Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wonder why your preview is missing when you open a file?

-Find and select this registry key:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\AutoCAD\R19.0\ACAD-B000:409\Profiles\<<C3D...>>\Dialogs\Select File

-On the right side of the window, double-click "PreviewVisible".

-Change the value to zero and click OK.

-Launch Civil 3D and check the OPEN dialog window. The entire right pane should be gone.

-Exit Civil 3D and then go back into the registry and change the value of PreviewVisible back to 1.

-See if Civil now shows a preview.

Worked for me!! Still annoying, but got it fixed.

Hope this helps.

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Join Autodesk and ProSoft at the Annual UCLS Convention!!!

The annual UCLS Convention for 2013 will be held at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah, February 26-28, 2013.  Registration is now open for the convention. Click on the link below for more information:

ProSoft will be presenting at the following two classes:

Class Title:  Going from “Field to Finish” with Autodesk Civil 3D
Presenter:  Shawn Herring and Jason Jenkins
Organization:  ProSoft

What is Field to Finish?

The ability to download field collected survey data and automatically “draw” an intelligent base map is called “field to finish”.  Field to finish methods typically result in the automatic creation of: points, point symbols, point labels, topographic feature lines, and general descriptive line work.
The techniques for good field to finish are easy to implement with knowledgeable use of hardware and software throughout the data collection, download, and reduction process.

The field to finish process includes these steps:
·        Mission pre-planning
·        Using consistent point descriptions
·        Adding linework connectivity commands
·        Applying description code keys
·        Applying figure prefixes
·        Download into a pre-set drawing environment
Key Learning Objective
·        Linework codeset setup
·        Figure prefix database setup
·        Figure collection techniques
·        Figure creation
·        Figure editing

Class Title:  Machine Control Grading and BIM
Presenter:  Shawn Herring
Organization:  ProSoft

Machine Control Grading and BIM

GPS Machine Control is the use of the Global Positioning System technology for earthwork machine guidance.  It is so prevalent today that an estimated 85% of all new heavy construction equipment comes equipped for GPS machine guidance.

GPS Machine Control Grading utilizes robotic and GPS surveying techiniques by mounting equipment directly on the earthwork equipment that is used during construction.  Because of the accuracy and substantial labor savings it is quickly becoming the standard in construction.  The process of grading is much quicker, it can be accomplished by one operator, is more agile to accept changes, increase grading accuracy and gets workers out of harm’s way!!

The resulting accuracy leads to a reduction of mistakes and change orders.  Leading contractors report a reduction of 70% in change orders and fewer field accidents involving heavy machinery.

        Industry Trends & Challenges
        BIM - Building Information Model
        GPS Machine Control Technology
        Workflow and process Old vs. New
        Building the model using Civil 3D
        Exporting to Trimble SiteVision Office
        Virtual Grading

ProSoft will also be hosting the Hospitality Suite on Tuesday Feb 26th from 6pm – 8pm.  Come join us for some treats and meet some of our staff.

Contact us for more info:

See you there!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Line by Turned Angle in AutoCAD Civil 3D

The Line by Turned Angle command that was ever so popular in Land Desktop actually DOES exist in Civil 3D.  I am sure most are aware of that, but for those who are not, HERE YOU GO!!

The line by turned angle command can be done by utilizing the ANGLE DISTANCE (‘AD) transparent command.  I have included quick steps below.

  •          Select the LINE or POLYLINE command
  •         Select you beginning point of the line
  •         Choose the ANGLE DISTANCE command from the transparent command toolbar or type in ‘AD
  •         Choose the BEGINNING point of the previous line.  NOT the point at where you want your new line to begin.  This will then create a reference angle to turn from. This seems to be where people get hung up.
  •       Key in Angle
  •         Key in Distance

Hope this helps!!