Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Workflow best practice, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Now that we've seen how data shortcuts work we've sheen how Civil 3D manages those pointers or files through the working folder and data shortcut projects. We've seen how to create data shortcuts and then we've seen how to leverage and reference that data into another drawing. This is a time to just pause and get a better grasp of how can we leverage that powerful tool within our current company setup. And so we're going to talk about a standard project workflow that you may find.
Now, granted every company's a little bit different. Every project is a little bit different. We're going to look at a general workflow then I want each of you to kind of step back and see how is this workflow utilized within your company already, or how can you leverage this workflow in some form in your company. We're going to start by talking about the design files. Design files really consist of information that is specific to Civil 3D features.
The design files created to have a proposed surface. A design file is created to deal with and handle our road alignments and profiles. We have another design file that handles our storm pipe networks. And we have another one that may handle sanitary sewer pipe networks. Or we may combine some of those together. Those are the design files. Next phase or grouping of files that we're going to be having are linework files. Now these may be named differently in your company but a linework file really consists of only linework, information that is specific to AutoCAD.
So we talk about the alignments and profiles. They are driving or providing us the ability to design our roads. But most of the roads that we're going to draw is still going to be basic AutoCAD geometry: sidewalks, cul-de-sacs, our hatching for different pavements, all of these different things, all of that standard AutoCAD linework the base information. What we've been using as a base for X referencing would be in our linework files. Now, how can you draw the road edges, sidewalks and so forth, without having your alignment referenced, in this case a data reference into your linework file? How could you really understand where the curve is or where your surface is, or where to place your pipe network such as your structures without having your base linework X referenced into your design file? So there is some back and forth here.
Mainly it's your linework or your base common common linework files being X referenced into your design files. Rarely, in some cases as the one I presented, but rarely are you going to see information data referenced back into your linework file. They are kept separate as much as possible because even if the information's referenced into your linework file it's provided as a reference only. Why? Because the third selection of files that you can work with are really what you are going to print.
It's where everything comes together. It gives you the most versatility because with linework files only containing linework we're used to working with that. You X reference the information, you have control of the layers and colors and line types and so forth within each sheet or plot file that you may set up. But you have even more versatility with design data that you data reference into these plot files or sheets. These plot files then we can set different styles, we can label and so even our contour labels we may have contour labels within our grating and drainage, and we have contour labels in our plan and profiles.
This allows for the greatest versatility. And remember everything's dynamic. So once we've added the labels once we don't have to continue to worry about them changing on us. Or having to redo them again. And it really gives us a lot of control because now within our design files because nothing visual is shared only the design itself, we can get as messy as we need to create an accurate design. For example, we may create our surface model, our proposed surface model, using a style where we have quarter foot contours.
We may have spot elevations and slope labels all over the place to make sure that our model is accurate and that we've addressed all the criteria to be in compliance. But once we bring it into the plot file all we're referencing is that data and then we can set it to two and 10 or one and five contours and not have all the labels and so forth that we've been using to create a proper design. So this is pretty much the standard project workflow that you've seen coming from Autodesk as well as many others over the past 10 years or more with really a good system to be able to divide and conquer, even if you're a team of one.
Now could some of this information be combined? Could your design and linework be one file on simple projects? Could your linework and plot files be one file? Could your design files be plot files, maybe working with utilities you have very small pipe network systems and so instead of having a design file that then you have to reference and redraw those profiles again? Sure. But generally speaking you're always going to consider those three types of files or the information and how are you going to divide and conquer in these three different avenues of working with the information.
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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