Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Civil3d versus 12D

It seems that 12d is taking over the civil software market in New Zealand at the moment particularly with the recent Christchurch earthquake and the fact most rebuild teams seem to be using 12D, Autodesk seem to have missed the boat completely here.

I keep joking with my reseller on a bad day with Civil3d that perhaps I should be moving to 12d as well, so I asked a colleague who used to work exclusively with Civil3d before moving company to use 12d, what his thoughts were on which package was best and have posted his reply below as it maybe of interest to others

In regards to your question about which is best, well…….each has its own strengths & weaknesses really.

From my own perspective:

  • I am using V9.0. V10 is due to hit soon, which has a lot of improvements apparently.
  • First off, 12d is a PAIN to learn. The menu system is very counter-intuitive and the help system is a DOG. That aside…
  • 12d handles large datasets better (e.g. LiDAR), but no point cloud handling capability. It can pare down the data in a clearer fashion better than Civil3D seems to.
  • Not that I have done field-to-finish work with 12d but from what I’ve seen they do here with it, I would give Civil3D the advantage here. The description key work that can go through to labels and how point groups works is a clear winner, PLUS manipulating and displaying (i.e. swapping triangles, changing surface styles) a surface is by far easier.
  • Stability – 12d far excels C3D here. The only time 12d seems to futz out on the odd occasion is when is changing large amounts of data at a time or pad grading (a rudimentary version of C3D’s feature line + grading).
  • Working with CAD – obviously C3D is a vertical of AutoCAD, so no guesses who wins here. In 12d you have export EVERYTHING to CAD. And then if you spot a mistake, you have to fix it in 12d and then export it all again.
  • In addition to that, there is no real dynamism to 12d of the labels. If something changes (elevation/slope etc.), 95% of the time you have to clean the model (layer) and get them re-calced.
  • In terms of design, it fairly even here – apples and oranges really. No such thing as sub-assemblies, only templates (which aren’t really visually-driven; more by figures/numbers). Alignments and profiles are combined into a single ‘SuperAlignment’ which is nice. The basic mechanics of it are the same though. 12d has a nice thing called computators, which come in handy for kerb returns as they act dependent on the incoming/outgoing roads, almost like a live intersection wizard, and can be used for other functions too. 12d seems to be able to do transitioning (crossfall/width/height) better though.
  • Also 12d has a better recording system. It’s somewhere between the Action Recorder and a macro. Makes re-calcing a lot of instructions at once a breeze.
  • Civil3D’s feature lines and the FL editor win hands down. Better calculation of grading along it and between objects.

That’s just off the top of my head really. There are a lot of other differences that I haven’t mentioned, but to explain them would take more time than I have.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Constructing Kerb Return Profiles based on quarter points

When building Intersections Civil3d gives you only one option for the shape of the kerb return profile a straight line or grade.

Rob Gadbaw who use to to be located in New Zealand and still provides support to us remotely has teamed up with the guys at CGSplus and have made a small app to create better create return profiles here. base on quarter points.

If you are not into purchasing third party apps then are some notes on what you have to do manually to achieve the same result.0p35ljtk_thumb1
New profile in white with incoming and out coming grade projected to quarter points.


New Vertical Curves Added at the quarter points
A couple of things to remember are that.

1. You should hold off to the end before making the final manual kerb return profiles encase the road intersections get moved.
2. Do not extend your kerb return profile to far past the PT just to the first end point snap next along the profile from the PT as this is the end of the triangle in the surface. If you do make the profile to long it starts to play around with your surface to much and does not match offset profile levels exactly
3. To check that the surface coming into and out of the kerb return is correct use the isolate region command on the ribbon just to see the bit of the surface made by the region before and after the kerb return section and compare that to your hand drawn profile.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Printer Settings reminder

Reminder to myself if pdf’s are not plotting to scale make sure page scaling is set to none 

and that in the printer driver have orientation set to landscape or the bottom of the page will be cropped off.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Adding a Subgrade Profile to a Profile View

There are a couple of ways I know of how to add the subgrade levels of a road to a ProfileView.
One of them is dynamic and will update with changes and the other is not.

Depending on what data you want in the ProfileView bands Subgrade or Finished levels will dictate the method you choose and if it is dynamic or not.

This is where the business case for a Dynamic Offset Profiles to be built into Civil3d comes into play as these could be used to create a road Subgrade Profile and they would live update. 

For now we have to use one of the following to methods

Method One (Dynamic but no grade and curve data in profile bands just surface levels & grades)
Create a subgrade surface from the corridor model bottom links and then create a surface profile of the subgrade surface.


Method Two (Not Dynamic)
Copy the Finished level profile and then raise and lower the new profile the depth of offset you want as follows.



Seeing this method is not dynamic it could be a good idea to add a profile of the subgrade surface with a noplot style to the ProfileView to compare against so any manual updates are picked up in the future.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

xref’s and Layer 0 and Depoints

There are a couple of special layers in Autocad 0 and Depoints that are common to all drawings. So when you have something on either it always comes thru as turned on in the xref so it is good practice to put objects on there correct layer for whoever is going to xref your drawing.


Some labels not appearing in ProfileView Bands

A question from one of our team today was

“I have put the subgrade surface in all the profiles. It doesn’t seem to be providing points for all the chainages though, for example at CH0, 40 & 50 in the attached picture.”
This is usually because the profile in the profile 1 column for the bands is different as this is the profile Civil3d determines the spacing of the label points form unless the match vertical grid spacing is ticked. Check that the settings are correct for the bands as highlighted below.
Note : Sometimes additional tick and labels appear in the band only at horizontal and Vertical Geometry points this is because these are turned on in the Band style under the display tab.

Dealing with Locked Profile IP’s on side roads Profiles

When you use the intersection wizard you can lock the profile of the side roads to the crossfall of the through road. If the grip symbol is a paddlock it will be locked and you will not be able to move it therefore. to grade the side roads I normally to the following

If you really want to unlock the IP you can. Do the following. Select the profile right click->edit geometry->Profile Grid View->Scroll to the end and click the padlock in the lock column.




Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Multiple ProfileViews and Dimension line Curve Labels

An issue came up today with an old style I developed (I think in 2007-08) when working with multiple Profileviews in that the dimension line was not showing when the end of a curve was not in the Profileview.

I was not really thinking about multiple Profileviews when I made this style to fix it, I had to change a couple of setting in the “A-TP to TP” grade and “A-Curve Length Crest and Sag” styles as per the image below

Monday, 10 September 2012

First real snow fall in town

It’s early spring in Queenstown and we are getting our first real snow down to town level. Glad I have the snow chains in the car from the weekend skiing.

Adding Profile Curve Labels


Adding Crossing Pipe to Profileview

Just a reminder on how to add a crossing pipe to ProfileView
1. Select the pipe to be shown in the Profileview (aka Long section) right click and select “Draw parts in Profile View”
2. Follow the instructions at the command line i.e select the profile view.
3. Some line work for the pipe will appear in the profile view. This linework needs to be updated to show correctly with an override pipe style.
4. Select the ProfileView and right click select “ProfileView Properties”
5. Goto the Pipe Network Tab and change the override style as shown below
6.Exit and the pipe will be updated to show correctly

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Tips for working with Corridors

Being a Jack of all trades I tend to be to some grading one minute, piping the next and corridors the next month. Last week i as doing some more corridors again for the first time in a while so jotted down some tips below to remember for next time.

1. To stop the event view from coming up each time the corridor rebuilds turnoff the event view in the drawing settings.

2. Once you can get alot of regions in a complex corridor from within the corridors properties box use the select region button to find the region you want.

3. Have not gotten my work flow down yet for footpaths but at this stage i am using the urban side walk assembly and have polylines as targets on two separate layers one for the inside berm and one for the sidewalk width. This made it quicker to set the targets by layer not individual objects. Two issues came up

a.  If you get a lot of extra frequency lines as below

this is because you are targeting the polyline and the arcs in a polyline get tessellated into small straights. Make sure under frequencies “Offset Target Geometry Points” is set to no.

b. I though it would be nice and tidy to join it the polylines to together for the path edges this created another issue of the targets extending to the next road over. Best to keep the lines in pieces.
4. I inherited the model  to finish and it had all these steps in the contours after the intersections. After searching for a target profile issue for a hour or so I identified the issue as being the main road having 4% crossfall and the intersection assemblies being brought in as having only 3% therefore giving the step.


5. Use the Match Properties button on the ribbon, but remember to type settings each time at the commandline as the settings are not remembered and you do not want to swap assemblies in most cases just match frequencies.


6. For Bus stops use lane widening's these will update your offset alignment geometry to include your busstop. After selecting the offset alignment choose add widening on the ribbon. Here what all the settings relate too.

Acroplot Junior ignoring Lineweights

Just had an issue with lineweights and Acroplot so thought I would post it for others.

When I was doing a plot from Autocad Civil3d 2012 and choosing Acroplot pro as the printer my line weights were come out correctly. But when I was printing from Acroplot junior from within Autocad the line weights were all the same. I checked setting ctb, scaling , etc they all appear to be the same.

I posted a support request with Cadzation and they suggested setting Object lineweights to “saved” and that did the trick.


Monday, 3 September 2012

Civil3d 2012 64 bit download not working

Currently trying to update my home laptop to 64 Bit to work on a project at night to meet a deadline. However after 3 days of trying to download Civil3d 2012 from the subscription website I am still having no luck. Hopefully Autodesk will get the issue fixed soon as I am sure I am not the only one experiencing the issue.

Lesson learnt download and burn a copy for when you need it in advance.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...