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A blog about Civil 3D method and practice, Civil 3D Templates, Civil 3D Styles, Civil 3D Management, and Civil 3D customization


We learn fairly quickly that when we open a raw AutoCAD dwg or dwt file in Civil 3D, the software code injects the core components of the Civil 3D data behind into that dwg or dwt. Symptomatically, we end up with a collection of code-built Standard styles unless we feed Civil 3D a template with a Style collection. If we customize Civil 3D, we learn rapidly not to…

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Our sense of expectation is a powerful force. It casts a ghostly hue and cry across all our endeavors. Writers, playwrights, and directors like to employ twists on our expectations to entertain us. Films like the Sixth Sense and The Others help make the point entertaining. We love being fooled - so…

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Someone called this week and asked if the Framework for Civil 3D supports and/or supplies Reference Templates. Good question. In brief, we supply the resources in the latest Framework for Civil 3D 2019 products. Maybe we should produce and AddOn for 2018 products? In any case you have to choose to employ them and do so effectively.

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Once in another lifetime I received an extraordinary phone call one morning. The caller claimed to be the Business Development Manager for one of the larger multi-national corporate conglomerates in the world. At the time, they weren’t exactly a household name, but the stock market thought differently.

The caller informed me his firm had recently acquired the assets of a large factory located…

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Posted by Tench Tilghman

Tags workflow, project, management, implementation

We say that Civil 3D requires you have a viable working Civil 3D Template (.dwt) that includes a library of Civil 3D Styles when you start a drawing. I might argue that we should consider this dubious advice to be a bit of a deception for the unwary. I certainly don’t want it to be a stone that causes others to stumble. Like the Accuser’s three temptation questions…

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