Our next release of our Production Solution products is about to go live. We've released a new version of our Open Civil Keys. These include important NCS 5.0+ updates and the NCS Phase and Status Keys with descriptions. The Open Civil Standard Keys are supplied in pdf format. InstantOn and Jump Kit customers get them in spreadsheet form and may…Read more
I found the following Layer Management idea for Civil 3D hilarious and functional too. This relates somewhat to our ongoing NCS Standards chat, so here she goes.
Direct From - Deep in the Heart of Texas
(‘cause the theme song always drives you crazy)
A Big Hat CAD manager called me today with a hot tip about how to deal with the too many…Read more
The NCS Layer Standards rely on the concept and practice of a standard Pattern (Keys and delimiters) coupled with Major and Minor Keys. Every CAD Layer or Level standard employs this basic concept these days. True, we could just employ the unique numeric IDs the software’s actually use, but these aren’t very user friendly. We walked away for good human reasons.Read more
All this talk and words about NCS (National CAD Standard) Layer schemes for production and publishing and the complex relationship to AutoCAD Civil 3D View Features and Styles is enough to give me a headache. That reality makes many of us civil engineering and survey people want to ignore the entire boondoggle and go back to the past. Luckily for us we can…
View the Future
AutoCAD Civil 3D, as model-based software, continues to create new wrinkles that affect how we deal with old AutoCAD management stuff like Layers, Linetypes, Blocks and all the rest. If we try to ignore and treat these fundamental parts in the same old ways, we can make ourselves more work.
A Wrinkle in Time
Simply put – to create, edit, manage, and publish a model is not drawing…Read more