Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video See the working folder and data shortcut project paths, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] So it's Civil 3D is the one that creates the Data Shortcut files, these pointers. It needs some way to manage and control where to store these pointers or data shortcut files. As well as to know which shortcuts to show you so you don't see all of the projects for your entire company. So it does this through a data shortcut project. The data shortcut project really is just a folder or directory that contains a special sub folder underneath.
The special sub folder underneath is underscore shortcuts and it contains of course, special folders under that as well. All of this is stored by controlling the location of the working folder. So think of it this way, your working folder is kind of your server location. Your X drive, your P drive, something of that sort. The data shortcut project is your actual project for your design. And then you have sub folder storing all of these data shortcut files that Civil 3D has created.
So how do you set your working folder? Well, we're in any drawing under Tool Space and you scroll down all the way to the bottom of Prospector and you have a Data Shortcut section. If you right click on Data Shortcuts, here are all the settings that we were just talking about. A data shortcut project folder, we can set a working folder and so forth. Let's set our working folder. And notice we can come to any location and in this case, we're going to go to the C drive and choose Civil 3D projects.
We click OK and our working folder is set. And it immediately finds the very first data shortcut project in that working folder. And you see it applied here. What if we want to change our data shortcut project? The project where our design data is stored in. We can simply right click and set our data shortcut project's folder. And what is going to list here is every single project that you have in that location that has those special folders that Civil 3D is looking for.
So notice I have three data shortcut projects to select from. A project one, project two and project four. We can set any of these as our data shortcut project folder. But if I go to File Explorer, notice that in that same location, there's actually three directories. So skipping over project three because it doesn't contain those special parameters. So just having the folder in that server does not make it data shortcut project folder.
Let's go ahead and select project two here. And notice now this has changed. In brackets, it's set to project two. What though if we want to create a new data shortcut project? We can right click and choose to create a new data shortcut project folder. When we do so, it just reminds us this is where the data shortcut project folder is going to be created in. We're going to name this Lynda and we can give information about this project.
We can even have our company in the project template folder for our company ready to go and say, use that project template folder. And it will create all the standard directories at the same time it creates the Civil 3D required directories as well. In this case, we're just going to create a sub folder or create that project called Lynda. We click OK. That makes it the current data shortcut project ready to store all the data shortcuts we're about to create.
And notice also when I go to File Explorer, there's that location Lynda. If I open that up, notice that special folder underscore shortcuts. As well as all of the information it needs to store those shortcut files, those pointers. So it has the means to now manage and control where it stores those files. Let's go ahead and create those data shortcuts and store the information within this location of what we want to share with our project team.
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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