Power InRoads Tip: 3 Things I Learned Using Civil AccuDraw for the First Time

Civil AccuDraw is the civil-specific version of MicroStation AccuDraw. Both are intuitive, precision drafting tools. Civil AccuDraw goes beyond MicroStation AccuDraw by supporting civil-specific drafting functions, including stations and offsets, bearings and distances, elevations, and more.

1.  Civil AccuDraw is feature rich. MicroStation AccuDraw allows input in either polar or rectangular coordinates. Civil AccuDraw allows many more coordinate options

–   Input a coordinate by distance and direction from a single origin point.

–   Input a coordinate by distance from one origin point and direction from a second origin point.

–   Input a coordinate by distance from one origin point and distance from a second origin point.

                       Coordinate Options
                                                    Distance-Distance input(two origins)

–  Input an absolute coordinate by direct (X-Y-Z) entry.

–  Input a coordinate by relative (dX-dY-Z) location from a single origin point.

–  Input a coordinate by station and offset.

–  Input a coordinate by relative station and offset.

                                                     Input by Relative Station and Offset

2.  Civil AccuDraw is flexible.  Not enough coordinate entry options?  Or too many?  The Civil AccuDraw Settings allow you to add, edit, or delete coordinate entry functions.  To manage these settings, open the Civil AccuDraw Settings and go to the Favorites tab.


Civil AccuDraw Favorites
                                              Add/Edit/Delete a Coordinate Entry Option

             Here I created an Offset-Offset function and it now appears on the Civil AccuDraw toolbar.

                                      Offset-Offset Function
                                                        Button Added to Civil AccuDraw Toolbar

3.  Civil AccuDraw is easy to use.   Whether using the tool bar, fly-out menu, or key-ins, Civil AccuDraw commands are intuitive and easy to use, allowing for less time creating construction geometry.

              Civil AccuDraw commands
                                                    Civil AccuDraw Fly-out Menu

Bryan Sullivan

Bryan Sullivan

Bryan joined the EnvisionCAD team in October 2013. He provides a variety of CAD Management services. As a CAD Technician, he provides expertise in AutoCAD and Civil 3D production, support and development services. He has been using AutoCAD and Autodesk products since 1998 and has used his knowledge of CAD software and internet technology to provide drafting and design support and CAD management services for engineering firms and design-build contractors. Bryan has training in mechanical design and has gained experience in the civil, environmental, and structural engineering fields while working on a variety of projects for state, municipal, and private clients. His project history includes 2D and 3D CAD modeling of waterworks and wastewater systems, transportation systems, floodplain and stormwater management design, landfill design and operation, earth retention design, deep foundation systems and much more. He is skilled in creating plans and documentation for the entire engineering process as it evolves from the initial survey and design, on to the permit process, through the creation of engineering plan sets, cycling through changes made during bid preparation and review, and finally ending with construction and as-built drawings. He is an avid researcher and has never been reluctant to leverage a new technology or evaluate a new solution in order to solve an engineering or production issue.


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