Chapter 3 Establishing Existing Conditions Using Survey Data

With our tour of the AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software user interface and our study of its capabilities behind us, it’s now time to do what we came here to do: Use Civil 3D to complete a land-development project. To begin to understand the task ahead, let’s imagine land development as creating a sculpture, but on a very large scale. If sculptors were to create works of art from wood, they would probably begin by studying the original piece of wood, assessing its dimensions, shape, and surface features. These elements would all factor into how the sculptors would approach their work. A sculptor with some computer savvy might even model the original piece of wood on a computer and plan ...

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