September 17, 2020

A lot of clients we work with use the Civil 3D Parcel tools for layout, particularly their subdivision tools. The dynamic Parcel Creation tools are amazing for 2D layout, and we highly recommend them but there’s another side to the Parcel tools in AutoCAD Civil 3D that...

August 6, 2020

Alignments – we all use them for road layout but we’re not all comfortable, or even familiar with, the Design Criteria tools that go along with an Alignment. Design Criteria let you set basic controls on an Alignment for items like road speed, min/max slopes, passing s...

July 9, 2020

I’ve been working in the Civil world for decades and one of the most frustrating and time-consuming things we all run up against is that moment when the boss asks you to draw above ground items in the profile. We all roll our eyes and groan silently because we know tha...

May 28, 2020

More than just a tool to create multiple lanes in a roadway, we'll show you how you can use the Create Widening tool under Alignments to do layout and design work.

May 7, 2020

A question I get a lot when I’m working with clients to set up their Civil 3D Standards, or when I teach my CAD management classes, is: “Should I use a single Master template or a number of process-focused ones?” In other words, do I put all my styles and settings in o...

March 4, 2020

One of the biggest complaints I hear from Civil 3D users is that the process of designing and building road Corridors is just too difficult. Developing alignments, profiles, assemblies, setting targets, frequency and ranges . . . it’s too much to learn and it takes too...

February 5, 2020

In this vlog, we show you how to draw lines that are tangent to arcs in AutoCAD Civil 3D.

December 10, 2019

Ok, so in Part I of this blog we discussed creating and displaying the volume surface ranges, to get the colored background we want for our CUT/FILL maps. Today, we’re going to talk about getting the depth range labels (both +/-) values and color coding them as you see...

December 3, 2019

A Cut/Fill map is a common requirement for any earthworks project. We want a nice, color-coded, series of depth range (like below) with labels of cut/fill depth for quick reference. It’s an area a lot of us struggle with but it’s actually pretty simple to accomplish on...

October 29, 2019

Corridors. We all know what they do, right? Ask anyone in the Civil 3D world and they’ll tell you: “Those are for designing roads!” Well . . . they’re not wrong, but they’re not right either. Yes, corridors are commonly used for roads but that’s not all they can do for...

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