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The Framework for Civil 3D allows you to employ AutoCAD Civil 3D in multiple releases right out of the box. Still everyone has to learn how to do that. As much as we might wish for magic buttons there are none.  This is the common human dilemma.

Productive solutions require good software, consistent and robust resources, and these must be coupled into working civil…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags training, Civil 3D 2017, Civil 3D 2016, Civil 3D 2015, survey, design

I hear “We Are New to Civil 3D” a lot this time of year. It’s winter. Do civil engineers and surveyors finally have time to tackle new software? Nah. Maybe it’s because they got new hardware with Windows 10 and discovered their old software won’t even run? Nah. Maybe they decided to leave the LDT, Microstation, Eagle Point, or whatever old fold because there is no new work in their…

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We’ve set out on an Unexpected Journey. In AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 we have a new Reference Template Tool offered up with the idea of a State Template>>Company Template>>Project Template hierarchy and vernacular. It works as a sales pitch. Sadly, this vague Civil 3D help file expression of the idea pretty much ignores some of the realities of the Civil 3D Style and Settings mechanics…

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When Autodesk introduces a new tool into AutoCAD Civil 3D we get a bunch of opening hype about it followed by a pause as the real folks in Civil 3D Land try and figure out a way to make the new tool work. Reference Templates in Civil 3D 2017 are no exception. The tool sounds great. People ask…

“How do we make the Reference Template tool work?”

Maybe…

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Let’s be frank. To some degree the new AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 Reference Template tool is a way for Autodesk to dodge some of the recurring maintenance issues (problems) of the Style Import Tool.
Put another way – instead of reporting and potentially resolving Style property conflicts between different versions of two Civil 3D object models in two different…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags implementation, Reference Template, template, Civil 3D 2017