You Asked, Autodesk Provided.

After the Civil tools were deleted from Map3D in the 2006 version and up, users have been complaining. There was no way to create a surface from points or use LandXML files. Well guess what? They are back or soon will be for subscription members. A release date of June 29th is set, but don’t hold the Murph to that date that’s the date I was told they will be available to members on the Subscription site.
Now these are NOT the same tools that were in Map 2005/2006 version and there is no separate menu for them as the default but if you want you can use the CUI to create one. They are being called the Map3D 2009 Surveying Tools and consist of a few extra tools to allow users to bring in survey points into MAP and create a raster surface, YES a raster 3D surface, a DTM raster with a format of TIFF.  It works with the FDO raster providers and there is an export to LandXML command if you need to share the surface to other GIS/CAD users that can use LandXML.
There is also a couple of COGO commands added to this survey tool, A BB (Bearing Bearing) and a DD (Distance,Distance) transparent commands that allow you to add a few points using either two bearings from know locations or a point from two known distances. 
I had the pleasure to try out the Survey tools the last few nights and so far they are better than nothing but, I’ll leave my comments for another post.  In the coming days I’ll post some examples of what they can do and how to use them.


3 Responses to “You Asked, Autodesk Provided.”

  1. 1 arschwabe 07/28/2008 at 4:16 PM

    So, in the readme file it states:
    “The AutoCAD Map 3D Surveying Tools do not work on network deployments. They are meant for installation and use on stand-alone installations only.”

    I guess that leaves about 50% of us out! Of course there’s always a way around everything and I have to say that yes, they are better than nothing. However, given the state of the various Civil 3D versions, the death of Land Desktop, and the Map “extras”, who knows what new things will appear in the future?

  2. 2 map3d 06/18/2008 at 4:58 PM

    REST? who needs rest?

  3. 3 kalmy 06/18/2008 at 2:17 PM

    yes is for good than nothing … the nights is for testing, the day is for working when we rest ? 🙂

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