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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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Saturday, June 24, 2006


Southern California CAD Summit

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Each year, L.A. CAD hosts the largest Autodesk University type event in Southern California, the Southern California CAD Summit (SCCS). We will see you at the Long Beach Convention Center where Lynn Allen will be joining us again this year just like the last two years conducting her tips and tricks for AutoCAD 2007. This is our third year running this event. Last year in San Diego we had over 300 people attend and the prior year in Orange County we had over 125 people. We expect 500 people this year so sign up soon.

L.A. CAD Subscription customers will receive a certain amount of free passes to this event. If you are not an L.A. CAD subscription customer, you can still sign up. All attendees must submit their registration request at the link provided below. This event is larger than local AUGI CAD Camps with more classes to choose from, more exhibitors to see, and more prizes to win. The SCCS course catalog has been finalized for registration and viewing. To submit your registration request and review the costs to attend, please visit the following link:


This years Civil 3D 2007 courses include the following:

1. Vault Workflow for a Typical Civil Engineering Project - This class will cover a workflow that was put together by L.A. CAD and validated with several Civil Engineering companies in Southern California. It even discusses how Vault and Sheet Set Manager can be used together.
2. The Rocky Horror Template Show in Civil 3D with Style(s) - This class will cover most everything that can be customized in Civil 3D and how to share the customization that represents your CAD and Design Standards through templates. It will also cover production quality Civil 3D labels.
3. This "Spot" reserved for Grading - In this course, we will cover many of the new grading tools in Civil 3D 2007 in a real world application of these tools for a commercial site. We will be covering the new feature line tools, grading objects, and how to create dynamic surfaces with unique production quality labels representing finished surfaces that will allow you to evaluate your design against quickly against your design criteria.
4. Pipes don't have to be Draining - In this class you will learn how to create customized parts lists in Civil 3D 2007 that incorporate appropriate graphical and CAD standards for both plan and profile. You will also learn how to incorporate certain standard design rules into your customized parts lists and how to save this all in standard template files. We will also look at some of the Pipe layout tools with transparent command features along with running interference and proximity checks along with interference graphics.
5. Road Rehabra-Cadabra - Utilizing the power of Civil 3D subassemblies, we will look at a real world application of using assemblies, subassemblies, and corridors. In this course, we will start with an exsting roadway surface and learn how to improve that surface by holding to certain existing features like edges, crowns, holding certain cross fall to improve the roadway.
6. One Point, Two Point, Red Point, Blue Point - You will learn most aspects of working with points like importing and exporting, customizing the label properties of different point groups and working with description keys. You will learn how to control layout and dragged state properties of points and also how to change orientation of points utilizing options such as Object, WCS, and View.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Vault Tech Tip: Creating Plan Sets (Alignments & Profiles)

According to the Workflow described in Part 1 and Part 2 in my earlier posts (links here), here is a validation of this workflow. I had to remove some of the images from this post as they were giving me fits.


In the proposed workflow we described, we indicated one object per drawing (except with a profile that needs to be in the same drawing as its alignment). This workflow is being well received by several companies and was validated this week as we were teaching this workflow to Seattle Public Utilities.

In the Workflow, we suggested the alignment and profile should be in the same drawing. What this means is the profile has to be in the same drawing as where the alignment was created. It is possible to put the profile in a separate drawing by adding the alignment reference and then creating the profile. However, when you choose to add that drawing to the same project within Vault, it will NOT add the profile to the Vault. If the profile is not in the Vault, you can not create a reference to that profile within a Plan Set or Sheet drawing.

As you can see from the screen capture below (removed), there is a profile in the drawing. The profile was created from a Surface reference and Alignment reference. Since the profile was created in a separate drawing from the alignment, it will not allow you to add the profile to the Vault, thus you cannot use the profile as a reference in a Plan Set drawing.

As you can see by the next screen capture (remove), when adding the profile in the same drawing where the alignment is created, it does allow you to add the profile to the project within Vault. This means we can now add the profile reference into any Plan Set or Sheet drawing.

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Friday, June 09, 2006


Vault Tech Tip: Add and Detach in same menu?

I discovered this issue while working with some of our customers data. If you are in a drawing that has already been added to a Vault Database and you want to do a Saveas to save that drawing as another DWG file, it can create a bit of confusion when you attempt to add the new drawing to the Vault. As you can see below, you see a Sync to Project and Detach to Project at the same time you see an Add to Project. You can still Add the new drawing to the project by selecting Add to Project, but again, this could confuse individuals the first time they see this can easily create problems in your Vault database if you are not careful.

When checking in drawings to the Vault, you have the option to add Civil 3D objects that you want to share. When doing a Saveas, it is easy to have duplicate objects in the new drawing from the previous drawing which could cause you to add the same objects for sharing to the Vault database. Saveas may not be the best choice of commands when you are actively adding drawings to the Vault, so be cautious as you use the Saveas command.

When adding a drawing to the Vault for the first time, you only see Add to Project, not Sync or Detach. Until you need to make your Civil 3D drawings available to others, you should consider NOT adding the drawings to the Vault until it is necessary. In this scenario, you might consider doing any Saveas commands prior to adding those drawings to the Vault. Then, when you are ready to add your drawings to the Vault for sharing purposes or other, you can then open each file individually and then individually add them to the Vault.

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