Create a Retaining Wall for a Corridor using Subassembly Studio

Subassembly Studio by CADArtisans allows you to create custom .NET parametric subassemblies for AutoCAD Civil 3D.  This subassembly show in the video was created using Subassembly Studio V1.04 from Cad Artisans (www.cadartisans.com)

This subassembly consists of a fill slope that intercepts a target surface. If the horizontal distance from the insertion point to the intercept point exceeds a user-specified MaxWidth, a retaining wall is inserted at the MaxWidth and the slope is reconstructed to target the back of the retaining wall. This subassembly was created in approximately 8.5 minutes from start to finish, including importing into AutoCAD Civil 3d and inserting into a corridor model.

The primary strategy when creating subassemblies is to first create the positions and behaviors of points.  The links are defined next from a list of points.  The shapes are defined from a list of links.

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Performance Tips for Civil 3D 2011

Autodesk has created a video outlining ways you can improve the performance of Civil 3d 2011.  It discusses performance tests comparing Civil 3D settings for points, surfaces, labels, corridor models and more.  You won’t find any discussions on hardware, operating systems, or AutoCAD settings. Those topics are covered in a related post.

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Point Cloud Software race to be the best

I compiled a short list of software manufacturers offering point cloud software.  The race is on to see who can come up with the best modeling tools to transform a point cloud into intelligent 3d data.

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