Civil 3D Quick Start Guide

Civil 3D Quick Start Guide

  • Understanding the Autodesk Civil 3D user interface
  • Finding tools in Civil 3D
  • Understanding the Civil 3D Toolspace
  • Using the Panorama window
  • Using Autodesk Civil 3D basic functionality
  • Setting up the Drawing window
  • Changing the display of an object
  • Viewing a drawing in Model
  • Civil 3D

Setting up the Drawing window

Configure the drawing window, using named views, and viewports.

Divide the drawing area into separate viewports

  1. Open Intro-2.dwg, which is located in the tutorials drawings folder.

This drawing contains an existing ground surface, several alignments, and several profile views that contain existing ground and layout profiles.

  1. Click View tab Model Viewports panel Viewport Configuration ListTwo: Vertical.

Two viewports are displayed. Each viewport is a separate window in which you can pan and zoom to different views of the drawing. You can create custom viewport configurations and save them for later use.

  1. Click in each of the viewports.

Notice that as you click in a viewport, the border darkens to indicate which viewport is currently active. Click the viewport on the left side to make it active.

  1. On the command line, enter ZE.

The surface and profile views are displayed in the left viewport.

Apply a saved drawing view

  1. Click the viewport on the left side to make it active.
  2. Click View tab Named Views panel Surface Extents.

The extents of the EG surface appears in the left viewport.

Three views have been created in this drawing. Each named view consists of a specific magnification, position, orientation, and layer status. Named views are saved with a drawing and can be used any time. When your drawing is displaying a specific view to which you want to return, you can save it as a named view by clicking View tab Views panel View Manager.