Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Survey databases, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Narrator] One of the benefits of Civil 3D is that really all the data is kept within the drawing, and then we can link that data, which we'll find out later. Survey data, though, is much more proprietary. Thus, survey data needs to be kept in a separate database. This way, it provides multiple additional options to work with this data. One of the beneficial options is really the ability to automate the linework that's drawn, as you shoot curves, center lines, so forth. So survey data and the means to automate the linework is controlled by many different external databases.
Let's take a brief peek at these different databases. They're found in the Survey tab of our tool space in Civil 3D. We have our survey databases. The survey database would be where the main project data is stored. As you import survey data, it'll be stored in that database, and you see that it's per project. The equipment database is more connected with, let's create one, information such as how you are working, or what equipment you are working with.
So your prism offset, your constant, even your wave constant offset with your ADM and so forth. All of this is found within your equipment database. And so you can control which equipment database that you're working with when you import the survey data. Additionally, you have what are called Figure Prefix Databases and Linework Code Sets. These two different types of databases work with the information that you're importing.
While you're importing the data, you want linework to draw on. If so, how does it know to begin the line, end the line, when there's a curve, and so forth? That's found in the Linework Code Set, and we'll look at that farther and in more detail in a minute. When you get this line drawn, what layer does it go on? What kind of object is it? Should it be stylized, and if so, how? All of that's found in your Figure Prefix Database. And we'll look at that in more detail as well.
But all of these are found externally to the drawing. The location where all of these are found is controlled in our Survey User Settings. And you notice the different paths to each one of these. So if you're setting up a company, or working within a company, these paths may be best set to a network location. And then everyone can use the same survey database settings, the same linework configure prefix databases as well. But all of this is right here in our survey user settings, and this drives our survey working tools in Civil 3D.
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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