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Civil 3D – Creating Cropped Surface Tips

Autodesk Civil 3D 2011 Do you have a huge cumbersome surface that you need to cut down to a manageable size in Autodesk Civil 3D? There are a few ways to help make that happen.

  • One is the Cropped Surface tool from the Civil 3D 2010 Subscription Advantage Pack
  • Next is to delete data directly from the surface until it is sized according to your needs.
  • Lastly Civil 3D 2011 already has the SAP features adopted, and Create a Cropped Surface is one of them

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Civil 3D – Stop using context menu for Major Style Edits

This option costs me SOOOOO much time every day.  Well, that and not saving valuable changes to my template.  So in tune with James’ famous PLEASE STOP posts, I’ll post some of my own now and then, mostly for my own sake.  Perhaps I’ll save a few of you some frustration.


Editing a style by selection through a Right Click Context menu is such a cool, convenient option, right. So much so, that faced with a large amount of style tuning, I’ll pick it anyhow.  JUST STOP!!  Break the habit.


Here’s the thing.  It all revolves around this magic button.


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Civil 3D – 2010 Point Label style BUG REPORT

I logged a Bug Report on, and you can check it out HERE.

Autodesk Welcome Screen

I wanted to thank James Wedding and the staff at EE for putting up with me, and always being willing to assist.  I always know I’ll get some relief when I call.

I want to thank my VAR, Applied Technologies Group, for some outstanding dedication and support.  The entire team was at a remote function.  I called John Sayre who was driving in a hail storm at the time.  He insisted on getting all the details and reassured me, when most would have backed out for obvious reasons. The bug confirmation came within 10 minutes, and the support case was already logged in to Autodesk by the time I got the message. Rob, you better hang on to that guy, he means business.

Thank you Dana, for always trying to help.

Civil 3D – 2010 Design Criteria ribbon

I wrote a little bit on Selective Design Criteria and posted it on Civil a while back.  I am currently going back to edit the 2010 criteria files, and thought I’d post this ribbon update.


The criteria editor is still available on the ribbon.  Select the Modify Tab, pick Alignment, and you should find the button on the Modify Panel.  This is the only way (only good way) to edit criteria files.

To remind everyone why we were editing the criteria file, is because we needed Stopping Sight Distance, but not Passing Sight Distance.  The road in question is an old edge of municipality, unpaved road on a fairly steep hill, and subsequently I simply need to validate Stopping Sight, and not Passing Sight, and we will post the region as a “No Passing Zone”.


The design speed for this road is 25 MPH.  Here you can see that  I have satisfied the SSD K of 19, but the error persists.  A tooltip hover shows us that the error is for PSD.  You can’t make it go away.   This will eventually cause me to overlook an error somewhere else.

So we edit a file copy, attach that to our design criteria instead, and get on with our lives.


If you’d like to read the article, you can get it here:

Publish Content for Bolted Connection Part 4

Content Center Family Editing

We need to change some settings in the Content Center Family just written.  Navigate through he Content Center Editor to the new Family.  Right Click, and select the Family Table option.  The family parameters dialog will appear.

The following are examples that I used, however you will undoubtedly have differences and variations at your company that need to be adopted.

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Civil 3D – Simple Surface Paste

I’d like to explain the merits and simplicity of editing an existing flawed (or legacy) surface with another updated region.  Sometimes careful data sifting is required, and in those cases this method will not do.  However, those situations are few, and the Paste method is a great option.  This discussion will follow the notion that… Continue Reading

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