You'll all be followed so you can't have your secret meetings any more!
The Civil 3D part has never been secret. But you may be asked to leave before we get down to the real businesses.
If you're ever in the NY Metro area. Let us know. I'm always up for meeting fellow Civil users.
Hey, I know more than anyone in the company but I know enough to know I'm gutting through it. I've found solutions that work and are pretty quick. Lots of trial and error though. There was a point about 2 years ago that I was ready to quit and retire and go bag groceries. It's a hard mental jump from LDD to C3D. Hard to learn with no one that knows more than you.
Oh, I'm good at this point. It can be frustrating sometimes though. Especially when you have a boss that thinks the software is total BS and just wants people to digitize his design.
Does your boss redline every contour and label every critical elevation? If so he his doubling the work as Civil 3D is your calculator. If this is so ask your boss if he would like to save some redline time. Instead of calc'ing and interpolations the entire design, drafting it and having you do the same digitally, tell him/her to provide only critical elevations and desired design slopes through the site. The computer will find the contours much faster than any of us and you can label all of the elvations without computing them on a calculator.
He knows... He provides all critical elevation points. But he loves drawing in contours. He owns the company, you can argue only so long with the person that signs your check. I've made him decently happy in the past 6 months. He doesn't like the jagginess of the contours... So I apply surface smoothing to the areas that get jaggy. It's far from perfect, but it works okay I guess.
I have seen this in my office and many others and I know you don't argue with the boss.
Smoothing gives me the hebbie geebies for this work. I prefer to use plines or flines to draw the contour and add it to the surface as contour data. This way the boss gets exactly what he wants. When contours are symmetric and/or parallel I try only drafting the 2 outer contours.
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