Tuesday, May 29, 2007

"Grading Best Practices" White Paper

Autodesk has released today a document that will describe the two primary methods for completing a grading design, and more importantly this document gives us a very thorough examination of the "Best Practices" involved with their use.

"Grading Best Practices", at 32 pages, is a very important read for anyone who wishes to use these tools as they were intended and with the guidance that helps produce accurate, and stable results.

I am sure that many will find this document to be a critical new tool.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Couple More Blogs

I have recently run across...

Civil 3D Worldwide by Rad Lazic (a friend)


CommTech CAD Café by Brian J. Hailey and LuAnn Sims

I wish all of you success in these efforts.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Drape Image - Skill Builder

This skill builder has been available for a little while, but I had not had the opportunity to mention it yet. The 14-page "Skill Builder" titled "Draping an Image on a Surface Using AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008" shows us how to just that. This includes...

  1. Setting up a surface style
  2. exporting design data to Google Earth to locate appropriate image location
  3. Fine tuning Google Earth for suitable image
  4. Importing Google Earth image
  5. Draping image on to Civil 3D 2008 surface

Civil 3D 2007 & ADMS 2008, Service Pack

Because Civil 3D 2007 installs Autodesk Data Management Server (ADMS) 5 and Civil 3D 2008 installs ADMS 2008, and because these two items can not co-exist on the same machine, Autodesk has released for Civil 3D 2007 - ADMS 2008 Support Patch. This will allow Civil 3D 2007 with Service Pack 3 to connect to ADMS 2008.

This will solve this challenges for those that are configured this way..

Friday, May 18, 2007

LandXML White Paper

I am not certain when this white paper was released, but we can now download a 6 page white paper titled "LandXML Drawing Support".

This paper contains information about importing and exporting LandXML data in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008.

Unfortunately, many people who would benefit from the use of LandXML are either completely or significantly unaware of how LandXML can contribute to increasing the efficiency of their design processes. This paper is a good first step to see what data can be shared to other users, applications, and agencies.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

"Experience The Possibilities" Tour

On Wednesday May 16, 2007 we here at KETIV Technologies will be at Autodesk's North American tour when they stop in Anaheim, CA (about 5 miles from our offices). We will be available to provide lots of information about the 2008 family of products.

I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Be Fruitful and Multiply

Here is another Civil 3D blog. Cristopher F. from San Luis Obispo, CA writes Civil 3D Reminders. He has shared several undocumented commands.

Good job Christopher.

Monday, May 07, 2007

New AutoCAD Civil 3D Blog

Autodesk's Sanay Asnani has started a Civil 3D blog called 2D to (Civil) 3D.

Sanjay is Autodesk's Civil 3D evangelist to the educational community. Sanjay's role will effect the future by contributing to the exposure of Civil 3D to engineering students across the country. Plus he has behind the scenes knowledge that we will likely benefit from.

Sanjay, we look forward to your efforts.