Exercise 2: Add a surface to view elevation data

A surface is a raster file that contains elevation information. Use theming to make the surface reflect its elevation.

NoteThis exercise uses the AnalyzeMap1.dwg map you created in the previous exercise.

To add a surface to the map

  1. Click Home tabData panelConnect. At the Command prompt, enter mapconnect.
  2. In the Data Connect window, under Data Connections By Provider, click Add Raster Image Or Surface Connection and click next to Source File Or Folder.
  3. In the Open dialog box, browse to the ENTERPRISE.dem file, select it, and click Open.

    Look for this file where you copied the sample data.

    Connect to the surface file in the Data Connect window.

  4. In the Data Connect window, click Connect.
    NoteThe coordinate system for the DEM file is UTM27-10. AutoCAD Map 3D automatically converts the data from that coordinate system to the one specified for your map.
  5. Click Add To Map.
  6. Close the Data Connect window to see the surface in your map.

To style the surface

  1. In Display Manager, select the ENTERPRISE layer, which contains the surface.
  2. Click .
  3. Create a palette for the theme.
    • In the Style Editor, under Raster Style For 0 - Infinity Scale Range, click the down arrow in the Style entry. Select Theme (even if it is already selected).

      Click the first Style entry and select Theme.

    • In the Theme dialog box, under Specify A Theme, click Palette and select USGS National Map Palette.

      Select the USGS National Map palette as the theme for the surface.

    • Click OK and then click Apply. Close the Style Editor.
  4. Add exaggeration to show the differences in elevation more dramatically.
    • In the status bar below your map, click the down arrow next to Vertical Exaggeration.
    • Select 25x from the list.

      Set the Vertical Exaggeration to 25x.

  5. Add contour lines to create a topographic map.

    Each contour line connects points of equal elevation on the surface. The lines identify the elevation at a specific location on the surface, which can help the viewer clarify and analyze the 3D surface terrain.

    • In Display Manager, right-click the surface layer and click Create Contour Layer.

      In Display Manager, right-click the surface layer to create contours.

    • In the Generate Contour dialog box, in the Contour Elevation Interval list, select 20.
    • Leave the Units set to Meters.
    • In the Major Contour Every list, select 4. This setting makes every fourth contour line bold.
    • Select Label The Elevation. This labels the major (bold) contour lines only.
    • For Create Contour As, select polyline.

      The Generate Contour dialog box settings

    • Click OK.
NoteTo label the intervening contour lines, use the Style Editor to change the style for the new contour layer (not the surface layer itself). You can also use this method to change the color or style for the contour lines.
  • Select the contour layer in Display Manager and click Style.
  • In the Style Editor, click the down arrow next to the Feature Label entry for "IsMajor=False."
  • Select Elevation as the Property for the label.
  • Click OK.

To continue this tutorial, go to Exercise 3: Add a layer on top of the surface.