Thursday, November 29, 2012

Autodesk Expert Elite Program

Man I take great pictures. Just look at this one that took place yesterday. Not quite sure why I have such a goofy face for this one.

For some reason Autodesk thinks I’m Expert Elite and belong in a limited group of Autodesk users across the globe. Fairly cool getting a certificate, pen set, and some additional privileges. I think I might just crop Carl out and start using this picture as my profile picture.

Autodesk University Questions

Autodesk University  is a great place to get answers to your questions. Sometimes it’s good answers. Like when I should a Civil 3D user how to apply superelevation to an alignment without a curve. Other times it’s not so good news like not having a civil BIM design program.

If you missed AU and want to have an example of an answer, IMAGINiT Technologies was kind enough to answer a question. Below is the video, enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

PI Station Label

There is a new App available on the Autodesk Exchange Store. It’s a PI Station Label command that uses a mLeader object to label a PI point on an adjacent polyline, alignment, or feature line. The price should be right at Free. So download it from this page: PI Station Label

Also check out my other App: ExtractC3DSurfBoundaries

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Subassembly Composer Class

Notes from this session:

  • Cool idea link the slope and width value through the API. Using L2.slope and L2.Width instead of using the values. This way if I decide to use a different value, I only have to change it in one place.
  • Use –infinity% (or infinity%) to get a vertical daylight to target a surface.

Dueling Large Scale Printers

It’s Autodesk University time. This year in addition to all the great classes there appears to be a battle of the large format printers, either that or I’m making it up. Today I got not one, but two press releases for large format printers. Who do I give top billing to? HP or Epson?

Here’s some information for HP. They are located in Booth 120.

“At Autodesk University 2012, HP is demonstrating its award-winning portfolio of cloud-based large-format printing solutions and all-in-one workstations. These offerings deliver mobility, simplicity and quality to design professionals.

Found in the HP Platinum Sponsor Lounge and booth 120, the new HP Designjet T120 and T520 ePrinter series are the industry’s first web-connected, entry-level large-format printing solutions. Together with the free HP Designjet ePrint & Share web service, these devices provide large-format printing through the cloud from virtually anywhere. (1) HP is also demonstrating the HP Z1 Workstation, the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display.”

Here’s some information from Epson. They are in booth 645.

“Epson America will offer hands-on demonstrations of its new line of large-format color plotters at Autodesk University 2012 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas this week. Epson’s booth (#645) will showcase the new T-Series line – the Epson® SureColor® T3000, T5000 and T7000 – designed specifically for today’s engineering and scientific professionals, including live demos and a variety of output samples on different media types. In addition, attendees are invited to stop by to enter for a chance to win an Epson SureColor T3000 24-inch plotter at the show.”

Check out the booths if you are at AU or online if you aren’t able to make it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Civil 3D 2012–C3D Stock Subassemblies

Believe it or not there are some bugs in the subassemblies that ship with Civil 3D. In addition there are some cases in a design where a custom coded subassembly is the best solution. This is especially true when repetitive code is used that doesn’t work well in Subassembly Composer.

To correct any bugs or create your own subassembly a good place to start is using the code that ships with Civil 3D. The code is located at:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012\Sample\Civil 3D API\C3DStockSubAssemblies

I usually copy the project to a different location. This way you can always get a fresh copy and you move it outside the Window’s UAC. Once open you first must add the correct references. The easiest way to do this is to set the Reference Paths:


Next you might notice a plethora of errors showing up. This is because for some odd reason the programmers of the Subsassemblies, they did not like to declare all of their variables correctly. I guess they don’t believe in treating all warnings as errors. Strangely when you open the solution the check box on the compile tab of the project is set to treat all warnings as errors. Unchecking this box will remove all of the errors back to warnings.


Next if you are using a 64-bit operating system, or not. You’ll want to change the build target type. To do this open the Configuration Manager.


Next select the Active Solution Platform and select the <New… > option. Select AnyCPU from the list and base it on the x64 build.

Next we need to change the target Framework. The setting is set to .NET Framework 2.0. Unfortunately Civil 3D uses .NET Framework 3.5. So go in and change the Target Framework to 3.5.


Now rebuilding the solution and replacing the existing dll with the new one should then compile.

C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\C3D 2012\enu\C3DStockSubassemblies.dll

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ask an Expert, Get a Video Response

Autodesk University is coming up and the promotional emails are flying far and wide. One such promotion that hit my inbox is from IMAGINiT Technologies. This year they are offering to answer some of your most pressing questions with video responses, well three to five questions to be exact. Now I'm usually horrible at coming up with questions, so I need your help in coming up with some questions. Best of all the best question provider will win an IMAGINiT branded brain teasing wooden puzzle. So if you have a questions and want it answered by an IMAGINiT expert, leave a comment below.

The deadline for the questions ends this Monday, November 19 at Noon. So act fast if you want a chance for your question to be answered.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Civil 3D 2013 Template

If you are lazy like myself you don’t want to spend time setting up a Civil 3D Template in Visual Studio Express, you just want to download a file and get started. Well here is a Civil 3D 2013 Template for VB.NET that may save you some time. The only think you may have to do is make sure all of the references are resolved. The resolved location should be C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 or where ever you installed Civil 3D.

For mor information check out these links:'s_Guide/0007-Getting_7/0008-Setting_8


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