Join Dustin Manning for an in-depth discussion in this video Field to Finish workflow, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D: Topographic and Boundary Survey.
To take full advantage of Civil 3D's ability to create automated Line work and a full field to finish work flow, we have to have three things set up. The first will be Description Key Sets. Under our Settings tab, Point, Description Key Sets. What this will do for us is based on the code, we can manually override specific points that match that code to display a certain way. Or even to scale based on a parameter that's stored in the description.
This gives us the maximum flexibility and the quickest way to get our blocks and symbols in the drawing like we'd like. The next part will be the Figure Prefix Database. On our Survey tab, under Figure Prefix Database, What this will do is allow us to take certain lines that Civil 3D will create and put them on certain layers with certain styles. The next part, would be the Linework Code Sets. These are all the special codes that we use when coding in the field.
So if we're going to start drawing a line, we would use the special code of B if we're going to continue from a point we've already taken, we would use Continue, C, and then we could close figures by using CLS. These are fully customizable and very flexible. Once we have these three parts set up, there is usually very little drafting that has to be occur in house. This would take the place of automated Linework that's being created possibly from your data collector, both are very useful and usually work well in tandem as a field crew would want to see what's being drawn in the field.
So, you can utilize Linework created from a data collector, but it does lack some of the flexibility that Civil 3D will give you by setting up your survey database like this. So, lets take a look at how to set up the Description Key Sets, the Figure Prefix Database, and the Linework Code Sets.
- Setting up your survey database
- Field to Finish workflow
- Creating automatic linework
- Creating TIN surfaces
- Adding surface labels
- Working with different data sources
- Boundary survey in Civil 3D
- Drawing and labeling a boundary
- Productivity tips and tricks