Civil 3D Tutorials

A lot of people request Civil 3D tutorials and/or videos.

Over a course of time, a colleague and I have created several tutorial videos to help you get started using Civil 3D on a daily basis.

These videos are free to view.  Some have sound and some do not.  The ones without sound have callout tips that pop up.

We started these videos when 2010 was released, which they still apply to the current version.  You will notice that some of them are in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The video on the parking lot grading was done in 2011 before they released the service pack to fix the closed feature line issue.

Please feel free to view the tutorials at any time and any place.  When you click on the link below, it will take you to our Screencast site.  Once there, all the videos will be under the video shown on the screen.

You can get to my videos by clicking here.

Happy viewing!!

Uninstalling an Autodesk Product and Windows Explorer Fails to Restart

Have you uninstalled an Autodesk product lately?  I have, and during the uninstall, it prompts you to close Explorer.  When you choose to have it close automatically, it closes, the program uninstalls, BUT Explorer never starts back up.  You end up having to warm boot your machine.

Autodesk has put out a solution for this.  Refer to TS14898448 on the Autodesk website, or follow the link here.

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2012 SP1 SMB V2 Hotfix

Autodesk has released a hotfix for help with the network utilization traffic caused when using Sheet Set Manager files with AutoCAD 2012 based products over a SMB (Server Message Block) V2 network configuration.

This hotfix applies to vertical products as well.

Read about this hotfix and download it here.

LandXML or Insert Land Desktop Project?

An issue surfaced yesterday where a customer of mine exported his LDD surface out to LandXML, then imported the LandXML surface into Civil 3D. The results were that the surface came in being 27’ off south, and 4’ off west.

I had the customer check his coordinate systems in both softwares.  They were spot on.  I also had him check his units.  They were spot on.  Then I had him check the LandXML settings, and they were spot on.

I told the customer to use the Import>Land Desktop (IMPORTLDTDATA) option. The surface then came in correctly at the correct location.  Weird?  Yes, definitely!

I’m not sure what would have caused this.  Like I said I checked all the settings that would have possibly caused this.  So, this is a head’s up for those of you using the import LandXML option. 

Me, personally, recommend using the Import>Land Desktop option when bringing in legacy projects.