Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Projecting objects to profile views, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] There are certain times where we want to show information in relation to our profiles. Information such as maybe the bottom of the creek or the location of a fire hydrant, or something similar to that, on our profile view. And so we can do what's called projection and project these objects on a profile view. Let's see how we can do that. I'm going to go ahead and open and choose the 07_09 exercise project profile view.
In this drawing we find a 3D object. It's very similar to a survey figure it's called a feature line, we'll create those in a later chapter, but we see that it's following, it's actually the water line here. Placed roughly about four feet below the existing grade along the surface at that location. And we want to see its location in relation to our profile here. Now we're following a linear object and applying a linear object along the profile view.
But we can also place features, set objects, like AutoCAD points, blocks, civil 3D points, and so forth and project them onto a profile view as well. To project the easiest thing to do again is the select the profile view you want to project the information on. From the contextual ribbon under the launch pad panel you can choose to project objects to profile view. We select this option that says we'll select the objects to add.
In this case it's this feature line. We can continue selecting additional objects. Once we're done we press enter. Depending on the object we've selected will provide the ability to set different styles or elevation settings. Because we selected a 3D linear path object it's saying I already have a style associated to this feature line. Are you wanting to use it or do you want to set a different one? We also have elevation information already associated with that feature line. But there's a lot of different elevation information you could use instead.
You could use the existing surface at that linear object's path. You could also read an existing profile that's being shown on that profile view and use those elevations as well. And so we can see that we can use an AutoCAD block, take advantage of some of these elevation options, and project those AutoCAD blocks appropriately. Let's go ahead and click okay. You'll see my profile view grow. I hit escape to remove the selection of that profile view and you see the water line now projected onto the profile view.
Now that projection may get a little skewed along the ends as it gets further away from the actual alignment itself, especially like right around here. But it's an accurate projection of the object according to the information in association to its location with the alignment. But did you notice also when I selected that feature line that 3D object, it has diamond grips. We know what those diamond grips are that we can slide an object, or in this case a segment, along a linear path.
The linear path is the station. Meaning it can't change the XY but we can change the Z all day long for all these different locations where we have grade breaks or points along that 3D object. So a lot of power here with being able to project especially the linear objects onto our profile view.
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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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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