Getting started with your first Map Server site can seem a little intimidating, but thanks to the Publish to Map Server tool, you can be up and running in no time! Once you have both softwares installed:
Although this is just partly my merit because I got the discussion rolling, the real credits need to go to a group of developers led by Anil Chintamaneni (Eddie Ng and Anthony Zhou). The issue came as one of our clients wanted to upgrade Vault 2011 to Vault 2012 and noticed that he could not create reference Civil 3D objects through Vault. So he could check-out, check-in with no problem, but when he tried to reference them he got a message stating following:
Refreshing content did not work, either. I did my best trying to figure out what could cause the issue and how to resolve it, but nothing I tried gave me what I needed. So I reached for the above mentioned team of experts. After some research, testing, debugging, black magic and other types of exorcism they did, I was finally provided what I was looking for - something I was about to share with all of you.
In SSA, I would like to discuss few things about the inlets which are very important while setting up the inlets in the model. If we miss those parameters and run the analysis it will pop up an analysis errors.
On grade inlets setup in the model always require two outlet links with positive slope. At least, one storm water sewer pipe and a bypass gutter link must be defined. If the Roadway/gutter bypass link, option is undefined we are inviting trouble, so it is important this option should be defined.
In my Autodesk University class, I talked about operating systems and which one was best for AutoCAD Civil 3D. Of course we all know that the ultimate answer is “Windows 7 x64.” It just makes sense. But during a luncheon, I had a customer tell me “You know, common sense told me that Windows 7 x64 was the right operating system to use, but you really simplified it and told me why it was the right one.” I’d like to share with you why Windows 7 x64 is the best operating system to use for AutoCAD Civil 3D as well…find out the secret after the jump (teaser – I’ll be showing the infamous “school bus” graphic if you click the link to see the rest of the post!)
I was struggling with an error message that kept on happening when launching AutoCAD until I came across this post written by our friends from Up and Ready blog. Again, they hit it right on the nail! I thought you would appreciate seeing it on Being Civil. It is about notorious error that's realy hard to troubleshoot. See it on the link.
Just like in my previous post about "the data" you may get something unexpeced when you import your pipe networks via SHP files. Just like when the Null Structures are placed at excess vertices, null structures will also be placed at the beginning and ends of pipes. You can imagine these can get out of hand quite quickly, just imagine a 4-way intersection of pipes (5 null structures, and the one "good" one created from the SHP data).
The question is, how do we address them? I already explained in Part 1 how to address the extra vertices, so now we have to deal with the null structures at the beginning and ends of the pipes. This can be addressed with one of two options. See after jump.
There is something I learned years ago that I thought won't be needed anymore given what I am doing day-to-day for the last 5 years. But as many times before, I was proven wrong. Recently, my co-worker got a question where customer was unable to install a plotter and was unable to see it in the wizard. That got me an idea to revise what I have done before in my CAD management days working with Windows XP. Off course, lots of things have changed, such as that most of us live in Windows 7 era, which makes some things obsolete. Some things got moved around with the introduction of Windows Vista and Windows 7 but essentially the logic still reminded the same. See it after jump.
You may have seen me mention FDO in some previous posts and wondered what I was talking about and why you should care. FDO stands for Feature Data Object, and is Data Access Technology that allows easy access to many types of Geospatial information, including images, files, and databases. The FDO tools that are packaged with Map 3D and Civil 3D can be found in the Task Pane (MAPWSPACE if you don’t see it).
To get started with FDO, click the Data button in the Task Pane, and select Connect to Data. You’ll see an interface that will allow the selection of a number of different file and database options:
Pick one that fits data you have (there are SHP, SHP, and Raster samples in the Sample folder), and try it out.
Why, you ask? FDO keeps the data outside the drawing. That means three important things:
your drawing size stays small (sort of like an XREF)
if you are working with data that changes frequently, such as assessors data, every time you open the drawing, you’ll be working with the most up to date information
if you are working with other users who use different software but compatible files, you can all see the same data at the same time
There are also many additional advantages to working with spatial databases for data storage, like versioning, multiple simultaneous users/editors, and access control, but that’s for another post.