Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What Commands In Civil 3D Do You Use Most?

I recently saw some the results of a study of the most used Civil 3D commands. The top three were:

  1. EditSurfaceProperties (by far)
  2. GradingElevEditor
  3. EditCorridorProperties
I doubt that anyone was very surprised. I just found the information interesting.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Survey Link for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008

There is an extension now available for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2008 customers on Autodesk Subscription. The extension is...

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Survey Link

It allows raw survey data to be converted into an Autodesk field book file (.fbk) and then imported directly into Civil 3D 2008. No longer will we need to use Land Desktop in this process.

This downloadable extension requires that Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 be already installed.

Login to subscription center to download.

Yes, it is the same as is available in Land Desktop, now directly available in Civil 3D 2008.

Service Pack 2 Update

If you receive a "1603 error" when installing Service Pack 2 for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008, download and install the Service Pack again. Some users were getting the error which involved custom profiles. A newer Service Pack was posted and will correct those particular problems.

If you installed the original Service Pack (the newer Service Pack was posted Friday about 4 pm EDT) without any error (my original SP installed fine), there is no need to reinstall the newer Service Pack.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 Service Pack 2 Available

Service Pack 2 was posted for download. This Service Pack includes the following:

Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2008
Service Pace 1 for AutoCAD Map 3D 2008
Over 70 updates for AutoCAD Civil 3d 2008

Also available is Service Pack 2 for Land Desktop Companion 2008.

Friday, October 12, 2007


As I have "on-boarded" with Autodesk I have been impressed with the tremendous amount of information and the variety of training that we as employees have access to in order to do our jobs well.

I recently received information about how the Customer Error Reports (CERs) that are sent in are used. I now have understanding of some of the processes that analyze the reports.

CERs are absolutely the last thing that any Civil 3D users wishes to encounter. In my travels I have met users that say that submitting CERs is a waste of time. Nothing could be further from the truth. These reports not only help the development team identify areas of the application that need attention. They also help prioritize which problems would provide the most impact, to the most people, the quickest.

The CERs are categorized by many different common factors. Trends or consistencies are determined and the item(s) with the largest numbers get the majority of the attention. Very straight forward.

In closing, I would say as unpleasant as it may be, PLEASE! always send the CERs. This will help your organization the most by placing focus on issues that are hampering YOU of YOUR organization's users. Otherwise, the focus may go to issues that are, comparatively speaking, of lesser importance to the entire industry.