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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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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.

Posted by DannyCounts @ 7:00 PM


Posted by Anonymous Kevin Spear : 8:08 PM
Hi... Did you see my post on the Civil 3D newsgroup today? It was this exact issue. Actually, something in the back of my mind tells me that we were told this either at Boot Camp or in some material... sometimes, just too much information to keep floating in the brain.

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