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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Dec 11, 2013

If I change a point or link code in one of my subassemblies, is there a way I can build my top surface using those?

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Aug 19, 2013

In the Surfaces Tutorials: Exercise 1: "Creating a TIN Surface". The first instruction is to click "NEW", which I did. I selected "Surfaces.dwt per instructions and clicked open. I have executed these steps a number of times to be sure I am doing what the instructions say. But, every time the same thing happens. "Drawing2.dwg" opens instead of "Surfaces.dwt". I also make sure the file type is set to dwt.

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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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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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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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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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Apr 4, 2012

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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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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

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Jul 30, 2013

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I have a generic grid (15 x 15) of points set up and I've only used a portion of them (defined by the dimensions of the site).  So I want to create a surface that includes all of the points that aren't set at an elevation of 0.  

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Jul 11, 2013

I am trying to create a surface from a corridor.  I have a sub-assembly attached, which I believe is working correctly.  I managed to create the empty surface and when I try to add surface data nothing seems to happen.  I keep changing the specified code to Base which is my finished gravel structure and hit the + but again nothing seems to happen. 

Ultimately I am trying to determine a volume between my corridor and original topo.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Creating A TIN Of Planar Surface

May 27, 2012

I can't seem to create a planar surface that shows up in the tool space as a TIN.

Some background, I have a TIN of a pile of dirt that I created from a point cloud (it shows up in the toolspace under the surface section). I also have a plane that intersects that dirt pile which indicates ground level. I want to be able to calculate the volume of the dirt pile by creating a volume TIN with the ground plane and pile TIN, but the ground plane does not show up in the toolspace under the surface section so I can't use it to create a volume TIN. I created the plane with the planar button in the ribbon and manually lined it up with the pile.

How can I convert this plane that is clearly in my project but not in the list of surfaces in the toolspace into a TIN to use in a volume TIN?

I'm running Civil 3d 2013 and you'll probably have to explain things like I'm 5 because I'm not familiar with the interface yet.

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Apr 2, 2013

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My current workflow is: use mapwspace to bring up the task pane.  Connect to the geotiff image in the 1-153383539 folder.  Then I try to create the contours and the option is greyed out.  

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Dec 10, 2013

This is the first time I have imported a .dgn file into Civil. The drawing contains contours lines with Z elevation data. When I create a surface using this geometry (polylines + some lines) the surface seems to be scaled in the Z axis by 12.

For example pline (from dgn) is at elevation 46' but the Civil3D surface is 552'

I assume this is a setting in the Surfaces dialog box, but I cannot find it.

Also the elevation field in Properties from the dgn contours is weird. For example, in one area the (pline) contours display -28', 26', -24', -22', -20', -18' in Properties but Civil3D interprets this as a downward slope - which is the actual field conditions. I don't understand the conversion going on here.

The geometry of the pline and contours generated from the surface seem to line up in a side or isometric view (see attachment).

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Oct 1, 2012

Been chatting with an architect in my office, and he was asking me if we could make our TIN surfaces smooth.  I cannot find a way, would it take a 3rd party program?  He wants it like the image i attached. How to achieve this with a TIN surface?

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Oct 11, 2013

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Apr 24, 2012

I will try to write this as clearly and shortly as possible.

I have two surfaces created lets call them Surface A and Surface B.

They have different elevations in different areas, sometimes Surface A is below Surface B and other times Surface B is below surface A.

Is there a way to easily create a Surface C which is a combo of Surfaces A and B taking which ever surface is lower?

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May 29, 2012

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I have create surface from contours, then extract faces, extrude them, union and I got solid..

I have export solid like stl file... But in another program my surface is not smooth, like somethning went wrong while exporting stl, because in autocad civil 3D 2012 everything looks good.

I have found out how I can increase facetres to 10, but It has not affect to my stl file. If there is some another parameter for better resolution of stl files?

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Oct 30, 2012

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Feb 7, 2013

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Mar 6, 2012

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

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Jan 10, 2014

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Dec 30, 2013

I am trying to create grading slope from a Feature line that was created at a constant elevation of 609m.  I want to create a slope of 3:1 from the feature line to a surface I created.  I recall in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 that you could create a slope directly to a surface.  Is there a way of doing that in 2014 or did I simply forget a step when I created my Grading Groups?

I created the grading group using the Grading Creation Tool Pallet and selecting Set Grading Group.  Then I set my target surface to the one I want to grade towards. I thought all I had to do than was go to Create Grading select the direction of grading and the slope.  I thought the slope would continue to the target surface but it asked for a distance for grade that would throw off any volumes I want to pull off.

Did I have to create a new surface for my Pad at 609m than grade from that and how would I make sure my slope continues till it contacting the surface I want to target?

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Feb 24, 2012

I have drawing giving to us for a senior design project. I'm trying to create a surface to so that I can analyze cut/fill. Not sure if what i'm doing is right or wrong, I've never used civil 3d. But i'm getting break-line errors whenever i'm trying to create the surface from the contour lines. 

Heres a link i took of what i'm doing on youtube [URL]........

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Mar 4, 2012

I am using Civil 3D 2011 and wondering how to create just one contour on an existing surface at a specific elevation. I need to show where floodwaters would get to at a specific elevation so that contour would be the easiest way if I can contour the surface with just 1 elevation. I don't want to have to create 0.1' contours all over the site and then remove all the extras.

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Dec 13, 2013

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Jun 11, 2013

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So I opened up Civil3D in metric template and imported my drawing as I have not been given a ddata file with the co-ordinates. Unfortunately I am having trouble creating a surface between the existing points. 

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Oct 25, 2013

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