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good practice for setting up files in civil 3d??..??

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03-08-2013 12:44 PM

So seeing how civil 3D utilizes data references, i am wondering what are some good practices for setting up projects?


I am use to using xrefs and having a different drawing file for each, should i do the same in civil 3d? or have a "master" design file?


reason i ask, is i am cutting some sections and noticed that a corridor model cannot be data referenced, so do i need to cut my sections in my main file or can i data reference all my surfaces/alingments and XREF my corridor model, and still get the cross sections to show based on the corridor section?


Make sense?


Im thinking i shoudl do something like so:


Alignment.dwg (create data reference)

Eg surface.dwg (create data reference)

Profiles.dwg (create data refeernces)

corridor model.dwg (with above data references) and use as my xref

Corridor surface.dwg (can i create this using the corridor model as an xref??)

FG surface.dwg


right now i have a main design file ( as I am still earning this stuff) but seems like it can cause me issues in the future.  based on previous autcad knowledge.



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Re: good practice for setting up files in civil 3d??..??

03-08-2013 01:44 PM in reply to: sonnyamorales

Hey Sonny,


Take a look at the Project Management link here:


This should give you a solid foundation to start from.


Best regards,



Tim Corey, Owner
Delta Engineering Systems
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Re: good practice for setting up files in civil 3d??..??

03-09-2013 10:20 AM in reply to: tcorey



Thanks, after reading that and thinking about it, I went ahead and seperated my drawings into smaller ones (as im used to doing).


So much to learn so little time!! hahah

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Re: good practice for setting up files in civil 3d??..??

03-09-2013 10:54 PM in reply to: sonnyamorales
Yes, you can XREF a corridor and sample it in your sample lines. XREFed surfaces too. You'll need to DREF the alignment od course.
Matt Kolberg
Cansel - Autodesk Division

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