Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jan 26, 2018
Duration
1h 39m
Description

Civil 3D points can help you tackle and solve many engineering problems. In this course, Getting Started Using Points in Civil 3D, you will see how to import points, manipulate points, and use points to create design elements. First, you will be introduced to points and what they represent in Civil 3D. Next, you will go over how point styles control the display of the marker in Civil 3D as well as, seeing how AutoCAD Civil 3D transparent commands are used to specify point locations within a larger operation, such as the creation of an alignment or a parcel lot line. Finally, you will use description keys to automatically control some drawing point properties, such as the appearance of a point in the drawing, when you create or import points. When you are finished with this course, you will be better equipped to use points in Civil 3D. Software required: Civil 3D 2018.

About the author
About the author

Sam Lucido presents workshops on CAD standards, tools, and productivity techniques to managers and users by holding hands on labs as well as live presentations. He has over 25 years of CAD experience involving production design, drafting, user support, and standards coordination. Sam is an Autodesk Expert Elite Member and Top Rated Speaker at Autodesk University.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello everyone. My name is Sam Lucido, and welcome to my course named Getting Started with Points in Civil 3D. I am a Senior CAD Designer and CAD Services Manager with over 20 years of experience using AutoCAD and Civil 3D in the engineering design services industry. I am an AutoCAD Certified Professional and Expert Elite Member. I also write CAD-related articles for AUGIWorld and various online publications. In this course, we will learn how to use points in Civil 3D to leverage the data to their fullest, which will eliminate all manual input of data with fast and easy point importing and development for various Civil engineering projects. Some of the major topics that we will cover will be an overview of points, including the AutoCAD point node and COGO points in Civil 3D; point marker and point label styles, how they are connected and how to control them; point groups and point creation tools, the power of using groups and how to use the creation tools to have flexibility within those groups; importing and exporting points, a big part of COGO points is how to get them in and how to get the data out; and then finally, using description keys to define point data creating point reports to deliver to your project teams. While going through this Civil 3D course, you'll not only know how to use points to tackle and solve many engineering problems, you'll also understand the concept of point data and how you can use those points to improve your designs. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with the basics of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D. More specifically, using Prospector, editing and creating styles in Civil 3D, and importing data in Civil 3D. I am excited to explore points in Civil 3D with you and hope you join me on this course, Getting Started with Points, at Pluralsight.

Getting Started with Points
Hello, and welcome to Getting Started Using Points in Civil 3D. My name is Sam Lucido, and to begin this course, we are going to talk about an overview of Civil 3D points. Module overview. We are first going to discuss AutoCAD points in Civil 3D. Civil 3D is built upon Map 3D, which is built upon AutoCAD; therefore, every single command in AutoCAD is available within Civil 3D. We are going to go back to the beginning and discuss the AutoCAD point command. They are all available in Civil 3D, and we want to talk about how these point nodes can be used in a Civil 3D environment. Next in the module, we are going to discuss survey points and COGO points, the difference between the two. Survey points are entered via a survey database and cannot be manipulated or moved as a COGO point would. The advantage of survey points is all of the data is in one place, and you can create linework that way. The disadvantage is they cannot be individually edited and manipulated in Civil 3D. And then COGO points, which is the main focus of this course, COGO often to refer to as well as coordinate geometry points. These points are the points that we are going to focus on importing, exporting, manipulating, using them in Civil 3D to create our designs. Then we are going to talk about point feature settings, the settings that define how the points are imported, how they are displayed, and how they are used in the drawing. And finally, we are going to take everything we've learned with the survey, the COGO, and the point feature settings and put them in a point template, therefore having reusable content so the next time we go into a drawing all of our styles, our settings, and our features will be available to us without doing any re-creation. So let's move over to Civil 3D and get started with AutoCAD points in Civil 3D.

Point Styles and Point Label Styles
Hello, and welcome to Getting Started with Points in Civil 3D. My name is Sam Lucido. In this module, we are going to discuss point marker styles and point label styles. Module Overview. We are first going to start with the point marker style, the block that controls the actual first part of the point. We are going to review the node again, the AutoCAD point, and then go to the annotative block which we use in Civil 3D. The second part of a COGO point is a point label style. We are going to talk about how to use those label styles, how to depict the labeling of that point in Civil 3D. Then in the next section, we're actually going to create five different point marker styles to be used, five different sample symbols, as well as waterline symbols, which we are then going to place within our drawing. And then finally in this module, we're going to create point label styles. We're going to create a label style that controls the color of the label on a grid north and a grid east. Then we're going to use components to draw lines, creating the label, which has a line drawn and the actual label of the point encompassed by a circle. And then we will finish it off by showing latitude and longitude for a point on a map. All three different label styles in Civil 3D. So let's now move over to Civil 3D and continue on discussing point marker and point label styles.

Point Creation Tools (Transparent Commands)
Hello, and welcome to Getting Started with Points in Civil 3D. My name is Sam Lucido. In this module, we are going to go over point creation tools and point groups. Module Overview. Point creation tools. We will first go over the Point Creation Tools dialog box. We are going to review the toolbar, expand it, review all the feature settings, and how you can change those settings to manipulate the points that are brought it or the points that already exist within your drawing. Next, we are going to discuss point groups. A point group is just a collection of points filtered for certain criteria. You can use any property or combination of properties, such as description, elevation, or a point number to create a group. Very powerful to create point groups so you can manipulate your design and get what you need for different points and different features. Then we are going to take those point groups, and we're going to create a table from those point groups. We're going to create three different tables, put them on the drawing, specifying three different criteria showing how you can do that with a point group. And finally, we're going to take those point groups and export those out to a table, out to a CSV file or a text file. We're going to use the Output tab and export those out to be sent out to the project team or the project manager. Many times in Civil 3D the data we get in is not always what we put out. Sometimes designs change, which change the points, which you need to export a point table. Now let's move over to Civil 3D and continue on, and looking at the point creation tools and point groups.

Point Groups
Welcome to Getting Started with Points in Civil 3D. My name is Sam Lucido. In this module, we are going to discuss importing and exporting points. Module Overview. We are first going to discuss point file formats, the formats that the points need to be in to actually insert, and Civil 3D to read those, to bring those into our drawing. Leading up to that, we are then going to discuss importing the points from different file formats. There are many different ways we can import points. The most common is a text file, PNEZD for point, northing, easting, Z for the elevation, and D for the raw description. There are other formats. We can import a CSV, database, and LIDAR data. We will discuss each of those. Then we're going to take a point file, a simple text file that has an PNEZD format, import the points, and create a surface from those imported points. We will then view the surface in the 3D Object Viewer to check for any discrepancies. And finally, as we did in the other module, we are going to head over to the Output tab on the ribbon, and we're going to export those points, exporting those to a CVS file to be given to the project manager and project teams for review. So let's move over to Civil 3D and continue on discussing importing and exporting points.

Using Description Keys to Control the Display of Points
Welcome to Getting Started with Points in Civil 3D. My name is Sam Lucido. In this module, we will review description keys, point reports, and the COGO point contextual ribbon. Module Overview. We will first discuss using description keys to import points. Setting up description keys to define the raw data in the point can prove to be very helpful in drawings. You can insert tree box, building corner pins, and even sample locations. We will show you how to edit those keys to get those points just the way you want those upon import in Civil 3D. Then we are going to create a point report. We are going to take Toolspace and go over to the Toolbox tab on the ribbon, expand that out, and go under Report Manager in Points and export a point report to HTML and export a point report to CSV. We will also cover radial stakeout, and we will review the station offset point reports. And to conclude this course, we are going to talk about the COGO point contextual ribbon. Upon selecting a COGO point, Civil 3D will bring up a contextual ribbon that can display inquiries, point list, I can renumber a point, I can zoom to a point, and I can do all these different features that are right on the ribbon, easy to access when using points in Civil 3D. So let's move over to Civil 3D and talk about description keys, point reports, and the COGO point contextual ribbon.