Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Labeling alignments: Label set components, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] From the very first alignment we created, we've seen labels automatically being added to our alignment along a range of the station of the alignment such as major stations, minor stations, our PI labels as well as curve geometry labels. How does that work and how do we edit this collection of labels? Let's go to our exercise here, I'm going to chose to open, 0605 align label set.
In this case, our alignment has no labels. So, I'm going to ahead and select our alignment. I'm going to choose to add labels. We're adding labels in connection with the stationing. I'm going to chose to add, edit station labels. The dialogue box opens up our window and all of these different labels can be added automatically as we make adjustments or create our alignment. Major stations, minor stations, geometry point, that's referring to horizontal geometry such as our beginning point, our pc's, pt's and so forth.
Station equations, design speeds. If our design speed changes at all along our alignment profile geometry points, this is powerful. We can select a profile and then the different geometry and it will label the vertical information along our alignment. And then super elevation critical points as well. Very powerful also to have those labeled depending upon the type of alignment and design we're doing. So what we want to do, we're going to add some major station labels.
I select the type and based upon the type we'll make a difference on the different label styles available and we're simply going to chose to add a major station label type using this style. We're going to also add a minor station you see the styles have changed, that's fine go ahead and click add and one more type geometry points and we'll click add. When I choose geometry points, it says which geometry points do you want to label? Not only can we label geometry points, but we can control which geometry points to label.
Again, very powerful. For example, do we really want to label the curve midpoint? Sometimes, we don't even want to label the alignment beginning. We already have an alignment label there at 0+00 and so on and so forth. You can make some adjustments here. Check run, check what you want to label. Click okay. If you didn't get it right the first time, you can always click the three dots and get that selection of geometry points back again. So we have three different types of labels that are going to be added to our alignment, here are the styles applied, we can choose to change those styles simply by clicking that icon.
When we refer to major stations, what is really increments are the major station. When we refer to minor stations, maybe we want our increment to be every 25 feet. In this case, we'll use every 50. So we have some control. If you notice the minor stations are indented. The minor stations really can't be added without a major station there. Ultimately if you're adding minor stations without a major station, you're really adding major stations with maybe a lower increment. What happens is because minor stations are a child of major stations, if they share the same location for a label, major stations win.
More than that, we can apply these labels geometry point stations and so forth, to a specific range on the alignment. Because these check boxes are selected, it will apply automatically to the start and end and go the full length of the alignment, even if it changes. We can manually control and change the station or the label from 0 plus 00 to 10 plus 00 simply by unchecking and typing a different number here.
Then, we can add another major stations label with a different style that picks up at 10 plus 00 and follows along, or 11 plus 00 and so forth. We're going to go ahead and check that it's going to apply to all. Once we've done all of this, then we can actually save a label set and we can name it something like Lynda or linked in. The only difference really between a label set style and a label collection or group is start and end stationing to that information.
So go ahead and click okay and save that label set so I can import it on the next alignment or we can even change our default settings and our feature settings to use that label set. Click okay. Those labels are automatically added now to my geometry. If I change any of the geometry of my alignment, those labels automatically will adjust, they follow that alignment and apply those labels according to an information or type that we have.
Now, in some cases, we may want those labels to disappear. We've already looked at how we can control those geometry point labels. We don't need both labels here, so if I hold the control key down and pick the 0 plus 00 label, it will always pop up and ask me if I want to use the filter. In this case, I'm simply selecting that one label. You remember, we added the labels as a group. If I chose the 0 plus 00 without control selected, I grab all of the labels.
But if I go back and just chose using the control then pick, I only grab the 0 plus 00 and notice in the properties palate, I can chose to set its visibility to 0. I can remove just that label from being visible in the entire label set. You can make other adjustments to these labels such as selecting one of them and even though all of them are highlighted, if I chose to flip the label, it will then only flip that one that I selected.
You can put some one one side, some on another, you can make some not visible and so forth depending on the needs of the edits and the textual conflicts. There is so much power to these labels and making them legible and work for you. Continue to look at the contextual ribbon on any labels that you have selected, and the power with these label group labels using the control key when we pick.
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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