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3D Curve

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11-03-2010 06:20 AM

How do I draw a 3-d curve in Civil 3D?  I have a curved alignment that has a horizontal curve and is also curved in the vertical direction.  I'm not sure how to draw this.  Can somebody help me?  Thank you

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Re: 3D Curve

11-03-2010 08:25 AM in reply to: rkk_engineer

If you're using Alignments, the vertical is defined using a Profile.

You can also use Feature Lines, which are a bit like a "light-weight Alignment", but those cannot have vertical curves.  A Feature Line can have a true horizontal curve, but as opposed to a Profile, a Feature Line can only straight-grade from grade break to grade break.

By contrast, a 3D Polyline cannot have curves in either horizontal or vertical directions, and all curves must be approximated using a series of short line segments.

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Re: 3D Curve

11-03-2010 08:32 AM in reply to: rkk_engineer

*if* you needed a literal 3D curve, Sinc is right, you would need to approximate it using a series of segments.  The best way would be an alignment for the horizontal, profile for vertical, subassembly, corridor with a high frequency, extract a feature line from that.

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Re: 3D Curve

11-03-2010 08:41 AM in reply to: rkk_engineer

You can have a 3D curve, but it can't be an alignment/profile combination.  For example, you would create a feature line that is curved, you would have different elevations at each end of that curve...there is your 3d curve.

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Re: 3D Curve

11-03-2010 09:25 AM in reply to: rkk_engineer

I'm thinking you'll need to run a cooridor, create a surface, then view it in 3d view.  You'd be able to see the resulting centerline that way.

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Re: 3D Curve

11-03-2010 09:30 AM in reply to: OMCUSNR

I love it - 4 people saying the same thing.

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Re: 3D Curve

11-04-2010 04:27 AM in reply to: civilspace