I was recently contacted by a few Civil 3D users that were attempting to import a Google Earth surface into their drawings. The importation process would stop at about 49%. I made the following video to address their issue.
I was recently sent a link to a centralized page on the Autodesk website for the "Support & Documentation" for many Autodesk Products. From this page we can access the "Knowledge Base", "Documentation", and "Online Help" for those products. My first thought was "Wow, this would be helpful for quick access to this information". Then I figured that others might find this page useful as well, so thus this post.
The products for which there are links are...
AutoCAD Map 3D
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Autodesk 3ds Max
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Click here or the title of this post to get to that page.
Many readers are already aware of what James Wedding has done for the Civil 3D community. Well, here he is in an exciting new role, as Autodesk Technical Specialist for Civil Engineering. I am looking forward to working more closely with James and know that this will lead to great things.
Click here or the title of this post to see James in an introductory video.
Last year's version of this video was one of the Civil 3D YouTube videos that I referred to most often. It is great to see that the "Optimizing Performance with AutoCAD Civil 3D..." was updated for 2011.
This 15 minute video offers many tips and processes to increase the performance of Civil 3D. Additionally, metrics are sometimes provided to put the potential gain into perspective.
Covered topics include...
Event Viewer and Tooltips
I am sure that I will be watching this many times and referring to it in my interactions with users.
As of today, those with AutoCAD Civil 3D on subscription will be able to download "The Civil Visualization Extension" (previously know as Dynamite VSP).
This extension provides a process to take Civil 3D surfaces and corridors and easily incorporate them in 3ds Max Design in order to create compelling visualizations.
There are two plug-ins in this extension. "The Civil 3D Exporter" allow us to export the data we select, and the "3ds Max Design Plug-in" does the magic. These plug-in work for the 2010 and 2011 versions of these applications.
If you do not own 3ds Max Design, a 30 day trial can be download from the Subscription Center as well.
With all of the information about AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, that is now appearing on the internet, it may seem that the product is now available. Unfortunately, that is not yet true. It has not yet been released. A release date has not been announced.
Yesterday, there were many media/blogger events and those that attended are now sharing what they saw. Also, as I posted yesterday that the Autodesk website has been updated to include information about the 2011 family of products.
AutoCAD 2011 is officially available and can be used.
For those that are waiting for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, the wait must continue a little longer.
Be Better! ... Be as clear as possible. (Yes Angel, be clearer)
Currently, on the AU blog (BLAUG) there are posts regarding the requests for proposals for Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is a checklist to understand what will be required, and considerations on what types of classes are sought. The deadline to submit proposals for classes is May 14, 2010.
I know many who have the ability to share their experience with others. This would not only elevate the entire Civil 3D user community, it helps build relationships which strengthens the community, as well. So, if you have been considering teaching at AU, I highly encourage you to start the process now. Follow the links, understand the requirements, and DO IT!
I work for Autodesk, Inc. as a Civil Engineering Technical Specialist.
I have been writing a Civil 3D blog since 2004, and have taught at Autodesk University since 2005.
The material contained and the opinions expressed on this blog are my own and are not necessarily those of Autodesk.