Civil 3D 2024: Beyond the Basics for Transportation (Webcast Q&A)

May 3, 2024 Jeff Morris

Thank you to everyone for attending my webcast where I introduced the ASCENT learning guide, Civil 3D 2024: Beyond the Basics for Transportation.  Click here to view the on-demand recording.

This webcast covered: 

  1. The differences between the Essentials and Beyond the Basics guides 
  2. Topics within Civil 3D 2024: Beyond the Basics for Transportation
  3. A demonstration of exercises for creating a cul-de-sac
    (Images from the demo shown below.)

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Starting with an alignment, we created a design profile. 
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By applying the proper targeting in the corridor creation, the cul-de-sac was successfully created. 

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Civil 3D 2024: Beyond the Basics for Transportation is another learning guide of the “Beyond the Basics” level. It complements our Civil 3D 2024 Essentials guide, although this is not a pre-requisite. Anyone with an extended knowledge of Civil 3D will be able to follow the content in the guide which contains the following topics: 

  • Alignments 
  • Profiles 
  • Assemblies 
  • Corridors 
  • Intersections, Roundabouts and Cul-de-sacs 
  • Corridor Adjustments 
    • Widenings 
    • Superelevations 
    • Rehab corridors 

Below are some questions that were asked during the webcast: 

Q: In the Superelevation section, do you get into creating the XML design file? 

A: No, the creation of the XML files (Design Tables) is not covered in this guide. Consult with local DOTs for their requirements and availability or check out the Autodesk Country Kits. 

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Q: When I create Cul-de-sacs sometimes the Realistic view shows "empty" triangles when I target the CL alignment. 

A: Ensure that the regions of the corridors connect properly with no gaps or overlaps. This can be done through adjusting the grips of the corridor regions. 

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Q: Did Civil 3D revert back to targeting dialog, because your target window doesn't look like mine in 2023. 

A: In the Civil 3D 2024.3 dot release, a new version of the Corridor Creation dialog box was introduced. The course shows both the old and new versions of the dialog box. 

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Q: How long is that ASCENT book/class?  

A: The guide has been written to cover a 2-day (16 hour) course. It is recommended that students have taken the Civil 3D 2024: Essentials course or have equivalent knowledge of the basics of Civil 3D and corridor creation. 

About the Author

Jeff Morris

Learning Content Developer<br><br>Jeff specializes in infrastructure tools such as Civil 3D and Infraworks, delivering training classes and contributing to the learning guides for these Autodesk software applications. Jeff has worked for several Autodesk resellers and has had roles of both CAD and BIM Manager with Civil and Architectural firms.

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