Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Profile view bands and band sets, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] So far, we've created a very simple profile view. Let's take advantage of the ability to add additional information in connection with that view in what's called a profile view band. Let's go ahead and open up our exercise, 07_08 ProfileViewBands, and in this exercise, you'll notice my profile view is a very simple profile view. Along the bottom, it simply provides information about the stationing. Oftentimes, we're used to seeing more than just the stationing.
We're used to seeing at every major station location the elevation of the existing and proposed profile. That might just be something we're used to. We can build that and add that to our profile view in connection with a band. Let's go ahead and select our profile view and make some adjustments. We go to our profile view properties, go to the Bands tab, and notice the different types of bands that you can add.
We're used to adding profile data, existing and proposed profile elevation information, or something similar. You can also add vertical geometry, so you can show in the band a very simple presentation of the layout profile's geometry that may be more exaggerated in the view itself. You can show horizontal geometry. Again, the horizontal geometry would be somewhat truncated, or just providing a graphic, showing the direction of the line or, more importantly, the curve, if the curve's to the left or to the right.
Super elevation data. This is very powerful. It allows you to see along your profile view, your critical points as your super elevation may adjust, and how it's connected with your profiles. You can show all these different types of information in a band, and we're going to focus in on simply is the profile data band type. Depending on the profile data band type, of course, you have many different styles. We're going to choose to provide a style called IM Elevations and add it in.
It works very similar, of course, to our label sets that we've worked with alignments and profiles. I've chosen to add a profile data. It says, "Alright, "tell me the profile that we're going to use "for profile one "and which labels to add." Now, because I have the style set up to provide a label only at every major station, it doesn't matter which one of these is checked or unchecked in this case. What matters, though, is which profile is profile one and which one is profile two.
Now, by default, and generally speaking, the way that you'll find auto desk templates out of the box and most companies' templates is profile one is often referring to the base or existing profile, whereas profile two is referring to the proposed or comparison profile. We're going to leave profile one at EG, click OK, but we still have to set profile two from EG to being our layout profile.
Now, that provides elevations. What we really want, though, is to not just provide elevations, but we want the stationing to show up below this. We're going to add another profile data band type using the style IM Stations. Now, because this style is only associated to alignment stationing, it really isn't picking up profile data. We just use this band type to have a style for this set up. We're going to go ahead and add that in, and again, since it's alignment information, I really don't care about profile information.
We add that in. We have our elevations; we have our stations and so forth. I click OK, and we see we have all the information. We have our existing and finish grade associated to our profiles. They're placed every major station. We have our stations below it. Everything works well, with one exception. First off, there's some spacing here. We really want everything to be flushed to the bottom. If we put everything flushed to the bottom, we really don't want these stations here, because then they'll run right into our band, and so we need to make some additional adjustments.
Let's go back to our Profile View Properties. The first adjustment we need to make is actually in our information section. We're going to change our profile view style. The profile view style currently has labels along the bottom visible. Now, we don't want labels along the bottom, so we're going to change our style to what's called For Bands 10 times. Our vertical exaggeration will stay the same, but, since it's set up to have bands along the bottom, there'll be no labels. We've changed our profile view style.
Next, we're going to go to our Bands tab again, and notice what we have as one of the options. It says Gap. We're going to change those gap settings for both to being zero. Now, everything will be moved up and will be flushed to the bottom of our profile view. We have a few different additional options here. You can choose whether or not to show the labels at all. You can choose also whether or not the label the start and end station labels.
We'll see some benefits to that, as well as, again, staggering and weeding to our settings. One thing that we may not be used to is the ability to add bands to the top of our profile view. We're so used to seeing them at the bottom. There is the ability to add bands at the top as well. We click OK, and let's see how it's cleaned everything up. Our profile view style is actually changed. Our band has now been moved up. There's no gap for both bands.
One additional item, though, that we want to edit, and this happens often, but the major station 1400 is really close to the end, and so we don't really need to have the end label. It's just a few feet away from the major station 1400. We're going to change the profile view properties one more time. Now, we're going to choose not to label the end station for either one of these bands. We click OK, and what will happen is those end station labels, the one right at the end, goes away, leaving the last major station label in place to provide us enough information at the end of our profile.
Bands are really powerful. You can provide a lot of different settings for 'em, as you saw as we walked through, and so that, also, is a required set that must be applied to a profile view when you're creating it. A label set must be applied to a profile; a band set must be applied to a profile view. Now, just like with a label set with profiles, you can create a band set that has no bands, but you must apply some type of band set.
All of those collections, all of those settings, having them ready to go and just apply the correct set, or collection of settings, really speeds up the process of getting the look and feel just right as we create our design data.
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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