Thursday, November 18, 2010

Flickery Dickory Dock, Civil 3D 2011 is Flickering Lots

This post is going out to my homeboy Troy who said something to me today along the lines of, "None of the blogs are giving any good information right now.  All anyone can talk about is AU!  I probably won't see any decent posts until late December."

Guilty as charged.  My challenge to fellow bloggers is: post something that has absolutely nothing to do with AU, before the Thanksgiving holiday.

In the last few days I've run into several people who are having problems with their Civil 3D 2011 graphics acting really annoying after service pack 1 was installed.   

Some are seeing the viewcube show up with a white background (even when their modelspace background is black!). 

Some are seeing this issue manifest itself as an error with "The configured Heidi driver cannot be loaded. Switching to default software driver."

Some are seeing "Exception in acmapworkspace.arx ARX Command" or "Unhandled exception 28ed90 (access violation reading 0x0028) at address blah blah blah..."

No matter how you are experiencing it, the root cause is the same: your graphics card is stressing out about Civil 3D. 

First thing to try:
Make sure your graphics card is up to snuff.  Is your card supported (or is it a cheap piece of crap that came with your box-store purchased machine)? 
If the card is supported, you may just need to update the driver.  Do that here:
If it is a cheap p.o.c. look for a new card here:

Second thing to try (stolen from:

  1. Inside of your application, type 3DCONFIG at the command line.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, select the Manual Tune button.
  3. At the top of the Manual Performance Tuning dialog box, toggle the 'Enable hardware acceleration' option. 
  4. Select OK and OK to return to the drawing workspace. 
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 again to toggle the 'Enable hardware acceleration' option back to its original setting.
Note that it not necessary to disable the hardware acceleration. However, toggling this setting should resolve the issues.


 Third thing to try:
Go to Analyze tab,Inquiry panel and under station tracker select Off.  
The key-in for it is AeccHideDrawingTips


Peace out.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Where to Stalk Me at Autodesk University

This information is also handy for those of you trying to avoid me.

As of today, there are only 18 days left until AU.  My schedule is quite full for the week.  Here's an overview of where you will find me during the conference. 
  • Arrive in Las Vegas in the AM
  • Nap
  • Blogger Social 6-8pm
  • Speaker Social 6:30-9pm (I've heard the bloggers are more fun, so I'm just going to pop my head in with the speakers.)
  • Sessions in the Civil Track all day
  • Nap
  • Go Out
  • More classes in the AM
  • MY LAB: CV327-5L 1:30pm
  • Depending on how the lab goes I'll either be going to more sessions or looking into changing my identity.
  • Private Party: 9:30pm-?
  • Nurse expected hangover.
  • Sessions, sessions, sessions.
  • 1:00pm @ Autodesk University Theater "Meet the Authors" session w/ Rick Graham and yours truly. (I'm working on the next edition of Mastering Civil 3D)
  • Nap
  • I heard something about a gift card?
  • Fly home. 

 See you there!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

AUGI Cad Camp Minneapolis

Pictures of my boys at AUGI CAD Camp Minneapolis 2010. 

L to R: Robert Green, ME!, Rick Ellis

L to R: Eric Schubert, Mike Dunham, Mark Weizenegger of MasterGraphics

It was no AU, but by golly it was a good warm up.

I spoke about Point Cloud functionality in Civil 3D 2011.  A good time was had by all.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Civil 3D for Beginners - LIVE! One Night Only!

It will be cooler than Laser Floyd, but only involves a laser pointer.  Civil 3D for Beginners at AU!  

For those of you who were fortunate enough to get in (the class is filled up  - but I'm hoping for an encore) CV327-5L was the class to get.  This is a 1-hour hands-on lab (45 computers, 2 people to a computer).
Date/Time: 12/01/2010 - 1:30 PM

Here's what I'll be whipping through in the hour:

  • What is Civil 3D?  Is it BIM?
  • What is object-based design all about?
  • Importing points, creating a surface, changing the surface's style.
  • Changing alignment geometry and building a corridor.
  • P&P sheets and cross section sheets.
Here's a sneak-peek at a graphic from the handout explaining what comes with Civil 3D 2011 (on subscription). 

I simply cannot wait! I'll have four very talented assistants keeping everyone in line and on-track.  They may even be handing out candy (I'm gunning for the first ever 10-star speaker rating). 

See you there!