Craig Batchelor | Applications Expert
In Civil 3D, for small sites, the default styles seem to be adequate in depicting the amount of detail for a surface. For a larger site, one option is to create a surface style with an exaggerated vertical element to help decipher the intentions of design.
What we are going to uncover today is how to create that style with a 4x vertical exaggeration to better display the model for larger areas. Keep in mind that the following is for display purposes only and does not affect any quantity calculations that may occur.
To start, we will need to load a surface into Civil 3D to test the surface style being created. Once loaded, we can go to the Settings tab in the TOOLSPACE and copy an existing style. Renaming it with a prefix of 4X.
Next, on the Display tab, set the View Direction to Model and turn on Major and Minor Contours.
What we are going to exaggerate are both the Triangles and the Contours, select the Contours tab.
Expand out 3D Geometry and select the Value column next to Contour Display Mode and change it to Exaggerate Elevation. Then set the value Scale Factor to 4
Repeat these steps on the Triangles tab
With a visual representation of a surface being exaggerated, it becomes easier to identify issues and errors in design intent.