Convert MTEXT to COGO Points in Civil 3D

You have MTEXT in your drawing that represents spot elevations. You would like COGO Points instead. Use the DATAEXTRACTION command to create a .csv file. With a little editing in Excel you can create a NEZ.csv file. Import Points from File using the NEZ format.

Traverse Editor in Civil 3D 2016 Productivity Pack 3

From the readme file.

Update . Released May 18, 2016

The Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 Productivity Pack 3 provides a collection of new capabilities for Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 users. Survey and mapping professionals can leverage the new Traverse Editor to create points, lines, and curves representing traverse legs and sideshots using a broad set of COGO input and editing tools. They can also leverage the new Traverse Adjustment workflow to perform traverse adjustment and generate reports using Compass, Transit, Crandall, and Grant Line adjustment methods.

My first comments.

Civil 3D 2016 PP3 Traverse Editor testing
Sent suggestions through help system

  • Angle column should be labeled Direction
  • Radial column label should also imply direction if that is the expected value
  • Help should show an example of direction data entry syntax quad..dd.mmss

Description Keys are enabled when creating points


LandXML from Carlson Survey to Civil 3D

A quick presentation of transferring points and a surface model from Carlson Survey to Civil 3D using LandXML.

Note: In the last part of the video the presenter edits an existing surface style making it look harder that it actually is.  A style to display contours is already defined in Civil 3D’s drawing template you simply change the style from a drop-down list in the surface properties instead of digging into the guts of an existing style to change settings.

Point Label Style in Civil 3D – Leader on wrong side

Point Label Style Dragged State with the leader attached to the wrong side of the label.


You are working in Civil 3D.  You grip a point, drag the label, get a leader, it all looks good until you drag the label to the left side of the point. In this post we will follow the steps necessary to edit the point label style to get the leader to look right on both sides of the point marker.

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