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Civil 3D – Missing Point Label Controls

Very often people run into problems when their Points lose their controls.  The label controls, like drag label, rotate, etc.  This is caused by the elevation being NULL.

You may also notice in the image below that the label spacing is funky. We will cover that in another session.

When the Point is styled to display ‘using Point Elevation’, the point is physically elevated to elevation value.  When the Point elevation is NULL, it sends it to a default that is something like memory limit.  1.00E+20.

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When inversing between #4566 and #4596, we get horizontal distance, but when inversing between #4566, and #4304, we get 1.00E+20, the same as the vertical distance.

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A similar phenomenon occurs when point scaling.  My guess is that it is either a view memory limitation to something that is “beyond visible range”, or that the programming kills the control grips in this instance.

Either way, the solution is to format the Point label Style to ‘Flatten Points to Elevation”, and set to 0.

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An alternative is to set the NULL Point elevations to 0 or some nominal value deemed to be invalid. The problem forsee is that if using the points at elevation was so important, these Null elevation points would not give accurate results, if given nominal values. 

January 13, 2009 Posted by | 2009, Points | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Civil 3D – Point Style Browse from Editor Tip

Ok, this isn’t rocket science, but some people don’t know about this.

If you want to assign a block to represent the point style, but it does not exist in the drawing, you can insert it without leaving the Style Editor.

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Right Click in the Block list, and the ‘Browse…’ option will appear.  Select it, and Windows Explorer will let you navigate to the location, and insert the block you select.  This is a really nice feature.

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Points | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – Parcel label and ‘Pretty’ exhibit tip

Parcel labels are a real blessing when it comes to site plans.  Everyone is figuring out that I will use a description field for ANYTHING I can.  If I can transfer it to a style display, I’m all over it.

I’m working this project (the one that is delaying the current series I’d publishing for you all), and I had to prepare some exhibits for the lease. I was worried because I have a deadline in 2 days, and I still have other plans to complete.  It actually took little time to prepare. This is what I did:

Re-XML out all my sites. (Just to make sure the collection was accurate)

Formatted a letter sized border that would be attractive on a lease document.

Took the team’s overall master (the one with all the basic background and the improvement XREFs ), and saved-as to a new location. 

Opened new master drawing, imported sheet border, and set the views

Imported only the XML’s that I needed.  In the Prospector, I picked the Parcels Collection, selected ALL the parcels, and changed the Parcels Style, and Area Label Styles globally. 

The trick is that I always shave secondary labels in the description field, for occasions like this.  I either duplicate the name, or it might be something more generalized.  Once in a while I notice that things are getting cramped, and I can enter the Parcel name in the Description field, but stack it a bit narrower. There are ton’s of uses, and I kind of wish that there was maybe 1 other field, giving even more flexibility.  I have styles, that appear and organize the same, but one reads the Name field, and the other reads the Description field.

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I don’t have time to re-label everything in a pinch.  When I bring in the XML parcels, they flop down, and I globally change the Parcels Style to something bold, and the area label styles to the Description display style. 

Often there is a desired subject parcel in the exhibit, so I throw the Parcel Style with a shade at that one, and regen.

Instant lease exhibits! It took me longer to type this, than it did to prepare the exhibit.

I love Civil 3D!

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November 24, 2008 Posted by | Parcels | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – (Bug) Parcel Descriptions in XML

I have noticed during XML imports of my Parcels, that the first space in the Description field gets nuked.  The remaining spaces seem to be ok, but the first one is gone.

As always be observant and careful.

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November 22, 2008 Posted by | Parcels | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Part 3 of Point Creation Scenario

Check out Part 2 here.

In this discussion I will pick up here where we left off. We will cover Creating Points.
Here we will discuss:

  • Point Creation
  • Point Identity
  • Points created by Station and Offset on a Line
  • Minor adjustment to a Point Label Style
  • Editing Point Properties
  • Description Formatting Continue reading

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Points | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Part 2 of the Point Creation scenario

Point and label styles. Check out Part 1 here.

I needed a Point Style to show 2 different datas on a single location.

Hey! Isn’t that what points styles are for?

Yes sir, that’s right. In this example, I need 2 different elevations. Yeah I know, not rocket science. But for the newbies out there, it might be a bit confusing.

 Through the remainder of this discussions, we will cover the following:

  • Point Styles without blocks
  • Point Label Styles
  • Point and Point Label Display layers  

Continue reading

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Points | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Part 1 of the Point Creation Scenario

Importing Points

This discussion regards impoting points into an existing database.  The focus of the discussion surrounds mechanical and visual organization.

We will discuss the following:

  • Importing Points
  • Point Groups and their importance
  • Renumbering Points for the current database
  • Visual sorting
  • Points and Point Label Styles
  • and more….

  Continue reading

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Points | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment