Friday, February 27, 2009

Update 2.1 for Civil 3D 2009 is Now Available

Update 2.1 is now available. The title of this post is linked to the download page.

As always please review the Readme file to see how to best install and use this update.

Be Better!...simply that

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

FEMA Flood Hazard Areas in Google Earth

The title of this post is linked to a FEMA Mapping download page where we can download two KMZ files that show flood hazard areas and related info in Google Earth.

We have previously seen that Google Earth data (image and 3D surface) can be easily brought into Civil 3D.

Many will find this information very useful.

Be Better! ...Stay high and dry!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dana's New Blog

There have been many people that have, and that do, blog about Civil 3D. Collectively, everyone has shared a tremendous amount of knowledge, best practices, how to's, and much, much, more.

One of my favorite Civil 3D bloggers has been Dana Probert. She has always found creative and humorous ways to give her valuable insight to the rest of us.

Well, she has begun a NEW blog titled "BIM on the Rocks". I highly encourage you to visit this site and see what she has to say (and how she says it).

I particularly like the title because BIM is changing the way many leading companies are doing their work. (Oh, and the title is not "Bimonth eRocks" which was how I first read the address. Sorry Dana.)

I am currently subscribed to over 70 different Civil 3D related blogs. Unfortunately, quite a number of these are no longer active, but I do not unsubscribe because some of the info in the newsreader is still very helpful. I have not added most of the links to the list on the left (time limitations, sorry). If you know of a Civil 3D related blog that you would like Civil 3D users to know about add a comment to this post.

Be Better!... Share Knowledge.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Today, Shaan Hurley and many other bloggers have been given permission to blog about AutoCAD 2010. click on the title of this post to get to Shaan's blog.

Look for his post from yesterday (February 4) to see a link for a sneak peek webcast for tomorrow (February 6) for AEC products (Civil 3D among other).

Be Better!... Look as far forward as possible!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Google Earth 5

There are some interesting new features in the new Google Earth 5 Beta (click on the title of this post to get to the download page). One that I found interesting was the ability to use/load past imagery. I was able to see what the nearby vicinity looked like in 1994 as compared with today.


The present

We can also now see underwater features. I was able to see the seabed between the coast and Catalina Island. I was able to import the seabed data into Civil 3D 2009 and the image was draped on the surface as expected.

Check the somewhat new "Being Civil" blog to see how to get this to work fine.

Be Better!...Remember the Past.