Saturday, 14 January 2023

Batch Run Lisp Routines on multiple files to update preview images

Using the “Autodesk Batch Save Utility” that comes as a separate program with Civil3d you can set up a lisp routine thru a script file to be run on multiple files when they are opened resave. We have done this to resave and update a lot of old files in our block library to refresh the drawing preview images, so you can roughly see what is in the file in the preview pane of wind0ws explorer.

To do this :-

1. Go Edit and update the script file.

2. Add the path of the location you want the files to be resaved.

3. Press Start


Thursday, 26 August 2021

Drawing Purge - Civil3d Styles Batch Purge

In this video I show you how to use BatchInEditor app to batch purge Civil3d Styles from multiple drawings

Drawing Purge - Batch Purging using free appstore tool

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Map3d Dialog Boxes not showing in Civil3d

For some reason the Map3d Dialog boxes have not been showing in my Civil3d this article provided the fix

the search paths for the ade.dcl for the 2016 version of software I am running were a bit different.

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2016\Map\Support\en-US

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2016\Map\bin\FDO.

Need the dialog to help with this question in the forums

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Adding SHP file Linework from Civil3d to Open Street Map (OSM)

1. In Civil 3d prepare your linework and then type “Mapexport” to start the process to export a shp file of your data. Create a folder to save the shp file information to and give the shp file data a name.


2. If exporting just line select lines and manually select the objects you want.


3. Go to the options tab and set the co-ordinate system to convert to WGS84 i.e LL84 as this is open of the co-ordinate systems that the Pot Latch 2 editor for Open Street Map can import.


4. Go to the folder the shp files were exported to and zip all the files into the open zip file.


5. Open a browser that supports flash and go to the Open Street Map webpage and log in. Once logged in go to the edit menu and select edit with PotLatch 2


6. Once Potlatch 2 opens go to the Background menu and select the Vector File button


7. In the load vector file dialog choose shapefile browse to the zip file created above and the linework of the shpfile should be imported.


8. With the linework as a background to bring into Open Street Map click on the line work while holding the Alt key and then press the save button to push up to the Open Map Server.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Connecting Surface Pro to Computer as extra Screen and Input Device

The current Covid-19 lock down in New Zealand has everyone working from home where they can. In order to hand markup pdf’s I thought I would connect my original Surface Pro to my PC as an Input Device and third screen. I googled how to do it and decided to write up the process with a few additional picture for future reference and to help anyone else who maybe trying to do it.

1.       Make sure Windows 10 is installed on both the PC and the Surface Pro.

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 Press Win+P to bring up the connection centre on the PC

3.       Choose “Connect to a wireless display”

4.       Hopefully you will see the name of the Surface Pro in the list of Devicesclip_image004

5.       If not then we have to change some settings on the Surface Pro to allow projecting onto its screen. Type in settings and then goto “Projecting to this PC” turn on its availability and make sure it is plugged into a power source.


6.       Go back to the connection centre and refresh hopefully you can see the name of the Surface Pro and be able to connect to it.

7.       Allowing input make sure you check the allowing input box or notification bubble that will come up on your PC to allow the pen and touch screen input from the Surface Pro to work on your PC.


8.       if the above has not worked for you here are more Troubleshooting tips from the Microsoft website.


Monday, 9 December 2019

Using Civil3d and SAGA GIS to create .las file for TGC Designer tools

This workflow has come about due to the potential loss of our community golf training facilities and the need to present options for the relocation of the facilities to a new piece of land.

Initially I mapped out a rough concept for a new course by hand on an aerial photo and then draw it up in CAD using Autodesk Civil3d.

Then I cam across TGC-Designer-Tools that allows you to import surface and design information from Open Street Map into the game “The Golf Club 2019” which has designer functions to model up a golf course.

One of the limitations of the TDC-Designer-Tools at this stage is that you can only import .las files of lidar for the elevation data.

There is however a lot of surface elevation data that is freely available on the internet in other formats. Normally in a post processed format from the original lidar data. In order to use this data in a course or surface data from Civil3d it has to be converted into a .las file format some how.

Fortunately there is an open source GIS program “SAGA GIS” that has just the toolsets you need to import surface data in various formats and convert it into a .las file that can be imported into TGC-Designer using TGC-Designer-Tools as a basis for your design.

What follows is the workflow in progress I have developed to take a design surface from Civil3d and convert it into a .las file for import into TGC-Designer.

1. Download and install SAGA GIS
2. From Civil3d export a DEM file of the design ground surface you want to make into a .las file.



3. Dragged the DEM file into SAGA GIS.


4. Using the PointCloud from Grid Points created a point cloud.


5. View the point cloud data and added a field “Class” for the classification and added 2 for "Ground" for the value of the class







6. Used the Export .las file to export out the .las file.

7. Imported the the .las into TGC designer tools following this tutorial.

Helpful Tutorial on Saga GIS

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