Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing survey data, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] You can import points straight into a drawing from an external file simply from the Insert ribbon, Import panel, Import Points from File. What we're going to focus in on, though, is importing point data not just into the drawing, but into a survey database. We're going to open up our importing survey data file. It's a blank file, and we're going to go from our Home ribbon, Create Ground Data panel, and we're going to choose to Import Survey Data.
Now, you could choose it from here, but you also see there's an entire Survey ribbon as well that's available to us. We're going to choose to use the Import from the Home, Create Ground Data panel, Import Survey Data. First of all, we have to create a new survey database. The database we'll name Lynda.com. We can edit the survey database settings, such as whether or not there's a coordinate zone assigned.
Now remember, we're not working with a drawing, we're working with establishing the coordinate system for a database. If the coordinate system for the database does not match the drawing, the import process will handle some translation for us. Let's go ahead and set that. We're working in Georgia in the United States, we're going to choose U.S.A., Georgia, and we're going to choose the East Zone US Foot, NAD83 here,and click OK.
Once I do, of course, the distance linear controls are grayed out to be in USA foot. You can set other controls here within your survey database settings as well, and really help bring the information into the drawing and really store it in the database effectively. We click OK, choose Next, and then, there's four different types of information that you can import, including the points that are in the drawing.
Remember, we're creating the points in the database. Having them brought into the drawing is just an afterthought, so to speak. We're going to be working from a point file, though. I'm going to add the file that we're going to import, and we're going to choose it from our exercise files here in chapter three, our survey data. It's a text file, but there's all kinds of different text or survey import files that you can work with. It brings it in, and then tries its best to guess what the format of the file is.
The format of the file is actually point number, then the northing, then the easting, then the elevation, then the description, and all of this is separated by commas within that file. I'm going to select this proper file format, and we get a nice preview here of the points. I go ahead and click Next. The network is more connected with the idea of your traverse, that way you can rotate and make adjustments and elevations to all the points within the network.
But since all the adjustments and rotation and settings were already done for us, we're simply importing that information into our database, we're not going to create a network. Click Next, and here, we can control whether or not to draw line work, whether or not to even import the survey points in the drawing. We're going to choose not to insert the figure objects, and we're going to go ahead and insert the points, though. I click Finish, and again, it's an afterthought.
The points are here, but more than that, if we go to our survey, we find our points are stored in our survey database. We have all the different points that we're brought in. Any drawing we open, we can import those points into that drawing from our database. Just a reminder again, where those databases are stored is important. We want our databases to be not just on our local drive but associated with a project.
We can right-click at any time on survey databases, choose to set our working folder, which would store or change where those databases are created for us when we create our databases for our projects. So make sure you set your working folder, and then begin creating your databases. All of the information for the project is stored here and is available for importation and working with in any drawing that's connected to that database.
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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This course was built to work with the latest release of AutoCAD Civil 3D. If you are not running AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 there are some exercise files that will not work for you.
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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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