BricsCAD v21 Pro version includes a growing list of Civil components in it’s foundation. MapWorks builds for previous versions of BricsCAD only used it’s CAD engine and worked with our own Civil functionality.  However, beginning with this release (MapWorks 9.0 on v21 Pro Windows or higher) it will begin creating the underlying BricsCAD Civil objects (such as TinSurfaces) whenever possible and reading from them as well (when applicable).  This makes MapWorks one of the first (if not the first) civil survey add-on to fully utilize the BricsCAD Civil API.

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When we worked up our procedure for importing Lidar into Civil3D a couple months ago, we realized there were way too many steps and way too many hoops to jump through.  Hoops preparing the data, through Recap to prepare a RCP/RCS, through Civil3D creating a point cloud, and finally creating the surface.  Highly trained professionals have more important things to do with their time than spend it like a well trained circus animal jumping through hoops, so we did something about it.

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When gravity and moisture begins to work on steep slopes (disturbed or natural) the results are often less than optimal and slides occur.  This can present the need to install anchor bolts and plates going from the loose surface to a more stable rock strata underneath.  Boreholes can help determine the location of the stable strata, but from the surface it’s not readily apparent how far (on a given slope) you will need to drill to reach the stable member. Read More →

Like many things in Civil3D, they can be done but how it’s done isn’t so obvious.  In the process of adding a DEM surface to your drawing you may notice that you can’t project it to another coordinate system (that of the drawing).  Here is a step-by-step procedure including assigning a coordinate system to the current drawing.

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