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Hi Ferdinand,

Welcome to the "Mastering the Geotechnical Module 2017 - 18" online training course.

Over the coming weeks you will learn the techniques that I use daily to dramatically speed up the
production of geotechnical drawings and models in AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Before we get started maybe I should properly introduce myself.

I am the Technical Director and Co-Founder of Keynetix and originally trained as a Civil Engineer. I have
over 29 years’ experience of working in the production and support of a range of software including GIS
and CAD.

I manage the geotechnical Building Information Modelling (Geotechnical BIM) development team at
Keynetix and handle the design of a range of products including the Geotechnical Module from Autodesk
and the advances of HoleBASE SI Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D software.

I am passionate about Geotechnical BIM integrating the geotechnical process into the wider construction
project as this helps promote a better understanding of geotechnics and leads to better designs.

This is my motivation behind making so much information available to you via this online course, so let's
get started with the first three tutorials...

1 - Creating a Project
In this first tutorial you will learn how to create a new project to store your data in. The video takes you
step by step through the process to create a project and assign a useful category to it.

2 - Importing Data into your Project

In this tutorial you will learn how to import data into a project in the Geotechnical Module. The video
outlines the different formats that can be imported and then gives specific guidance on the CSV file

3 - Viewing Borehole Data

In this tutorial you will learn how to control which boreholes and borehole elements are displayed and
used in your model.

4 - Creating Geological Surfaces

In this tutorial you will learn how to create surfaces based on geology or lithology codes together with
techniques for excluding locations from each surface and viewing the surface statistics. I also cover why
the bottom of each location should be treated with caution

4a - Geotechnical Layer Management in 2018

The Geotechnical Module for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 has seen many new features and improvements.
In this tutorial you will learn about:

 The new Geotechnical Layer Management command

 How to define the layer structure for geotechnical data
 How to modify the terms used in the layer names


I am just putting the finishing touches to the next set of tutorials, including how to create and edit
Geotechnical Profile Views, creating 3D Fence Diagrams for great visualizations and tutorials to cover
many of the other Geotechnical Module features, I will email you a link to these videos tomorrow.

Best Regards,


Gary Morin
Technical Director

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Hi Ferdinand,

I hope you found the first 5 video tutorials useful and had chance to watch them and practice the
techniques I covered yesterday. The videos cover both the 2017 and 2018 versions of the
Geotechnical Module but a lot of the techniques I show in the videos will be applicable to previous
versions as well if you have not yet upgraded.

Today we are going to cover creating and editing Geotechnical Profile Views, creating 3D Fence
Diagrams for great visualizations and tutorials to cover many of the other Geotechnical Module

5 - Creating Geotechnical Profile Views

In today's training I am going to be creating geotechnical sections, called Profile Views, in AutoCAD
Civil 3D. This is probably one of the most common uses for the Geotechnical Module.
In this tutorial you will learn how to:-

 Create a Geotechnical Profile View

 Rebuild existing Profile Views
 Control the labels displayed at the top of each strip on your Profile View
 Dynamically update the section from new alignment locations


5a - New features for creating and editing Geotechnical Profile Views

The 2018 Geotechnical Module has seen many new features and improvements.
In this tutorial you will learn about:
 Changes to the create Geotechnical Profile View command in 2018
 How to add additional surfaces to your Profile View
 How to edit and update your Profile Views using the new Edit command


5b - Creating 3D Fence Diagrams

The geotechnical module for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 saw the addition of the new create 3D Fence
Diagram command, I believe this is a real game changer, and can be used to create fantastic
visualizations to enable better sharing and understanding of the subsurface.
In this tutorial you will learn about:

 How to create visually stunning 3D Fence Diagrams

 How you can edit Profile Views
 How to rebuild Fence Diagrams to reflect changes in the model and the Profile View


6 - Managing Geotechnical Hatches and Styles

In this tutorial you will learn how to:-

 Change or add new hatching patterns for your geology

 Use more than one hatching pattern for each geology
 Change and add location points styles
 Use style groups to control how your data looks within the Geotechnical Module
 Modify the geology template settings to change the way strips look


6a - Changes to the Hatch Manager and the new Export command

More Geotechnical Module 2018 features and improvements. In this tutorial you will learn about:

 How to scale hatch patterns in log strips

 Managing render materials for different geology
 The new Export command for geotechnical objects


I hope you have found these tutorials useful, they cover a lot of information which you can action with
the demo data files or your own project files.

It has been great to get feedback from users on these videos, if there are subjects related to the
geotechnical module you wish me to cover in future videos please don't hesitate to contact me..
Best Regards,

Gary Morin
Technical Director

Geotechnical Module 2016

Step 1: Connect to a database

This will be locally on your computer. You will be the only one to be able to add more data
to this database in the future. Unlike the 2015 version, in order to share access to a
database with colleagues you have to purchase something from Keynetix.

Go to the “Geotechnical Module” ribbon, the “Data Management” tab and select “Connect.”

Hit “Login” to connect to the “Geotechnical Module” database.

If you have used this version of the geotechnical module and created a project before, you
have the option to connect to a pre-existing project or create a new project.

To create a new project, hit “Create” in the bottom left hand corner of the window.

Enter the Project Details:

 Project ID - Required
 Name - Required
 Status (drop-down) - Required
 Category (drop-down) - Required
 Contractor’s Name
 Project Engineer
 Office
 General Project Comments

Select the project you want to use and hit “Ok.”

You are now connected to the selected project.

Step 2: Import “Field Geological Descriptions.csv” (FGD) and “Location Details.csv” (LD) files

You must save the drawing before importing the files.

The files must have the exact names “Field Geological Descriptions.csv,” “Location
Details.csv” and “Orientation and Inclination.csv” in order for the import to work. You do not
need to import the “Orientation and Inclination.csv” (O&I) file if all of your borings are
straight up and down.

If the module crashes while importing, there is probably an error with your source files.

Fix your source files and try again.

You cannot have the files open when trying to import them.

The location IDs in the two files must have a 1:1 relationship.

Every boring in the FGD file must have corresponding data in the LD file.

Intervals in FGD file must be unique.

There cannot be empty cells in columns that have data in them. If a column is completely
blank other than the header that is fine.

The files must have the correct headers spelled correctly (case sensitive) or else they won’t

FGD File Headers:

 Location ID – Required
 Depth Top – Required
 Depth Base – Required
 Legend Code
 Geology Code – Required
 Geology Code 2
 BGS Lexicon
 Description

LD File Headers:
 Location ID – Required
 Location Type
 Easting – Required
 Northing – Required
 Ground Level – Required
 Final Depth – Required

O&I File Headers:

 Location ID – Required
 Orientation – Required
 Inclination - Required

If your files are valid, hit “Import.”

When the import is complete, hit “Finish.”

Step 3: Geotechnics creates borings as COGO points and 3D solids

You only need the 3D solids.

You can use object viewer to inspect the 3D solids.

Good data has very few gaps.

The COGO points will be put on layer KNL_BLOB.

The 3D solids will be put on layers KNX_... based on Geology Code:


Step 4: Set up your 3D Solid Styles

Visual Styles - box with arrow pointing down and to the right for Visual Style Manager

2D Wireframe

Contour lines

When working in the file – keep contour lines set to 0

When plotting – change contour lines to 200-500

Draw true silhouette yes


Change 3D Sticks (and 2D Strips) Vertical Exaggeration to 1


Geology Code - KNX_Location - 3D Stick – Small

Set Diameter


Make sure all of your Geology Codes are spelled the same; otherwise, they will be split up
onto different layers depending on spelling (e.g. Coarse Grained Sand and Coarse-Grained
Sand will be on different layers).


For help with the Geotechnical Module, hit the Help Button on the Geotechnical Ribbon.