Exercise 2: Creating Corridor Surface Boundaries
Procedure
 
 
 

In this exercise, you will use two different methods to define surface boundaries for your corridor design.

Use corridor surface boundaries to prevent triangulation outside of the daylight lines of a corridor surface. You may also use boundaries to either prevent an area of a surface from being displayed or to render an area of the corridor surface using a render material.

Corridor surfaces support the following types of boundaries:

NoteA Corridor Extents As Outer Boundary command is available for corridors that have multiple baselines, such as a corridor at an intersection.

For more information, see the AutoCAD Civil 3D Help topic Adding and Editing Corridor Boundaries.

This exercise continues from Exercise 1: Creating Corridor Surfaces.

Create outside boundaries automatically

  1. Open Corridor-5b.dwg, which is available in the tutorial drawings folder.
  2. In the drawing, select the corridor. Right-click. Click Corridor Properties.
    TipIf you have difficulty selecting the corridor in the drawing, go to Toolspace on the Prospector tab. Expand the Corridors collection. Right-click the corridor name and select Properties.
  3. In the Corridor Properties dialog box, click the Boundaries tab.

    Four corridor surfaces are displayed in the boundary table.

  4. Select the Corridor - (1) Top surface. Right-click. Click Add AutomaticallyDaylight.

    This creates a boundary from the daylight lines that are generated from the daylight point codes in the subassembly.

    NoteA Corridor Extents As Outer Boundary command is available for corridors that have multiple baselines, such as a corridor at an intersection.
  5. Select the Corridor - (1) Datum surface. Right-click. Click Add Automatically Daylight.
  6. For both boundaries, make sure the Use Type is set to Outside Boundary.

    The daylight line in the corridor model is created at the points where the design surface matches the existing ground on each side. By selecting Outside Boundary, the surface will be clipped outside the boundary formed by the left and right daylight lines.

  7. Click OK.

    The new boundaries are added to the Corridor - (1) Top and Corridor- (1) Datum surfaces. The corridor model is regenerated and the surfaces are rebuilt.

    These surface boundaries are defined by a pair of feature lines. When there are more than two of a given type of feature lines, then you must use the interactive method to use them to define a boundary.

    For example, you were able to automatically create a surface boundary for the daylight region because there is a single pair of Daylight feature lines that define the daylight edges of the corridor assembly.

    By contrast, the assembly has two lanes, each of which are defined by its own pair of EPS feature lines. In this case, you must define the boundary interactively.

Create a pave outside boundary interactively

This boundary will define the outside edges of both lanes by using the lanes’ outer EPS feature lines. This will be an outside boundary to define the outside edges of the Corridor - (1) Pave surface.

  1. Click View tabViews panelNamed Views.
  2. In the View Manager dialog box, under Model Views, select Corridor_Begin. Click Set Current. Click OK.

    The drawing is redrawn to a zoomed-in view of the starting area of Corridor (1).

  3. In the drawing, select the corridor. Right-click. Click Corridor Properties.
  4. In the Corridor Properties dialog box, on the Boundaries tab, select the Corridor - (1) Pave surface. Right-click. Click Add Interactively.
  5. In the drawing, select the feature line along the left-inside edge of the paved shoulder within circle 3.
  6. Since there are multiple feature lines at this location, the Select A Feature Line dialog box is displayed. Select EPS. Click OK.
  7. Pan to the other end of the corridor. Notice that a red line appears along the first feature line you selected.
  8. Select the feature line in circle 10.
  9. In the Select A Feature Line dialog box, select EPS. Click OK.
  10. Pan to the beginning of the corridor, and select the feature line along right-inside edge of paved shoulder within circle 4.
  11. On the command line, enter C to close the boundary.
  12. In the Corridor Properties dialog box, expand the Corridor (1) – Pave surface collection item to see the boundary item. Change the corridor boundary name to Pave Outside and set its Use Type to Outside Boundary.

Create a hide boundary interactively

This boundary will define the inside edges of both lanes by using the lanes’ inner EPS feature lines. This will be a hide boundary and will act as a mask over the median area of the Corridor - (1) Pave surface.

  1. In the Corridor Properties dialog box, on the Boundaries tab, select the Corridor - (1) Pave surface. Right-click. Click Add Interactively
  2. Repeat the previous procedure to define the inside boundary of the paved region:
    • Click in circle 1 and select EPS to define the left-outside edge of the paved shoulder.
    • Click in circle 8 and select EPS to define the left-outside edge of the paved shoulder.
    • Click in circle 2.
    • On the command line, enter C to close the boundary.
    • Change the name of the boundary to Pave Inside.
    • Change the Use Type to Hide Boundary.

Create a median outside boundary interactively

This boundary will define the outside edges of the median area using the lanes’ inner EPS feature lines. This will be an outside boundary to define the outside edges of the Corridor - (1) Median surface.

  1. In the Corridor Properties dialog box, on the Boundaries tab, select the Corridor - (1) Median surface. Right-click and click Add Interactively
  2. Define the outside boundary of the median:
    • Click in circle 1 and select EPS to define the left-outside edge of the paved shoulder.
    • Click in circle 8 and select EPS to define the left-outside edge of the paved shoulder.
    • Click in circle 2.
    • On the command line, enter C to close the boundary.
    • Change the name of the boundary to Median.
    • Change the Use Type to Outside Boundary.
  3. Click OK to create the boundaries and close the Corridor Properties dialog box.

To continue this tutorial, go to Exercise 3: Visualizing a Corridor.