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

By Jason Porter

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!!!

By Jason Porter

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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Please wait while Windows configures AutoCAD Raster Design

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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

By Jason Porter

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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Your Annual Anti-Virus Warning

By Matt Dillon

It’s Spring again, which means it’s the time of year when everyone gleefully installs all of their new Autodesk software. And this is the time of year when we see the most install-related tech support calls. One that you can avoid having to make has to do with what can result if you leave your anti-virus software enabled when installing Autodesk products.

I know… if you’ve not heard this before, you probably think I’m nuts. But trust me. DISABLE YOUR ANTI-VIRUS when installing Autodesk software. In most cases the install may actually appear to go just peachy. Until you start trying to run the applications. Then things just act… weird. There’s really no other way to describe it. Sometimes it’s obvious – the software just won’t run. More often it’s more insidious.

One that is particularly nasty to installation attempts this go-round is Trend Micro’s antivirus. I ran into this with a customer recently – when they disabled the anti-virus everything went just fine. And today I’m vindicated, as it appears on Autodesk’s “Up and Ready” blog.

So if you don’t want to believe me, or if you need ammo for your skeptical IT people, go here: Up and Ready

Staggering Section View Points in Civil 3D 2015

By Jason Porter

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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Hatching out a Slope Map

By Jason Porter

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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Autodesk 2015 Products are Here

By Matt Dillon

Most, if not all of the Autodesk 2015 products are now shipping and are available for download, with the Suites soon to follow.

As always, we strongly recommend that you, your CAD Manager, BIM Manager, or whoever handles this sort of thing download and install the new software on a non-production machine first to explore the new features, before rolling it out to your entire office. Don’t forget to disable your anti-virus software before installing, and when you download, do not use the “Install Now” option. Use the “Download Now” (Download Manager) option ideally, or failing that, use the “Browser Download” option.

Change the Frequency!

By Jason Porter

I’ve had many people in the past ask about how to turn off those pesky corridor frequency lines. Most people just want to know what layer they’re on so they can turn it off:Frequency-01

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