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AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 by Eric Chappell | PDF Free Download.
About the Author
Eric Chappell has been working, teaching, writing, and consulting in the world of civil engineering software for more than 20 years, and he is a recognized expert in the world of Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software.
Eric joined the Autodesk family in September 2013 as a Premium Services Specialist and has recently taken on the role of Community Evangelist for InfraWorks® 360.
In the 12 years prior to working for Autodesk, he wrote training materials and performed training for end users, trainers, and Autodesk employees around the globe.
For several years, he has worked with Autodesk in authoring and developing two Autodesk certification exams.
He also served as design systems manager for Timmons Group, a civil engineering and surveying firm based in Richmond, Virginia, where he managed software, standards, and training for more than 200 users.
Eric is also a highly rated instructor at Autodesk University, where he has taught for the past 10 years.
Prior to writing and consulting, Eric spent nearly 10 years in the civil engineering and surveying fields while working for the H.F. Lenz Company in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
During his time at H.F. Lenz, he gained considerable practical experience as a survey crewman, designer, engineer, and CAD supervisor.
Eric also holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and is certified in Pennsylvania as an EIT.
Eric is originally from southwestern Pennsylvania, but he has lived in the Richmond, Virginia, area for the past 13 years with his wife and four children.
He enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family. He can sometimes be seen playing drums for the band Sons of Zebedee, which performs at a variety of events in the Central Virginia area.
When the first version of this book was born just over four years ago, my hope was for it to be one book in a long and successful series that would educate, inspire, and even excite many people about using the Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software.
In order to make that happen, I decided that each book in the series had to meet the following criteria:
▶ It should be basic enough to enable anyone to learn Civil 3D.
▶ It should be in-depth enough to enable a person to be productive using Civil 3D for basic tasks.
▶ It should foster understanding by associating the things you do in Civil 3D with familiar things you see every day.
▶ The examples and exercises should be based on the real world.
▶ The book should not simply demonstrate random software features but should also teach the process of project completion using Civil 3D.
Since the first version of the book was released, I have received tons of great feedback about how well this book functions in many learning environments.
I have also used the book myself to teach classes in a corporate environment, and I am very pleased with how it performs.
I am confident that the goals I listed have been met, and for that reason I have held to the same writing style, format, and delivery that proved to be so successful in the previous versions.
As you work your way through the book as a teacher, a student, or an end user, you’ll find that the first two chapters, although very important, are more general and introductory.
After that, you’re going to take a journey through the completion of a residential land development project start to finish.
In fact, the example project is based on a residential development that was built about 10 years ago, not far from my home.
The topics are presented as though you have never touched a CAD program before, and wherever possible, there are sidebars and other forms of augmentation that relate what you’re doing to the real world.
You’ll also find that as I wrote this book, I tried to sympathize with future readers by thinking back to my college days when I was learning about surveying and civil engineering for the first time.
There were many times when I felt frustrated and lost because I was learning new and foreign concepts and did not see how they related to the real world.
I can remember being out in the field during my surveying class—looking through the survey instrument, writing down measurements, and having no idea why.
That wasn’t an enjoyable feeling, and it isn’t one I want you to experience as you learn the new and foreign concepts in this book.
Eventually I learned all about surveying, and now I have an in-depth understanding of how those measurements relate to designing and building roads, buildings, and other things—but it took many years.
It’s my sincerest hope that this book gives you a head start on some of those types of concepts while at the same time relating them to Civil 3D in ways that hit home for you.
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