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Engineering CAD Training Tools 2010 Civil 3D

Wisconsin has developed help sheets to assist you in getting started with Civil 3D 2010.

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Topic Description
Initial Setup How to download and save the CUI and template files.  Only needs to be done once or when the CUI and/or template change.
Starting a New Drawing How to start a new drawing and save it to a project folder.
Points How to download a data collector, import point files and points.
Surfaces How to create a surface from a point file, including LIDAR, and from points.
Alignments and Profiles How to create alignments and profiles.
Grading How to grade using the grading wizard.  Examples for simple grading and complex grading.
Cross Sections How to create cross sections from your surface and alignments.
Assemblies and Corridors How to create assemblies and corridors.
Imagery How to bring aerial photography into Civil 3D.
Plotting How to plot multiple sheets.
Tips and Tricks Covers a variety of topics.

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Additional Civil 3D 2010 CAD Training Tools



200 - General
200 Civil 3D 2010 Ribbons  (PDF; 650 KB) A summary of the static and contextual ribbon tabs for the Civil 3D workspace.
201 Civil 3D 2010 User Interface  (PDF; 397 KB) Get started by familiarizing yourself with the Civil 3D 2010 User Interface.
202 Common Drafting Commands and Shortcuts  (PDF; 104 KB) A summary of common drafting commands and their locations within the interface.
221 Modes/Drafting Aids  (PDF; 143 KB) Set up your workspace with time-saving modes and drafting aids like Object Snap, Polar Tracking, and Dynamic Input.
240 Annotation  (PDF; 87 KB) This guide covers some of the most commonly used AutoCAD commands for creating text notes and annotation with leaders.
241 Annotation/Dimensioning This guide covers some of the most commonly used AutoCAD commands for dimensioning objects in a drawing.
242 Tables Insert tables into your workspace to organize data or compute simple equations.
243 Text Fields Set up and use custom drawing properties in addition to those properties included in the template.  Link the custom property with text in the drawing.
251 Layers Create new layers, freeze/thaw, turn layers on/off, and change the layer of objects in your drawing.
252 Layer Filters This guide provides a brief description of group and property layer filters, and how they can be used to control the display of layers in a drawing.
253 Plotting and Page Setup  (PDF; 220 KB) Plot a specific area in the drawing's model space or from a layout. Save plot settings to a layout.
260 Model Space/Paper Space  (PDF; 166 KB) Learn the differences between model space and paper space and how functionality can differ between them.
261 Design Center  (PDF; 181 KB) Transfer drawing content such as blocks, layouts, text styles, dimension styles, linetypes, and layers from a source drawing into your current drawing.
262 Tool Palettes  (PDF; 165 KB) Set up Tool Palettes to easily share commonly used drawing settings, objects and commands between individual drawings and between designers.
300 - Points
300 Point Styles  (PDF; 136 KB) A summary of the visual display of point groups and the default point styles included in the Wisconsin Civil 3D drawing template.
301 Importing Points  (PDF; 158 KB) Import survey data from a text or .csv file containing survey point data.
302 Creating a Surface from an External Point File Create a surface from an external text or .csv file.
310 Default Point Groups A summary of the point groups provided in the Wisconsin standard drawing template, and descriptions that are used to control which points are included in each point group.
311 Working With Point Groups A summary of the most commonly used tabs in the Point Groups Properties window and some of the settings that can be controlled in those tabs.
312 Controlling Point Display Use point group properties to quickly and easily control point display.
313 Create a New Point Group  (PDF; 119 KB) Create new point groups and learn about some of the commonly used tabs in the Point Groups Properties window and some of the settings that can be controlled in those tabs.
500 - Alignments
510 Creating an Alignment from Objects Define an alignment based on a polyline that has been drafted in a drawing.
511 Creating Alignments Using Alignment Creation Tools Alignments can be defined using a variety of tools. This page includes an example of creating a simple alignment consisting of two straight line segments joined by a curve.
512 Creating an Offset Alignment Create an offset alignment based on an existing centerline alignment to represent edges of a waterway channel, the top edges of an embankment, or other similar features.
513 Editing Alignments - Alignment Layout Tools  (PDF; 180 KB) A summary of the commands located on the Alignment Layout Tools toolbar used to create new alignments and edit the properties of existing alignments.
600 - Profiles
600 Profile View Styles  (PDF; 57 KB) A reference sheet of profile view styles that are provided with the Wisconsin drawing template.
610 Profile from a Terrain Surface  (PDF; 41 KB) Develop profile views for a terrain surface along an alignment.
611 Developing a Finished Ground Profile  (PDF; 95 KB) Manually develop a finished ground profile in a drawing that already contains an alignment, a profile, and a profile view.
620 Profile Views  (185 KB) Create a profile view including a name, station numbers, profile height, and other display options.
621 Multiple Profile Views Break up profile views into smaller sections to make viewing and plotting easier.


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