A Practical Guide to AutoCAD Map 3D 2012

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9781934865088: A Practical Guide to AutoCAD Map 3D 2012

Welcome to the next generation of training materials for AutoCAD Map 3D, the Practical Guide.

This guide focuses on what you need to effectively use AutoCAD Map 3D 2012 in your daily tasks. Each lesson contains concepts, principles, and exercises to provide you with the background and foundation of knowledge that you need to effectively apply the features directly to your job tasks. You work through real world exercises to reinforce your understanding and provide you with practice on common tasks that other professionals are performing with AutoCAD Map 3D 2012 in the workplace every day.


After completing this book, you will be able to:

  • Work with global coordinate systems in AutoCAD Map 3D
  • Create and edit mappingspecific geometry
  • Work with attribute data in the form of Object Data and external database links
  • Apply Object Classification to your mapping system
  • Incorporate aerial photos and raster surfaces into your mapping system
  • Import GIS data from other formats into AutoCAD Map 3D
  • Establish and manage a mapping system that uses high-performance technology to access and work with several formats of GIS data
  • Apply effective and impactful styles to your mapping data
  • Establish and work within a system of related drawing-based maps
  • Create, manage, and analyze topologies
  • Create sophisticated map books

About the Authors This book was written by authors with practical, real world experience, not by academics or programmers. Rick Ellis and Russell Martin understand not only how to teach the software, but also have many years of first-hand experience using the software to complete actual projects.

Rick Ellis has worked with and taught AutoCAD Map 3D since the mid-90s, along with Civil 3D and other Autodesk products. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books on AutoCAD Map 3D, Civil 3D and Land Desktop. This practical background and approach has earned Rick high ratings as a speaker at Autodesk University, and a spot on the national speaker team for the AUGI CAD Camps.

Russell Martin is a spatial data consultant who has worked with CAD, GIS and cartographic design software for over 25 years. He has taught AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map 3D one-on-one, in classrooms and at Autodesk University. Russell has co-authored several books on AutoCAD Map 3D, and has served as technical editor of many other books on CAD, mapping and GIS software.

This completely new, large format book is spiral bound, to lie perfectly flat on your desk. It features nearly 100 exercises organized into 45 lessons in 13 chapters. Each lesson includes detailed descriptions of processes and theory with many illustrations and diagrams, to help you understand why, not just how.

This book is suitable for anyone from general AutoCAD users to seasoned professionals in the Mapping/GIS, Utilities, Civil Engineering, Surveying, Mining, Planning, Land Development or Resource Management industries.

Since AutoCAD Map 3D is part of Civil 3D, as well as a stand-alone product, anyone using Civil 3D can benefit from these powerful, yet often overlooked tools already installed on their computer.

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