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Mastering AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 by Louisa Holland, Richard Graham

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Surface Styling and Analysis

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Once a surface is created, you can display information in a number of ways. The most common so far has been contours and triangles, but those are the basics. By using varying styles, you can show a large amount of data with one single surface. Not only can you do simple tasks such as adjust the contour interval, but Civil 3D can apply a number of analysis tools to any surface:

Contours Allows the user to specify a more specific color scheme or linetype as opposed to the typical minor-major scheme. Commonly used in cut-fill maps to color negative colors one way, positive contours another, and the balance or zero contours ...

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