IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog

Topics include civil engineering industry insight featuring Autodesk civil engineering software, including AutoCAD and Civil 3D.

  • A Case for Automation

    Kevin Breslin | ISD/RCS Services A Short Story: A friend and co-worker at an engineering firm I was working with at many years ago heard me complaining about a time-consuming repetitive task I was...

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  • Civil 3D Styles Drag & Drop (Part 1): Used but NOT Used

    Civil 3D Styles Drag & Drop (Part 1): Used but NOT Used

    Leo Lavayen | Applications Expert - ISD Thought out the years, we have assisted and delivered many Civil 3D configurations for our clients. Invaluable Lessons, Shortcuts, and Issues have been...

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  • Microdrainage Utility for Civil 3D

    Microdrainage Utility for Civil 3D

    Matt Miyamoto | Project Manager - ISD Consulting Services There is little-to-no surprise that your Desktop App will forever have utilities in them for which you may not have need for. However,...

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  • AutoCAD: Text Readability in Linetypes - An Orientation

    AutoCAD: Text Readability in Linetypes - An Orientation

    Bryant Quinney | Sr Applications Expert For those of you who use text in your custom linetypes within AutoCAD-based program (likely to be a lot of us), you may have noticed that the need to read...

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  • Understanding the use of a Data Clip Boundary in Autodesk Civil 3D

    Understanding the use of a Data Clip Boundary in Autodesk Civil 3D

    Bryant Quinney | Sr. Applications Expert When working on surfaces in Civil 3D, creating a boundary to limit the area used it straightforward. Of the choices we are given, Outer, Hide, and Show...

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  • Smooth Surface versus Smooth Contours in Civil 3D

    Smooth Surface versus Smooth Contours in Civil 3D

    akn_Include, Civil 3D, Grading, TIN, Smooth Surface, Smooth Contours, Natural Neighbor Interpolation, Kriging,

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  • Resolve Crossing Breaklines in Civil 3D

    Resolve Crossing Breaklines in Civil 3D

    Bryant Quinney | Senior Applications Expert During surface creation and modeling within Autodesk Civil 3D, breaklines can sometimes cross each other, possibly preventing the correct surface...

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  • Infrastructure Industry Trends Survey 2019

    Infrastructure Industry Trends Survey 2019

    Kevin Breslin | ISD/RCS Services Manager For the last several years, IMAGINiT has been running an annual industry survey to gauge the pulse of the industry to better understand what’s working,...

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  • Tips on Using Peak Rate Factor in Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis 2020

    Tips on Using Peak Rate Factor in Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis 2020

    Randy McCollum | Applications Expert Starting with the 2020 release of Storm and Sanitary Analysis, Autodesk has made it possible to alter the Peak Rate Factor (PRF) when using TR-20 or TR-55...

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  • Identifying Pipe Network Connectivity Issues with Map Topology in Civil 3D/Map 3D 2020

    Identifying Pipe Network Connectivity Issues with Map Topology in Civil 3D/Map 3D 2020

    Randy McCollum | Applications Expert For a small pipe network, you might be able to tell it is fully connected and logically flowing in the right direction just by doing a simple visual inspection...

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  • Assigning Minimum Pipe Slopes in Civil 3D Pipe Networks

    Assigning Minimum Pipe Slopes in Civil 3D Pipe Networks

    Randy McCollum | Applications Expert As a designer, you already know that the minimum allowable slope for a pipe is a function of three things: The material of the pipe or internal lining in...

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  • Converting a Civil 3D Imperial Template to Metric

    Converting a Civil 3D Imperial Template to Metric

    Randy McCollum | Applications Expert Let’s say you work for a company that has a well-defined template with all the layers properly defined, the blocks are available, fonts included, etc. Creating...

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  • Analyze a Gravity Network in Civil 3D

    Analyze a Gravity Network in Civil 3D

    Brian Johnson | Applications Expert The Analyze Gravity Network feature in Civil 3D provides a way to resize pipes, reset inverts and computer the Hydraulic and Energy Grade Lines (HGL and EGL)...

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  • Staggering Section View Labels for Transportation in Civil 3D

    Staggering Section View Labels for Transportation in Civil 3D

    Brian Johnson | Applications Expert Recently I have been creating Civil 3D styles for transportation projects and was working on labels for the typical section in section view. The purpose of the...

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  • Requirements for an ArcGIS Connection in Map 3D

    Requirements for an ArcGIS Connection in Map 3D

    Bryant Quinney | Applications Expert As both Autodesk and ESRI have, over the last few years, moved towards building a form of partnership for how GIS-related data is accessed and shared, both...

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  • Civil 3D 2020 Survey Database Update

    Civil 3D 2020 Survey Database Update

    Brian Johnson | Applications Expert With the release of Civil 3D 2020, there is an update to the Survey Database format. In prior versions the database format was Microsoft SQL Server Compact (SQL...

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  • Civil 3D: Rail Module Part 2

    Civil 3D: Rail Module Part 2

    In this two-part series, we will explore the Rail Module available within Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2019 to facilitate the layout and design of railways, turnouts, crossovers, etc. Using an alignment...

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  • A More Dynamic UCS?

    A More Dynamic UCS?

    Bryant Quinney | Applications Expert You may (or maybe not) have noticed, in AutoCAD (and AutoCAD-based programs) a feature to dynamically change the UCS simply by clicking on it and picking a...

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  • Civil 3D: Rail Module Part 1

    Civil 3D: Rail Module Part 1

    In this two-part series, we will explore the Rail Module available within Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2019 to facilitate the layout and design of railways, turnouts, crossovers, etc. Using an alignment...

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  • Enhanced 'Insert' interface for AutoCAD 2020

    Enhanced 'Insert' interface for AutoCAD 2020

    Bryant Quinney | Applications Expert Okay, with AutoCAD 2020 here, it’s time to show another not-so-touted feature enhancement, Insert Block. The usual dialog box has given way to a palette which...

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