AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Recreating A Roadway From Paper Plans For Estimating Purposes
Sep 24, 2013
I currently work for a construction company, we mostly focus on roadway rehabilitaion. We recieve DOT paper plans containing the construction plans and cross sections. I have been till now using the cross sections to build the roadway in Agtek, which is the software we use, then from there I can do my takeoff for excavation, utlites and areas. We have the 2012 BIM software and i'm very intersted in using that to rebuild the plans so I can preform the takeoff just as the DOT does as well as to model the utilities. Also i'm intersted in creating the model to show the estimators and the higher ups, so we can create a phasing plans, traffic plans or how we would want to handle the roadway rehab in general. I'm a novice in terms of Civil 3D, so this would be something i'd be practicing at home first.
I'm working on a windfarm access road with tight bends that need to be 2.5m wider than the straights. I have created offset alignents and the corridor with no problem but how can I label the widths to show the variation in width at the various locations. The road is at the full width (7.5m) between tangent points and then tapers to the standard width of 5m
I have shown simple aligned dimensions on the screenshot but I'm sure there will be a way to do this automatically - won't there?
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I'm working on a project to widen a roadway through some mountains. The problem i am having is getting the corridor to apply to a future surface so that i can determine the volume difference. my profiles show there should be some cut and fill, but i cannot get the model to reflect this. when i try to preform a bounded volume i recieve a "the surfaces do not overlap".
Is there a way to design the road profile to use the low point at a certain Roadway station so you can put your storm inlets to line up with property lines. Because when you create a Sag the PVI is not where your low point falls on the profile. It would be nice to be able to drag the low point not the PVI to create the low point where you need it instead of a sort of back and forth dragging the PVI of the vertical curve.
I have trouble producing cross sectional diagrams and profile views for a roadway. So far i have a contour surface and a roadway centerline associated with it with alignments. I need to produce cross sectional diagrams showing elevations of the ETW on the level road as well as on super elevations.
I am a surveyor and I'm having a hard time understanding the alignment creation tools, in my data collector it is much simpler, you enter the back tangent and the end radius and the length of spiral and whale, but I'm trying to build a corridor, so I can stake the dtm.
our office has decided to use the smart labeling for our TC elevations on street plans in addition to the FG and pad elevations - all these labels are tied directly to the surface and street centerline. It scares me a little, because if the labels themselves move slightly, their elevation changes. And, if the surface changes unintentionally then all the elevations change.
I created schedules inc. cost for Light fixtures, Lighting control etc. For each of the 3 schedules I was able to add the cost (based on the cost I put into the family). The problems I'm having are:
if i show the cost in the schedule view, it will show up on the sheet set. i just want to use if for cost estimating, but not show on the plans (i don't want to manually hide/un-hide all the time when i want to see the cost) - i could duplicate that schedule and hide the cos columns on the one i put on the sheet. but that seems archaic and doubles the number of schedules i don't see a way to combine the cost. Right now I only have 3 schedules and can add those up in my head, but like to automatically do that for many schedules. i know i could export to Excel.. but that takes away the whole "Revise instantly" idea and I want to be able to see right away what cost changes when I add or delete items.
I am using Autocad 2011 although I only use it to tidy my drawings prior to sending to my client, my proficiency is quite basic. I have been tasked with surveying a number of feeder pillars or cabinets with 5 points of data, pt 1 is the centre of the doors, the other 4 points are the corners of the cabinet always in the same order. These can be imported into Autocad as a series of points and then I have to join the dots, and draw the cabinet. I know a little about blocks and that I can create a block of my drawing and place it over the five points, and then I'm stuck as if I change the block once it changes it in all the other positions.
After i have placed the block, I need to list the coordinates of the 5 points, this i do individually using the id command and copy and paste into a table. Is there anyway to speed this up?
I have attached a sketch of what I'm after doing, there could be as many 20+ cabinets in a drawing.
I designed in photoshop with pen tool a shape of pattern which would be printed. Exported to Tiff. But what I need to add is a pattern to add 3d feeling. Actually it will be printed to fabric and I need to add 3d feelings like example here:
I need to recognize two parts- a leaves and rest of the "plant" how to do it?
I have a mockup designed in English which needs to be translated in several other language for our sales team to use in the presentations.Translating to French, German and Chinese worked out fine, bur for some reason this is not working for Arabic text.I have a translated Word document from which I'm pasting the translation into my original English version, for which I would the realign as needed for the layout.
The problem is that, for one, I can't seem to find a matching default font in Photoshop which translates well (for example, for Chinese used "Microsoft Yahei", and "Helvetica" for German).I have over a dozen Arabic font options to choose from, but something still seems wrong when comparing.
I'm not trying to turn my whole work space in Arabic, put need to copy/paste text from Word into Photoshop the realign to the right (basically flip it)What am I missing here? Are there some specific settings I need to modify to have this work?
I am working with a photographer who uses lightroom. I am not familiar with lightroom but I use CS6 InDesign and Photoshop for these types of projects (brochures, postcards, fliers) The problem is I'm used to photographers sending me highres jpegs at 300dpi around 2.5 - 4MB that retain great quality, but this particular photographer is sending me files out of Lightroom that are average of 6-11mb. Taking about 6 hours to download. He is exporting the files as jpegs at 300dpi, 8x12. He swears that the photo will lose quality if he makes it smaller o nfile size. make the file sizes smaller in mb while still retaining quality? He also uses photoshop extended.
I am trying to plot a map at on 24 x 36 paper and keep it to scale. It appears I have all of the correct settings including 1"=1', fit to paper is unchecked, etc. My print preview comes across correctly but when I go to plot a message appears in the command line stating
Effective plotting area: 26.00 wide by 18.00 high Effective plotting area: 13.63 wide by 6.22 high Plotting viewport 2. Effective plotting area: 13.77 wide by 6.25 high Plotting viewport 3. Plotting viewport 1.
The plot then comes out on paper way larger then 24x36 and the area plotted is limited to the 13.77 x 6.25. My co-worker opened the drawing and printed it to scale on 24x36 no problem. What gives? I cannot find a setting to get it to plot correctly.
just wondering if any of you know the command that I can use in order to align my text in papr space. I'm running 2011 and 2013 C3D. I have several callouts that are in a row, and I COULD draw a line straight down and just move them all to it, but that's a very inefficient way of getting this done. At the last company I worked, we had a command in the system simply called LINEUP that would align any text we wanted either horizontally or vertically. If this is a button I can create with code or whatever, I could try to do that too, if necessary. Just might take me a while to do the code, but I know there's a more efficient way of performing this task.
In Civil 3D 2010, the color of the paper background was a darker color and I was able to have yellow text on top of it and be able to edit the text. Now with Civil 3D 2013, the color of the paper background in paper space is white and I can't read the yellow text. I know that you can either turn the paper background on or off, but is ther a way to change its color so that it is darker?
I use VideoStudio X2 for most of my video editing but I haven't been able to recreate a menu that I regularly use in VS9. I wanted the icons to approximately a certain size and the ability to have 2 lines of descriptive text underneath. VS9, whilst perhaps a little clunky in the way it works, does have the flexibility I need. In my DVDs I might have 30 title so I do want 6 on a screen and about 5 menus are created.
I have attached my VS9 template (ignore the Background Image referring to VS10). With this template, I can just keep adding files or create new discs with no changes required to the format and only some minimal text editing. Can VS X2 be tweaked to have a similar menu?