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Hello everybody welcome back to the live stream we are going to be diving into the wild wild world of parcels once again we’re going to spend some time on Parcels you’re going to see the process involved with uh diving into parcels and we’re just going to look to spend maybe about an hour or so on on a few tutorials just working some some content out with some of these tutorials so you guys will get to see the uh the process behind it uh currently I’ve got a few Parcels parcel exercise files opened up and again a lot of these exercise files you can find them within your installed copy of civil 3D if you’re interested in getting into more of the uh the condensed shortcuts into that dive into civil 3D I recommend you become a member not just a subscriber but also a member because members get uh full access to all of my members only content that actually gets into a lot of the edited videos with regards to civil 3D so you’re not having to wait wait around uh watching me fumble around with with some of this content you’re actually getting to the nitty-gritty when it comes to finding out all about this program and within the membership files there’s also some exercise files that also go through the process that I went through in order to solve different problems that I’m going to be dealing with during the live stream so just wanted to show you guys uh the differences between the membership content and the live content but if you guys are willing to stick around for a while feel free to uh to watch me as I go through this content so right now I’m in the parcel-1d drawing and I’m going to pull up

my notes Here

I’m going to pull up my notes and tonight

we’re going to be dealing with subdividing a parcel with a swing line there’s different options that are that are available to you whenever you’re using the parcels command and the parcels command if you go up to your create design panel we have the parcel drop down if you click on that then you can get into a lot of different options and we’re going to be dealing with for right now the parcel creation tools

okay if you remember from the last stream we went over like a lot of different options that you have when you expand this little Chevron these these two little down arrows whatever you want to call them if you click this then you get some extra options when it comes to parcel sizing and we have uh some stuff here with regards to the automatic layout and as you’re creating Parcels you get some extra options when it comes to being able to decide minimum area minimum minimum Frontage so when you’re within the command you don’t have to just accept whatever the minimum area is you can you can change it on the Fly and that’s one of the beauties of parcel layout tools so in this exercise we’re going to be getting into subdividing a parcel with the swing line uh let me see we’re going to be specifying certain parameters

and we’re going to be getting into the automatic layout okay minimum area we’ve got 8 000 square feet which is good minimum Frontage 40 feet that’s good we’ll stick with the minimum Frontage of for the offset that’s good we’ll stick with 20 for this 40 for this 50.

use maximum depth yes we’re going to do that maximum depth it’s going to be 200. a lot of this stuff or is just uh is what we used with the previous exercises as well so this is nothing new right here but a lot of these are just the different options that you have use the smallest area that’s good uh automatic mode we’re going to change this you can see a little graphic that pops up for this we’re going to change this to off and then we’re going to place her the remainder in the last parcel so all that stuff’s good so if you’re following along this is what we’re going to be dealing with here hopefully you guys can see the whole screen yep that looks good okay bring those notes back up

okay now we’re going to be creating a parcel using a swing line so the way that you go about doing that is you go up to your toolbar

and then choose this option swing line excuse me swing line create

we get our create parcels dialog box here then we’re going to leave we’re going to check out these we’re going to leave all the all the settings at their defaults parcel style is set to single family which is good which is what we want

okay we’re going to create we’re going to say okay to this then we’re going to get into in the drawing we’re going to select the area label largest parcel right here which is this one right in the corner okay now within our command line it says select start point on Frontage now if you remember the last time we were dealing with this sort of situation when I was picking certain certain edges of my Frontage I was getting different results so we’ll see tonight whether or not I’m going to be dealing with the same thing what I’m going to do is I’m going to start oops

I want to start


don’t want that let’s start this all over again see here we go we got hiccups right here folks that’s what happens

personal creation tools Swingline create click ok select the label and I’m going to select I’m going to type in nearest Nea I’m old school guys I don’t know if you guys know this or not but I’m going to select I’m going to go from here to hear we’ll see what kind of result I get when I just pick this area all right next specify swing point

swing point

I’m going to select the North east corner right here okay that looks a little strange look look where it’s pulling it from you see it’s saying accept the result I’m not sure about this because

you see where I started my Frontage I started right here and it’s pointing me to that that point but it’s also giving me I believe it’s giving me a Minimum Frontage right here probably a 40. so it is I I’m not sure if it’s necessarily giving me the result that I want what if

What If instead excuse me I go into parcel parcel creation tools I go through the whole process all over again Swingline create click ok select this and what if I went from here all the way to here

now it’s asking me to specify a swing point if I click the north east corner still giving me that result hmm

well what if I tried this

I’m going to turn off my snap I’m going to select right here no that does nothing it does nothing when I click in the front what if I click over here no don’t want that what about over here still nothing no

hmm it’s not giving me the desired result

hmm got to solve some problems here click the northeast corner of the parcel to specify the swing point

well that’s what I’m selecting isn’t that the northeast corner right there

well let’s see what happens when I accept the result let’s I’ll go with yes


what if I exit out of this

no this is Goofy this isn’t this isn’t the result that I want I’m going to press undo undo okay let’s try this again parcel parcel creation tools

funny thing is is that I’ve done I’ve done this stuff before but it’s been a while it’s been I think probably over a year since I’ve done this swing line tutorial for uh for parcels that’s why when you’re not doing things all the time on a regular basis it’s always good to kind of refresh yourself with different commands of civil 3D and it’s it’s one of those things to where it’s just like it you need to be refreshed on on certain items you need to jog your memory let’s try this again select the starting point on the Frontage

let’s go from here

to here

specify the swing point

still strange

no no ah look at that you see that I’m going to hit no let’s try this again you see where where this green cursor is depending upon where you click over here is going to be the swing line okay that’s where the swing line is going to be if I click over here what’s the result no I don’t like that result what about here no I don’t like that what about here nope don’t like that what about here nope what about here I kind of like that result

that’s a good result if I select yes then exit can exit out of the command and then after that what if I wanted to just click and drag this to here what will this do no I don’t want I don’t like that result

however I do like this result a lot more

hmm decisions decisions

we’re in the front Okay I’m going to do a regen all hmm what should we do here but do you see the different results that I get when I whenever I click different points on the North northeast corner of my property I get different results depending up depending upon which area I click on the line let’s try it again I’m going to undo undo all this

let’s go on a parcel again parcel creation tools oops wrong one

swing line create let’s try this again

what if I went from here

to here okay specify swing point what if I select here no solution found oops

let’s try this again

there we go also I’m noticing that depending upon where my cursor is on this side of the line I could pick this side

or it starts to get a little weird if I move my cursor over here if I come down there we go

I don’t want to go that far I’ll go to here you see depending upon where I put my cursor over here I get even more Frontage but what if I don’t want that I just wanted to be to about right here specify swing point what about here no I don’t like that here nope here no what about right here no


I like this result

if I select Point what will that do

it looks like that’ll move on to the next see how it’s subdivided the parcel it moves on to the next parcel in order to be able to subdivide that so I could select maybe I don’t know maybe right here yeah

no I don’t like that about here nope


I’m just gonna Escape out of the command exit a lot of different results as you can see what if

what happens if I do this

undo that what if I want to put in a line from the center of my cul-de-sac all the way over to this corner this is just a construction line if I select this I come over

hmm well we’ll get into editing the Swingline we’ll see we’ll see what we can do with that


but I would like

I would like to have the line go from here kind of as a radial for my cul-de-sac to about right here I don’t know if you guys know this but technically when you’re when you’re creating Lots if I strike a line from here to the center of the cul-de-sac this line would now be considered a radial because it’s it’s if you extend this to the center of this cul-de-sac that’s more or less the radius or the radial of this line if I go from if I TR if I strike a line from the center of the cul-de-sac and go to maybe right here

this line is still considered a radial because it extends to the center of my cul-de-sac so this is just extra knowledge for you hopefully that helps you

but yeah whenever people are whenever uh lots are being laid out you want to try to avoid this kind of situation where you know Maybe like heads hanging up here bear with me if I delete this line and if I go from the radial of the cul-de-sac and I go to about like right here surveyors really get annoyed with this if I go to about right here and I’ve got this just a little smidge of distance here I’ll show you the distance

I mean it’s about two feet but still I mean if if a surveyor is out there and there and they’re putting in pins to lay out your property to lay out the um uh the Lots within a subdivision and they’re having to put you know a stake or a pin or something like that right next to each other uh you know the contractor or or whoever is is on the site can get confused I mean that that happens quite a bit actually to where you know people are are putting in stakes and then later on it’s like oh wait a minute that’s that’s not my property line This is my property line over here well it’s already it’s already put in you know I mean it’s it’s something that’s uh it’s a goof so you want to try to avoid that you want to try to avoid just small distances and you know in between lots and sometimes that can happen just when people are trying to maintain a certain minimum square footage for a lot and you know it might slip your mind that well you know throughout the process of of trying to maintain a certain square footage I ended up you know getting into this type of situation and that’s that’s what’s what’s great about having another pair of eyes just to kind of look at your your lot layout somebody can see that oh yeah you know you you missed you know this this portion right here to where yeah we don’t want this kind of situation we want to be able to kind of clean up our lot lines so let’s just hopefully this helps um okay what else

to tell you the truth I’m not getting the situation that I really want with my swing line

but I’m gonna press on we’re gonna move forward here

let’s see what kind of result I’m getting 1171

I mean it’s maintaining this situation is still maintaining my 8 000 square feet which is what I want

parcel properties yeah I don’t want to do that just yet

don’t want to do that

parcel layout tools that’s what I want

oops didn’t want to do that that was an accident yeah I mean we’re still maintaining that minimum area which is eight thousand

minimum Frontage we’re maintaining that


okay let’s let’s try something here I’m gonna Escape out of this what if oops Professor creation tools I go into Swingline edit click OK here

select the attached lot line to adjust let’s try this one select the parcel to adjust we’ll adjust this one

starting point in the for the frontage go from here

oops there we go the distance selected is less than the minimum Frontage of 40 feet okay

can I go from here

to here

what happens when I select this nope no solution

starting point of the frontage go from here

to here specify the swing line what if I went to here well it gives me a result I don’t know if it’s the result that I want no what about to here

that ain’t bad

that’s closer

accept the result let’s go with yes

oh there we go good old CAD there we go that’s what’s wonderful about civil 3D sometimes folks is that especially when you’re when you’re under the gun and you’re trying to knock something out you know within uh okay we need that we need this thing done within the next the next 10 minutes things like this tends to have tend to happen so uh uh okay we’ll go ahead and uh click ok

say yes then we get our error report I never sent send in the error reports I don’t worry about that yes close let’s try this again come on AutoCAD civil 3D let’s go let’s make this happen

there ain’t nothing better too than when when you’re when you’re making kind of like uh uh like really clean tutorial videos and you have everything done everything’s all set and you feel like you’ve got just a Flawless tutorial and then things like this happen very very annoying okay let’s go into my backup files let’s see what I got I’ve got three different backups more or less I’ve got the drawing

which shows me that this is last saved at 10 roughly around 10 30. I don’t know if I want that back in 2020 don’t want to deal with that what about this one July 10th at 8 10. well what what time is it right now 8 17 okay what about this recovery file oh this this looks like a little bit more recent let’s go with the recover

we’ll go ahead and recover this I think it goes through an audit

the drawing file was recovered we’ve got two errors two errors were fixed select close and my swing Line’s gone how about that that’s the other thing about civil 3D is that with some of these civil 3D Ops objects you can run into issues even though you’d like to be able to use all of the objects within civil 3D sometimes the program just can’t handle it like I like I said before originally with the the interface civil 3D is built upon uh AutoCAD tools so you’ve got your AutoCAD tools and then you have your civil 3D tools that are built on top of that and I think that sometimes there might be a little bit of conflicts sometimes when uh when you’re trying to get a result especially when you have just this huge file that you’re dealing with especially with surfaces I’m sure that there’s a lot of people out there whenever you’re dealing with surfaces you know you’re you’re trying to to grade uh something uh you know the best that you can and then you know for whatever reason certain tools aren’t working for you and then civil 3D will blow you out of the program so it can be annoying I know you know it happens to me a lot it happens to a lot of co-workers uh that I I deal with so um so you’re not alone in that so look at this look at what’s going on here we’ve got our recovered file and it’s just what is CAD thinking what is civil 3D thinking here well what if we bring up another recovery file

what about this one this looks a little bit better

I think I like this one better I want to close out this one

let’s select no and what I’m going to do is just to be on the safe side I’m going to type in audit

just to audit the file fix any errors that are detected y for yes

and then it looks like total errors in my command line total errors found zero fixed zero erase zero objects okay I think I’m going to go with this file so I’m just going to go up to my Big C and I’m going to say save as and I’m going to replace


hit save replace it yes there’s another way of being able to recover files too you can go into C and then drawing utilities then we’ve got you see the audit that’s what I just ran on this drawing um we open the the drawing recovery manager there’s recover repair damage drawing file so a lot of different options here but let’s continue with our parcels

hopefully it doesn’t crash again on us

okay let’s try this we want a parcel parcel creation tools

everything looks good to me right here we’ll go into Swingline edit click ok

I want to select this parcel once again oops I’m sorry I need to it’s asking me to select and attach lot line to adjust I want to adjust this one select a parcel to adjust let’s adjust this parcel starting point for the frontage I wonder if that’s what’s goofing it up because I’m selecting this parcel maybe it’s maybe Civil 3D is getting confused so

go from here

roughly about to there specify swing point can I select this corner

see it’s giving me three different results here except the result yes I bet you it’s going to crash on me we’ll see

it’s giving me a goofy result

what is going on here I think it’s because it’s I’m confusing it with this corner

I’m going to undo this

let’s try this again parcel parcel creation tools

swing line edit let’s go over here again select the line select the parcel to adjust

starting point for the frontage I’m going to go backwards

and then specify Swingline Point let’s go maybe over here

accept the result let’s give it a shot oh there you go did something

so I mean it the parcel tools they could be handy but it’s not a perfect science there’s I’m sure that there’s a lot of people that are out there that are way better at this than I than I am but quite honestly most of the time I tend to use just plain old you know AutoCAD Tools in order in order to lay out my lots and whatnot because sometimes when you’re when you’re in a time crunch and you’re trying to get the right result that that you want um sometimes it’s just best just to kind of do it manually you know uh by manually I mean okay I’m going to draw I wanna I want a a radial to go from this corner

to the center of this cul-de-sac and that’s my lot line boom I’m done however I’m I can miss out on some of the automatic labeling and things like that so well what if what if I like this and I want to select this I want to edit the geometry can I edit this can I go from here to here

no it won’t allow me to I want to be able to edit this

edit geometry won’t let me do that huh

I bet the uh super super experts the hobbyists for of civil 3D I bet I bet you they’re screaming at me right now come on do it this way it’s right here sorry I’m learning just right along with all of the other guys so yeah it’s one of those things to where it’s just trying to figure things out Sam how you doing man thanks for thanks for popping in thank you sir I appreciate it do it your way isn’t that not a Whopper commercial do it your way have it have it your way have it your way okay

all right we have this point but it’s not giving me the option to be able to line this up with the center line of this cul-de-sac oh well let’s move on to the next tutorial we’ll try something else Sam says yoga pants are Manna From Heaven yes sir yes sir

okay working with alignments and parcels we’re going to get into uh uh what do we have here we’ve got parcel one e let’s bring up parcel 1e we’ll say no to this go into C oke open drawing 1e open okay here we go

all right we’ve got five different roads on this one we’re roughly at about a half hour right now I think we’re probably going to go for about an hour just to kind of knock out just a few tutorials just to problem solve that’s what we’re doing right here there Sammy We’re problem solving we’re trying to figure out how does this civil 3D work effectively Sam says have you done have you done work have you done worked on on a property survey for people when they buy a lot um I have uh with with um with Realtors uh with commercial developers a lot of times whenever people are looking to buy a lot they’re usually looking to see how they can subdivide a lot which kind of goes down the vein of what the parcel tools are all about within civil 3D you know within civil 3D you know you can you can lay out property that way with um you know when people are looking to buy a lot for sure um however again if you want to knock something out quickly I just use just straight up AutoCAD you know basic line Tools in order to lay things out and then afterwards one of the nice things about Parcels too is that for example if I go off to the side and I create a rectangle if if I have somebody a realtor that has a client that’s looking to buy a piece of property and we’re just going to go with just a basic rectangle for right now just to make things easy and then I I put in say a polyline for my road

I go from I don’t know maybe from here to here and I offset for a 50 foot right away oops yeah I’m a little big with with this piece of property a little big a little big let’s adjust this we’ll come down a little bit just to make things just a little bit more realistic I’ll come from here to here then go from here to here if I want to I can start laying out my property I’m going to go 50 feet wide

yeah that’s way too big

I’m gonna go 200

just for my lot depth

200 on the other side oops what’s that 200 feet over here then I just go to town I just go with 50 feet wide

did I pick 500

set 50.

did I just put in five for my right away from here to here yeah I just put in five that’s the problem that’s the problem

I go from make my right away

which is 50 feet I’m going to move this down just a bit and offset 200 for my depth on both sides I’m going to trim off my lot line

then I go I don’t know 50 feet

like so

so I have my piece of property I know this is very awkward right now this is just on the Fly I’m going to trim off all this other stuff I’m going to even trim off the lot lines type in F

oops for fence that trims all that stuff off and what I what I’m going to do is if I go into my parcel tools parcel creation tools

partial uh create parcel from objects

see what happens when I do this click ok and there you go I know that’s kind of a long winded explanation but that’s how you can automatically get your square footage you know by by converting your regular AutoCAD lines or polylines into Parcels as opposed to you know I guess design and designing and laying out Parcels which is what we’ve been trying which is what I’ve been attempting to do but sorry Sam it’s a little bit long-winded I I apologize for that that could be a good side hustle work with a realtor and give them a civil 3D drawing of of the lot yep been there done that I’ve done that in the past especially one of the things that uh a lot of designers deal with is whenever you’re working for a company let’s just say you’re working for a rather large civil engineering firm you run into a lot of conflict of interest I know that there’s a lot of designers out there that that look to have you know some side hustles some you know they like to be able to deal with Realtors you know within their area however I’ve had it in the past to where there’s been uh uh I’ve talked to companies that have said that yeah you got to be careful with that because there’s conflict of interest because any time that you’re dealing with um you know a realtor within within the area that could be a conflict of interest with the company that that maybe that you’re employed with so that I’ve I’ve run into that in the past you know I’ve gotten the firm no you can’t do any any side work or you can’t do any sort of Moonlighting you know if your work if you’re working full time for a main company and they’re taking care of your your insurance and things like that however there are times to where people don’t don’t bother with that and they’re willing to take the chance so I don’t know sometimes it can be a small world you know when it comes to you know the the world of of civil engineering and design I that’s one of the reasons why I do training is because it’s not a conflict of interest with you know my my main job so uh Sam says I could understand that that conflict of interest point it makes sense yeah I mean if you if you really if you really want to uh work all the time you know get involved with dealing with uh with Realtors and and different developers and I mean if if you’re really quick at being able to knock out concept plans it can be gr it can be a great side business but you run the risk of that conflict of interest because if you if your employer finds out they might not be too thrilled with it I’ve I’ve had um uh other uh co-workers that they’ve been able to work out some some kind of a deal with uh with the employer to where yeah you can go you can maybe you can deal with this realtor maybe you you already had an existing relationship with with this realtor or this developer and they won’t be dealing with with uh with anything with uh with regards to our company maybe you’re dealing with somebody out of state you know what if what if you’re dealing with a civil engineer that’s uh that’s maybe like a small small business that only deals with a particular State maybe you can do a side hustle to where you can you know maybe maybe do concept plans or or um you know clean up surveys or something like that for maybe you know a company out in California somewhere you know maybe maybe you might be able to swing that but you know it might it might be a good idea if you care about your job if you care about your main job just to find out from them hey you know this is what I’m thinking you know are you okay with me Moonlighting you know but uh but to be honest with you a lot of times you know they’re not too thrilled with it so because they pay your insurance right right Sam they pay your insurance they give you PTO they give you a lot of other benefits uh Sam says like construction side work many times not worth it yeah I mean you also want to have a life too you know I mean you you know a lot of us you know we tend to work you know eight to ten hours every every day and you know sometimes you know you make enough money to where it’s like it doesn’t justify having a side business because a lot of us think that well I’m I’m efficient at being able to knock out I’m using concept planning again a lot of us are efficient with knocking out concept plans very very quickly but when the realtor gets accustomed to you knocking things out quickly and maybe you run into a situation with your main job to where you’re not able to knock things out as quickly because you’re so drained from your your main job then the realtor it could sour the relationship with a realtor because it’s like well you’ve been able to knock out things quickly for me before there there’s an expectation that gets developed when you become extremely efficient I don’t know maybe maybe you can work work that out a lot of times too you’re dealing with uh Realtors who maybe have the expectation that that they’ll that they can get a concept plan turned around from you within a day but then you’re also dealing with changes from the client what if what if the uh the client you know for the for the realtor maybe the buyer they’re constantly making changes to your layout well what if we try it what if we move this this uh this lot line this way or what if we move the lot line maybe just uh maybe 50 feet over here maybe we can squeeze out an extra lot well if you’re working all day long and maybe you get that that notification you know on your email you know are are you willing to risk you know your your employer seeing you working on your side hustle or your side business or even even if you are able to get to it right after work you’re tired maybe some of us have families and some of us have have kids or like I said maybe you have a life you know outside of working eight to ten hours on your main job which is why again that’s the reason why I got involved with training developing courses using my knowledge as I see fit at at certain times you’ll notice that my my live streaming schedule or my tutorial schedule isn’t always consistent well I have a life outside of this so I try to keep some sort some kind of balance it’s always good to have a little bit of balance within life and I don’t know it just seems like there are times to where if you do if you do your best at your main gig later on there it seems like there’s there’s you know doors that open up to where you don’t have to just struggle all the time but it’s it’s a good point there Sam I appreciate you bringing that uh that part into it you know because a lot of us within the construction industry you know we we’d like to be able to make extra money we’d like to be able to you know make you know do well with the side hustle especially when the side hustle is yours when you have a business that’s yours you know you you feel good about that you feel it it gives you it gives you a good sense of self-esteem to know that you’re you’re the best at what you do you know you’re not just a clock puncher you’re a person that goes for excellence to try and achieve more and more income so uh let me see here

well I mean this this kind of gets into this might

well we actually kind of got into a separate aspect of parcels I really like being able to turn just again regular lot lines I like being able to turn regular lot lines into uh parcels Marcos hey what’s going on how you doing sir glad you popped by good to see you have you dealt with Parcels that much have you uh run into to the issues that uh they can come about when you’re trying to edit Parcels I know a lot of people have issues with it and I always get the question asked too like especially during interviews they’ll always ask me do you know anything about Parcels do you know how to use the the parcels command sure I know the basics of it but a lot of times if if you’re in a pinch at least for me I have issues with it um another aspect of parcels that that can be helpful too is that you can use parcel lines once you’ve developed these you can turn these are more or less like feature lines so you can go about grading these parcel lines in the future so that’s one of one of the nice things about using this uh this feature

if you remember from previous live streams if you select one of the labels and select the style I could change this to open space and it changes the style like so if I select another one I can select another Style single family something different what about this one I can select another Style property it’s more or less the same as before I’m going to click on or type in undo I want to select a different label Style

this will be number only

what about this one hopefully you guys can see the blue I know that sometimes people run into issues with being able to see the line work while it’s blue how about we change the color let’s change the color of this the property line right click on this no that’s not what I want

yeah this is in the style

let’s change all of these to single family just so we can see everything

no you have to select the label itself

single family now we can see it

single family

I know that uh that side work has has been brought up within this live stream as far as like what if what if you’re dealing with civil engineering and you want to and you know a lot about um architectural drafting or architectural design you know you there are some civil engineers that don’t do any architecture work at all maybe you can do some side work where it’s just architectural related that could be an option however I I have been told in the past where uh when it comes to liability liability is a is an issue with a lot of large firms you know they don’t want to be liable for you know if if you make a mistake with your side hustle they don’t want to be held liable um so I’ve I’ve heard that brought up that’s been brought up to me before in the past

I’m going to match you see how I did this I’m going to undo this I’m going to match the properties type in m a I’m going to match the properties of the single family style with the open space that changes the open space to single family

and if I want to click and drag this stuff out I get a nice little leader

which is helpful we’re kind of get getting away from uh from some of this uh instructional content but I think that this stuff probably helps people

and if if you don’t like the way that that looks you can always select this right click reset label or you can do it this way that you can hover over this no it doesn’t give me that option I’ll just reset the label

here I’ve got a parcel segment what if I click and drag this over here is that possible yeah that’s possible but it’s not doesn’t look like it’s possible if it’s like a swing line remember when we were dealing with with the Swingline property line that’s one thing that I I couldn’t really edit very well

so this that’s why I was saying like before it makes things a little bit easier when you’re laying things out to just use just straight up you know polylines or or or lines just to kind of just to be able to lay things out quickly and not have to mess with you know is this solution the one that I want or is that solution it can be helpful if you’re trying to achieve a particular square footage if you’re looking to try and maintain a certain square footage for your property that’s when I think that you know using that Swingline option can be could be helpful you know because you’re kind of wondering okay how do I achieve a 40-foot Frontage with you know a minimum square footage of of you know 8 000 square feet so I think I think that that might be the reason for uh the using the parcels as a design tool but overall most of the time uh Realtors or Developers they they don’t they don’t care about that at that point they’re just looking to get as many Lots as they possibly can at one time um and in order to knock out a quick concept plan this has been the best option for me uh

what about right here here’s my right-of-way I can change the style of that to local Road

I don’t like that blue

can I change that blue from standard create edit I’m going to edit this style I’m going to move this over here display

see right now parcel segments right now it’s on the Zero layer I click this and make this I don’t know let’s go with a orange okay okay there we go makes things a little bit easier to see right

so yeah I think that we’re coming up on an hour of just messing around with Parcels trying to get the most out of the program as we can hopefully a lot of the the items that were brought up within the chat hopefully that helps you uh within your career um but what I would really suggest that you do as a designer if if you’re if you’re just out of college maybe you’re you’re an engineer in training and maybe some of some of your education in college wasn’t within civil 3D and you’re having to learn it now within your within your job what I would recommend is that just focus on just learning AutoCAD learn AutoCAD the best that you can get really quick with AutoCAD you know the line tool the circle tool Arc tool you know poly edit all all that good stuff really good get good at the the basic fundamentals of AutoCAD and then later on you can kind of dive in a little bit more into some of the Civil 3D tools because as you as you get further and further into your career you’re going to be around other co-workers and colleagues that are going to be able to show you uh the different aspects of civil 3D such as creating a surface or or creating alignments and things like that but I know that when I first started out within civil engineering a lot of what I did was just we we didn’t even have civil 3D or land land desktop when I started uh civil engineering I started Civil Engineering just right out of high school I didn’t really go to a whole lot I didn’t take any engineering courses um I was just designing plot plans and when I was designing plot plans I wasn’t dealing with any of the Civil 3D stuff none of the Civil 3D stuff so it was just a matter of just polylines lines labels things like that and once I got really really fast with that then I was able to add different aspects of you know land desktop which was in early kind of like an earlier version of civil 3D and then you add in the components of civil 3D such as you know creating surfaces and getting volumes of your you know comparison surfaces between your existing grade surface and your proposed grade surface so it’s just a lot with civil engineering it’s just a lot of information that you’re dealing with I know that there’s a lot of engineers in training that they’re dealing with the pressures of uh you know taking taking their engineering tests or exams you know they’re dealing with trying to get their seal they’re dealing with trying to uh trying to learn the program of of civil 3D the best that they can you’re dealing with a lot of different components when it comes to civil engineering and you like to be able to have a life outside of civil engineering right we all want to we all want to be able to achieve balance within our life well what I would recommend is that if you’re if you’re new to this don’t pressure yourself too much just focus on the fundamentals AutoCAD getting good at concept plans getting good at at pla plans getting good at just maybe exhibits you know exhibits are kind of like a basic uh drawing that you can knock out you know get good at knocking out red lines quickly you know if you’re able to knock things out quickly you know you’re able to develop your speed to the to the point to where everything becomes unconscious that’s the level that you’re looking to achieve to where everything just it’s just automatic right so we’re roughly coming in in about an hour right now uh we’re gonna wind things down I appreciate you guys hanging out with me just to go over just some of the I know you you guys have probably worked all day long and now you’re learning different aspects of civil 3D hopefully this stuff helps you and hopefully this gives you a little insight into what it’s like being a designer like me so you’re dealing with you know your CAD crashing and things like that and it’s just like man it’s just that’s enough for today folks um until next time take care God bless and