I am in the process of transitioning from land desktop to Civil 3D. I design roads in steep terrain and sometimes need to have my catch (daylight) slopes change. So my question is, how do I change a daylight slope at a specified depth? For example, from the shoulder of the road I want a 3:1 fill slope to a depth of 10 feet than change to a 2:1 slope until it catches the existing surface. Can this be built into a subassembly such that if the fill is less than 10 feet it will daylight correctly at a 3:1 and if the depth is greater than 10 feet then it carries the 3:1 for 10 vertical feet and then changes to the 2:1 until it daylights?
Also (assuming you're on the Subscription plan), you may want to download the Subassembly Composer from Autodesk Labs. It provides a relatively easy way to create custom Subassemblies that are not in the standard toolbox, and you don't have to do custom programming. If you have access to AU Online, there are some good seminars on there that show you how to use the Subassembly Composer. Once you get the hang of it, it actually works pretty well for a lot of things. Of course, it's best to use a default Subassembly component whenever possible, but this is the next-best option.
So I am attempting to do this with the conditional subassembly as John suggested. If I am understanding this correctly (I must not be since its not working quite right yet), the parameters for the type and Minimum and Maximum Distance is what defines which condition to use. Are the distances horizontal or vertical distances?
An additional detail of my project is I am traversing a steep side hill, so my fill slope in some areas can chase the slope quite a ways
The distances are horizontal.
There is a pretty good tutorial for conditional subs in Help that should get you going pretty quick.
C3D 2012, RD 2012
Win 7 64, Core i7,
6 GB RAM, Quadro FX 1700
Good question... I haven't needed this recently but come to think of it these types of decisions need to be accounted for regularily. The Subassembly Composer might be your only Autodesk based method to get exactly what you need, however it will take a substantial amount of time to learn it and get a handle on it. The only other option that handles variable conditions well would be section 3d.
So I am still having trouble with this. Just so it is clear as to what I am trying to do I am going to explain it again and then describe what I have tried.
Design scenario: a road traversing up a steep side slope.
Design cross section criteria: cut slope: 1.5:1 slope to daylight
I have tried using the conditional subassemblies. The Conditional Cut of Fill subassembly appears to be conditional based on the input parameters for cut and fill, where the input cut and fill parameters represent the vertical cut or fill at the subassembly connection point. This does not work for this scenario since the shoulder could be in a fill of 2 ft on a side slope of near 2:1 resulting in a design side slope chasing the existing slope much farther than 20 ft (paralleling the existing slope)
I have been trying to work with the conditional horizontal target subassmebly. It appears that I am defining something incorrectly. I attached my assembly for reference. I think my problem is in defining the target. I am trying to define the condtion of use the fill slope to daylight (target) if the target is not found in 20 feet (horizontal) then grade 20ft at 2:1 then daylight at 0.25:1. The current result is that in all fill configurations, it is not finding the target, therefore forcing the 20ft 2:1 slope then daylighting from there (cut or fill).