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CROSS-SECTIONS
Cross-section Overview
Cross sections have been greatly simplified from previous versions of CAD. Simply draw lines
where you want your cross-sections along an alignment and in a few quick steps, multiple crosssections are created.

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CREATE CROSS SECTIONS:

From the Home Tab  Profile and Section Views Panel
o Click Sample Lines
o Select the alignment you wish to sample
• This can be done by clicking on the alignment or pressing Enter. If
you press enter a list of alignments in the drawing will pop up.
Choose your alignment and click OK
Either method will bring up the Create Sample Line Group dialog box. This
dialog box only appears the first time you make a Sample Line Group for a
particular alignment.
o Name the Sample Line Group
o Leave Sample Line Style and Sample Line Label Style as NRCS
o The Sample Line Layer is predetermined
o Check the boxes for the entities you wish to sample (i.e. the existing ground and
waterway surface)
o Choose an appropriate Style for the entities you are sampling
o Click OK

CrossSection.docx

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docx 01/2015 USDA-NRCS .CIVIL 3D (2014) **REMEMBER TO SAVE OFTEN** 2 of 6 CROSS-SECTIONS o The Sample Line Tools toolbar will pop up o Click the Sample Line Creation Methods Icon • By Range of Stations: Allows you to specify a range of stations. if you were to choose By Range of Stations the dialog box would look similar to the box shown on the next page. CrossSection. sampling width. • At a Station: Allows you to choose a specific station along an alignment and define the swath width for each sample. • From Corridor Stations: Allows you to create a sample line at all predefined corridor sections. follow the directions at the command line or in the dialog box to create the sample lines. • Pick Points on Screen: Allows you to select points in the drawing and define the swath width for each section. Click OK to see the sample lines along the alignment. and other options. resulting in sample lines every 100 feet along the alignment with left and right swath widths of 30 feet. • Whichever method you choose. The Create Sample Line dialog box opens and you can define the station range and swath width for the sections. This can have multiple vertices! • Select Existing Polylines: Allows section lines to be based on polylines already existing in the drawing. The polyline does not have to be perpendicular to the center line and it can have multiple segments. • For instance.

**REMEMBER TO SAVE OFTEN** CIVIL 3D (2014) 3 of 6 CROSS-SECTIONS 2.docx Check to make sure the correct alignment and sample line group is selected Adjust Station Range as needed Choose a Section View Style You can either click Next to walk through the remaining options and make changes as needed or click Create Section Views 01/2015 USDA-NRCS . CREATE SECTION VIEWS: • From the Home Tab  Profile and Section Views Panel • Click Section Views • Click Create Multiple Views • The Create Multiple Section Views dialog box opens: o o o o CrossSection.

CIVIL 3D (2014) **REMEMBER TO SAVE OFTEN** 4 of 6 CROSS-SECTIONS o Follow the command line and pick a spot on the screen to place your cross sections o The Cross Sections are displayed as shown below o To edit the cross-section.docx 01/2015 USDA-NRCS . CrossSection. click on the cross-section  Right click and select Section View Properties or Edit Section View Style depending on what you would like to modify.

or any other surfaces! • From the Home Tab  Profile and Section Views Panel  Click the Sample Lines icon o Select the appropriate alignment o The Sample Line Tools Toolbar pops up o Click the Sample Line Action button CrossSection.CIVIL 3D (2014) **REMEMBER TO SAVE OFTEN** 5 of 6 CROSS-SECTIONS 3. a corridor surface.docx 01/2015 USDA-NRCS . Editing the Cross Section Data: • Editing the sample line is very useful after you have created additional sources such as: a corridor.

change the properties of the views. CrossSection. and much more. and add new data sources using the Modify drop-down list in the Sample Line Conceptual Ribbon.CIVIL 3D (2014) **REMEMBER TO SAVE OFTEN** 6 of 6 CROSS-SECTIONS • Sample More Sources: Allows you to choose additional sources to sample. change the swath widths.) • You can add or delete sample line groups. Simply click on a sample line and the contextual toolbar pops up  Click the icon of your choice. Your section views will automatically be updated! (This also works when you want to remove a surface you have sampled. sample more sources.docx 01/2015 USDA-NRCS . • An additional way to make edits is to click on a cross section entity and a Conceptual Ribbon will appear allowing you to add labels.