Archive for July, 2012

Civil 3D book reviewed: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Essentials

As a Civil 3D addict I read a lot of resources about this subject. Besides the many great resources found and available on the internet like blogs, I also read great Civil 3D books. One of those great books is AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Essentials written by Eric Chappell.
I have reviewed this book with Amazon. You can read it right here
The clear approach of a likely real world Civil project from start to end through the whole book is really great. Not to mention that besides Imperial units it uses Metric units too. The approach of the use of supported videos is innovative and can be downloaded via the Amazon or Wiley website but can also be watched via YouTube.
The book is targeted for starters, but even I as a Civil 3D teacher have learned better understand the automated field to finish in Survey. This is the first Civil 3D book I’ve found which clearly and extensively explains how the automated field to finish works in Survey using a point file in the PENZD text format in a likely real world project. The only thing I’ve missed in this part is the explanation of how a surface can be build by using the newly introduced survey query command. Besides that it is really a great book.
I can recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn Civil 3D by themselves or as a guidance when learning by a teacher in a class.

July 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Productivity Tools for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Updated

As you probably know as an Autodesk Subscriber you can access and download Product Enhancements from the Autodesk Subscription website.
One of those product enhancements are the Productivity Tools for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 which include a lot of extra tools which you can add to your Civil 3D 2012 installation. These tools were released on 10 May 2012.

Lately, as of the 1st of July 2012, the Bridge Modeler tool from Autodesk Labs http://labs.autodesk.com/graduates/ has graduated and is also made available to Subscription customers. But you can’t find it under the normal download root where all the other tools are found. Instead Autodesk choose to add them under the Productivity Tools for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 section. Other new tools were also added in this section.
So the list of tools is now updated by these new tools:

  • Bridge Modeler
  • CorridorSolids
  • Curb Gutter Subassemblies

Go and get them!
And don’t forget to check this page regularly. You never know when other new tools will be made available here too.

July 2, 2012 at 8:36 am 1 comment


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