Before we took a look at exporting data to Excel using Softdesk, now let's see how to create level curves, the process in Civil3D has been simplified but usually has the same logic that I will explain from my old CAD Topography manual.
1. Drawing of elevation points
The survey that I have done in the terrain has a central axis where I have taken as a base line each 50 meters, in these points I have taken the elevations and then I have taken views to the right and left depending on the irregularity of the terrain. I have also taken the elevations of the vertices of the polygonal. The drawing of this is done in normal AutoCAD, simple drawing of lines, using circles and points at intersections. Since Softdesk 8 only worked with AutoCAD 14 I had to save the file as an 14 version to support it in Softdesk.
2. Point Settings
- Load Softdesk (AEC / softdesk programs), if you had not done a project choose to create a new one
- Choose cogo, then ok
- Set point style (Points / setup / set points settings)
- Here you have to configure the starting point, and the “elevations on” option, so that you can type them directly on the command line, if you want to add descriptions you can leave “automatic descriptions” unchecked, then we do ok. Be careful, make sure you leave the “automatic elevations” option inactive so that these are entered on the command line.
3. Inserting points
- For this we choose the points/set points/manual option then insert each point, noting the elevation on the command line. If you have points in 3 dimensions or brought from a total station, you can leave the “automatic elevations” option inactive and just click on them with the active snap.
- The points on the right are the 23 vertices of my traverse, and they will carry the automatic description “pol”
- Now I enter the internal points, which have a different nomenclature, for this I deactivate the "automatic description" and enter a description each time we place the points
4. Outline Creation
- To do this select AEC / softdesk programs / DTM / ok
- Now create a surface to assign to this the points, select surface / new / add name / add description / ok
- To add the points entered to the created surface, we will start by creating the contour, so select surface / surface data / standard faults / by point number
- Enter in the command line the points included in the traverse in this way 1-23, then to close we repeat the 1
- then enter, name the perimeter and enter again
5. Triangulation (Digital Terrain Model or MDT)
- To do this select surface / build surface / choose both the faults, contour and points options inactivating zero elevations
- then we do ok, enter, Yes to see the triangulation and then enter
- Our drawing should look like this:
6. Creating Level Curves
- Turn off all the layers you do not want to see at the moment
- Configure contour features by selecting contour / contour properties and enable the following options:
- Now we create the curves with the option contour / create contour
- We chose the interval of main and secondary curves, we will use the main ones each 5 meters and the secondary ones each 1, also we choose the name of the layers
- Then we do ok, and enter
- When you change the colors to the layers, you have to keep the work in this way.