Yesterday I wrote a short post about taking advantage of Set Viewports to split your screen. I found a video I recorded last year for another project that really tells the story about how you can see the model in action if you work this way. Now of course these are simplified examples, but I really want you to think about how you work right now. Do you find ways to “see” what is happening? Do you take advantage of getting that live feedback on volumes, quantities, elevations?
I’m working on a post that talks about something I used in Civil 3D in practice that isn’t quite as pretty, but incredibly useful.
In a lot of jurisdictions, you show your pipe profiles along a road centerline. This might be good for review and construction, but it stinks for design.
You have a network like this and you wind up cutting your profiles like so:
When you really want to design along your most critical trunk or other long stretches. Something like this:
To make it worse, you usually wind up making those profiles the perfect size to fit on 24X36 paper.
I will write more about it tomorrow around lunchtime. I have a date to watch last night’s LOST here in a few, and tomorrow morning is pet day at kindergarten. I have to get up early and figure out which of my dogs is likely to do the least amount of damage to a room full of five year olds.