Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Referencing data, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Now that we've shared the data let's see how we bring it into another drawing. How we reference the information in. So I'm going to go ahead and open 14_04_ReferencingData. I'll click Open. Now this drawing is currently blank. It has no information found in the Prospector, but if we scroll down in Prospector we see that the last data shortcut project shows up here in the list. Now let's just make sure that we associate this to our drawing.
So I'm going to right-click and choose to Associate Project to Current Drawing. It says this is the current project. If you don't have Lynda as your current project you can change that. Go ahead and click OK. We know it's been referenced because it shows up here right after the drawing name on the status bar. Now that we have that we have availability to all of the information that's been shared. So let's reference the information we want in the drawing. Simply right-click on any shortcut, say Create Reference, and it will open up and act like we're creating a new surface.
We have the ability to put a different style to it, in this case it's an EG so we're going to do a one and five survey or V existing style. We can even change the layer, and put it on a different layer. Click OK. It doesn't look like anything happens but if I go to Zoom Extents by double-clicking the wheel then you'll see the existing condition's great. Let's go ahead and do the same with Osceola Road. I'm going to go ahead and create a reference. It brings it in, has everything set correctly, I click OK and the surfaces are there.
Now, when we talk about surfaces being here, I expand them out, notice that the surfaces show up in Prospector. They do have a little symbol here that identifies that they've been referenced in, that they don't actually reside in the drawing. They're a data shortcut. Also, if I expand this out, notice there's one level missing here to my surface. There's no definition section. Why? Because the definition resides in the parent drawing.
Let's reference one more item. We're going to reference in Alpha Lane. Now you can just reference in Alpha Lane by creating a reference, or you can choose to reference in Alpha Lane Layout Profile, and in the process, of course, the parent alignment will follow. In this case, we just want the alignment so we're going to say Create Reference, again it walks through. So, notice here too, that our source or parent drawing alignment may not be in a site but we could reference it into a different drawing and it could be in a site in that drawing and interact with parcel segments there.
A lot of power here being able to have information broken out into easily controlled team setups. We could even change the name. So we're going to leave all of these settings alone, click OK. And in comes our Alpha Lane alignment, including the alignment label set. Now we've talked about the fact that they're linked. They act like x-references. How so? Well let's go back and open up the drawing where all of this information is coming from, our source drawing 14_03, and we're going to open that drawing up.
Now let's make a change to our Alpha Lane alignment, and let's get drastic here, so it's very clear. Now, as we make this change, we have a corridor that's going to be rebuilt, intersections and so forth, and we're going to go ahead and save the drawing. And we're going to go back to Reference Data, and it immediately says the drawing's been saved so some things may have changed.
Do you want to synchronize? Think of that phrase synchronize data as "reload" if you use x-refs in a regular fashion. So we're going to go ahead and synchronize. It's going to go through and every single item that's referenced in from a different drawing is going to go back to its source drawing and make sure that it's connected. And we see now this alignment has adjusted. So we're not just making a copy. We don't just have an alignment copy that's an alignment object. It is a reference linked alignment and so it's a great way to really work with information.
This is key to making sure Civil 3D is successful. That we're able to use references, the data shortcuts that we share, work as a team. And even if we're a team of one, being able to manage the information in our files so that our files don't get overwhelmed or too big. We're going to talk about best practice in our next exercise.
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
Some of the exercise files do not properly function.
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.
AutoCAD Civil 3D: Designing Residential Projectswith Eric Chappell3h 11m Intermediate
AutoCAD Civil 3D: Designing Gravity Pipe Systemswith Eric Chappell3h 33m Intermediate
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
- Mark as unwatched
- Mark all as unwatched
Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?
This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.Cancel
Take notes with your new membership!
Type in the entry box, then click Enter to save your note.
1:30Press on any video thumbnail to jump immediately to the timecode shown.
Notes are saved with you account but can also be exported as plain text, MS Word, PDF, Google Doc, or Evernote.