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QGIS – Creating Longsection Profiles along lines at a specified interval

There are many analysis applications that require long section data or profiles to perform 2d sectional computations. Getting this data seems to be tricky for a lot of these users, so in this tutorial I want to share a method that’s free and easy using QGIS (2.18.4 when I wrote this). Watch the video here if you’re feeling lazy. Prerequisites ...
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Data Synchronisation Series – using Free File Sync – Local C Drive Sync

We all run into problems with data eventually in engineering. Usually one of the first hurdles on large projects anyway is “displaced data” or data that is stored in multiple places and used by multiple people. Although it is possible to have fancy software solutions like Projectwise, Autodesk Vault and 12d Synergy automatically controlling your data and syncing it around ...
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Civil 3D 2017 new features… Finally some core functionality improvements

It’s been almost four years since Autodesk bothered to do anything with Civil 3D. However I am very pleased to see a host of new core functionality improvements that will make everyone’s life easier back in the 2017 version. Even if most of the features are somewhat half-baked. So what’s changed in Civil 3D 2017 and how can you use ...
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Creating Custom Parameteric Pipe Structures in Civil 3D Part Builder

Its not everyone’s favourite part of Civil 3D. But I get a lot of questions about it. Civil 3D Part Builder has the ability to create custom parametric parts of all shapes and sizes. The video below will explain everything in detail, the rest of the blog further below will just run over the stumbling blocks you need to know ...
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Creating your Civil 3D company styles “on the fly” the WBLOCK method

Maybe a primitive method but a good one. Anyone who is new or old to Civil 3D knows how difficult it is to create all the styles you will need to finish projects in a timely fashion. But most of us don’t have the time to sit down and create all these styles. Let alone the will power to just ...
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Importing/Preparing Australian IFD data as IDF for SSA analysis

Get a few people asking me this one so here you go Download  Australia Format IDF for SSA using this link << Feeling Lazy, watch the video. Otherwise, firstly you will need to set your project to a hydrology method that utilizes IFD’s. (‘Merica calls them IDF). Go to Input -> Project Options Change the Hydrology Method to Rational Now you ...
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Dynamic Drawing Production Cheats for Civil 3D Objects – Slope Shading and More

Why we all eagerly await the day that all Civil 3D objects, like corridors, become data shortcuts or Civil 3D gets replaced with Infraworks (Not sure which is going to happen first). Until that day though we still need to get those Civil 3D models into our drawings in the most dynamic way possible. So here are a few sneaky ...
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Diagnosing the Surface Pasting Problem – “Error Performing Edit”

We all get these from time to time. Unfortunately Civil 3D is rather vague about what is causing this error.   or   ^^^^ I HATE YOU ^^^^^ I can tell you empirically that the primary cause almost 99% of the time is a boundary that has been added to a surface somewhere along the chain that needs to be ...
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Stage Storage Analysis of Stockpiles/Dam Walls (between two irregular surfaces)

it is quite easy to do perform a stage storage analysis of a simple basin or dam water. This is because all the volumes are compared to a flat elevation, one flat surface (water level), one irregular surface(ground surface). But what if you want to know the stage storage elevation of a dam wall or a stockpile, i.e two irregular ...
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How to diagnose computer performance issues

I have been having some serious performance issues lately with my DELL precision M6600, which is almost 5-6 years old now! I finally found a way to determine if it is my hardware or my workflows. Quite pleased to say it was my hardware and I am not crazy. But here is how I found out! Download the Passmark Perfomance ...
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