Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Alignments, profiles, and profile views, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] As we get into our vertical geometry, it's good to understand the relationship that profiles have with alignments. So, profiles really are the road or whatever the alignment represents. The linear path, if the linear path the Earth was cut at that linear path. And so, you need a linear path defined to create a profile. Now, of course, you have the existing surface, or Earth, at that linear path, and then maybe a proposed at that location.
More than that, to properly show a profile, you need some means to view it. Civil 3D was built on-top of AutoCAD. AutoCAD is really focused on that Cartesian coordinate system. Everything has an X, Y, and Z value. Profiles don't have X Y Z. They have a station and an elevation for each portion of the geometry. And that's really the focus there. A profile is nothing more than station, elevation values.
With additional information if there's any curves. So it needs to recognize where in the AutoCAD model space that station and elevation are showing. And so you need a means to view that profile. Because the means to view that profile is connected with a profile, and because you can't have a profile without alignment, all of the profile elements are children of an alignment. If I go to the Tools space under Prospector, and I look at Alignments here, and look at Centerline Alignments.
We have a couple alignments here, and if I expand out Kingsley Drive, you'll notice the children of Kingsley Drive. For example, Profiles. And it lists the different profiles that belong to Kingsley Drive. It also lists all the profile views. The means to show the profile in model space. Now if I erase the alignment here named Kingsley Drive, and just use regular AutoCAD Erase, all of the children, including the profiles and profile views go away.
Which makes sense. How can you have a profile if you don't have a linear path? But realize the connection as we work through these profiles and the profile views, how everything really is connected. You need an alignment to create a profile, you have to show or have a profile view to view the profile in model space.
This course gets you up and running with AutoCAD Civil 3D. First, instructor Josh Modglin shows how to model a surface, lay out parcels, and design geometry, including the making of horizontal alignments and vertical profiles. Next, Josh demonstrates how to create corridors, cross sections, pipe networks, and pressure networks. Then, he covers working with feature lines and grading objects, and how to share your data. He wraps up by providing an overview of plan production tools.
- Navigating the Civil 3D interface
- Using point groups and description keys
- Importing survey data
- Managing figures
- Creating and analyzing surfaces
- Creating parcels
- Working with alignments
- Working with profiles and profile views
- Working with assemblies and subassemblies
- Creating Basic and Advanced Corridors
- Using an Intersection Object
- Making sample lines, cross sections, and section views
- Creating a pipe network
- Understanding pressure parts
- Creating and editing feature lines
- Creating and editing grading objects
- Sharing and referencing data
Skill Level Beginner
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1. What Is Civil 3D?
What is Civil 3D?4m 43s
2. Civil 3D Interface
3. Establishing Existing Conditions
4. Modeling a Surface
5. Layout of Parcels
6. Design Horizontal Geometry: Alignments
7. Designing Vertical Geometry: Profiles
8. Civil 3D Corridors
10. Gravity Pipe Networks
11. Pressure Part Networks
12. Feature Lines
13. Grading Objects
14. Share Your Data
15. Plan Production Tools
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