Alignment Labels and Label Sets
      3. Creating Station/Offset Labels
      4. Creating Segment Labels
      5. Using Tag Labels and Tables
    15. Chapter 7: Designing Vertically Using Profiles
      1. Creating Surface Profiles
      2. Displaying Profiles in Profile Views
      3. Creating Design Profiles
      4. Editing Profiles
      5. Using Design Check Sets and Criteria Files
    16. 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
    17. Chapter 9: Designing in 3D Using Corridors
      1. Understanding Corridors
      2. Creating an Assembly
      3. Creating a Corridor
      4. Applying Corridor Targets
      5. Creating Corridor Surfaces
    18. Chapter 10: Creating Cross Sections of the Design
      1. Using the Section Editor
      2. Creating Sample Lines
      3. Creating Section Views
      4. Sampling More Sources
    19. 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
    20. Chapter 12: Designing and Analyzing Boundaries Using Parcels
      1. Understanding Parcels
      2. Creating Parcels from Objects
      3. Creating Parcels by Layout
      4. Editing Parcels
    21. Chapter 13: Displaying and Annotating Parcels
      1. Applying Parcel Styles
      2. Applying Parcel Area Labels
      3. Creating Parcel Segment Labels
      4. Editing Parcel Segment Labels
      5. Creating Parcel Tables
    22. Chapter 14: Designing Gravity Pipe Networks
      1. Understanding Gravity Pipe Networks
      2. Creating Gravity Pipe Networks
      3. Editing Gravity Pipe Networks
    23. Chapter 15: Designing Pressure Pipe Networks
      1. Understanding Pressure Pipe Networks
      2. Creating Pressure Pipe Networks
      3. Editing Pressure Pipe Networks
    24. Chapter 16: Displaying and Annotating Pipe Networks
      1. Displaying Pipe Networks Using Styles
      2. Annotating Pipe Networks in Plan View
      3. Annotating Pipe Networks in Profile View
      4. Creating Pipe Network Tables
    25. Chapter 17: Designing New Terrain
      1. Understanding Grading
      2. Understanding Feature Lines
      3. Creating Feature Lines
      4. Editing Feature Lines
      5. Understanding Grading Objects
      6. Creating Grading Objects
      7. Editing Grading Objects
    26. Chapter 18: Analyzing, Displaying, and Annotating Surfaces
      1. Combining Design Surfaces
      2. Analyzing Design Surfaces
      3. Calculating Earthwork Volumes
      4. Labeling Design Surfaces
      5. Appendix: AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2015 Certification
      6. End-User License Agreement