Archive for July, 2010

Video: Pond designed with a Maintenance Road to access bottom of the pond…

July 30, 2010

Finished Pond Design

An example of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in action!

A pond design such as this can be easily achievable. As always, with a program like AutoCAD Civil 3D, there are various workflows that can be developed but I would like to share a workflow that’s simplistic and provides great results with regards to the surface.

To pulling this off, create a surface from the Grading Group named POND and create another surface for the RAMP (access road) then paste the RAMP surface into the POND surface. Select image below to play video!!

Click to play... I hope this video gives you some ideas on your next pond design. Until next time, have a great weekend!


Ryan Caudell

Total CAD Systems, Inc.


Mapping and Geodetic Datums

July 30, 2010

For those of you who are creating map data and have questions about horizontal and vertical datums. Below is a link to FAQ from National Geodetic Survey (NGS).

NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) defines and manages a national coordinate system. This network, the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), provides the foundation for transportation and communication; mapping and charting; and a multitude of scientific and engineering applications.

3ds Max Turns 20

July 28, 2010

That’s right!  3ds Max is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year.  Celebrate the history of Max by clicking on the image.

Reset the Revit User Interface

July 26, 2010

If customizations have been applied to Revit, Autodesk has a solution that will help you reset your Revit back to the out of the box version.  This will remove any customizations that have been applied.

Reset the User Interface

Project Photofly

July 22, 2010


No 3D Laser Scanner necessary.  With a standard digital camera you can take pictures around an object or scene and have it processed into a Point Cloud model.

This is interesting because it’s also an example of the the power of cloud computing.  Photos are uploaded to the cloud and are processed into a point cloud model.  There are some  photo shooting guidelines that have to be observed for a successful process.  Once processed a point cloud is sent to the

Photo Scene Editor.  The point cloud can then be exported to a DWG format and opened in AutoCAD.

Learn more and download the Photo Scene Editor at Autodesk Labs Project Photofly page.

The Photo Scene Editor executable will operate until August 1, 2011.