How to Use Civil 3D Coordinate Systems for Projects

One of the most confusing aspects of bringing data together from different sources is the varying coordinate systems, or lack thereof. Fortunately, most designers, drafters, and engineers don’t have to dive too deep into the world of Geodesy–they just need to understand the basics of Civil 3D coordinate systems for their projects.

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How to Use the USGS to Acquire Elevation Data

The USGS (United States Geological Survey) has been collecting data for mapping for years, and they make that data available to the public. One of those is the National Elevation Dataset. The USGS has Digital Elevation models of a large part of the US available at various scales. While the data is generally too large-scale for serious design purposes, the data can be pretty useful for planning and preliminary work. The challenge can be finding it and then using it in Civil 3D.

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How GIS Data Can Be Imported Into AutoCAD Civil 3D

For many years, CAD data and Geographic Information System (GIS) data have lived in different worlds.  As private and public organizations across the globe are working hard to geospatially locate everything on the planet, these two worlds are quickly merging. Even better, all this data is becoming more accessible to the public, and it’s free in many cases.

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How to change AutoCAD Map 3D Back to AutoCAD

Did you ever receive AutoCAD Map 3D when all you wanted was AutoCAD? It typically happens because of different promotions and pricing, much to come customers’ chagrin. Those vintage AutoCAD commands are all some people want. While there is an AutoCAD workspace, Map 3D out of the box doesn’t have the 3D modeling workspace. Reverting to the original AutoCAD is still possible, though.

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How to Use the Stage Storage Tool In Civil 3D

The Stage Storage Tool in Civil 3D is a great time-saving tool to help calculate the storage capacity of existing or proposed basins. It can be used either with Civil 3D surfaces or with polyline contours, and you’ll no longer have to create multiple surfaces to get the same outcome!

Wanna Learn more? Watch our video explaining the ins and the outs of the tool with live action.


How Productivity Tools for Civil 3D 2017 Save You Time During Projects

The Productivity tools for AutoCAD 2017 were released last month under the name “Russia Productivity Tools for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2017.” I don’t work too much on Russian projects, so what’s this all about? Well, it’s actually called Autodesk Cartogramma Utility when you go to the installer. But the point is, these productivity tools are referred to as such for a reason. Civil 3D just became more reliable and easier to navigate.

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Unofficial Fix To Getting SSA 2017 Installed Successfully

Prior to the official release of the 2017 Autodesk products, I downloaded and installed the beta version of Civil 3D 2017 which of course included SSA 2017. The machine I had was running Windows 10. Civil 3D itself installed with no issues. SSA on the other hand did not. It kept producing an error message like the one shown below. I tried running the install as administrator, disabling anti-virus, etc. etc. Nothing worked.

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