Wednesday, June 8, 2011

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Essentials Errata & Stuff to Know

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've already taught a class with AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials and even after the extensive editing cycles that the book went through, there were a couple of  things that I noticed.  As time goes on and I use the book for future classes, I'll continue to update this post and grow the list.  Also, if you use the book yourself and notice anything not quite right, please let me know by e-mailing

  • Page 31:  In steps 7 and 10 of the exercise you are presented with a warning dialog box that the drawing must be saved.  You must save the drawing before proceeding.
  • Page 33:  The Essentials and Beyond exercise was written with the assumption that you would use the current project to do the work.  If you create a new project, you will get some warning messages informing you that the Parcels.dwg drawing is not associated to it.  You must associate Parcels.dwg to your new project before continuing.
  • Page 56: In step 15 of the exercise, you are instructed to click one of the magenta road centerlines.  The property lines are also a magenta-ish color so make sure you (or your students) are not confused.
  • Page 72:  The last sentence in step 4 of the exercise should be omitted.  It is repeated at the beginning of step 5.
  • Page 106: In step 11, the road name should be Madison Lane, not Madison Court.
  • Page 119: Step 5 of the exercise can be omitted.  A new drawing is opened for the next exercise so keeping the current one open is not necessary.
  • Page 168: There should be a Certification Objective icon next to the Intersections heading.
  • Pages 172-175:  One or more alignments in this drawing have the warning symbols turned on in the alignment style.  This tends to be a distraction/annoyance so you may want to edit the alignment style and turn those off (or instruct your students to do so).