Sunday, 30 June 2013

Policing Drawing Standards

About 6 months ago we had a new staff member come on board who has returned from Australia and he has mentioned a couple of products that his former employer had to use in working with one of their large corporate clients that sounded interesting.
CADconform and Enforcer for Microstation
and on the structural side of things they were using
Tedds which I had not heard of to produce their calculations as everything had to be typed.
I would be interested to hear what other packages are out there that companies use.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Lsp to Create Viewports Outline in Modelspace and Save Views and Layerstates

Over the years I have constantly found myself constantly saving Views and Layerstates and drawing the outlines of sheets in modelspace.

So a couple of weeks ago I searched the internet for a solution to automate the process. I did not find a complete one but found this lsp ModelSpace to PaperSpace viewport sync over at the swamp posted by Paul.

Anyway I have added the following lines to the original code by Paul to Save Layerstates and Views as well and reposted at the swamp and in the civil3d forums here for download.


Thursday, 20 June 2013

New Blog on Revit Structure

I have not been blogging much lately on Civil3d as I was super busy summer supervising a couple of jobs during construction and have been a bit burnt out.

Anyway in the office we have upgraded to Infrastructure Suite and being a small practice have both Civil and Structural Engineers, so i have been getting into Revit Structure. Last time i used Revit was about 10 years ago before the program was even owned by Autodesk.

Anyway to record helpful blog tips and tricks as I am getting up to speed with the program again I decided to setup a Revit blog

Dynamic Pipe Invert Profile Tool

I know a lot of you out there trace in a pipe invert profile line to get your pipe profileviews and bands producing the information you want. This work around has been in use since 2007 when pipes were introduced into Civil3d and has always been a pain and something Autodesk should address.

Peter Thomson and myself have talked for years about creating a tool to do it automatically. I got part the way there a few years back but never finished it. So recently Peter has been working with Chris Fugitt over at Civil3dReminders to come up with a neat little tool to do the job automatically.

By the way if you move the pipe the invert profile line updates automatically.

Here is a video Peter emailed over the other day demonstrating the tool. Surprising what a bit of can do attitude can achieve.



Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Installing Civil3d 2012 32bit in VirtualBox on Windows 7 64 Bit machine

As some of you may know Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 does not allow you to use debug and continue when developing code on a 64bit machine which is a real pain if you like to step thru your code and edit it as you write it. So as a work around a number of people have mentioned in the forums that you can install a Virtual Machine running a 32 bit operating on a 64 bit machine and do your development in the virtual machine before doing the final build on your real 64bit machine.

Seeing I want to clean up some old code I thought I would give it a try.

To start with i thought I could use the Microsoft VM solution but because I only have a home ultimate version of Windows 7 I can not download it for free and use the xp mode so I had to look for another solution.

From a GoogIe search I found that someone had Civil3d 2011 running on a MAC Airbook ok under an earlier version of VirtualBox and I did a second search to check that a 32bit machine could be installed inside of a VirtualBox on a 64 bit machine and found someone doing it here

To install Civil3d 2012 on VirtualBox I did the following

1. Downloaded the VirtualBox exe from there website
2. Follow the VirtualBox installation instructions 


3. Once VitrualBox is installed you have to create a new machine in VirtualBox and install the 32 bit operating system you want to use. Here is a video on install xp on VirtualBox that was useful.

4. Once the operating system is installed you have to setup guest additions so you can see folders on your host machine as per this video

5. Now you can setup a shared folder between your virtual machine and real machine to download and install Visual Basic Express and Civil3d applications. By following this video or these instructions.

To start I did not give the virtual machine enough harddisk space so I had to increase the virtualbox harddisk size using this couple of posts as a guide


do steps 4e on from here

So you do not make the same mistake you need the following harddisk space:-

Civil3d 2012
12 GB disk space for installation (7 GB for electronic download with at least 2 GB free after installation)Windows 7
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Visual Studio
3GB of available hard disk space

31GB of space required just for the software.

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