Best tips for Civil 3D productions

How would you like to be more productive with the tools you already have.  Well you can, simply by using these few great tips below.

Civil 3D is a great design tool.  In fact it does a great job of “drafting” while the design is being established.   Here are a few tips to help you be more productive and you bottom line look even better.

1st in Best tips for Civil 3D productions,  Right click is your friend!   Yes, you heard me  in Civil 3D, at almost any time you can right click the mouse to bring up menus.  These will most often be shortcuts and are of course quicker than clicking your way through the ribbon menu system.

2nd in Best tips for Civil 3D productions,  Which brings me to point number two, the ribbon is a great thing, and its dynamic abilities will have you at the required menu quickly.  Simply by selecting a C3D object, you can get to the menus of all things possible/useable for that particular object.  So the tip here is “Dont turn the ribbon off”.

3rd inBest tips for Civil 3D productions, Use Styles (not layers) to hide Civil 3D objects.  When freezing and thawing layers to hide a Civil 3D object, you run the risk of turning off other objects or “pieces” of objects.  This could be a problem when you suddenly realize you cant see those points (because they happen to be on the same layer your alignment was on).  The problem arises when you try to figure out which layer(s) you froze or turned off.  This could take a while.. not only that but when you turn the layer back on, you may have more on than you wish which could take you a while to figure out how to solve this problem.  The tip here is to have an invisible style for everything Civil 3D.. IE: surfaces, alignments, corridors, sections etc.

4th in Best tips for Civil 3D productions,  Use the Object Viewer for data validation or data integrity.  You can try this by selecting a surface , “Right Click” (see tip one) and select “Object Viewer”.  The tip here is to rotate the surface to a side view, this will show quickly any problem areas such as an erroneous elevation on a point causing a spike, or an entire area too high or too low due to a survey mistake.

5th in Best tips for Civil 3D productions, Use Civil 3D labels whenever possible rather than placing normal AutoCAD text.  This is a two fold tip, first the labels will regenerate to the proper text height in any viewport scale.  You can try this yourself by changing the scale on a viewport, regen the viewport (or regenall) and watch the text height go back to the correct size.  The second part of this is just as powerful, that is that Civil 3D labels are dynamically linked to the object they are created from.  Try this by placing a bearing and distance on a parcel line, or a point elevation on a surface.  Now when the line or surface is changed, the label will change as well.  This happens with EVERY Civil 3D label, and will NOT happen if you simply put text on the drawing indicating the bearing and distance, or the elevation.

Larry Young



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