I’ll be posting my notes regarding the Civil 3D Blogger’s Day webcast. Right now I’m playing Penguin Swing while waiting for the webcast to begin.
My best score at Penguin Swing, 317.2: http://screencast.com/t/YjZkM2Q0YmU Matt Kolberg looks like he gets the highest at 319.8
Drafting productivity and transportation appears to be the main development area for this release. #C3D
Acquisitions in the environmental space to round out Civil 3D #C3D
Existing and new features have been heavily vetted for stability and scalability.
Upgrade to 64-Bit!!!! for scalability
Dana Probert now presents the nuts and bolts.
Subscription Advantage Pack from 2010 included in #C3D 2011
Point Cloud river data set, looks large:
Dana’s showed a good workflow using a large survey and using point cloud to show it in Civil 3D and then either use the point cloud from surface or create a boundary and then import the points from file using the boundary as a data clip boundary.
Superelevation now editable graphically as well as tabularly #C3D, New wizard to help set the appropriate superelevation you want:
You can still add manual superelevation points. Tabular palette:
New superelevation view. Kind of like a profile view, but for superelevation. Grip editing also of the superelevation components. View of what the superelevation view looks like with section views and plan view:
Corridor editing is awesome, its got to be the best improvement since sliced bread.
Corridors rebuild quicker, only update if a change has occurred. No longer reprocess the whole corridor for one change.
Use transparency for a layer that shows corridor hatching for a better output. Transparency for a layer or object is new in AutoCAD 2011.
“I love the interactive corridors, works great on 3D roundabouts, watch out for that soon from me” - Jack Strongitharm
Take a look at this option to get better looking corridors for offset targets when they are available.
Some new locks for profiles. Station equations can be locked to a physical location now. A great improvement for roadway construction. #C3D
Widening criteria for curves. So if you do work in Montana, you’ll be able to add those widenings around curves nearly painlessly.
Improved DGN XREF capability. #C3D NCOPY now available with the DGN XREF!
New improvements for creating multiple section views for building cross section sheets.
Project objects to multiple section views:
How to control which section view the object gets put on, and they can overlap so the object can be shown on both the forward and back section view:
New button on the Plan Production panel:
Now split and merge pipe networks:
Dana’s best improvement for pipe networks, adjusting what elevation should be used for create pipe network from object.
Check out videos of Civil 3D 2011: http://www.youtube.com/ADSKInfrastructure
Transparency is a great new AutoCAD feature that can be used in Civil 3D, however it does have some drawbacks on layers showing parts of Civil 3D objects.
Sooner then later for StormNet to be incorporated into Civil 3D as subscription benefit near Civil 3D release date.
Alignments and profile labels able to be created through the API. Although we have to wait for others.
Add commas to label text components, also called digit grouping within the program.
Grading functionality hasn’t changed, but some significant breakthroughs were made in fleshing out problems and issues that have existing for a long time. The bucket of issues should be smaller in using grading.
Available end of April or middle of month for Civil 3D 2011 coming out. #C3D