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Mastering AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012

Book Description

A complete, detailed reference and tutorial for AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk's Civil 3D is the industry-leading civil engineering software, and this authoritative Autodesk Official Training Guide has been completely revised and modernized to offer you a fresh perspective on this powerful engineering package. Packed with new examples, new datasets, and new tutorials, this book shows how elements of the dynamic engineering program work together and discusses the best methods for creating, editing, displaying, and labeling all of a civil engineering project's elements.

The book features in-depth, detailed coverage of surveying, points, alignments, surfaces, profiles, corridors, grading, LandXML and LDT Project Transfer, cross sections, pipe networks, visualization, sheets, and project management as well as Vault and data shortcuts. Practical tutorials, tips, tricks, real-world examples and easy-to-follow explanations detail all aspects of a civil engineering project. This Mastering book is recommended as a Certification Preparation study guide resource for the Civil 3D Associate and Professional exams.

  • Features in-depth, detailed coverage of AutoCAD Civil 3D, the enormously popular civil engineering software
  • Shows how elements of the dynamic engineering program work together and discusses the best methods for creating, editing, displaying, and labeling all of a civil engineering project's elements
  • Shares straightforward explanations, real-world examples, and practice tutorials on surveying, points, alignments, surfaces, profiles, corridors, grading, and much more

In addition to teaching you vital Civil 3D tips, tricks, and techniques, Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D will also help you prepare for the Civil 3D 2011 Certified Associate and Certified Professional exams.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Credits
  4. Copyright
  5. Publisher's Note
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Authors
  8. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. What You Will Learn
    3. What You Need
    4. The Mastering Series
    5. What Is Covered in This Book
    6. How to Contact the Authors
  9. Chapter 1: The Basics of AutoCAD Civil 3D
    1. The Interface
    2. Labeling Lines and Curves
    3. Creating Curves
    4. Using Transparent Commands
    5. The Underlying Engine
    6. The Bottom Line
  10. Chapter 2: Survey
    1. Setting Up the Databases
    2. Using Inquiry Commands
    3. The Bottom Line
  11. Chapter 3: Points
    1. Anatomy of a Point
    2. Creating Basic Points
    3. Basic Point Editing
    4. Description Keys: Field to Civil 3D
    5. Point Tables
    6. User-Defined Properties
    7. The Bottom Line
  12. Chapter 4: Surfaces
    1. Understanding Surface Basics
    2. Creating Surfaces
    3. Refining and Editing Surfaces
    4. Surface Styling and Analysis
    5. Comparing Surfaces
    6. Labeling the Surface
    7. Point Cloud Surfaces
    8. The Bottom Line
  13. Chapter 5: Parcels
    1. Creating and Managing Sites
    2. Creating a Boundary Parcel
    3. Creating a Wetlands Parcel
    4. Creating a Right-of-Way Parcel
    5. Creating a Cul-de-sac
    6. Creating Subdivision Lot Parcels Using Precise Sizing Tools
    7. Using the Free Form Create Tool
    8. Editing Parcels by Deleting Parcel Segments
    9. Best Practices for Parcel Creation
    10. Labeling Parcel Areas
    11. Labeling Parcel Segments
    12. The Bottom Line
  14. Chapter 6: Alignments
    1. Alignment Concepts
    2. Creating an Alignment
    3. Editing Alignment Geometry
    4. Alignments as Objects
    5. The Bottom Line
  15. Chapter 7: Profiles and Profile Views
    1. The Elevation Element
    2. Profile Views
    3. Profile Utilities
    4. Editing Profile Views
    5. The Bottom Line
  16. Chapter 8: Assemblies and Subassemblies
    1. Subassemblies
    2. Building Assemblies
    3. Specialized Subassemblies
    4. Advanced Assemblies
    5. Assembling Your Assemblies
    6. The Bottom Line
  17. Chapter 9: Basic Corridors
    1. Understanding Corridors
    2. Creating a Simple Corridor
    3. Corridor Feature Lines
    4. Understanding Targets
    5. Creating a Corridor Surface
    6. Performing a Volume Calculation
    7. Non-Road Corridors
    8. The Bottom Line
  18. Chapter 10: Advanced Corridors, Intersections, and Roundabouts
    1. Getting Creative with Corridor Models
    2. Using Alignment and Profile Targets to Model a Roadside Swale
    3. Multiregion Baselines
    4. Modeling a Cul-de-sac
    5. Intersections: The Next Step Up
    6. Using an Assembly Offset
    7. Using a Feature Line as a Width and Elevation Target
    8. Roundabouts: The Mount Everest of Corridors
    9. The Bottom Line
  19. Chapter 11: Superelevation
    1. Getting Ready for Super
    2. Applying Superelevation to the Design
    3. Superelevation Views
    4. The Bottom Line
  20. Chapter 12: Cross Sections and Mass Haul
    1. The Corridor
    2. Lining Up for Samples
    3. Creating the Views
    4. Creating a Single-Section View
    5. It’s a Material World
    6. A Little More Sampling
    7. Annotating the Sections
    8. Mass Haul
    9. The Bottom Line
  21. Chapter 13: Pipe Networks and Part Builder
    1. Planning a Typical Pipe Network
    2. The Part Catalog
    3. Part Builder
    4. Part Builder Orientation
    5. Part Rules
    6. Parts List
    7. Exploring Pipe Networks
    8. Pipe Network Object Types
    9. Creating a Sanitary Sewer Network
    10. Changing Flow Direction
    11. Editing a Pipe Network
    12. Creating an Alignment from Network Parts
    13. Drawing Parts in Profile View
    14. Adding Pipe Network Labels
    15. Creating an Interference Check between a Storm and Sanitary Pipe Network
    16. Creating Pipe Tables
    17. The Bottom Line
  22. Chapter 14: Storm and Sanitary Analysis
    1. Getting Started on the CAD Side
    2. Storm and Sanitary Analysis
    3. The Bottom Line
  23. Chapter 15: Grading
    1. Working with Grading Feature Lines
    2. Grading Objects
    3. The Bottom Line
  24. Chapter 16: Plan Production
    1. Preparing for Plan Sets
    2. Prerequisite Components
    3. Using View Frames and Match Lines
    4. Creating Plan and Profile Sheets
    5. Creating Section Sheets
    6. Supporting Components
    7. The Bottom Line
  25. Chapter 17: Interoperability
    1. Data Shortcuts
    2. Playing Nicely in the Sandbox
    3. An Introduction to Map 3D
    4. The Bottom Line
  26. Chapter 18: Quantity Takeoff
    1. Pay Item Files
    2. Keeping Tabs on the Model
    3. Inventorying Your Pay Items
    4. The Bottom Line
  27. Chapter 19: Styles
    1. Civil 3D Templates
    2. Get Started with Object Styles
    3. Label Styles
    4. Profile and Alignment Labels
    5. Advanced Style Types
    6. The Bottom Line
  28. Appendix A: The Bottom Line
    1. Chapter 1: The Basics of AutoCAD Civil 3D
    2. Chapter 2: Survey
    3. Chapter 3: Points
    4. Chapter 4: Surfaces
    5. Chapter 5: Parcels
    6. Chapter 6: Alignments
    7. Chapter 7: Profiles and Profile Views
    8. Chapter 8: Assemblies and Subassemblies
    9. Chapter 9: Basic Corridors
    10. Chapter 10: Advanced Corridors, Intersections, and Roundabouts
    11. Chapter 11: Superelevation
    12. Chapter 12: Cross Sections and Mass Haul
    13. Chapter 13: Pipe Networks and Part Builder
    14. Chapter 14: Storm and Sanitary Analysis
    15. Chapter 15: Grading
    16. Chapter 16: Plan Production
    17. Chapter 17: Interoperability
    18. Chapter 18: Quantity Takeoff
    19. Chapter 19: Styles
  29. Appendix 2: AutoCAD Civil 3D Certification
  30. Index