I get a lot of phone calls from people who are interested in drawing objects in 3D so that they can use them in their Civil 3D models. I ask what kind of objects that they in need of. The answers are usually of signs, trees, and other items of the sort.
We’ve had a few calls from users who are having issues with their Civil 3D 2012 licesnses once they’ve installed their Infrastructure Design Suite (Standard, Premium, or Ultimate).
If you have installed any of the latest Infrastructure Design Suites (2013 or 2014) and you’d still like to have Civil 3D 2012 running alongside you will need to install the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Network License Hotfix on each user’s computer.
The reason for this is because you are now running a design suite license and the design suites did not exist in 2012.
We’ve finally made it available on YouTube. . .the infamous video that explains one procedure on how to import GIS data into Civil 3D. Yes, you read that correctly. . .”one procedure.” There are a few others. This is a method that I’ve been using for years simply because it’s simple. The other methods aren’t hard, but you need to understand a little bit about Map 3D before you can use them.
Remember, I’m not a GIS guru nor do I know where all the GIS websites reside.
The data that I’m using here is data that I’m familiar with and was found freely over the web, but most GIS data could be imported and act in a similar manner. I hope you find it informative.
Apparently service pack 1.0 for Civil 3D 2014 fixes most issues but it creates one more. At this time there is an open discussion of this on the Autodesk Discussion Forum. If you use corridor sections to calculate material volumes then this is important to you:
Many of you who read my previous blog, The Dirt Modelers, have been asking if those infamous corridor videos will be making their way to this blog. Not wanting to disappoint, they’ve been converted to YouTube format. I hope you enjoy them. Continue reading
If your Civil 3D software crashes randomly during some of the most basic functions such as drawing a line or copying and pasting then Autodesk has provided a checklist of possibilities and their potential solutions in this Program Crashes Using Random Commands technical document.
PS – I know this document was written for Civil 3D, but it very well could be solutions for other AutoCAD-based software.
There have been reports of the ETRANSMIT command causing a Fatal Error when a user is running it in Map 3D 2014. I was able to replicate the issue on my end with consistency. After talking to a support guru at Autodesk he informed me that he’s seen this once or twice and the issue was that I had the Civil 3D 2014 Object Enabler for Map 3D 2014 installed on my system. If you are having these issues please uninstall this and this issue should be resolved:
I’m sure you’ve seen this “Create Snapshot” option when you right-click on your surface in the prospector tab:
And I’m sure most of you have said to yourself, “I need to look into that later,” and later never arrives. There is such a short explanation for this useful tool that you’re going to kick yourself for not looking into this sooner. Continue reading
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