Using a Different Style for a Surface in Civil 3D 2020


In this exercise, you will change the surface style, which the surface is referencing, to display different views of the surface.

This exercise continues from Editing the Surface Style.


Change the surface style

This exercise uses Surface-3.dwg with the modifications you made in the previous exercise.

  1. In Toolspace, on the Prospector tab, expand the Surfaces collection. Right-click the XGND surface. Click Surface Properties.
    In the Surface Properties dialog box, on the Information tab, in the Surface Style list, select Border & Triangles & Points.
    This style is set to display the borders and the TIN faces with 3x vertical exaggeration. These display settings make it easier to see the vertical relief of the surface.
  2. Click OK.
  3. The surface representation updates to display the TIN triangles and border.
  4. Click View tab >> Navigate 2D panel >> Orbit drop-down >> Free Orbit.
  5. Using the Free Orbit tool, rotate the surface in the drawing to display the exaggerated elevations. These elevations are most evident along the bottom of the surface where a prominent ridge appears.
  6. To return to the regular plan view of the surface, click View tab >> Named Views panel >> Views drop-down >> Top.
  7. Follow steps 1 to 3 to return the surface style to Standard.

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For nearly 20 years, Charles has worked in the civil engineering industry. As a Civil Engineering Technician, Charles has been responsible for the production and oversight of construction plan sets, maintaining cad standards and providing cad training and technical support for civil engineering firms in Detroit, Michigan. He was an early adopter of Civil 3D when Autodesk migrated from Land Desktop. As a Technical Consultant, Charles has taught high school students, college students and EIT’s how to efficiently use civil engineering design software for 10 years. His goal is for students to learn comfortably at their own pace.

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