Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating sheets, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] We mention for plan and profiles as well as plan only or profile only sheets, really plan production tools in general are a two step process. We have to provide the information of what can fit into the sheet and then we create the sheets. So in our last exercise, we created view frames. It defines what information can fit into the sheet. In this exercise, let's go ahead and create our sheets. So our exercise is 15_02_CreateSheets. And we see the view frames that we created in our last exercise.
Let's go to our output ribbon, our Plan Production panel, and choose to Create Sheets. Now this function will look within the drawing and identify the view frame groups that are available within the drawing. And from that list, we can choose which view frame group we're going to create sheets from. More than that, we can even choose whether or not to create all of the sheets for all of the view frames or choose which view frames we're going to create sheets from. Now we're actually creating layout tabs.
And do you want to create these layout tabs within the current drawing? Do you want to create a brand new drawing and put the layout tabs there? Or do you want to create a new drawing for a certain number of layout tabs? That is the most versatile and gives a really nice feature, especially when we're working with sheets where we may have 40, 50, or even more view frames and therefore sheets we're about to create. And this again goes back to the whole idea of being able to divide and conquer, to be able to manage the Civil 3D information.
The north arrow also will rotate and align itself to the rotation of our plan view. So we choose the correct north arrow to accomplish this, and in this case there's only one block that will accomplish this called North. Now there are some special settings that the CAD manager would have to build into those north arrows to make sure they react that way, that Civil 3D can work with them, so we use the correct north arrow block to align to layouts.
We also mentioned that the information in the view frame or the matchline labels are connected to the sheet set. We're about to create a bunch of sheets, layout tabs. This function, this wizard must connect to a sheet set. So if we have an existing sheet set, we can simply browse and choose where that sheet set is located. In this exercise, we're going to create a new sheet set at the location of our exercise files.
It also provides information of where it's going to create those new drawings if we have new drawings we're going to create, as well as the drawing names that we're about to create. Lastly, we've established the profile styles that we're going to be working in, the view styles as well as the band sets, but there's more information than just that when it comes to creating profile views. Think about what we set in our band sets. We set which profile's profile one, which one's profile two, and we make sure that label sets are correct for our profiles.
We may choose which pipes and pipe networks are going to be drawn and so forth, and so, there's a lot more information than just setting styles when it comes to profile views. We can get that information from an existing profile view. I usually prefer to just walk through the profile view wizard once. If we do it once what we're doing is we're speeding up the process. We're walking through it once to create one, two, three, four, five, six profile views. So it's still a fast process, and a lot faster than if we forgot or missed one of those settings using another method.
So let's walk through our profile view wizard. We're going to just let it set the elevations based upon what it thinks is best in the information shown in that profile view. Here's where we check to make sure we have our label sets, so the bottom one is our propose profile. We have no label set. So we're going to change that to having labels at the top of our profile view. We click Next. We could choose to show a pipe network, but we're going to skip over that in this case.
Click next. Our data band has already been set. Our band set because that's what we selected as part of our view frame group. Here, we're only making sure that profile two is set for our proposed profile. That profile one is set to our existing profile. You could even change, of course, the information being read up. We mentioned hatching before, we're going to skip over that, and lastly, we've seen this multiple plot options when we did multiple profile views in the past.
Layout of whether they're in rows or columns, how many layout before you start a new row, and so on. So I'll go ahead and finish. So the wizard it walked us through is not just the standard profile view wizard, but the multiple profile views wizard. The next section here talks about how we're going to line up the views. This, again, gets back to good CAD standards. Now think about it for a moment. Your plan view may be able to have a large, long curve, and because of that, you can fit in more length in your plan view than in your profile view.
But, generally speaking, you want your profile view to match up vertically, if you drew a straight line or set a t-square on the sheet, you want to be able to pretty much line up and see the plan view station match the profile view station. And it can't be perfect, especially as you get into curvature. So, where do you want to line things up? Do you want to align it at the start, at the center or at the end? I prefer at the start, because, at least at one location, that is clearly evidence everything is lined up.
At the center it's just too hard to identify, and at the end, it's a little confusing. So, lastly, we go ahead and create the sheets to create the sheets we need to save our drawing. So we go ahead and say OK. And even if we're creating a new drawing it still needs an xy location to begin those profile views. So we're going to pick somewhere up here. It walks through, you see it begins to add all of the layout tabs to this drawing. It creates the sheet set. It adds the profile views.
It adds the profiles. If I just regenerate the drawing you'll see that the profile views are there. So let's go ahead and click on one of these sheets. It, of course, takes me to the layout tab for that sheet, as a sheet set usually works. We're just going to move our sheet set off to the screen. Notice it also created a subset. So if this was part of an existing sheet set you'd still be able to find all of the sheets it just created in that subset. What do we have? Well, we have our profile view.
We have our plan view. We see our north arrow rotated straight up, and we see our match lines. Now the match lines, notice how they're reading. They're connected to that sheet set. It says "See sheet 3", because that's the name of the sheet before. Provides information about the match line, and because the match line style has a hatching built in it pretty much hatches or hides anything on the other side of that match line. So those match lines in the Civil 3D styles have a lot of control of how it looks.
Notice here, in this case, the north arrow is rotated. Now does that mean that everything fits? No, you notice we're still going to have to touch every sheet. Our profile views are a little bit tall, so we're going to double-click inside of here and we're going to select our profile view, choose Profile View Properties, and under Elevations, height is the issue. We're going to change those elevations to something more along the lines of just being about 10 feet tall.
Better yet, let's just make it, I'm looking at the maximum here so we'll go 280, so 20 feet tall. And now it fits we just have to move it up, so we unlock, slide it up a bit then we lock it back. So, it's not a complete perfect scenario, but look at how many sheets it created. Six sheets that are almost dead perfect, and then we could just go through and just tweak it a little bit. It really speeds up the process, plus, look at the beauty that we get with our match lines and how they're drawn and connected to our sheet set, ready to go, including adding all of this to our sheet set.
So even with six sheets, this process was much faster than manually creating every one of these profile views, plans, view ports and so forth.
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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