Civil 3D – Volumes Dashboard vs Composite Volumes

April 15, 2020 Kevin Breslin

Leo Lavayen | Applications Expert

Autodesk Civil 3D provides great tools for calculating surface volumes.  Early releases of Civil 3D (pre-2012) analyzed composite Surface volumes in the Panorama vista as a simple calculator. Whereas since 2012, when comparing surfaces in the dashboard a Volume Surfaces will be created.

Surface Volumes:  THEN the Composite Volumes tab

The command used to be found from the Ribbon Analyze tab > Volumes and Materials panel > Volumes button > will open the Panorama vista.  Once the panel is closed the window will reset itself.

01-VOL

The question is, “Can we still get the old Panorama vista, that only computes and does not create surfaces?”  From the command line use the  REPORTSURFACEVOLUME command.

Surface Volumes:  NOW the Volumes Dashboard tab

From the Ribbon Analyze tab > Volumes and Materials panel > Volumes Dashboard button > will open the Panorama vista.  This will create a New Volume Surface and keep track of it.

02-VOL

If a Volume type surface is created it can be added here.  Also, the function of creating area-specific Bounding Volumes is an option.

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