Author Archives: Kevin

AutoCAD Fundamentals for Civil Engineers – Part 325

As Civil Engineers, we often dive pretty heavy into the tools we use. For me, one of those tools is Civil 3D of course. What, with all of its styles and settings, tabs, external databases and such, sometimes I forget about the underlying nuances of both AutoCAD and Map that live within Civil 3D. That brings us to our next

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Parcel Ownership for Oil & Gas Pipelines, Part 2

To pickup where we left off, let’s review what we have in the drawing. The missing part is the parcel information in the data band between the “property lines.” To do this, we have two options, one would be to just create hard text that would require re-positioning whenever the alignment moved or use a pipe connected to the structures,

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Parcel Ownership for Oil & Gas Pipelines, Part 1

Living in Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale has had a positive business impact on firms in and around the area. With that, the Oil & Gas industry has brought a new way of creating design documentation than we have been accustomed to doing in the past. For instance, the pipeline will stretch many miles and cross many properties. And as is

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Vault Apps for Free!

A quick note for everyone. First, if you are unaware, Autodesk has something called Autodesk Exchange Apps; very similar to the Google Play store or iTunes store.  The major difference, of course,  is that the apps in this store all relate to Autodesk applications. The cool part is that there are apps for the products we use daily. AutoCAD AutoCAD

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Does Infrastructure Modeler Turn Engineers into Filmmakers?

August 23, 2012, Kevin Spear  This week, I am tasked with presenting Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler (AIM) in a webcast this Thursday at 3pm (that’s today!). It’s been both informative and fun learning about this tool. After all, I am an Engineer and AIM feels more like a video game at times.  But what’s been a struggle is trying to find

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