Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012

Recently my copy of Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 came in the mail complements of Louisa Holland, one of the authors of the book. This is the fourth version of the book which started with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008. This book, like the previous versions, covers the features in Civil 3D. This years book includes additional topics covering the new features of the product: Roundabouts, Storm and Sanitary Analysis, and the new style management features.

Now I didn’t read all 908 pages of the book, but did skim over each and every page. The personality of authors come throughout the book with some off the wall comments which I found funny and entertaining. Providing a nice break through reading the meat of the subjects. Each chapter provides step by step instructions on how to use the feature with additional tasks to master the topic fully.

I think the book would be make a great reference for someone learning how to use Civil 3D or updating their skills with new features. While it probably won’t answer all of your questions, especially if you want it to explain how to do things the way you do things, it does provide the foundation for using the program.

Now normally I’d have an in this post advertising this book through Amazon. Unfortunately Amazon and the State of California are having a bit a tiff. Instead of going after all of the Californian’s defrauding the State of California, they have decided it’s easier to attack Amazon as the bad guys. It seems like it would have been easier to ask Amazon for a list of customers (along with purchase totals) and then audit all of the taxpayers returns who are listed as customers. Lets go after the real criminals, the non-tax paying people.

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