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Module 04
Survey
In this module, you learn how to use survey functionality in AutoCAD Civil 3D. This functionality enables you to automatically create pre-engineering base plans and existing ground surface models directly from field survey data. Survey data is required to gather information of the site prior to beginning the design. This data typically consists of locating and identifying coordinates/elevations of both spot and linework features. A Total Station or GPS (global positioning satellite) survey are the most common tools for collecting survey data. Surveyors produce information upon which a design can be based. This information is provided to site designers, and usually consists of a preengineering base plan, an existing ground surface model, and a reduced coordinate point file.

Objectives
After completing this module, you will be able to:

Configure and identify the main components of the Civil 3D survey environment. Create a survey database and network. Create figure styles to control the display of figures. Create figure prefixes to assign figure styles to figures. Describe the main characteristics of the Autodesk fieldbook file format. Import a fieldbook file to Civil 3D. Make changes to observation data in the survey database. Create points and figures from survey data.

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Data for this module resides in the \AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum\Module04 - Survey\ folder. A fieldbook file is also provided for the Module. It is located in the same folder and is called Survey.fbk.

Student Exercises
The following exercises are provided in step-by-step format. Open the Civil 3D program prior to beginning the lesson by double-clicking the Civil 3D icon on your desktop. If you are working in the Imperial system, you should use the drawing files beginning with the letter I, while those working in the metric system should use the drawing files beginning with the letter M. You are provided with a drawing for each exercise in the lesson. The exercises in this module are as follows: 1. Configure the Civil 3D Survey Environment 2. Create the Survey Database 3. Create the Survey Network 4. Create Figure Styles 5. Create Figure Prefixes. 6. Review the Fieldbook File 7. Import the Fieldbook File 8. Edit Survey Data in the Survey Toolspace 9. Create Points and Figures

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Survey
The Survey module focuses on the collection and reduction of pre-engineering topographic and planimetric survey data. The survey data is used to create the base plan and the existing ground surface model. Both of these elements are required by the engineer to complete the design. The base plan is a plan view drawing that shows existing conditions. The base plan typically consists of line work and symbols. The line work is used to represent pavement edges, centerlines, sidewalk edges, gutter lines, ditches, and other types of linear features. Symbols are used to represent spot features such as catch basins, fire hydrants, and power poles. The creation of the pre-engineering base plan and the existing ground surface model is the responsibility of the survey organization or department. Those groups involved with this work strive to automate the processes as much as possible. The following elements are required to automate the process:

Surveyors are consistent with their use of field codes that represent specific features. Surveyors apply field connectivity codes to automatically generate base plan line work as the data is imported to AutoCAD Civil 3D. Examples include Begin, End, Continue, C3, and Recall. Base plan line work is assigned to layers automatically and can also be defined as breaklines for the surface. Point groups for surface modeling are predefined in the drawing template (DWT). These filter invalid data from the surface model, such as pipe inverts and tops of fire hydrants. Description key sets associate point style and point label style to each point.

Civil 3D represents survey data with a survey network object. The Survey Network style, as with other Civil 3D object styles, controls the display of the survey network.

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Survey figures can also be converted to breaklines for the existing ground surface model. 04-4 .AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Survey figures are used to display base plan line work. Figure styles control the display of the base plan line work.

Observation data is the raw data format created from Total Station survey datacollection equipment. which are then imported to AutoCAD Civil 3D. sewers. The base plan is the Civil 3D drawing that represents existing conditions before the design begins. The location of the survey database defaults to the \Civil 3D Projects\ location on your hard drive. survey networks. and survey system settings. Base plans are created directly from the survey raw data file. The engineer must become familiar with the existing conditions prior to beginning the design work. Survey sideshot points are represented with angular measurements in observation data. Reduced coordinates typically refer to the northing and easting point coordinate attributes. Base plans show existing features such as roads. The fieldbook (FBK) file is an AutoCAD Civil 3D observation file. The survey database can be accessed from any drawing to create base plan data. height of instrument. You use the Survey tab to manage survey databases. light poles. vertical angle. Coordinates are calculated as fieldbook file data imported to the Civil 3D drawing. These observation data files are converted to the AutoCAD Civil 3D fieldbook files. The survey database is an external database that stores the observation data. Base Plan Observation Data Reduced Coordinates Fieldbook File Survey Database 04-5 . The survey database is populated with observation data when the fieldbook file is imported. Reduced point coordinates are created from observation data.Module 04 . survey data. These features are represented using Civil 3D point objects to represent spot features. and height of rod. sideshot point data is converted to reduced coordinate point data. The final coordinates are calculated when the survey data is imported to Civil 3D.Survey NOTES Key Terms Survey Tab The Survey tab is positioned below the Prospector tab and the Settings tab in the Toolspace window. Different brands of survey data collectors have their own observation data file format. The survey raw data file also contains information such as control coordinates. and feature lines to represent linear features. When imported to the drawing. and manholes. Survey observations typically consist of a measured horizontal angle. and slope distance record.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Survey Network The survey network is a common collection of control points. End. A survey network style controls the display of the survey network. and sidewalks. In the field. Figures can be converted to breaklines for surface modeling. Figures Figure Prefix Database 04-6 . The figure prefix database assigns figure styles to survey figures. surveyors apply figure connectivity codes (Begin. directions. and traverse adjustments. gutter lines. setups. The survey network is the graphical representation of the survey database observation data. Figure display is controlled with a figure style. and so on) to automatically generate the base plan figures. Figures are organized in figure groups. Civil 3D figures are used to represent the base plan line work such as pavement edges. Continue. centerlines. The figure prefix database also assigns certain figures as breaklines for existing surface models. Surveyors assign names to figures using the Begin command. noncontrol points.

click the Survey tab. 2. Click Survey > Open Survey Toolspace.Survey NOTES EXERCISE 1: CONFIGURE THE CIVIL 3D SURVEY ENVIRONMENT In this exercise.Module 04 . The Survey command can also be accessed from the menu and from the command line. 3. you configure and become familiar with the Survey Environment. Position Toolspace so that it is undocked on the left side of the screen. The following elements of the Toolspace window are used in the Civil 3D survey environment:    Prospector tab – shows survey networks and figures in the drawing. Settings tab – used to create survey network styles and figure styles. Survey tab – used to create and manage survey databases and survey networks. For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\I_Survey-EX1. A Survey tab appears on the Toolspace window.dwg).dwg (M_SurveyEX1. 04-7 . turning off scroll bars and closing unwanted toolbars. 1. In Toolspace. The configuration of the workspace involves positioning the Toolspace.

these trees expand to show the survey networks and figures. click the Settings tab. 9. 7. 04-8 . Notice the Networks and Figures tree under the Survey tree. Both the Networks and Figures trees are empty because there is no data present. When you import data later in this module. 6. expand all trees under the Survey tree. At the bottom of the object list on the left side. In Toolspace. 8. click Active Drawing View. From the drop-down list at the top of Toolspace. 5. Click the Prospector tab. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Survey tree.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 4. Click the plus signs (+) to expand the Survey – Network Styles and Survey – Figure Styles trees. Now you look at the styles used to display the survey networks and figures.

unknown control points. Click the Display tab.Survey NOTES Network Styles control the display of the survey network. You can change marker styles by expanding the General – Multipurpose Styles tree on the Settings tab in Toolspace. click the Components tab and review the settings. noncontrol points and sideshot points. 04-9 . 12. Click OK. Remember that survey figures are used to represent the base plan line work. Right-click the Network Style named Basic and click Edit. This makes it easier to identify the type of data you are working with. Figure Styles control the display of the survey figures. 11. 13. You can control the display of the survey network by modifying the Network Style. 10. Here you can assign marker styles to known control points.Module 04 . In the Network Style dialog box.

Click OK.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 14. Click the Display tab. A survey database is created in the next exercise. 04-10 . Figure Prefix Databases ─ assigns survey figures to layers and identifies certain survey figures as breaklines. double-click the Standard Figure Style under the Figure Styles tree. Equipment Databases ─ displays the properties and values for the survey equipment used to collect the data. 18. In Toolspace.   20. Click the Markers tab on the Figure Styles dialog box. click the Survey tab. 17. 15. You can assign marker styles to specific points on the survey figures. Settings tab. The following trees are visible:  Survey Databases ─ the list of survey databases. Close the drawing and do not save the changes. 16. Notice that you can control the display properties of the figure components. 19. In Toolspace.

Enter City of Vancouver. 1. For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\I_Survey-EX2. 04-11 . The survey database is a separate file that contains the survey networks.dwg). Right-click Survey Databases and click New Local Survey Database… 3.Survey NOTES EXERCISE 2: CREATE THE SURVEY DATABASE You must complete this exercise before moving on to the remaining exercises in this module. In this exercise. A survey database is added in Toolspace. In Toolspace.dwg (M_SurveyEX2. 2.Module 04 . 4. you create and set up the survey database. Click OK. click the Survey tab. Multiple users can access data in a survey database to create survey drawings. Survey tab.

Change the Distance units to Meter. In Toolspace. and click Edit Survey Database Settings. Survey tab. You may have changed this when installing the software. The default folder location is \Civil 3D Projects in your root drive. 6.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES The Survey Database is physically represented with a folder structure on your hard drive. Next. 5. right-click the City of Vancouver survey database. 04-12 . change the units in the survey database. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Units tree. 7.

Close the drawing and do not save the changes.Survey NOTES The survey data that you import later was collected in metric units. Expand the other trees in the dialog box and review the other settings. The survey database references metric units. The survey database is therefore set up to represent metric units. a unit conversion occurs when survey data is imported. 8. Civil 3D performs a unit conversion by comparing the units of the drawing to those set in the survey database. Click OK. 04-13 .Module 04 . 10. 9. If you are working in imperial.

2. You must complete Exercise 3 before moving on to the other exercises in this module.dwg).AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES EXERCISE 3: CREATE THE SURVEY NETWORK The previous Exercise 2 must be completed before completing Exercise 3.dwg (M_SurveyEX3. Right-click the Networks tree under the City of Vancouver survey database and click New. click the Survey tab. Right-click City of Vancouver and click Open Survey Database. 04-14 . In Toolspace. 3. Survey networks are created for each of the following project phases:     Site Analysis Boundary Survey Boundary Analysis Topographic Survey For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\I_Survey-EX3. 1. In this exercise. You can organize survey data by creating survey networks within the survey database for different stages of a land development project. you create the survey network.

enter Granville to Oak. for Name. enter 41st Avenue. click the plus sign (+) to expand the 41st Avenue tree. Click OK. 6. The survey network accommodates the following elements:    Control Points Non-Control Points Directions 04-15 . In the New Network dialog box. 5.Module 04 . 7. Survey tab. In Toolspace.Survey NOTES 4. For Description.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES   Setups Traverses 8. 04-16 . Close the drawing and do not save the changes.

6. 4. 3. bank tops. road crowns.Module 04 . The following figure styles are created:     Existing centerline Existing edge of pavement Existing sidewalk Existing driveway For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\I_Survey-EX4. Right-click the Figure Styles tree and click New.dwg (M_Survey-EX4. 5.dwg). Examples of figures include pavement edges. Figure styles control the display of figures. and bank bottoms. Enter the name Existing Centerline. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Figure Styles tree. Create a figure style for the existing centerline. 2. click the Settings tab. Click the Information tab on the Figure Style dialog box.Survey NOTES EXERCISE 4: CREATE FIGURE STYLES In this exercise. you create figure styles. Figures are used to represent the line work automatically created from survey observation data. 04-17 . Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Survey tree. 1. In Toolspace.

so just the Figure Lines component are visible. Click the lightbulb icon next to all the marker components to off. Change the Figure Lines color to BYLAYER. create the remaining figure styles using the following data: Figure Name Existing Edge of Pavement Existing Sidewalk Existing Driveway Layer ST_EOP ST_CONC_WALK ST_DWAY Color Bylayer Bylayer Bylayer The Figure Styles tree of the Toolspace Settings tab is updated to show the new figure styles. 04-18 . 11. Using the same procedure. Change the Figure Lines layer to ST_CL. 8. 12. Click the Display tab. 10. 9. Click OK.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 7.

Survey NOTES 13. Close the drawing and do not save the changes. 04-19 .Module 04 .

Assign figures to sites. 04-20 . For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\ I_Survey-EX5. click the Survey tab. Figure prefixes are used when you:      Assign figure styles. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Figure Prefix Databases tree. You create figure prefixes for existing centerline. 2. existing pavement edge. Create the existing centerline figure prefix. Right-click Sample and click New.dwg (M_SurveyEX5. When survey observation data is imported.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES EXERCISE 5: CREATE FIGURE PREFIXES You must complete this exercise before moving on to the remaining exercises in this module. Figure prefixes are saved in a Figure Prefix Database. Assign figures to layers. In Toolspace. Identify certain figures as surface breaklines. Identify certain figures as lot lines. existing sidewalk. Surveyors assign names to the figures when they are created in the field.dwg). the figure name is matched against the entries in the figure prefix database. 1. 3. and existing driveways.

For Breakline. enter CL. 8. Click OK. Change the layer to ST_CL. 04-21 . 5. 7. Change the Style to Existing Centerline. 9. Notice you can modify the figure prefix parameters directly from the Item View of the Toolspace Survey tab.Module 04 . 6. select Yes. For Name.Survey NOTES 4.. Create the remaining figure prefixes using the following data: Name EP FW BW DW Breakline Yes Yes Yes Yes Layer ST_EOP ST_CONC_WALK ST_CONC_WALK ST_DWAY Style Existing Edge of Pavement Existing Sidewalk Existing Sidewalk Existing Driveway You are now finished with the figure prefix definitions.

04-22 .AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 10. Close the drawing and do not save the changes.

Click Edit fieldbook. In Toolspace. right-click the City of Vancouver survey database and select Open Survey Database. Survey tab. This data. Observation data (raw) file formats vary with the brand of data collector. is reduced to real-world coordinates when imported to the drawing. right-click the 41st Avenue network. and backsight angles.dwg (M_SurveyEX6. In Toolspace.dwg). height of instrument. 2. when combined with data representing control coordinates. The fieldbook file contains the observation data from the field survey. The fieldbook file format is a very common observation data file format used in the land development industry. and slope distances. 04-23 . vertical angles. Survey tab. 1.Module 04 . height of rod. Observation data is usually collected using Total Station survey equipment. Observation data from Total Station survey equipment consists of measured horizontal angles. you review the AutoCAD Civil 3D fieldbook file (FBK). 3. For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\I_Survey-EX6. Fieldbook files are usually created from these brand-specific raw data files using either TDS Survey Link or third-party software applications.Survey NOTES EXERCISE 6: REVIEW THE FIELDBOOK FILE In this exercise.

An explanation of some of the observation statements follows:  NEZ – the keyed in control coordinates.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 4. Browse to the \AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum\Module 04 – Survey\ folder. the height of instrument. PRISM – sets the rod height. An alternate method is to browse to the folder and open Survey. This statement indicates the point number the instrument is positioned on. You may be prompted to select a text editor. BEG – the Begin statement to begin a figure. Typically these are the points that the instrument is positioned over as well as the backsight point. slope distance. 5. and a description. Click Survey.fbk and click Open. vertical angle.fbk with your favorite text editor. AZ – specifies the azimuth between two points. STN – the station setup command. BS – the point to which the instrument backsight is made. and a description for the point. F1 VA – sideshot observation data consisting of a point number measured horizontal angle. Other examples of       04-24 .

C3 (to connect 3 points with an arc).Survey NOTES connectivity codes include End. Continue.Module 04 . 6. 8. Review the entire contents of the fieldbook file in the text editor. 04-25 . 7. Close the text editor when you are finished. and Recall. Close the drawing and do not save the changes.

dwg). click the Survey tab.dwg (M_Survey-EX7. In this exercise. 04-26 . Survey network is created in the drawing.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES EXERCISE 7: IMPORT THE FIELDBOOK FILE You must complete this exercise before moving on to the remaining exercises in the module. Right-click on the 41st Avenue survey network. Right-click City of Vancouver and select Open Survey Database. 1. Browse to the \AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum\Module 04 – Survey\ folder. 4. 2. you import the fieldbook file to the drawing. In Toolspace. For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\I_Survey-EX7. This results in the following:   Survey database is populated with observation data. 5. you have the option to create the points and figures either during or after the import process. Click Import Fieldbook. 3. When you import the fieldbook file.

The resulting survey network object displays as shown: 04-27 . that is.Module 04 . survey graphics are displayed as the data is imported. Show Interactive Graphics – When toggled on.   8. Insert Network Object – You can view the entire survey network as a single network object in the drawing. the name of the figure. 7. Click OK and watch as the survey data is imported to the drawing. An explanation of a few of the settings follows:  Current Figure Prefix Database – The figure prefix database contains the defined figure prefixes. This process takes a few minutes. Set the properties in the Import Fieldbook dialog box as shown. Click Survey.Survey NOTES 6. When toggled off the graphical display is suppressed and the import process is quicker.fbk and click Open. The network object is the graphical representation of the survey observation data that resides in the survey database.

04-28 . Close the drawing and do not save the changes.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 9.

Click Control Point #1. 3.Module 04 .dwg (M_SurveyEX8. You then have the opportunity to update the survey network in the drawing. 1. Surveyors typically make corrections to the survey observation data before creating survey points and figure objects. click the Survey tab. Networks. Click the plus signs (+) to expand the City of Vancouver. 41st Avenue and Control Points trees. When you change the observation data. 04-29 . 4.Survey NOTES EXERCISE 8: EDIT SURVEY DATA IN THE SURVEY TOOLSPACE The previous Exercise 7 must be completed before completing Exercise 8. If you cannot see the point properties as shown below. In this exercise. In Toolspace. For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\I_Survey-EX8. right-click Control Point #1 and click Show Properties. You must complete Exercise 8 before moving on to the last exercise in this module.dwg). you review and learn how to work with the survey observation data in the Survey Toolspace. 2. Right-click City of Vancouver and click Open Survey Database. the survey database is updated.

Change the elevation to 80. 04-30 . 8. All other dependent data (surfaces and profiles) are also updated. The observations (sideshots) from this setup are graphically highlighted. 7. points. A prism (target) height was entered incorrectly for the Station:3. Notice the different instrument setups that were done for the 41st Avenue survey. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Setups tree for the 41st Avenue network. Backsight:1 setup. 9. Click Edit Observations. Doing so results in updates to the survey network.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Notice that you can change properties for the control points. Backsight:1. 6. and figures. 5.405 and press ENTER. Right-click Setup Station:3. Click to save the changes.

Click the divider line between the columns to control the column width. and 357). 356. Click the Target Height column header to sort the data by the Target Height Value. You can control the column visibility and the order of display in the Observation Editor. Scroll to the bottom so you can see the three observations with a target height of 2. Click and drag the column headers to control the column position as shown in the previous image. 12. 11.650 (point number 355. 10. You can also double-click the column header to sort the values in reverse order. This target height was entered 04-31 .Survey NOTES The Panorama window appears and shows the Observations Editor.Module 04 . 13.

Click the Save icon in the Observation Editor to save the changes. Using the scroll bar from the Observation Editor.    #355 – 82. scroll to the right and note the elevations of these three points. Click the green check mark icon Panorama window. 04-32 . Change the value of the target height to 2.250 #357 – 82. Press the Ctrl key and click the three points in the Panorama window. 18. Notice that the data is no longer bold. 14. The changes need to be saved. in the Observation Editor to close the 20. 17.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES incorrectly. This means that the survey network needs to be updated. Notice that the 41st Avenue network has an exclamation mark next to it. Click back to the Survey tab in Toolspace. Notice that the data is now bold. 15.82. 16. Right-click the Target Height column header and click Edit.343 The next step is to change the target height for these three points. Civil 3D recalculates the observations. This indicates that the changes have been saved. 19.115 #356 .55 and press ENTER.

Close the drawing and do not save the changes. Data residing in the survey database has been changed.Survey NOTES 21. The survey network and figure data have been updated. Scroll down to point numbers 355. The figure vertices contain elevation data. Right-click 41st Avenue 22. which may have changed when the prism heights were updated. and 357. Right-click the Figures tree and select Update figures. Notice that the elevations of the point data have updated based on the change to the target height. 25. 04-33 . 24. Notice that the Figures tree has an exclamation mark next to it. 26. 356.Module 04 . Click Update Network. This means that the figures need to be updated. 23. Click the Survey Points tree.

4. click the Survey tab. you create survey points and figures from the survey database. In this exercise. You also remove the survey network from the drawing to complete the exercise.dwg (M_Survey-EX9. In Toolspace. Points and figures are used to create the base plan and the existing ground surface model. For this exercise open …\Module 04 – Survey\I_Survey-EX9. Click the Survey Points tree.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES EXERCISE 9: CREATE POINTS AND FIGURES You must complete the previous exercises in this module before completing Exercise 9. Right-click City of Vancouver and click Open Survey Database. Right-click Survey Points. 3.dwg). 1. 2. 04-34 .

Select Points menu > Insert Into Drawing. Right-click Figures. Right-click 41st Avenue network. 7. The next step is to remove the survey network from the drawing. The drawing is updated with point objects that can be used for surface modeling and other design tasks. 8. In the warning message dialog box. Graphically navigate the drawing and review the data.Survey NOTES 5. Click Insert into drawing. 6. 11. 04-35 . 10. click Yes. The drawing is updated with the figures that represent the base plan line work. 9.Module 04 . Click Remove from drawing.

instrument height. What is a survey observation data file? 2. rod heights and sideshot data. 7. vertical angle. an existing ground surface model and points with reduced coordinates. 6. instrument setup locations. What types of features in Civil 3D are used to represent base plan line work and breaklines for existing ground surface models? 5. The survey database stores survey observation data. A survey observation data file is also know as a raw data file. Surveyors deliver their finished product to designers. These contract packages contain construction drawings. Multiple users can create their own survey drawings from data residing in a single survey database. Who is this information delivered to in the site design process? 4. 5. Surveyors create a model of existing conditions from observation data. construction staking data. The model consists of a base plan drawing in plan view. Figures. 4. 3. What are the primary functions of the figure prefix database? 8. What does a surveyor typically create from observation data? 3. backsight points and angles. The figure prefix database assigns figure styles to survey figures.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Questions 1. which is measured with a horizontal angle. Explain how the survey database works. What is the primary function of the survey network? Answers 1. The 04-36 . This information usually is keyed-in control coordinates. A survey observation data file contains all the survey field measurements. 7. 2. Designers then create detailed design documents for construction. Points. What types of features in Civil 3D are used to represent spot features on the base plan and locations for the existing ground surface model? 6. The survey database is an external file that is created prior to importing survey data. and slope distance. and quantity reports.

The survey network is a graphical representation of the survey data.Module 04 . 04-37 . 8. You can make changes to survey network data from the Survey Toolspace.Survey NOTES figure prefix also identifies certain figures as existing ground surface model breaklines. The survey network is updated after changes have been saved.

Surveyors provide data to engineers upon which a land development design can be based. Surveyors collect this data using Total Station and GPS survey data collection equipment. and an existing ground surface model. 04-38 . Points with coordinates are created when observation data is imported to the Civil 3D drawing.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Module Summary This module introduced you to survey functionality in AutoCAD Civil 3D. which consists of actual field measurements. a plan view base plan drawing. This data represents existing conditions and consists of reduced point coordinates. Data recorded with Total Station data collectors is referred to as observation data. The Civil 3D observation data file format is fieldbook (FBK).