Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating view frames, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] So far, everything we've looked at within Civil 3D, the features are just amazing when we're able to look at them in 3D. The object viewer is really neat once we get it mastered. And we can query the information, we can get analysis, we can even have information stored with it beyond just the model. It also provides, such as what we say with the pipe networks, roughness coefficients, and pipe materials, and so forth. Well, ultimately comes back to being able to quickly create our printable sheets.
And so, we're going to look at the plan production tools within Civil 3D. Let's go to our first exercise, 15_01CreateViewFrames. And now, because we're creating information that's going to be outputs, printed, we're going to be working from the output ribbon in Civil 3D. And on the far left we have a panel called Plan Production. In the Plan Production panel there is a section for Create Section Sheets. Now, we've already seen how to automate creating the sheets ready to print in model space.
And so, this simply just takes that information and creates the layout tabs of that information. And so, we need all that information, those group plots, those multiple section views laid out to run this function. We're going to focus more on the Plan and Profile creation tools, creating those sheets ready for production and printing. It's a two step process. We have to create the views that we can fit, and gives us an ability to make some edits, and then actually create the layout tabs.
So, let's create our view frames. We're going to choose the longest alignment here to give us the best view or understanding of what we're working with. Of course, it's going to go the entire length, but we could specify just a portion of that alignment. Now, what we're creating is a view frame or collection of view frames. These view frames must have a linear path to be applied, to be able to be created. So, as we've seen with many other objects that are connected to a linear path, view frames and the group that their part of are a child of an alignment.
When it comes to being able to understand what fits within each sheet, we have to first provide it what kind of sheet we're going to create, and then similar to when we created our multiple cross sections, it's going to read information about a view port scale and other things from a layout tab to know whether or not to put the plan on top or the plan on the bottom, and so forth. So, it's simply needing to know where that template is. So, first the sheet type.
We're going to use Plan and Profile, but this is pretty neat. We can also set up a view frame group or a collection of view frames for our plan sheets. That way our signage and striping, our right of way acquisition, all of these other sheets, they all have the same match lines and same views for each sheet. But we're going to do plan and profile, and we're going to choose the template that comes shipped out of the box. And Civil 3D comes with a direct Plan Production within this template directory from Civil 3D or Autodesk.
And inside we have a template called Civil 3D Imperial Plan and Profile, and from that here are all the layout tabs that have Plan and Profile information within that drawing. We're going to choose ARCH D Plan and Profile 20 Scale. From there, it continues to ask us additional information to figure out what can fit within the views. For example, generally speaking, we are going to place views often times where the alignment starts on the left and works its way across the plan to the right, so the low station on the left to the high station on the right of the sheet.
These cases, most times, north doesn't matter. We're following the linear path of our design. But if north does matter to you, you can choose to rotate to north. And of course, that will increase the amount of sheets as more information cannot be shown as much as along the alignment. We also added a little feature here to make sure that we have not just the edge of the alignment when we start, but a little bit of fluff. We're able to see the adjacent right away and other information that alignments start.
View frames are stored in a group, and so we're creating a group which is a Civil 3D object. So, it must be named along with view frames that are Civil 3D that must be named and have styles associated to them. Civil 3D view frames are nothing more than fancy rectangles. I'm not too worried about the style. We do have enough information to know that they're view frames and to work with them. Beyond view frames, we're actually creating the match line locations for our sheets as well in this wizard.
To me, this is the key of why plan production tools are so useful. Being able to have the Civil 3D objects that are connected as match lines to speed up that process of match line labeling as well as connecting them to sheet sets and some other visual controls as well. Now, when we place these match lines do you want the match line to be placed at 13 plus zero one, or do you want them to be nearest a more round number? In our case, we chose a more round number at 50.
It's either 1300 or 1350. But we also want a little bit of overlap just in case that round number is not close enough, we do have some overlap built in. The match line is a Civil 3D object, so it goes on a layer coming from the object layer settings of our drawing settings, the name of the match line, and the Civil 3D style. There's also labels applied. We talked about the fact they're tied in to a sheet set. These labels are the most unique in Civil 3D in the sense that they are able to be linked to an AutoCAD object such as a sheet set.
Go ahead and click Next. Here we're not only dealing with plan information and how much size and space we have to work with to get the plan information in, but we also have to recognize that profile views can have vertical exaggeration as well as band sets. And so, how much space do you need to fit all of that in? So, it's going to factor all of this information in and figure out how many sheets you need to create a proper plan and profile sheets. So, we say Create View Frames, and you see how many sheets are made or that are going to be needed to get the Plan and Profiles at 20 scale, including the profile views for this road.
Now, these are Civil 3D objects, so if we pick on them, we do have some special grips. We know what the diamond grip is. It means we can move this view frame a long the linear path, in this case, the alignment. The square grips means we can change it's coordinates no matter where it goes. And of course, the grip with a little stick is a grip that we're familiar with in the sense of rotation. Now, we're not going to make any edits to these. But we're going to save them, we're going to use the information in our next exercise to actually create our sheets.
Be ready to print by the end of our next exercise.
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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