Points from GPS Unit in Lat and Long

I got a call the other day from a customer that was using a GPS unit and his .csv file was in Lat and Long Decimal Degrees.  He wanted to bring in the points to Civil 3D.

He brought the points into Civil 3D using the “out of the box” point file format XYZ.  The point came in almost on top of each other.  I reviewed the .csv file and saw that the points were in Lat and Long decimal degrees with a (-) negative Longitude.

Anyway, to make a short story long, what needed to be done was to create a new point file format and transform the points into State Plane coordinates.

Below is a video I created on how to succeed in doing this.  Click on the image below to be directed to the video…


Make sure when you press the play button, you select the option for Full Size so you can view it in Full Screen Mode.
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Autodesk Design Review Now in the Android Market

DRAutodesk has released Design Review for the Android operating system.  This works for Android phones and tablets.



You have the ability to view and markup drawings on the fly.

Some of the features include:

  • Open and view 2D and 3D DWF files from your Autodesk Cloud documents account
  • Use multi-touch gestures to zoom, pan, and rotate drawings
  • View metadata and other details about elements within your technical drawings
  • Use simple redlining and intuitive markup tools to communicate changes
  • Add text or comments using familiar callouts

Design Review requires Android 2.2 or higher in order to run.

Download Design Review for your Android by clicking on the image below…


R.I.P. Land Development Desktop

For all the LDD users out there, be prepared to put your software to rest. 

As of March 23, 2012, Land Development Desktop will be retired for good!!  I strongly recommend getting upgraded before this date.  You can get upgraded to Civil 3D for a really cheap price.  After March 23, 2012, you will pay a significant amount more to upgrade.

There are several videos out there to help you with your transition to make it smooth and painless. 

Removing All Autodesk Products from Windows

Some of you may know how much of a pain it is to uninstall Autodesk products from your Windows system.  It leaves behind folders and registry keys which may cause problems when reinstalling the products back on your machine again.

Autodesk has provided a great walk-through on getting rid of all Autodesk products from your Windows operating system.

The solution to this can be found here, or you can go to www.autodesk.com and type TS45252 in the search bar.

Plot Not Showing Existing Contours

I have been getting several calls lately where customers are claiming that when they go to plot their drawing, the existing contours don’t show up in the preview, or the plot.

Ever heard of Level of Detail?  This is a new feature of Civil 3D 2012.  This feature controls the amount of detail used to display surfaces.

If this feature is turned on, then your existing contours will not show up in your plots or plot previews.  So, in order for it to show up, you must turn your Level of Detail off.

This is located on the View tab of the Ribbon, Views panel…

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You can also tell if the Level of Detail is on by the symbol located by the Visual Styles Control as shown…

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Keep in mind, this is exclusive to Layouts.  If you print in model space, it’s fine.  This only happens in paper space.

Have a great rest of the week!!