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.
There are three commands: “Create Cartogramma,” “Edit Cartogramma,” and “Erase Cartogramma.” What do these actually do in Civil 3D? Let’s find out.
The Productivity Tools Do the Grunt Work Themselves
It turns out, the productivity tools make changes where you would otherwise have to make them, in the event of an error. I’ll walk you through my own process.
Clicking on “Create Cartogramma” prompted me with “This drawing does not contain any surfaces!” as seen in the image below.
When I opened a drawing with a couple of surfaces in it and tried the command again, the dialogue box I needed opened up:
I needed to pick a Ground Surface, a Designed Surface, a Cartogram boundary, and a Mesh Origin point. I started by extracting the boundary of my roadway surface. When I selected this boundary, I received an error stating that the boundary was not a closed polyline and can’t be used.
But the second part asks, “Set selected polyline as closed?” Instead of giving you an error and forcing you to change it, it makes the change for you.
At this point, I selected the yes button, picked a random Mesh Origin point, selected the 2 check box options, and let the rest play out. The dialog box shown in the image below appeared and sat there for a bit of time.
When the utility finished, the image below shows an example of what was created.
I got each grid area with cut and/or fill and the quantity, and a table that shows this earthwork as well.
The productivity tools really speed the process along and help you focus on what’s really important in a project! There are always plenty of other hiccups during the process, so it’s nice to know improvements like this are being made to minimize it. What other ways have these tools made your job easier?
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