Monday, June 22, 2009

Map 3D 2010 Surface Extension

Ripped from the Subscription website:

Surface Creation Extension for AutoCAD Map 3D
Release Date: 2009-05-28

The Surface Creation Extension for AutoCAD® Map 3D 2010 software helps users create, visualize and analyze terrain models and improve design processes when working with point data collected by surveying, scanning, and GPS instruments and devices. Using the Surface Creation Extension, users can

Quickly create surfaces from external point files, AutoCAD® point data and block references in drawings, as well as point and contour data that reside in FDO data sources such as ESRI SHP files. Use a combination of these data sources in different projections to create a surface. Then use AutoCAD Map 3D functions to create elevation contours for mapping and related projects.

Use AutoCAD Map 3D software functions to combine surface, CAD, GIS, and aerial imagery to effectively visualize sites in 3D and perform elevation, aspect, and slope analysis as well as perform sunlight studies, enabling you to make better decisions about land development projects.

Easily exchange surfaces via GeoTIFF format with other software packages such as AutoCAD® Civil 3D® and ESRI® ArcGIS® software.
This extension is available in English only, but will install on all language versions of AutoCAD Map 3D 2010 software.

More on this later...after I play with it, that is.

Civil 3D 2010 Network Deployment Heads-Up

Are you the guy/gal assigned to create network deployments and install the new Civil 3D 2010 software? There are a few things you should know.

1. The documentation on the DVD still refers to the network activation utility. That is a crock of hooey. There is no more network activation utility. To activate your new license(s) you need to go to:

2. Before you even think about starting to build your deployment, copy the contents of the 3 installation DVDs to a location onto your server (or external drive...whatever). Copy all these into the same folder. Any messages regarding "This location already contains a folder blah, blah blah..." just click yes or Copy and Replace and move on. The files on disk will end up taking up just shy of 8 GB.

If you don't copy the DVDs to a harddrive, the resulting deployment will not correctly install the content packs or tool palettes.

I am not lying...check this out:

Once you have the files copied to a harddrive, launch setup.exe per usual.

In other happy news I am now an official LEED Accredited Professional. Or, as my dad says, "a card-carrying tree-hugger."

I'm now off to try to get the song Play that Funky Music (Whiteboy), out of my head.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Coming soon...POSTS!

Hi All-

I'm back from vacation in San Fransisco and done with a marathon run of training classes and consulting. After tomorrow I'll have the LEED exam out of the way (pass or fail it will at least be out of my way).

I'm hoping to have some useful posts up soon.

Here's what's in my pipeline:

  • The Reseller/Autodesk connection.
  • Using Map books to create x-sections in 2010 - the non-youtube version of Jerry's presentation found here:
  • Styles, Styles, Styles!
  • Civil 3D 2010 QTO capabilities: Software scope creep or salvation?

Monday, June 08, 2009

Civil 3D Webcast - June 10th - 12-noon

Register for my Intro to Civil 3D 2010 Webcast. June 10th at noon, central time. I'll be running through several examples, focusing on what's new in Civil 3D 2010.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

WGUG Pictures

It was a beautiful location on lake Michigan.

Eric, Rick, Steve and Karen

Me and Rick

Me and the Imaginit boys.

Me, Steve and Russ

Me and the twins with the Autodesk guys.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Awash in Autodeskers...and service packs.

OMG! Autodesk has sent the full court press to our humble state and the Wisconsin Geospatial Users Group.

So far I've seen:
Steve G.
Karen W.
Jerry B.
Bruce M.
Brad B.
Pete S.
...and I know there's more...

I couldn't be more star struck if I walked onto a taping of celebrity rehab.

Not to mention some of the civil legends from the reseller world are here.

Anyhoo...SP 3 is out for Civil 3D 2009. It increases the performance and stability noticeably.

Well, I'm off to schmooze some more.