I am using Civil 3D 2014.
I have imported contour shape files using the "MapImport" command. The shape files come into the drawing file without issues but the properties show the shape file attribute data only, such as "CONTOURELE", while the polyline elevation is 0.0. See attached image. Is there a way to get the contour polyline to import and have the proper elevation assigned to the polyline and not just the shape file attribute?
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yes there is - you need to perform an Alter Properties Query
and one from Murph
Have your GIS person export out the contours with Z value. Most people forget to do this when exporting a file. Other than that you can attach the file and do a query to change the elevation to the elevation attribute.
Instead of using the mapimport command, I would recommend building a surface from the shapefile. You will need to map the correct field from the shapefile to the elevation value.
Sounds like you can't see the screen shot above.
On the Home tab of the ribbon, go to Surfaces -> Create Surface from GIS Data
Browse to and attach the shapefile with your surface data, map the elevaation attribute of the GIS data to the elevation of the surface, add a boundary, if desired, and you're done.
Creating a surface from contours should be your last resort, as it usually results in a pretty sloppy surface that doesn't match the contour data.