Posted by: Steve Lappin
I am a Landman, not a surveyor, and much of my work involves field mapping of
geology sample points, claim posts, etc for mining companies. Also I plot
mining claim and land status maps based on courthouse and BLM
I use Autocad LT to create my maps, which after
rotating, scaling, and shifting can be dropped in on top of their GIS maps
within mapping grade tolerances.
However, a very good client of mine
thinks I need to spend $6000 on Acad Civil 3d, so I can directly import the
points from my Trimble to Civil 3d, thus creating a GIS smart map. I would
consider the expenditure except for all the negatives I have read about
I believe my computer is up to the task of Civil 3D: Windows 7 Pro,
I7 processor, 16 gigs ram, plenty of HD space; not sure about the video
The learning curve is the most common complaint. So my question
is:Will I be able to jump right in and plot non-projected maps just as I
had been in Acad LT 2007, then learn all the other stuff as needed?
have a limited understanding of GIS and projections and have messed around some
with Arcview and Manifold and MapInfo, not that I could sit down and edit a map
with any of them, but I do have a basic understanding of shapefiles, tables,
I've read a lot of raves about Carlson and I know they have a GIS
system but I worry that the product would not be entirely compatible with the
client's Civil 3D mapping.
What say you, is Civil 3D going to satisfy my
everyday drafting need and allow me to progress into GIS, or will it just be
another unused dog on my desktop.
Thanks, and sorry for the long
Grand Junction, CO
To read the rest of this tread,
Acad Civil 3D - How Complex?
May 16, 2012