Friday, 18 February 2011


Look what I found in my drawer! It's the installation disc for Civil 3D 2004 Preview release.  

It was issued to us with the intention of testing and evaluating if it is a viable tool for what we are doing and not to be used on any current projects. 

Coming from an LDD and Civil Design background and first time user of an object-based design software, I was amazed on how easy it was to use and how each design object is linked to one another thus making changes a quicker process.  This made me realise its potential and how this tool can greatly help me at work.

I was so excited about the product that I left work late that day playing and exploring it.  Even used it on a live project even though I shouldn’t! 

Good weekend everyone! 

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Point Labels

I am currently preparing site clearance appendices and drawings for a motorway refurbishment scheme to form part of the works information document.

To produce the drawings, I need to label 700+ existing road lighting columns to be taken down. I also need to tabulate these items onto a Word document so Civil 3d Points fit the job. I want to have a label showing the site clearance item reference inside a circle with an arrow pointing to the item similar to below.

Item label

The label style is composed of 4 components that include 2 blocks, 1 text and a line.


So I start by creating a block component using a block consisting of a hatched circle. Component properties as image below.


The text component to show the item reference. These are Point Numbers with “CC” prefix added to them. I used the block component above as an anchor. Component properties as below.



Next the Line component which I again anchored to the block component with properties as below.


Finally another block component using an arrow block this time using the line component as an anchor.


The anchor component is important so that each component remains linked if the label is dragged / moved. To drag the label, simply activate the sub item grips. Select the label and click the blue round grip. Grips will then appear for each component.


Sub item grip

Since all other components are anchored to each other, if I grip move the circle, everything else follows.


To reset to the labels default location, click and right click the label and Reset Label.