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Good Workday for Civil 3D

Someone recently complained to me that their current budget didn’t allow for the training of new employees and staff training for latest AutoCAD Civil 3D release upgrades. Trust me, even if you do have the budget, it is never enough. Skilled, professional Civil 3D folk are hard to find. All the trends say that this human resource problem will only get worse. When skilled people…

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Tags training, Civil 3D, management, people skills, Layer Standards, spreadsheet, CAD Standards, AddOn, Update


Civil 3D Survey Project Prototypes

AutoCAD Civil 3D can be the software surveyors love to hate. Maybe that should read hate to love? Unquestionably, Autodesk immediately messed with the established survey CAD workflows. In truth, they even messed with the core essential meanings of many familiar things like Point, Figure, and Alignment.

Historically, Autodesk also probably took way too long to sort out the…

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Tags survey, survey db, point group, Description Key Set, survey figure, implementation, surface, points, Point Style, Point Label Style, video


AutoCAD 2019 Arrives as The Only One

Autodesk’s annual Right of Spring begins with a twist this year. AutoCAD 2019 is now available to subscription customers and specifically to AEC and MFG Collection subscription customers with a rasher of potential vertical Toolsets. The new AutoCAD 2019 Toolset release will be available to subscription customers on Apr 1, 2018.

Whether…

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Tags AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2019, release


Identity Utility and Colors in Civil 3D

The neuroscience behind how we visually identify details in the complexity of the world around us is fascinating stuff. Somehow our brains can and do make sense out of nonsense…or not. Ok. Maybe I’m a crazy person for spending way too much time trying to comprehend how this all works. None-the-less the mechanics and the specifics do matter.

The ability to quickly identify…

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Tags spreadsheet, Layer Standards, CAD Standards, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, customization, standard keys, Major Key, Minor Key, color, layer color, ACI, RGB


Civil 3D Custom Layer Standards Unleashed

What if you had a tool that made the customization all the many details of a Layer System for AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD-based applications easy? What if that tool worked for interoperable STB or CTB based templates and drawings?

You’d probably want that tool to be easy to use, but able to handle all of the detailed nuances of the many critical Layer properties. You might…

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Tags spreadsheet, Layer Standards, CAD Standards, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, customization, implementation, AddOn, Update, standard keys, Major Key, Minor Key, color, layer color, ACI, RGB