Back to Bascs: Lnes and Curves
Engineers and surveyors are constantly creating lines and curves. Whether the task at handinvolves re-creating and checking existing geometry rom deeds or record plats, or designing anew land plan, it’s important to have tools to assist in the accurate creation o this linework.The lines and curves tools in Civil 3D, along with the complementary tools on theTransparent Commands and Inquiry toolbars, provide robust methods or creating and check-ing lines and curves. This linework can then be used as is, or as a oundation or creating soundparcels, alignments, and other Civil 3D object geometry.It’s important to note that creating Civil 3D objects such as parcels and alignments rom thisoundation geometry is necessary or robust reporting and labeling, such as legal descriptions,segment tables, and more detailed design and analysis.By the end o this chapter, you’ll learn to:Create a series o lines by bearing and distance
Use the Inquiry commands to conrm that lines are drawn correctly
Create a curve tangent to the end o a line
Create a best-t line or a series o Civil 3D points
Label lines and curves
Labelng Lnes and Curves
You can draw lines many ways in an AutoCAD-based environment. The tools ound on the Drawpanel o the Home tab create lines that are no more intelligent than those created by the standardAutoCAD Line command. How the Civil 3D lines dier rom those created by the regular Linecommand isn’t in the resulting entity, but in the process o creating them. In other words, in Civil3D you provide directions to these line commands in survey terminology rather than in genericCartesian parameters (see Figure 2.1).Note that you can switch between any o the line commands without exiting the command.For example, i your rst location is a point object, use Line by Point Object; then, without leavingthe command, go back to the Lines/Curves menu and choose any Line or Curve command to con-tinue creating your linework. You can also press the Esc key once, while in a Lines/Curves menucommand, to resume the regular Line command.