Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Multiple profile views, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Narrator] So far, what we've been working with is one profile view per profile which makes sense, as we're designing we want to see the full length of our entire design in our profile view. It gives us the ability to really make easy edits as we're working with that design. However, as we get closer to plotting, especially on longer linear paths, we just really don't have the ability to plot, per on one sheet the entire view. So, instead of trying to get all of these AutoCAD objects here, we can create views just for plotting and show just the information that will fit to the sheet and we can take advantage of the ability to create multiple profile views really quick.
Let's see how we can do that. I'm going to go ahead and open up our Exercise File 07 10 Multiple Profile Views and in this drawing we have our alignment, we even have our profiles already cut. I look at Tool Space under Prospector under My Alignments, Center Line Alignments, Kinglsey Drive, you notice profiles are already made for existing and proposed or layout, they simply no profile views. So everything's ready to go, I just need to have a means to view it.
So, I come to the Home ribbon, under the Profile and Section Views panel, you'll notice at the very top, there's a means to create a profile view or create multiple profile views. Let's select this option. So very similar to the wizard that we've already walked through for creating a profile view that allows us to select the alignment and the style, but each page is slightly different. For example, the station range may still be automatic, but what is the default length of each view? We're about to create multiple views, so we're going to say 500, what about the height? The height may vary between the different views because minimum and maximum elevations may be different that's shown specifically in that view, and so automatic still works, but notice it says varies because it may be different elevations.
We have the ability to choose not to draw or draw these different profiles, but let's just confirm one thing here, for our proposed layout profile, we do want a profile label set. Notice the current label set is no labels and that's appropriate for our surface profile, we don't want to show grade breaks at every location, but for our layout profile, I'm going to go ahead and click and tell it to go ahead and show those labels along the top based upon that label set.
Next, we're going to have our data bands and we're going to choose a band set called Stations and Elevations, that of course, is pretty much what we created in our elevations and stations, our profile view band exercise, and remember the key here is to make sure that our profile two is set to our layout profile. Doesn't really matter for both of them, but I usually go through and go ahead and set both of them. Click next, we haven't done Hatch Options and we're not going to look at them, but very neat little feature where we can actually colorize or even show different patterns depending on whether one profile's above or below another.
This last page of our wizard is specific to multiple profile view creation. As we create these multiple profile views, how much space do you want in between them? Horizontally and vertically. Where do you want to start? As we create these, we're asked to pick a point, do you want to start in the lower left, top left, top right, something similar. Since most of the time we're creating single profile views, it's lower left, I like lower left. How do you want to create these profile views? As we create multiple ones, are we going in rows or are we going in columns? Another words, do you want to lay them out horizontally or do you want to lay them out vertically? Once we reached four in a row horizontally, it will start a new row and add additional ones as well.
So, a lot of layout controls here just because we're dealing with multiple profile views. I'd say go ahead and create profile views here, I chose lower left so it's asking for a lower left corner and it creates three profile views. The power of these profile views, of course, is we have the elevation labels on each side, all of the settings here and we chose the wrong style for our profile views, we'll change them in a minute, even the labels are smart enough, because of the style views, to pick up when we cut a curve in the middle between the two views.
So, notice I did set the wrong style for the profile views, see how I have station labels on top of one another? And so I'm going to close my tool space and I'm going to select my three views and quickly change all of them using my Properties palette and so the style for all three currently is full, we're going to choose four bands, hit Escape, and we see how all of them have been correctly updated, so a lot of different ways that we can show our profile views, I love this ability to have multiple profile views, what we're going to see later is the ability to have these views automatically created for us, not just the views, but even the sheets for plan and profiles.
Now notice some of these may still be truncated, for example, this curve is not shown, but you can go back on any one of these views under Profile, View Properties, make adjustments to the horizontal stations start and end or even the elevations such as 730 to maybe 750 and so you can make these adjustments as well for each one of these to make sure that all of the information is shown. Whatever works to get the information shown in a way that is appropriate for your sheets.
All of this is very editable at any time even with a single profile view, we could go back and change the elevations or the stations that those views would be shown at.
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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