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Introducing AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010 by Rick Graham, James Wedding

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Chapter 4. Survey

Although new developments in LiDAR, GPS, and aerial photography for basemap information continue to be made, almost every civil engineering project begins with a ground survey. Surveyors are responsible for locating property boundaries, existing features, utilities, surface elevations, and more.

In previous generations, the surveyors simply picked up data for a collection of points, and the linework was drawn after the data was brought into the drawing, either on paper or in CAD. As survey technology becomes more sophisticated, surveyors now have the option of field-to-finish systems, including automatic linework.

The Civil 3D survey tools are geared toward surveyors who are taking full advantage of this field-to-finish technology. ...

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