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Introducing AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010

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Two civil engineering experts present a focused, no-nonsense introduction to Autodesk's civil engineering software

AutoCAD Civil 3D is the industry-leading civil engineering software, and this well-structured resource features focused discussions and practical exercises to help you quickly learn its core features. Reinforced with real-world tutorials drawn from the authors' extensive experience, it enables you to become productive in a hurry.

Introducing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 begins with an overview of key concepts and the software's interface, then discusses styles and tools so you can understand the basics of building. After you grasp the concepts, 50 pages of exercises give you actual practice with Civil 3D's capabilities.

  • Includes an overview of key Civil 3D concepts and gives you the interface instruction needed to immediately begin working with the program

  • Features in-depth, detailed coverage of lines and arcs, points, surveying, parcels, surfaces, alignments, profiles, corridors, grading, sections, pipes, and project management

  • Concludes with 50 pages of practical exercises to reinforce concepts

  • Companion Web site includes all files needed to complete the tutorials, so you can compare your work with that of the experts

Introducing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 is the practical reference you need to quickly become productive with Civil 3D.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dear Reader,
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. About the Authors
  5. Introduction
    1. How to Use This Book
      1. What's Inside
      2. How to Contact the Authors
  6. 1. Welcome to the Civil 3D Environment
    1. 1.1. The Civil 3D Interface
      1. 1.1.1. The Ribbon
        1. 1.1.1.1. Tabs
        2. 1.1.1.2. Panels
        3. 1.1.1.3. Menus and Commands
        4. 1.1.1.4. Static versus Contextual Tabs
      2. 1.1.2. Toolspace in Civil 3D
        1. 1.1.2.1. Prospector
        2. 1.1.2.2. Settings
          1. 1.1.2.2.1. DRAWING SETTINGS
          2. 1.1.2.2.2. OBJECT STYLES
          3. 1.1.2.2.3. LABEL STYLES
      3. 1.1.3. Panorama
      4. 1.1.4. Getting Around in 3D
    2. 1.2. Summary
  7. 2. General Tools
    1. 2.1. Interrogating the Model
      1. 2.1.1. Inversing Points
      2. 2.1.2. Analyzing a Surface
      3. 2.1.3. Finding Alignment Information
    2. 2.2. Reporting on the Model
      1. 2.2.1. Generating a Parcel Legal Description
      2. 2.2.2. Generating a Point Report for Alignment Station Offset Data
    3. 2.3. Tool Palettes and Catalogs
      1. 2.3.1. Built-in Blocks
      2. 2.3.2. Creating Palettes with Catalogs
    4. 2.4. Summary
  8. 3. Lines and Curves
    1. 3.1. Drawing Deeds with Lines and Curves
    2. 3.2. Creating Property Lines Using the Line Creation Tools
    3. 3.3. Creating Property Curves Using the Curve Creation Tools
    4. 3.4. Creating Property Lines Using Transparent Commands
    5. 3.5. Creating a Property Line by Best Fit
    6. 3.6. Labeling Property Lines and Curves
    7. 3.7. Making a Segment Table
    8. 3.8. Summary
  9. 4. Survey
    1. 4.1. Establishing Survey Settings
      1. 4.1.1. Setting Equipment Properties
      2. 4.1.2. Creating a Figure Prefix Database
      3. 4.1.3. Creating Description Keys
    2. 4.2. Importing Survey Data via the Wizard
      1. 4.2.1. Establishing a Working Folder
      2. 4.2.2. Creating a Local Survey Database
      3. 4.2.3. Specifying the Data Source Type
      4. 4.2.4. Specifying the Network
      5. 4.2.5. Import Options
      6. 4.2.6. Examining Points and Figures
    3. 4.3. Refining Survey Data
      1. 4.3.1. Importing Additional Data
      2. 4.3.2. Creating and Editing Survey Figures
    4. 4.4. Summary
  10. 5. Points
    1. 5.1. Working with Ground Points
      1. 5.1.1. Importing Points from a Text File
      2. 5.1.2. Creating Point Groups
      3. 5.1.3. Changing a Point Elevation
    2. 5.2. Setting Points for Stakeout
      1. 5.2.1. Creating Points at Parcel Corners
      2. 5.2.2. Creating Points at Alignment and Profile Geometry Points
      3. 5.2.3. Creating Tree Points Along an Alignment
      4. 5.2.4. Organizing Stakeout Points with Point Groups
      5. 5.2.5. Creating a Point Table
      6. 5.2.6. Exporting Stakeout Points
    3. 5.3. Summary
  11. 6. Parcels
    1. 6.1. Converting a Boundary to a Parcel
    2. 6.2. Creating Internal Boundary Segments
    3. 6.3. Creating Lots at the End of a Cul-de-Sac
    4. 6.4. Creating Evenly Sized Subdivision Lots
    5. 6.5. Renumbering Parcels
    6. 6.6. Labeling Parcel Segments
    7. 6.7. Analyzing Parcels with an Area Table
    8. 6.8. Working Through the Plan
      1. 6.8.1. Working with Parcels in Prospector
      2. 6.8.2. Editing and Refining Parcels
        1. 6.8.2.1. Grip Edits
        2. 6.8.2.2. Removing Segments
        3. 6.8.2.3. Parcel Layout Editing Tools
        4. 6.8.2.4. Adding More Internal Segments
    9. 6.9. Summary
  12. 7. Surfaces
    1. 7.1. Surface Building Blocks
      1. 7.1.1. Building Surfaces from Google Earth
      2. 7.1.2. Building Surfaces from CAD Files
      3. 7.1.3. Building Surfaces from Field Linework and Points
    2. 7.2. Refining and Editing Surface Data
      1. 7.2.1. Working with Surface Boundaries
      2. 7.2.2. Modifying the Surface Definition Parameters
    3. 7.3. Displaying and Labeling Surfaces
      1. 7.3.1. Labeling Contours
      2. 7.3.2. Labeling Critical Surface Points
      3. 7.3.3. Labeling Surface Slopes
    4. 7.4. Analyzing Surfaces
      1. 7.4.1. Performing an Elevation Analysis
      2. 7.4.2. Performing an Earthwork Analysis
    5. 7.5. Summary
  13. 8. Alignments
    1. 8.1. Creating Alignments
      1. 8.1.1. Converting from Polylines
      2. 8.1.2. Alignment Creation Tools
    2. 8.2. Editing Alignments
      1. 8.2.1. Grip Editing of Alignments
      2. 8.2.2. Parameter Editing of Alignments
    3. 8.3. Labeling Alignments
      1. 8.3.1. Stationing
      2. 8.3.2. Segment Labeling
      3. 8.3.3. Using Station-Offset Labels
    4. 8.4. Summary
  14. 9. Profiles and Profile Views
    1. 9.1. Creating and Editing Profiles
      1. 9.1.1. Surface Profiles
      2. 9.1.2. Layout Profiles
      3. 9.1.3. Editing Profiles
    2. 9.2. Displaying and Labeling Profiles and Profile Views
      1. 9.2.1. Working with Profile Styles and Labels
      2. 9.2.2. Working with Profile Views and Bands
    3. 9.3. Superimposing Profiles
    4. 9.4. Summary
  15. 10. Assemblies and Corridors
    1. 10.1. Importing a Standard Assembly
    2. 10.2. Customizing Lane Width in a Standard Assembly
    3. 10.3. Building a Road Corridor from an Alignment, a Profile, and an Assembly
    4. 10.4. Viewing Corridor Sections
    5. 10.5. Building a Finished Ground Surface from a Corridor
    6. 10.6. Observing the Dynamic Reaction of the Corridor Model
    7. 10.7. Summary
  16. 11. Sections
    1. 11.1. Sampling Section Data along an Alignment
    2. 11.2. Creating a Section View
    3. 11.3. Labeling Pipe Crossings in a Section View
    4. 11.4. Creating Multiple Section Views
    5. 11.5. Analyzing Construction Materials by Section
    6. 11.6. Summary
  17. 12. Grading
    1. 12.1. Working with Feature Lines
      1. 12.1.1. Creating Feature Lines
      2. 12.1.2. Modifying Feature Lines
        1. 12.1.2.1. Modifying Horizontal Data
        2. 12.1.2.2. Modifying Vertical Data
    2. 12.2. Working with Grading Groups
      1. 12.2.1. Creating a Basic Grading Group
      2. 12.2.2. Creating a Grading Group Surface
    3. 12.3. Working with Composite Surfaces
    4. 12.4. Summary
  18. 13. Pipes
    1. 13.1. Creating a Sanitary Sewer Pipe Network
    2. 13.2. Drawing a Sanitary Sewer Network in Profile View
    3. 13.3. Creating an Alignment from Storm Drainage Network Parts
    4. 13.4. Labeling a Pipe Network in Profile View
    5. 13.5. Showing Pipe Crossings in Profile View
    6. 13.6. Creating a Dynamic Pipe Table
    7. 13.7. Editing a Pipe Network
      1. 13.7.1. Editing a Pipe Network Using Grips
      2. 13.7.2. Swapping Parts
      3. 13.7.3. Adjusting Sump Depth via Structure Properties
      4. 13.7.4. Adjusting Sump Depth
    8. 13.8. Summary
  19. 14. Projects
    1. 14.1. What Are Data Shortcuts?
    2. 14.2. Publishing Data Shortcut Files
      1. 14.2.1. The Working and Data Shortcuts Folders
      2. 14.2.2. Creating Data Shortcuts
    3. 14.3. Using Data Shortcuts
      1. 14.3.1. Creating Shortcut References
      2. 14.3.2. Updating and Managing References
        1. 14.3.2.1. Updating the Source and Reference
        2. 14.3.2.2. Managing Changes in the Source Data
        3. 14.3.2.3. Fixing Broken Shortcuts
        4. 14.3.2.4. The Data Shortcuts Editor
    4. 14.4. Summary
  20. A. More Exercises for Exploring AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010
    1. A.1. Lines and Curves
      1. A.1.1. Making a Curve by Best Fit
      2. A.1.2. Making a Parabola by Best Fit
      3. A.1.3. Performing a Map Check
    2. A.2. Surveying
      1. A.2.1. Remove Elements from a Survey Network Style
      2. A.2.2. Editing a Figure
      3. A.2.3. Exporting a Field Book
    3. A.3. Points
      1. A.3.1. Creating Points from AutoCAD Objects
      2. A.3.2. Creating Points from a Surface
      3. A.3.3. Creating Points from a Surface
      4. A.3.4. Creating Points by Incremental Distance and Incremental Elevation
      5. A.3.5. Creating Points by High/Low Point
      6. A.3.6. Renumbering Points
    4. A.4. Parcels
      1. A.4.1. Editing Rear Lot Lines
      2. A.4.2. Replacing Multiple Segment Labels
      3. A.4.3. Replacing Multiple Area Labels
      4. A.4.4. Labeling Overall Distance
      5. A.4.5. Creating a Segment Table
    5. A.5. Surfaces
      1. A.5.1. Creating Surfaces from DEM Data
      2. A.5.2. Simplifying Surfaces
      3. A.5.3. Surface Volume Grid Labels
    6. A.6. Alignments
      1. A.6.1. Converting an Object to an Alignment
      2. A.6.2. Changing the Starting Station
      3. A.6.3. Reversing the Alignment Direction
      4. A.6.4. Editing Individual Alignment Segment Properties
      5. A.6.5. Removing and Adding Alignment Components
      6. A.6.6. Creating an Alignment Table
      7. A.6.7. Creating an Alignment Offset
    7. A.7. Profiles
      1. A.7.1. Creating a Profile Layout by Entity
      2. A.7.2. Creating a Layout Profile from a File
      3. A.7.3. Labeling Stations Along a Profile
      4. A.7.4. Creating Gapped Profile Views
    8. A.8. Assemblies and Corridors
      1. A.8.1. Building a Main Road Assembly
      2. A.8.2. Building a Cul-De-Sac Assembly
      3. A.8.3. Modeling a Cul-de-Sac Corridor
      4. A.8.4. Adding an Interactive Corridor Surface Boundary
      5. A.8.5. Using a Hatch Code Set Style
    9. A.9. Sections
      1. A.9.1. Editing Swath Width of a Sample Line Group
      2. A.9.2. Adding a New Sample Line to a Sample Line Group
      3. A.9.3. Creating a New Section View
      4. A.9.4. Adding a Grade Label to a Section View
    10. A.10. Grading
      1. A.10.1. Working with Feature Lines and Slopes
      2. A.10.2. Creating a Detention Pond
    11. A.11. Pipes
      1. A.11.1. Making a Parts List
      2. A.11.2. Creating a Pipe Network from a Feature Line
      3. A.11.3. Adding a Pipe Spanning Label