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No serious, in-depth discussion about Civil 3D Label Styles can dodge the serious matter of Expressions in Label Styles. In the Framework for Civil 3D products, we intentionally try and keep the risk of Label Style Expression use in the Framework’s Core Style library to a minimum. This has to do with practical Civil 3D Style maintenance problems…

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Some say Civil 3D creates for us all a struggle between Style management and Style choice.

This statement is a false dichotomy. It’s a straw man argument based on the pretense that more technical control over the details of work correlates to, or is, the same thing as: better management; improved production workflows; and more profitable results.

The One Civil 3D Template…

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Let’s face it. Most of the time we all tend to initially shoot for some form of published annotation. It’s a habit. For surveyors this means data out of Survey Dbs. The Lord knows, I hope you have moved beyond imported point files to better manage your survey data behind. You Civil 3D design folks heard that too? For civil engineers this often also means linear design stuff that needs to be annotated.


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Sometimes the obvious is right in front of us. Then again maybe it isn't obvious?

In the old days most civil CAD software included some simple command function to quickly create a grid to superimpose on a site topo plan. In typical AutoCAD Civil 3D fashion this really isn’t a built in function. It doesn’t need to be as we shall see. However, in training I do get the question a lot,

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags  alignment, Label Set, grids, Label Style, Style, topo

Real quick now - What are the differences between the plethora of Line and Curve Labels in AutoCAD Civil 3D?

Oops! Please do it That Way

Line and Curve Labels

Yep. Some are Civil 3D Feature (object) specific like Alignment, Parcel, and the latest new Figure…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags  annotation, curve label, Style, Label Style, Label Set, label, line label