The Infrastructure Tuesdays webinar series is designed by U.S. CAD to help you learn new workflows, tips, and tricks in civil infrastructure. The modules you’ll find below feature topics like Civil 3D Surfaces, Alignments, Surveys, Corridors and more. You will be able to see the tools in action, learn best practices from our industry and technical experts, and compare the latest features of Autodesk civil product releases as they come.
This monthly series is structured in flexible modules. All of the modules start out as live webinars, with presentation recaps and full recordings available. For modules that don’t yet have recordings or recaps, simply bookmark this page or subscribe to our newsletter for updates. Get started now by checking out the Table of Contents below, and choose your first topic.
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Civil 3D: Workflows, Tips, and Tricks
What's New in Civil Infrastructure 2018
What’s New in AutoCAD 2018
The 2018 release of AutoCAD brought several updates including improvements to the technology and performance, user interaction, PDF import features, Text to MText enhancements, and External References features. Read more about the newest features in the recap blog post of our recorded Skype chat, featuring CADLearning’s Senior Content Manager David Cohn, and U.S. CAD’s Senior Technical Specialist, KaDe King. Also, watch KaDe King demonstrate her favorite features in the recording below.
What’s New in Civil 3D 2018
Civil 3D 2018 brought new features including design efficiency updates, production efficiency updates, and collaboration & data exchange updates. Read more about connected alignments, creating offset profiles, plan and profile sheet generation and the Infraworks ribbon in the blog post below. Also, watch the newest features in Civil 3D 2018 put to action in the video featuring U.S. CAD’s Solution Consultant, Ron Couillard.
What’s New in Point Cloud Processing, ReCap, and InfraWorks
With the rise of newer data collection methods, such as drones, and software advancements making data more accurate and easier to work with, the barrier of entry for using point clouds is shrinking. In this module, Nick Harper dives into some of the key new features and updates from Autodesk’s 2018 release of Autodesk ReCap, Autodesk Remake, and Autodesk InfraWorks.
Civil 3D Surfaces (Overview)
The basic building blocks for every project in Civil 3D are surfaces. Surfaces are extremely important to the success of your project, and knowing how to create and edit them efficiently can help achieve your project goals faster. In this module, James Lord demonstrates an overview of Civil 3D surfaces including the UI related to surfaces, various objects used to create surfaces, and what type of data is best for surfaces.
Civil 3D Grading
The grading tools in Civil 3D are used to design finished ground surfaces. If you’re a Civil 3D user, you should be familiar and comfortable with the tools for grading objects and corridors. In this module, James Lord demonstrates using feature lines and grading objects to creating parking lots, curb & gutters, retaining walls, and more.
Civil 3D Surveys
In part one of the Civil 3D Surveys module, Aaron Powell demonstrates how to create, edit, and utilize point and point labels in Civil 3D. He also shows the users how to manage their points through point groups and styles. In part two of Civil 3D Surveys module, James Lord explains the “field to finish” process for Survey Database and demonstrates importing field data and building a surface.
Civil 3D Alignment and Profiles
Alignments and profiles are also involved in the foundation for most civil engineering projects. They’re used in civil infrastructure projects to lay out items like roads, railways, runways, trails, and more. Civil 3D users should be comfortable creating both alignments and profiles. In this module, Tim Long shares the various ways to create Alignment and editing them in Civil 3D. Tim also highlights profile surface sampling, layouts, utilities, and labels for Alignments and Profiles.
Civil 3D Assemblies and Corridors
Corridors and Assemblies in Civil 3D are essential when creating items like railways, roads, channels, pipeline rideaway and more. In this module, KaDe King explains what an Assembly and Corridor are, and jumps into the workflow for building both.
Civil 3D Conditional Subassemblies
When designing a corridor in Civil 3D, you have likely had projects end up with a complex corridor model with many regions, each with its own assembly. If you’ve spent time wishing for a way to simplify this process, you’ve been looking for conditional subassemblies. In this module, Aaron Powell explains the two types of conditional subassemblies: ones that target horizontal alignments and ones that targets cut/fill situations. Aaron shows how and when to use each conditional subassembly.
Civil 3D Styles
Styles in Civil 3D dictate what all of your geometric and civil objects look like. With Styles, the user can control the display characteristics versus using Layer Controls in AutoCAD. In this module, Nick Harper highlights best practices and managing Civil 3D Styles.
Civil 3D Project Management
The ability to share your work is crucial for project management in Civil 3D. In this module, KaDe King demonstrates best practices for data shortcuts/references and file management in Civil 3D.
Civil 3D Surfaces (Tips & Tricks)
When working with surfaces in Civil 3D, there are several tips and tricks to making your workflow smoother and more efficient. In this module, Aaron Powell demonstrates how to reduce large surface file sizes, extracting objects, and cropping surfaces. He also covers additional tools like the minimum distance between surfaces, and stage storage.
New Tools and Workflows Between Revit and Civil 3D
There are several new tools and workflows that help with the collaboration between Revit and Civil 3D. In this module, Nick Harper demonstrates coordinating data between Civil 3D and Revit with shared coordinate points, surface importing and importing corridors and solids into Revit.
Getting Started with Annotative Objects in AutoCAD
Annotative Objects is AutoCAD’s ability to take text, dimensions, hatching, blocks, multi-liters, and other objects, and make them scale-able according to the scale factor of the view port or current model space. In this module, KaDe King demonstrates how to get started with using Annotative Objects in AutoCAD.
External References vs Data Shortcuts: When to Use Which?
So you need to reference objects from another drawing in your Civil 3D project; do you use external references or data shortcuts? When do you choose one over the other? In this module, Ron Couillard shares all about the ins and outs of external references (xrefs) and data shortcuts (drefs), some background information on each, and why you should choose one over the other in certain situations.
STB vs. CTB: Can You Have Both?
You may already know that CTB and STBs are types of plot styles—meaning that they can control the way our objects print in AutoCAD. But what you may know is that each drawing created is either CTB-based or STB-based. You must make a choice; you can’t have a drawing that is both. In this module, KaDe King looks at the difference between the two plot style options.
Revit & Civil 3D Shared Coordinates + The New Tool from Autodesk
Do you know how to create a shared coordinate base point between Civil 3D and Revit? The ability to do so used to be a subscription-based add-on, but starting last year, it was built right into the software by default. Every Revit project has internal coordinates for the elements contained in the model, but those coordinates are only applicable to that specific model. In this video, you’ll learn all about how you can use shared coordinates and other tools from Autodesk to ensure all the data you share between Civil 3D and Revit ends up in the correct location in your models.
Tips & Tricks for Developing Styles in Civil 3D
In Civil 3D, “styles control the appearance of drawing objects, labels, and tables. Different styles can be created to represent objects at different approval stages, or to display the right information for different types of users.” In this module, Ron Couillard shares some of general tips & tricks for setting up Civil 3D styles and answers the most common questions he gets from customers.
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