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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

 

Civil 3D contains numerous details that can come back to bite us when we proactively tackle Civil 3D Style Maintenance and Improvement. We do tend to take for granted the classic AutoCAD Styles. You know that Layer, Block, Textstyle stuff we’ve lived with for all these years. We believe that…

“We already have all of that stuff covered in our current CAD Standards.”

And…

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Our work stays the same and the work changes. These facts are certainly true for Style maintenance and improvement tasks in Civil 3D. It is fair to say that almost everyone who employs Civil 3D has issues with maintaining Style consistency inside the projects. People mess with the stuff. This can be a good thing and a bad thing.

Those that claim to have conquered this beast in Civil 3D are…

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I manage and maintain a huge set of Civil 3D Style resources for more versions and flavors of Civil 3D than I want to remember. Most people see these manifested in the Framework for Civil 3D public products delivered from this site. Like everyone else who does this sort of thing for a living, I had to learn the hard way to systematically manage a large set of Style collections.

Folks…

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Autodesk released the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.3 Update in the first week of April. This update announcement isn’t an April Fools hoax. This third, and probably final, Update for Civil 3D 2018 basically includes a rasher of interoperability enhancements and many related fix it updates for Civil 3D 2018. A detailed listing from the readme is included below.

The AutoCAD…

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The on-going Style Maintenance of our Civil 3D templates is a significant and complex information management problem. There is the raw numbers problem. There are lots of kinds of Civil 3D Feature Styles and Civil 3D Label Styles to manage.

There’s the larger critical path Style problem of the variety of purpose - The need for Style Choice.…

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