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Geolocation Ribbon Tab in Civil 3D 2014

Good post by Brian Hailey.

Civil 3D Plus

Note from Brian: Something new in the 2015 release. The images plot. HERE

So AutoCAD 2014 has this cool new feature called Live Maps and Geographic Location (basically, AutoCAD now owns the coordinate systems for Civil 3D and Map 3D). When a coordinate system is assigned to the drawing, you get a new tab on the ribbon allowing you to display an aerial map, a road map, and do some cool stuff.

The problem is, this isn’t in Civil 3D 2014 at all. Here are the steps to add this ribbon tab to Civil 3D 2014.

HERE is a video showing the steps

  1. Open AutoCAD 2014. This can either be AutoCAD 2014 or Civil 3D 2014 as AutoCAD 2014.
  2. Go into the CUI (Customize User Interface) dialog box (type CUI at the command line).
  3. In the CUI, go to the Transfers tab and create a new CUI file.

     

  4. Drag…

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Geolocation Ribbon Tab in Civil 3D 2014

Good post by Brian Hailey.

Civil 3D Plus

Note from Brian: Something new in the 2015 release. The images plot. HERE

So AutoCAD 2014 has this cool new feature called Live Maps and Geographic Location (basically, AutoCAD now owns the coordinate systems for Civil 3D and Map 3D). When a coordinate system is assigned to the drawing, you get a new tab on the ribbon allowing you to display an aerial map, a road map, and do some cool stuff.

The problem is, this isn’t in Civil 3D 2014 at all. Here are the steps to add this ribbon tab to Civil 3D 2014.

HERE is a video showing the steps

  1. Open AutoCAD 2014. This can either be AutoCAD 2014 or Civil 3D 2014 as AutoCAD 2014.
  2. Go into the CUI (Customize User Interface) dialog box (type CUI at the command line).
  3. In the CUI, go to the Transfers tab and create a new CUI file.

     

  4. Drag…

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PDF to DWG Convertor

Attaching PDF’s to drawings can be somewhat of a pain.  For one, the performance with panning and zooming is horrible.  Wouldn’t it be nice to convert these PDF’s back to a DWG?  Well there are programs out there to accomplish this. 

Once the PDF is converted back to a DWG, you can then edit linework and text as well.  Most of these programs are fairly inexpensive.  I have been introduced to a website that will convert these files for free!!

Some of its distinct features are:

– High quality conversions with lines, arcs, scale presets and texts preserved, and no need for further touch-ups.

– Files of up to 40MB can be uploaded and converted quickly.

– All uploaded user data, including emails, is deleted in accordance with their privacy policy.

– Everything is free – they support their selves via ads on the homepage (please, don’t be confused by them).

You can start today by clicking here.

New Feature in Civil 3D 2014: Apply Vertical Closure Between Surface Automatically in Quantity Take-off Calculations

Being Civil has blogged about another new feature in Civil 3D 2014.  Keep in mind, that the closure between the surfaces does NOT affect the actual surface.  It’s only for the QTO calculations.  You can read more about it here.

Why is My Linework Gray?

I ran across a drawing that had red lines in it and some of them, plus some of the text was gray.  The linework and text were on their own layers and all of the properties were set to BYLAYER.  I banged my head on the wall for hours trying to figure this out.  A friend of mine, the one that had this problem, figured out what the issue was.  But I was on the road and couldn’t do much about his “fix”.  So the next day I sat down and went at it again.  Turns out that in my Map Task Pane, if I unchecked Default, the lines showed up correctly. This must have been a drawing that was converted from a shapefile.  See below…

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Gray Lines