Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Transparent commands, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Transparent commands are the only commands you'll find in Civil 3D that are Civil 3D specific, that come out of the box with a toolbar type interface. And so you find that transparent commands, by default, on the right side. Now, we may be familiar with transparent commands to some extent. Transparent commands refer to commands that can run within another command. An example, is zoom, you can be in the line command, and then begin the zoom.
Really what you're doing is you're calling the zoom command without ending the line command. Civil 3D transparent commands must be called within another command. Zoom of course can run transparent or not. Transparent commands for Civil 3D must be called. So notice again, I'm in the line command, it asked for the first point, and the transparent commands really provide coordinate control. And we can get coordinates in different ways, for whether it's an AutoCAD command, or even Civil 3D.
So you can provide a coordinate from an existing point using bearing and distance. You can even use Civil 3D objects such as points themselves. Civil 3D points, and you can type in the point number to draw the line from point to point. You can use alignments, or in this case, we're going to use a profile view's station and elevation. So I selected this transparent command, and notice that it starts with an apostrophe and says select profile view. I'll select this profile view, and it says type in the station, we'll do 126.
And it says specify elevation. Notice, it graphically shows me now, I'm snapped to 126. And we're going to type in 253.25, and notice now, my line has begun and it continues and says specify another station. Well I'm done with specifying a station, so I hit escape. I don't end the line command, I'm simply ending the transparent command of profile station and elevation. And notice now, my line has begun using that coordinate of where the profile view currently sits, providing station and elevation.
So very powerful tools, that really are often overlooked, that we can use for regular AutoCAD commands, as well as Civil 3D to identify a coordinate and work with the information using civil geometry or civil objects.
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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