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

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Chapter 9. Profiles and Profile Views

The vertical component of land developments is generally controlled by one of two Civil 3D features: surfaces or profiles. Surfaces cover the land-like sheets, defining vertical data as connections between points. (See Chapter 5, "Points.") Profiles handle vertical data as linear functions: a pair of station and elevation coordinates. Profiles define the model by providing the z-value, and an alignment provides the x- and y-values. In Civil 3D, profiles are tied to this relationship (with one pseudo-exception, the quick profile). In this chapter, you'll explore the profile as part of the road alignment layout and design.

This chapter includes the following topics:

  • Cutting a dynamic surface profile

  • Laying out ...

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