AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Add A Surface To Blank Drawing / Then Upload DEM Files To Surface

Oct 2, 2012

I am issues with DEM files that I am downloading from the USGS website.I download 24k, elevation for the area I need. I then choose staged 1 second, add a surface to a blank drawing, then upload the DEM files to the surface.

The surface imports correcty, but when I try to import  points taken by a surveyor on the same drawing, they plot incorrectly.The DEM surface and the points from the surveyor do not correspond. Also, the DEM surface is in meters, not feet. I have tried changing drawing settings, datum types, coordinate types, etc.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: How To Correct / Manipulate Surface To Show Proper Flat Surface

Dec 2, 2011

I often have to do storm pond surfaces that (for the purposes of planning) are flat on the bottom. These surfaces are created from a combination of survey data and grading groups and the tin of these surfaces is perfectably acceptable. However, when contours are shown, the flat bottom is shown with contours jig-jagging all over the place.

The attached image shows a comparison of the same pond. The top was created with survey data and grading groups; the bottom was created using contour data only. The generated surface on the top shows the bottom contour going in different directions and has parts where the an expected contour is missing.

How to correct/manipulate the surface to show a proper flat surface?

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Reduced Maximum Length For Surface Triangles Causes Surface Holes

Oct 22, 2012

Has instances where you set your tolerance for the maximum triangle lenth to say 50m to reduce the amount of triangles along the edge that run at long distances. When I do this I end up with multiple surface holes and I'm not sure why as there are points in the area.

I thought well maybe it's because i should've reduced my max triangles first then added breaklines. Would this matter? I also thought I could add a line to the surface to fix the holes vs. deleting surface lines along the entire edge of a surface for many many miles.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Editing Existing Surface Using Edit Surface Command

Nov 14, 2012

I am trying to add points into a surface. I have done this before without any problems, but now I am having issues.

When I ID points which makes up the surface it gives me the correct Z level e.g. 24.5m, however when I hover over the surface it shows me the surface name and a different z level e.g. 0.65m. What is the reason for this difference in z levels? I think this may be causing the issue I am having when I add new points.

I select the surface and use the 'edit surface command' in the ribbon, choosing add point. 

When I add a point at the level I require(23.89m), it puts it in a lot higher than the surrounding area, so I tried to put the point in to the lower z levels (0.4m) it puts it in a lot lower!

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Volume Bounded By Existing Surface And Design Surface

Dec 10, 2012

My goal is coming up with the volume bounded by the design surface and the existing surface. I don't have the design surface modeled yet.

Do i need to create alignment offsets?. Alignment 1 profile view is also attached. Then Alignment2.

What about starting with alignment1 profile view? Since I have created a polyline as the design profile ?

how do I shrink labels? Where is it in the settings ; the Align folder had been check.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Change Reference Surface For Surface Elevation Label

Apr 4, 2012

Is there any way to change the referenced surface on a Surface Elevation Label. I can see the surface in the properties but cannot change it.

C3D 2011

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Import Surface Into Revit To Merge Surface And Buildings Together?

Jul 29, 2013

I have a project involving 3 programs. I am creating a planned development in 3d to be 3d printed when finished. The project is a 5 acre tract containing 8 buildings. I have built the surface in C3D and each building in Revit. The buildings are not in the same Revit file. For my solid work, I will bring the files over into 3ds Max Design to section into smaller quadrants to build in the 3d printer.

The questions:

Would it be better to import the surface into Revit to merge surface and buildings together?

Would it be better to import the buildings into C3D to merge entities?

Would it be better to bring those entities into 3ds Max and then merge them into one? Will 3ds Max Design allow me to insert entities accurately in the environment?

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Creating Subset Surface From Main Surface

Sep 15, 2013

I need to create a sub-set surface from my main surface. not sure what the vernacular is for a "subset surface" in c3d but i do have a feature line that bouinds the desired area, but that is as far as i can solve.

i did try creating a new surface - pasted the main surface in the edit definition, then deleted triangles until the boundary alighned wiht my featureline.  This seemed to work, but  when i view the properties of the smaller subset suface, it shows a mimum and maximum elevation that is incorrect.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Create Cut Fill Surface From Existing Surface

Mar 1, 2013

Im currently using an addon for Civil 3D called Novapoint. It allows me to create 3D models of surfaces made out of 3d faces and easily models cut and fill 3d-models for me.

The only thing i need to create a cut and fill model is one or several ground surfaces (existing ground, earth layers, rock etc. whatever i need) and a closed polyline/3Dpolyline that represents the level I want my cut and/or fill model.

I enter the spcifications I want such as; earth cut angle, rock cut angle, fill angle, select which surfaces i want to include in the model calculation and select the polyline.Novapoint then calculates the cut/fill model from the surfaces to the polyline and models the different cut/fill angles and gives me the results in a 3d-face model and a specification of the volyme of rock cut, earth cut an fill.

1. Novapoint is quite unstable and crashes alot

2. You cant create profiles out of 3d faces

3. Novapoint does not automaticly combine the start surfaces with the modeled cut/fill surface

4. A large surface made out of 3d-faces demands alot of computer power 

So I want to how I do the same that Novapoint does for me in Civil 3D? (I have access to Civil 3D 2007-2013 depending on which one you're using)I know I can take the 3Dfaces i created in Novapoint and make a surface in Civil 3D with them but I want to exclude Novapoint completely.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Corridor Surface Will Not Paste Into Empty Surface

Mar 26, 2012

all of a sudden whenever I run audit on my corridor file the surface definition becomes a snapshot. To add to the drama, the corridor surface will not paste into an empty surface. Why?

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Can't Use The Corridor Surface As DATUM Surface

Feb 7, 2013

My problem added with pic ... I want to make volume calculate for sample road project. When I try to  compute materials I cant use Corridor surface for DATUM... There is only target surface on option..

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Adding Corridor Surface To EG Surface

Mar 6, 2012

I am trying to visualize a road project. The problems is, whenever the corridor surface goes below the EG surface (when the road is in cut) the EG surface is the only visible surface.

I sort of need to subtract the corridor surface from the EG surface, or merge the both surfaces into one.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Trim Surface To Another Surface

May 3, 2013

I was wondering if there is an easy way to trim one surface to another.  Right now, I have two slopes (3:1) that are perpendicular to each other. They meet at a corner and I have extended them past each other so that I could see the intersecting edge.  Now I would like to trim them to each other like you would a polyline etc... but I am not sure how to do this.

If I select surf trim, it tells me they are the wrong object type, but they are tin surfaces?

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Copy Surface And Paste To Another Drawing?

Sep 13, 2010

Can I do that? I want to import a surface from another drawing to my design drawing.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: How To Export Surface STYLE To Different Drawing

Feb 10, 2012

I customized a surface style to show relative elevations, with lighter tones representing higher elevations, and darker tones representing lower elevations.  With a single glance, I know the high and low spots in my project area.

C3d provides several default surface elevation styles.  None of them comes close to providing the instant, data-at-a-glance information that my customized style does, which I use to design stormwater systems.  Again, it's really useful to see, with one look, where the high and low spots are in my project area.

I can't figure out how to export, transfer, copy, whatever, my customized style from one drawing to a new drawing.  If I want to see my customized style, I have to recreate it from scratch in each and every drawing where I want to use it.

How to transfer a surface style from one drawing to another?  By the way, I tried opening up both drawings, with both toolspace/settings windows open.  Tried dragging and dropping the customized style to the new drawing.  Didn't work.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Surface Drawing Triangles Across Breakline

Jan 6, 2014

i am trying to add as a breakline. i have not been able to get this particular line to work as a breakline and the surface keeps drawing triangles through the line like its not even there. The figure properties show that it is a breakline. The figure prefix database brings the line style in as a breakline from the start.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Drawing With Surface Still Referencing XML File

Feb 12, 2013

I have been provided survey data in the form of an XML file that I am using to build a surface.  Everything is fine, except for the drawing with the surface is still referencing the XML file.  What is the best method to remove this reference and have the surface fully contained in one file?  Using C3D 2012.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Inserting Goggle Earth Surface To Drawing

May 10, 2012

I am trying to insert a goggle earth surface into my drawing. It hits 50% and then I get a fatal error. Had tried several times.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Supply Client With Drawing And Exist Surface

Aug 20, 2013

I need to supply a client with a drawing and exist. surface.But I don't want them to have the survey data or points.What's the best way to handle this?

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Surface To 3D Solid And SAT / STL Files

Apr 23, 2009

I have created a surface in Civil 3D by adding contours....... Now that I have created the surface I need to Exoprt it to .sat / .stl files. But in order to do this I need a 3D Solid.

How do I convert this service to a 3D solid in order to the the export?

I have tried the thickening option in the 3D Modeling workspace but it doesn't want to accept my surface.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Drawing Has Disassociated Surface And Alignment Data References

Aug 28, 2013

I am working on roadway project where I am using Pipe Networks to layout the drainage infrastructure.  I have set my working dwg up so that I am data referencing the existing surface and proposed alignment.  I have set my pipe network up so that it is also referencing this surface and alignment.  Everything was working fine.  Labels were pulling the correct information from my surface elevations, and stations were being referenced as well, until I got a message that recommended that I recover my drawing. 

I ran recover and my surface and alignment data shortcut disappeared. My pipe network now shows questions marks where there were once stationing and it appears that the surface and alignment have completely disassociated themselves from my drawing, however they appear in the prospector, but cannot be refreshed.  Again the data shortcut symbol is no longer next to my surface and alignment, but there is a symbol telling me that those objects are being referenced by another object in my drawing (my pipe network).   I have tried refreshing, resetting the working folder, all to no avail. 

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Creating Surface Using Shape Files?

Dec 13, 2013

I was given a job where i need to create a surface from a gis file. have been messing with my civ 3d 2013 a little bit and have been able to get a surface comprised of a bunch of polylines to appear (not a true surface). I will need to create profiles so i need a true surface. I downloaded a compressed shape file from the county and need to know how to insert this into a drawing and build a surface using my own surface style.

The files i have to work with:

"autocad shape source"
"autocad complied shape"

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Visualizing Surface Data Tutorial Files

Apr 8, 2012

I have checked my data folder and I cannot find the file Surface-7.dwg used in a surfaces tutorial.  It's a multi-view block.  I checked my entire hard drive and it is not there.  Can the files be downloaded?  I can't seem to find where I can do this.

As a matter of fact, the location where the tutuorials say to look, Windows 7: C:ProgramDataAutodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D2012enuData,  does not exist on this Windows 7 Home Premium computer I am using.

Windows 7 x 64
Nvidia GeForce GTS 450
8 GB Ram
Intel Core i5-2310 @ 2.90 GHz
v. F.107.0.0 AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 SP1

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Point Limitation On Creating Surface From LAS Files

Jun 6, 2013

I am having a problem using 2014 civil 3D.  When I import las files and create a point cloud, and go on to make a surface from those points, it is limiting the "number of points added" to 340134.  I am using the lidar las files which each tile or file has an average of 12 million points, and I have tried to create a surface using one file, and up to 28 tiles (where there should be 340 million points).  Regardless, one of the files contains 12 million points and I do have the "point density" set to 100, and the "real time density" set to 100.  Why will it only use 340,134 points?  I have tried all options from "point cloud extents" to "window" and same result.  All the points from the cloud are there and displaying fine, it just seems civil 3d is limiting the number of points used for surface.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Make Sure Annotated Surface Labels Spot Elevations From 3D Design Drawing

Dec 19, 2013

How can I make sure the annotated surface labels spot elevations from my 3d design drawing which is being xrefed into a new Precise Grading Breakout Sheet plots screened?

The Label Style which I created for the annotated surface label spot elevations has all its properties set to be ByLayer for example its color and lineweight.  The Layer I assigned the Label Style was assigned to a layer with a color and plot style that should plot any object screened.  Color 8 and Plot Style Screened.

What other steps am I missing to assure myself that this Label Style will plot screened in my new Precise Grading Breakout Sheet?

I also made sure that the xref drawing in which this Surface spot elevation has the correct colors and lineweights and Plot Styles in my new Precise Grading Breakout Sheet.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Surface Boundary Only Showing Portion Of Surface Within The Boundary

Oct 24, 2012

I used a 2d polyline to create a surface boundary for a surface created.  The polyline is a closed loop.  For the boundary type it is outer, unchecked Non-destructive breakline, and mid-ordinate distance = 1.

My problem is that when I do this I only get a small portion of the surface to show up within my surface boundary.  If I don't have a surface boundary the entire drawing surface shows up no problem.

The purple polyline is my boundary and the light blue is the surface created within the boundary.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Curved Surface - How To Increase Volume Of Surface At Certain Points Only

Apr 10, 2013

how I can add more volume to curved object surface? Say for example I have a plastic cup.You can think of this as cylinder object ,which was the shelled out using the shell tool and then had its base sealed.

Now at certain parts, I would like to increase the thickness and then blend it the rest of the surface(may be chamfer its edges) .

At certain parts on curved surface I would like to add an extra mm, I think if the surface was flat I would just sketch the shape, then extrude it by few mm and smooth the edges by doing a chamfer

But how can this be done on surface that is curved? Or multi curved for edges?

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Sep 2, 2013

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Feb 28, 2013

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I have the board modeled: (see attached)

Now what i want to do is generate those ribs as seen in the picture.

I tried creating a block that intersected with the board and tried to split the rib at the surface, but to no avail. I think the issue has something to do with the curve of the board in two directions, but i can't seem to get it right.

if you are having trouble visualizing what i'm asking about, look at this. I want to be able to figure out the exact shape of those center ribs to print and eventually cut out of wood.

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May 31, 2012

It is not possible forme to add the fil because it is to large 1.8MB how can I poste then I like to know if it is possible to extend the button flat surface diameter ø12.5 up to the shaped surface. The result should be a total solid block whit a surface shaped hole.

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Dec 9, 2011

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