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I was recently certified by Autodesk as a Civil 3D Implementation Certified Expert or ICE. I have worked in the Civil Engineering industry since 1987. In 1994 I started my consulting business doing training and consulting for Civil Engineering customers utilizing Autodesk civil engineering technology. I started L.A. CAD in 1999 and we are currently the 3rd largest Autodesk partner in the U.S. Studied Civil Engineering at Long Beach State, graduated in 1996.

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Monday, January 23, 2006


Civil 3D Master Planning

Because of the efficient iterative conceptual layout and design capabilities of Civil 3D, it is an efficient tool for Master Planning, and Land Use conceptual planning. This means it can be used by not only traditional Civil Engineering companies, but its capabilities can and are being leveraged by Architectural companies that have land planning divisions as well as companies that focus on land planning.

For Master Planning and determining different Land Use Concepts, you will find that the capability of the intelligent Alignment and Parcel objects and there abilities to react to each other make for an efficient way to plan out a given site. It is not only a quick layout tool, but in consideration of design constraints, site conditions, etc, you can iterate through different concepts very quickly. We would have never even attempted to use something like Land Desktop for this in the past since we could not efficiently try different concepts to optimize the site or design. You also have the ability to automatially add Right-of-Way objects to your Master Planned Parcels where they are adjacent to Master Planned Centerlines. When you add the ROW lines, the adjacent parcels re-calculate their areas automatically.

Combining the intelligent objects with pre-set object and label styles for your Parcels will allow you to apply different styles with appropriate color fill patterns for you High Density Residential, Low Density Residential, Commercial areas, Parks, etc. Try creating a template that has the pre-set styles and name the template something simple like "Master Planning Template.dwt".

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