January 9, 2012

Corridor Section Displays Improperly in Section View Editor

Recently, Ideate received a support request from a customer who is using Civil 3D 2012. In the particular file, the corridor was not displaying properly in the Section View Editor. The following figure shows the customer’s screen image with the problem:

As you can see, this section is at station 0+50’ that all the corridor section lines are jumbled up and the grid is not visible. For example, you cannot see the datum and the top links clearly on this corridor. It is not easy to use or interpret this information.

From the figure below, a few sections ahead, at Station 2+75’ the corridor section line work gets even more difficult to understand the section.

What’s happening is that Civil 3D is showing you all the sections from the start on this corridor baseline. So in the figure above you are seeing sections at station 0+00,’ 0+25,’ 0+50’ and so on to station 2+75’ all at one time, each station overlapping each other.

The simple answer to this problem is to set the visual style to 2D Wireframe.

You can find the visual style on the top left corner of this screen. Currently it is set to “Wireframe” which stands for 3D Wireframe. Click on this and chose “2D Wireframe.”

Problem solved! As shown below:

Gaurav Bagga

Infrastructure Solutions Application Specialist

Gaurav is a well rounded Application Engineer and Project Manager for Infrastructure Solutions at Ideate based out of San Francisco. He has over 15 years experience in construction industry and has been helping numerous small, medium and ENR 500 firms maximize their CAD investment for the last ten years. Gaurav is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Autodesk Civil 3D Implementation Certified Expert. He has taught at several conferences, CAD Camps and Autodesk University. He has taught AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Land Desktop and Map 3D to thousands of students and helps Ideate develop the Infrastructure Services curriculum and courses. With his extensive CAD technology background he helps Bay Area engineering and surveying firms analyze and improve their design and drawing production process thereby improving productivity and the bottom line. Follow Gaurav on Twitter: @BeGeez

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