I love using Civil 3D alignment labels to mark all kind of things- not just station values. It is such a timesaver to use an alignment instead of a polyline when you want that real-time measurement.
\We tend to think of alignments for roads, but think of anything you draw that you are constantly measuring- some ideas might be TC paths, fencelines, buffers, wetlands delineations and more. Add your comments below with other ideas.
Today I was working on an airport runway layout. Christopher was kind enough to send me some guidelines (UFC 3-260-01 Airfield and Heliport Planning and Design, with Changes 1-2; replaced by UFC 3-260-01 dated 11/17/08) last night. It looked like for my 6000’ runways I needed four taxiway turnoffs from the runway equally spaced.
First I reached for my alignment labels, but realized I didn’t know a way to get it to divide the alignment into equal pieces and then place the label. (There might be something creative you could do with expressions- let me know your ideas.)
I reached for an old favorite tool- AutoCAD DIVIDE.
- Type DIVIDE in the command line, then choose the BLOCK option*.
- Type the name of the block you want placed at the divide locations- AeccTickCircle is a good one that lives in the standard templates.
- Enter the number of segments- I used 4.
Sometimes, its the simple old favorites that give you what you need. Now I have markers where I need to make taxiway alignments.
* note that the other option does not work with Civil 3D alignments.