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Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015: Autodesk Official Press

Book Description

The most complete resource for learning AutoCAD Civil 3D

Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D is the ultimate guide to the new standard in civil engineering software. With combined experience in both civil engineering and Autodesk Civil 3D, authors Cyndy Davenport and Ishka Voiculescu guide you through the ins and outs of the program, from the fundamentals to the little-known tricks that make a big difference. The book focuses on real-world applications in professional environments, and presents topics and ideas not found anywhere else. Lessons begin simply, with an overview of the software and interface, and then gradually progress to more complex topics.

AutoCAD Civil 3D is the standard software for civil engineering and design. From surveying and mapping, to design, to documentation and analysis, the program offers expanded capabilities and complementary workflows, allowing easy integration with InfraWorks, Revit Structure, and more. The ability to complete a project within a single suite means increased productivity and continuity, which translates into quicker turnaround, better-designed structures, and streamlined project management. The savvy civil engineering professional must be well versed in the program's full functionality as it expands throughout government agencies and private companies. This book features in-depth coverage of topics including:

  • Surveying, points, and alignments

  • Profiles, corridors, and grading

  • LandXML and LDT project transfer

  • Visualization, sheets, and project management

  • The book also features downloadable datasets that enable you to access the lessons most relevant to your needs, and includes an objectives map to help you prepare for the Civil 3D certification exam. For the civil engineering professional hoping to remain relevant in a changing industry, Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D is the ultimate resource.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Publisher's Note
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. About the Authors
    7. Introduction
      1. Who Should Read This Book
      2. What You Will Learn
      3. What You Need
      4. The Mastering Series
      5. What Is Covered in This Book
      6. How to Contact the Authors
    8. Chapter 1: The Basics
      1. The Interface
      2. Civil 3D Templates
      3. Creating Lines
      4. Creating Curves
      5. Using Transparent Commands
      6. The Bottom Line
    9. Chapter 2: Survey
      1. Setting Up the Databases
      2. Configuring Description Keys for Point Import
      3. Understanding the Survey Database
      4. Other Survey Features
      5. Using Inquiry Commands
      6. The Bottom Line
    10. Chapter 3: Points
      1. Anatomy of a Point
      2. Creating Basic Points
      3. Basic Point Editing
      4. Point Tables
      5. User-Defined Properties
      6. The Bottom Line
    11. Chapter 4: Surfaces
      1. Understanding Surface Basics
      2. Creating Surfaces
      3. Additional Surface Creation Methods
      4. Refining and Editing Surfaces
      5. Surface Analysis
      6. Comparing Surfaces
      7. Labeling the Surface
      8. Point Cloud Surfaces
      9. The Bottom Line
    12. Chapter 5: Parcels
      1. Introduction to Sites
      2. Creating a Boundary Parcel
      3. Creating Subdivision Lot Parcels Using Precise Sizing Tools
      4. Editing Parcels by Deleting Parcel Segments
      5. Best Practices for Parcel Creation
      6. Labeling Parcel Areas
      7. Labeling Parcel Segments
      8. The Bottom Line
    13. Chapter 6: Alignments
      1. Alignment Concepts
      2. Creating an Alignment
      3. Editing Alignment Geometry
      4. Alignments as Objects
      5. The Bottom Line
    14. Chapter 7: Profiles and Profile Views
      1. The Elevation Element
      2. Editing Profiles
      3. Profile Views
      4. Editing Profile Views
      5. Profile Labels
      6. Profile Utilities
      7. The Bottom Line
    15. Chapter 8: Assemblies and Subassemblies
      1. Subassemblies
      2. Building Assemblies
      3. Specialized Subassemblies
      4. Advanced Assemblies
      5. Organizing Your Assemblies
      6. The Bottom Line
    16. Chapter 9: Basic Corridors
      1. Understanding Corridors
      2. Recognizing Corridor Components
      3. Working with Corridor Feature Lines
      4. Understanding Targets
      5. Editing Sections
      6. Creating a Corridor Surface
      7. Performing a Volume Calculation
      8. Building Non-Road Corridors
      9. The Bottom Line
    17. Chapter 10: Advanced Corridors, Intersections, and Roundabouts
      1. Using Multiregion Baselines
      2. Modeling a Cul-de-Sac
      3. Moving Up to Intersections
      4. Using an Assembly Offset
      5. Understanding Corridor Utilities
      6. Using a Feature Line as a Width and Elevation Target
      7. Tackling Roundabouts: the Mount Everest of Corridors
      8. The Bottom Line
    18. Chapter 11: Superelevation
      1. Preparing for Superelevation
      2. Applying Superelevation to the Design
      3. Calculating Cants for Rail
      4. Superelevation and Cant Views
      5. The Bottom Line
    19. Chapter 12: Cross Sections and Mass Haul
      1. Section Workflow
      2. Creating Section Views
      3. Calculating and Reporting Volumes
      4. Adding Section View Final Touches
      5. Using Mass Haul Diagrams
      6. The Bottom Line
    20. Chapter 13: Pipe Networks
      1. Setting Up a Pipe Network
      2. Creating a Waste Water Network
      3. Editing a Pipe Network
      4. Creating an Alignment from Network Parts
      5. Drawing Parts in Profile View
      6. Adding Pipe Network Labels
      7. Creating an Interference Check
      8. Creating Pipe Tables
      9. Setting and Using a Pressure Pipes Network
      10. Understanding Part Builder
      11. Part Builder Orientation
      12. The Bottom Line
    21. Chapter 14: Grading
      1. Working with Grading Feature Lines
      2. Grading Objects
      3. Finishing Touches
      4. The Bottom Line
    22. Chapter 15: Plan Production
      1. Preparing for Plan Sets
      2. Using View Frames and Match Lines
      3. Creating Plan and Profile Sheets
      4. Creating Section Sheets
      5. Drawing Templates
      6. The Bottom Line
    23. Chapter 16: Advanced Workflows
      1. Data Shortcuts
      2. Sharing Data with a Non-Civil 3D World
      3. The Bottom Line
    24. Chapter 17: Quantity Takeoff
      1. Employing Pay Item Files
      2. Keeping Tabs on the Model
      3. Inventorying Your Pay Items
      4. The Bottom Line
    25. Chapter 18: Label Styles
      1. Label Styles
      2. Line and Curve Labels
      3. Pipe and Structure Labels
      4. Profile and Alignment Labels
      5. Advanced Style Types
      6. The Bottom Line
    26. Chapter 19: Object Styles
      1. Getting Started with Object Styles
      2. Creating Linear Object Styles
      3. Creating Surface Styles
      4. Creating Pipe and Structure Styles
      5. Creating Profile View Styles
      6. Creating Section View Styles
      7. The Bottom Line
    27. Appendix A: The Bottom Line
      1. Chapter 1: The Basics
      2. Chapter 2: Survey
      3. Chapter 3: Points
      4. Chapter 4: Surfaces
      5. Chapter 5: Parcels
      6. Chapter 6: Alignments
      7. Chapter 7: Profiles and Profile Views
      8. Chapter 8: Assemblies and Subassemblies
      9. Chapter 9: Basic Corridors
      10. Chapter 10: Advanced Corridors, Intersections, and Roundabouts
      11. Chapter 11: Superelevation
      12. Chapter 12: Cross Sections and Mass Haul
      13. Chapter 13: Pipe Networks
      14. Chapter 14: Grading
      15. Chapter 15: Plan Production
      16. Chapter 16: Advanced Workflows
      17. Chapter 17: Quantity Takeoff
      18. Chapter 18: Label Styles
      19. Chapter 19: Object Styles
    28. Appendix B: Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Certification
    29. End User License Agreement