Civil3d For Cadastral Drafting
I was wondering if the community could help me. I work for an engineering firm who has decided to branch out into the cadastral world. We have Civil 3d and we plan on using it as our drafting program. I have a good grasp on using C3D for "survey" and civil engineering purposes (ie. cogo point manipulation, styles, surface creation, alignments, profiles, pipe networks, corridors, survey database w/ field to finish, etc.). That being said, I was wondering if the community had some resources for the cadastral side of the drafting/database management. We only use the survey database for linework and surface creation and will be using an exterior adjustment software (ie. Starnet). If addons are highly recommended/almost required, the ones you use would be awesome.
Things I would be interested in are things similar to the following:
-parcels (the Civil3d type -- of any value?)
-handling the grid to ground conversion (do so in C3D or externally?)
-land use schedules
-metes and bounds descriptions
-best practices for labeling (ie. bearings and distances)
I've come up with the following:
I used the parcel wizard (if that's what you're talking about) a little bit when I was in school and it seemed to work pretty slick, but my class projects were also fairly basic. What I'm hearing in the real world is that it's sorta useless; I guess it's not easy to edit things after you use it.
I use legalaid for description writing so that might be an add-on worth looking into.
I used C3D for about two years and hated every time I used it for any survey work. Design, I loved it, but I strongly recommend looking into Carlson Survey. You've got the cad base it will piggy back off of. So your product is the same looking. But for the Surveyor in me, it is way more user friendly. JMO
Overkill for cadastral parcel mapping
I don't do any cadastral work, but I guess my thought would be that this would be more geared toward Map 3D rather than Civil 3D, at least for the database side of it. If that's the case, then I'm sure there are plenty of people here who would recommend Global Mapper as an alternative software I have a little experience with Map 3D, and almost no experience with Global Mapper.
Here's one more link that I know nothing about.
Someone else mentioned Carlson (don't they always in Civil 3D threads?). I've read enough of your posts to be impressed with your knowledge of Civil 3D. I personally think you would be underwhelmed by Carlson. In the year that I used it, I certainly was. There are a lot of fans on this site, so obviously it fulfills the needs of countless surveyors, so YMMV.