Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video What are data shortcuts?, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] So far, all the work we've done in Civil 3D has been stored and coming from one drawing. And that's really a powerful feature with Civil 3D, being able to store the information in a drawing, and having that information in a drawing. It makes it much easier to work with. Yet at the same time, these drawings can get out of hand. And it doesn't allow for a team effort to accomplish a project. But to just talk a little bit about getting out of hand, the very first project I worked on with Civil 3D was way back when it was in a preview mode.
And because the project was small, it was less than an acre, I thought, well let's give it a try. Let's go ahead and do a production project in it, even though of course, it was just in preview mode. That project again was just under an acre, we were adding just a little office and parking on an industrial warehouse scenario. It had a little bit of drainage we were tying into. That was it. Because everything had to be within that one drawing, that one drawing got to being well over 30 megabytes, and took forever to open and interact with.
And so, how can we find a balance with having everything in a drawing, and yet being able to work as a team, and having the sizes of the files and the information stored manageable. This is where Civil 3D allows us to share data. And they do that using Data Shortcuts. And so we're going to open up, just start a new drawing. And get a better understanding of where Data Shortcuts reside. If we go to our Toolspace, under Prospector, at the very bottom, at the Prospector, once we have passed our drawing, there's a section called Data Shortcuts.
Data Shortcuts, really, the software creates these Data Shortcuts. And we know what shortcuts are. We have shortcuts on our desktop that point us to the software. And that's exactly what a shortcut is. It's just a pointer that Civil 3D will create. The pointer allows us to reference data, such as a line that sends Surfaces from one drawing into another. And so the shortcuts are created telling us what can be shared, and what is shared. And then we reference that information.
And so oftentimes, you'll hear of Data Shortcuts, but then you'll also hear of D-ref's, which is a shortened version of data referencing. And data referencing works similar to X referencing, in AutoCAD. Except with X references, you're referencing the visual of what the drawing file contains. With a D-ref, or data referencing, you're actually referencing the 3D model data. The Civil 3D data. And so it acts like a real Civil 3D object, that you can stylize it differently, you can label it, you can query it, and you can use all of this information, you can run analysis on it.
However, the actual data for the Civil 3D object, the definition, resides in the other drawing. Now even though it's two steps, we have share, or create a Data Shortcut pointer, and then reference. It gives us a lot more control of what we're referencing. So instead of referencing all the Civil 3D objects within a drawing, we get to choose. It's a powerful means to manage data within our projects. So let's go into our next couple exercises, and see how we can manage and leverage Data Shortcuts so as to reference the data into our drawings.
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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