Understanding the Workspace

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Understanding the Workspace

Post  Admin on Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:51 pm

Understanding the Workspace

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the main windows of the application.
For more information, see the AutoCAD Civil 3D Help topic The Civil 3D Workspace.
This tutorial continues from the Using Basic Functionality.
To explore the Civil 3D workspace

1 In the AutoCAD Civil 3D window, click File menu ➤ Open. Navigate to the tutorial drawings folder
. Open the drawing called Intro-1.dwg.

2 In Toolspace, click the Prospector tab. Toolspace is usually docked on the left side of the screen, but
can also float.

3 Click + next to the name of the drawing. This shows you the top-level objects in the drawing. If you
want to see lower-level objects and further expand the object tree, click any of the + signs.
Each + object is known as a collection, and represents a group of objects. The Prospector tab gives you
a neatly organized view of all objects in a drawing.

4 Click + next to the Sites collection. The drawing contains only one site, Site 1.

5 Expand the Site 1 object. Notice that a site includes four object collections: Alignments, Feature Lines,
Grading Groups, and Parcels. A site is intended to provide a logical grouping of objects that form part
of the same design project, or are otherwise related. An object can belong to only one site.
Notice that there is an Alignments collection above the top-level Sites collection. This allows alignments
to exist outside of a site. When an alignment is contained in a site, it will subdivide any parcels it crosses
over and create new parcels if it forms closed ares from itself or other parcels on the site. When an
alignment is placed in the top-level Alignments collection, it will not interact with itself or any other
objects.

6 Expand the Parcels collection to see the names of individual parcels in Site 1. Note that the drawing
includes several styles of parcels, such as Open Space, Single-Family, and Standard.

7 Click a parcel name. The parcel is displayed in a preview region of the Prospector tab.
NOTE If the preview does not work, you can activate it. First, ensure that the item preview button at the
top of the Prospector tab is pressed in. Then right-click the Parcels collection and click Show Preview.

8 Right-click one of the Single-Family parcels. Click Properties. The properties of the parcel are displayed
in a dialog box. Note the detailed survey data shown on the Analysis tab. Review these properties as
you wish, but do not change anything.

9 Click the Information tab. Change the Object Style from Single-Family to Open Space. Click OK. Note
that the appearance of the parcel changes in the drawing, and that the name of the parcel changes in
the Parcels collection on the Prospector tab. Use pan and zoom controls if necessary. For more
information, see Panning and Zooming (page 7).
If a range of useful styles is available in a drawing template, it is easy to control object appearance by
simply selecting an appropriate style.
Further exploration: In Toolspace, on the Prospector tab, in the expanded objects tree, right-click various
objects at different levels. Note the different menus that appear. On the menus for individual objects,
such as surfaces, alignments, and point groups, click Properties as you did for parcels. Do not change
any data as you explore.

10 Along the edge of the Prospector tab, click the Settings tab. The Settings tab contains a tree structure
of object styles and settings for the drawing. It is similar in structure to the Prospector tab, with collections
at several levels.

11 Expand the Settings tree by clicking + next to the drawing name, Parcel, and Parcel Styles. This shows
you the set of available styles, including the Standard style. Every object has a Standard style, which
provides good display and behavior when you do not want to select a more specific style.

12 Right-click the Standard parcel style and click Edit. A four-tabbed dialog box is displayed, showing you
the attributes of this style. Explore the contents of the tabs to see the various attributes that can be
changed when you create a style.

13 Click Cancel to close the Parcel Styles dialog box.
Further exploration: Expand the Settings tree and look at several style objects and commands. Right-click
various objects to see the available menu selections, but do not make any changes.
To continue to the next tutorial, go to Using the Panorama Window

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