Friday, October 23, 2009

Windows 7

Autodesk has now announced that the following products are now supported on Windows 7:
  • AutoCAD 2010
  • AutoCAD LT 2010
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2010
  • Autodesk Inventor 2010
  • Autodesk Inventor LT 2010
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2010
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2010
  • AutoCAD MEP 2010
  • Autodesk Algor Simulation 2010
Conspicuously absent from this list, at least as it pertains to this blog, is Civil 3D 2010.  For more details you can read the tech doc from Autodesk

I know a number of people that have been using Civil 3D 2010 on Windows 7 for some time now and the reports all seem to be very positive.  However, that is different than Autodesk saying that it has been fully tested and supported.

If you have been using Windows 7 with Civil 3D I encourage you to comment below and share your experainces with us.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Creating a Surface from 3D Faces or 3D Lines in Civil 3D

We have all probably received a drawing at one time or another that contains 3D faces representing a surface. Now your job is to convert these 3D faces into a Civil 3D surface that you can use for creating Profiles, Sections, Contours, and a variety of other things. The best way to translate a surface from one software package to another is to use the LandXML import/export format. This will allow you to import an exact copy of the original surface without recreating it from 3D faces or 3D lines representing the TIN. This is the fastest way to get a surface that was created in another program into Civil 3D and it also eliminates the possibility of errors being introduced during the process of rebuilding the surface. However, the person supplying you with the drawing may be unable, or unwilling, to export the surface as a LandXML file for you. If this is the case Civil 3D has tools that make creating a surface from 3D faces or 3D lines representing a TIN both accurate and easy.

For the complete tutorial, (and many others) follow this link...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Do I have to use the Ribbon?

In the 2010 version of Civil 3D the interface has been dramatically redone to incorporate the ribbon. As with most changes like this some people love it while others do not and want to know if they can use the old system. This tutorial will discuss the details and explain your options.

For the complete tutorial, (and many others) follow this link...