I see this asked al ot but am not exactly seeign what I am looking for. My understanding is Civil3D tries to prevent editing of survey data but ends up locking out legitimate edits int he procress.
I just processed 4 fbk files into a Civil3D DB and utilized GPS derived initial points to set them in NAD83 for the most part. Everything looks good, but as people know, GPS derived elevations are not so hot. As such we also ran a proper level run across all our 10 control points and have adjustments to make to the control point elevations.
I see three ways to accompolish this and want some feedback on the ideas merits and flaws.
1. I can edit the FBK files so the measured heights result in replicatign the desired Z values after processing. I personally don't like this idea as it is rather ham fisted and essentially requires you to input bad data in a good file just to get the good resutls.
2. I can unlock the points edit their Z value and that is that. This of course breaks soem of the survey DB functionality for those points which I don't like.
3. I can use the survey command window to "MOD ELEV" the points. I am thinking this is pretty mucht he same as #2 and has the same draw backs.
Any advice on this or comments please? This really illustrates Autodesks disconnect with how survey work is really done unfortunatly. They should have a right click "Enter data corrections" option that keeps the DB integrity in check but allows such edits.
I would modify the original control points and then re-import the FBK files so they adjust the data themsleves
Only way to do that is to either figure out how to change the measured vertical angle or edit the measured setup heights. Not ideal from an integrity standpoint, but perhaps that is best option in Civil3D