Dear AutoCAD community,
I have a question;
Which 3D version of AutoCAD do I need to import a .txt file of x,y,z coordinates from my GPS unit (Leica GPS900)
I am under the impression I need either AutoCAD Civil 3D or AutoCAD LT... Not sure which would be more practical....
The CAD product will be used only for importing GPS data, and used to create 3D models of our crushed rock stockpiles.
Basically, I would like to plot all the points taken into a 3D model space, then get area and volumes, for each indivdual stockpile/block.
Im apologize in advance if this has been answered numerous time already.
Attached is an example of a .txt file I'd like to plot out into Auto3D
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Well the main purpose is for the crushed rock stockpile volumes at our Quarry.
As well, I would like to create a virtual representaion of the cliff face we blast for rock.. So i'd go and take points with my GPS around the perimeter of the top deck, then along the floor/cliff line. Then create an orthographic representation for my Drill guy, (He uses a drill that can be angled, and I think the drawing would help him plan out his blast bore holes.
But again that would just be point import in CAD 3D..
I might use it on my own for various design applications. For example, I like to draw in CAD...for fun once in a while.
I guess I'd mostly need it for importing point data from my GPS, and for estimating from 3D CAD drawings.
I have been looking around and have found AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 for about $1500.
Think I saw a 2010 Civil 3D for about $1300.
If you have any other suggestions Im all ears...er eyes
That seems suspiciously cheap for Civil 3D; not sure what the pricing structure is for old versions or Autodesk policy on availability of new seats for old software but you'd be unlikely to get a competitor's product that cheap - current version Civil 3D 2014 is $6000-$7000 I'd guess.
If you can source a legal 2012 copy for the price you mention then it can handle the tasks you've outlined (perhaps using a sledgehammer to crack a nut) but as this is an Autodesk forum I won't advertise competitor's products (and I'm not familiar with alternative US software anyway)
Depending where you are located, you may not be able to activate that software. I can guarantee its not from AutoDesk or a reseller, as AutoDesk sells the most current version, and allows access to a couple of previous releases with purchase of subscription. Regardless of where you get it, you still need to activate it with AutoDesk before you can use it. Some jurisdictions do not force a software publisher to allow resold software to be activated.
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 Retail Box - 1 User
This is being sold on a software solutions website.
Are you saying, I would not be able to run this software without consent from autodesk ?
Are you also saying, in order to use this 2012 version, I actually need to buy a copy of 2014 first ?
And then get licensing permission from Autodesk before using the 2012 version ?
I'm a bit confused here.
Wouldn't the "permissions" to use the 2012 version be found in the box, like with a registration key for example ?
Just wanted to add a few points to this thread. I hope I won't turn this too much into a stern legal discussion, but I feel I need to provide you with a bit more background to help you make an informed purchase decision.
As neilyj and dgorsman mentioned above, Autodesk and our authorized resellers (this is our reseller locator tool if you'd like to find one near you) only sell the most current version of our products.
I'll refrain from passing judgement on the website you got this offer from, but I must tell you that any software bought from parties other than Autodesk or our authorized resellers must go through a transfer of license approval process (since autodesk licenses are, per our End User License Agreement, nontransferable) and there is no way we can guarantee that a Transfer of License process will be approved - this basically means that there is a possibility that you may not be able to activate and use the product.
Regarding the purchase of 2014 to use 2012: current version products purchased with a Subscription Contract enable our subscription customers to request a Previous Version License to use products up to 3 versions back from the current one (this applies to most but not all of our products, I'd encourage you to have a look at this). This currently is the only method 100% supported by Autodesk to aquire older version products.
I hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions!
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