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Export to AutoCAD in Civil 3D 2015. . .Very Nice!

For years now when someone using Civil 3D has to send their drawing over to a basic AutoCAD user they must use the EXPORTTOAUTOCAD command to convert their Civil 3D drawing into basic AutoCAD form.  However, in Civil 3D 2015 the command is enhanced nicely.

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No Datum, No Projection, No Problem. . .NOT Quite!!!

Scenario:  You have a base file set to a coordinate zone of No Datum, No Projection.  You input labels into the base file.  In this example we’ll use a general note label with northing and easting data.  You also have a design file that has a specified coordinate zone assigned to it.

Issue:  When you xref the base file into your design file you notice that all your labeled coordinate information has changed.

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2015 Product Keys

You’ve obtained your serial number and you’re ready to install the software. You proceed down the the install path but are quickly tripped up when you realize that you also need the product key:

Product Key

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2015 Startup Interface. . .not ready for the change?

While talking to some users who are using the 2015 products it’s clear to me that some folks don’t care for the new 2015 interface upon startup.  When you initially launch AutoCAD-based 2015 products you have an interface similar to this:

2015 Interface

 

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Please wait while Windows configures AutoCAD Raster Design

We’ve had a couple of calls about this today so I thought I’d write a refresher blog.  This is somewhat of an oldie but goodie.

You launch AutoCAD, Map 3D, or CIvil 3D and you get a dialog box with a message that reads “Please wait while Windows configures AutoCAD Raster Design (version)”.

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Civil 3D 2014 drawings running slow after SP1

This information came to me completely by coincidence.  I have a user who has been having lots of issues with drawings opening very slowly when they have pipe network data references in them.  We’ve tried several options on how to resolve this with no luck.  It was slowing down production really bad.  It just so happened that this user, who happens to be one of the best Civil 3D minds I know, was invited to sit at a “round table” discussion among other great Civil 3D minds.  In the discussion this exact topic came up and one user in another city, another state had figured out the fix.

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Can’t Define My Query

I just got off the phone with a user who’s having this exact issue.  I too was having it so I thought it might be something that you all need to know.

So you’ve installed Civil 3D 2015 and ready to chug away.  You begin by importing some GIS dat through using the Map 3D tools.  Now you want to query that data in.  Problem. . .you select define query and everything is prompted at the command line.  you verified the system variables FILEDIA and CMDDIA are both set to 1, but it still doesn’t work.

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Staggering Section View Points in Civil 3D 2015

One of my favorite new feature of Civil 3D 2015 is the option to stagger your corridor label points in section views.  FINALLY! ! ! ! Continue reading

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2015 Autodesk Network License Manager

This following wording comes straight from the Autodesk help file.  I’ve decided to blog about it because it’s crucial information for network licenses:

Important: Autodesk 2015 products include NLM version 11.12; all network license servers working with 2015 products must also run NLM version 11.12. The 2015 clients cannot get licenses from a server running NLM 11.11 or lower.

Restriction: Do not install NLM on a remote drive. When you install the NLM files, you must provide a path to a local drive. You must specify the drive letter; the universal naming convention (UNC) is not permitted.

NLM must configure the license servers before any products can obtain licenses and start running, but NLM can be installed either before or after the products that will use it.

If an earlier version of NLM is already installed on the server, uninstall that version, and then install the new version into the directory where the old version was located.

After installing NLM, you typically need one or more network license files. If you have a network license serial number, you may be able to generate the license file by following the instructions at http://registeronce.autodesk.com. Otherwise, contact Autodesk.

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Hatching out a Slope Map

I was teaching a standard Civil 3D class this past week when one of the students wanted to know how to create a slope map with hatches rather than just colors.  Their client requests slope maps with different hatch patterns representing different slopes. Apparently there are many users who need this same concept because the client in question happens to be a major city here in Texas and they require this from all their engineers.
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