Course info
Jun 20, 2016
2h 55m

AutoCAD Civil 3D offers a unique solution for Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers to work in a single software environment to complete land development projects. In this course, Introduction to Surveying: Field to Finish in AutoCAD Civil 3D, you will learn the basics of how the field measurement data is taken from the surveyor's instruments and processed into a dynamic Civil 3D model. First, you'll learn about survey objects and databases. Next, you will explore the portions of the Civil 3D user interface that are specific to Survey workflows, and dig into the Survey Settings. Finally, you will learn how to use Description Keys to control the look of points and their layers based on their Raw Description codes. When you're finished with this AutoCAD course, you'll not only have a strong understanding of AutoCAD Civil 3D, but you'll also be able to apply this knowledge and experience when surveying in your career. Software required: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016, 2017.

About the author
About the author

Curtis is registered professional engineer (Florida and Tennessee) and BIM for civil infrastructure specialist at Innerlight Engineering Corporation in Miramar Beach, Florida. Curtis brings over 8 years of AutoCAD Civil 3D experience and AutoCAD Civil 3D Certified Professional status.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
(upbeat pop music) Hi, everyone. My name's Curtis Smith, and welcome to my course, entitled Introduction to Surveying: Field to Finish in AutoCAD Civil 3D. I'm a registered professional civil engineer at Innerlight Engineering Corporation in Miramar Beach, Florida. Here, I manage and perform land planning, civil engineering, and survey projects across the southeastern United States. This course is focused on land surveyor work flows and AutoCAD Civil 3D, but it's also great for CAD draftsmen and civil engineers who might be supporting the land surveyors or working with their CAD files throughout an engineering project. After a field survey is complete, it becomes a game of connect the dots back in the office to generate the final survey plan. In this course, we're going to learn how to make Civil 3D automatically connect those dots for you, and how to automatically stylize those dots to speed up the plan production time back in the office. Some of the major topics that we will cover include learning about survey objects and databases, exploring the portions of the user interface specific to surveyor workflows, importing the survey data and having the software process the linework automatically, and how to stylize the survey points automatically with description keys. By the end of this course, you should feel comfortable working with the survey tools in Civil 3D, and you should understand how the Field to Finish automation works in the software. Before beginning the course, you should familiarize yourselves with the basics of AutoCAD Civil 3D. This is just the first step in your journey to learning the surveying workflows in Civil 3D, and there will be many more steps in the future. So please join me here at Pluralsight and let's start the journey with Introduction to Surveying: Field to Finish in AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Exploring the Survey Workspace
Welcome to Module number two of our introduction to survey workflows and autocad Civil 3D. In the previous module, we introduced some of the survey-specific workflows to get a better understanding of how they help us to automate the surveying field to finish process. And now we're going to dive more into the technical aspects. In this module we're going to discuss the user interface and workspaces of Civil 3D, that are specific to survey workflows. We dabbled in some of these areas already, but now we'll interact with them in more depth so that we can get a better feel for where all the surveying tools and settings are located. We'll start with the survey tool space and ribbon tab. Then we'll discuss the survey settings, which are much different than the base autocad and the general Civil 3D settings, that have been discussed in other introductions to Civil 3D courses. We'll learn how to set up survey working folder, and project database folder, and we'll discuss multiple ways in which you can manage your survey project files to best suit yours or your company's IT storage structure. And finally, we'll learn how to set up the equipment database, the figure prefix database, and the linework code sets. These are settings that, unlike most others, are saved outside of the drawing file. So, let's shift to the next clip and get started, shall we?

Importing Survey Data and Processing Linework
Welcome to Module Number Three, entitled Importing Survey Data and Processing Linework. So far, we've reviewed what surveying Field to Finish is, and we've looked deeply into the survey settings and configurations for Civil 3D. Now we're going to actually do our own example project. To get started, we'll configure the survey prefix database. We're going to review a numeric and text example just so you get an idea how you might configure your own. We're going to do a very basic example of our own. The numeric and text examples will show you complete databases from practicing surveyors. We'll configure the linework codesets. And, again, we'll review two examples made by two real surveying companies. And then we'll make our own for our example project. We need to field data collection. And, of course, we can't go out and survey a real project site. But we can simulate this inside of Civil 3D. And then we'll export those points to a raw data file, just like we would receive from the field surveyors. We'll create the survey database and we'll import the data. And then we'll finish by processing the linework in the drawing. So let's get started, on the next clip, with configuring the figure prefix database.

Description Keys
Perhaps the second most useful feature in AutoCAD Civil 3D for Surveyors in terms of time saving is the notion of description keys. Description keys allow us to apply a look or a style and some other parameters to points based on the raw field code. So even though we have the ability to control styles in Civil 3D with point groups, which we've gone over in the introduction to Civil 3D course available on the Pluralsight website, description keys give us a much more robust system for controlling the layers and styles and parameters of points as they're imported into the drawing. So in this module, we'll go over just a broad overview of what description key sets are, we'll show how they can translate raw descriptions to full descriptions, format styles and layers based on the raw descriptions, scale and rotate the symbols based on the description keys, and also we'll look at the search order of description keys in case you have several different key sets to work with. We'll review a numeric and text example and then we'll apply our own description keys to our example project we worked on in module three. So with that, let's move on over into the second clip and get started with the description key sets overview.