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

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Chapter 8. Alignments

For thousands of years, engineers have laid out plans for construction. From the aqueducts of Rome to the Big Dig project in Boston, construction projects have been shown as flat lines on paper illustrating some horizontal placement of the project being designed. In Civil 3D, this planar element of the design is handled by the Alignments feature.

You can use alignments in Civil 3D to determine road centerlines, pipe layouts, curb returns, parking island curbs, pond berms, and any number of things where you've used a polyline in the past. The ability to use the vertical design elements of feature lines, profiles, and corridor design make alignments an integral part of the process like never before. Combined with the ability ...

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