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Civil 3D Description Keys Do Format

Most civil engineering and survey firms employ a simple form of codes in the Format column of their Description Keys. There’s no problem with that, but you may be missing some very useful functionality built into AutoCAD Civil 3D’s Description Keys Sets and annotative Label Style power tools.

Inside Civil 3D there is the simple and then there is the simply…

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BESTWay Figures in Civil 3D

We talked Civil 3D gone wild recently. We explored our ability to improve our daily productivity by the use of repetitive patterns and the logical NOT tool in our Survey Codes, Description Keys, and Point Group definitions in the post NOT Keys in Civil 3D.

The practical realities of Not Key patterns

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NOT Keys in Civil 3D

We examined in detail how we can take advantage of Civil 3D’s arcane methods of interpreting and resolving point data in a multiple post series on point display resolutions in AutoCAD Civil 3D. The topic of NOT Keys kept coming up. A couple of folks asked the basic question,

“What is a NOT Key?”

It might be a better question…

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Tags search, sort, not keys, Description Key, Description Key Set, wildcard


Match Point in Civil 3D

We wrapped up a previous post about the interpreted nature of point data in AutoCAD Civil 3D and the Civil 3D Point Display Priority Strategy with an argument that the Pareto principal, the famous 80 20 Rule, applies to our civil engineering…

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Tags point, survey point, Description Key, figure prefix db, not keys, wildcard, CAD Standards


Linear Figures from the Field in Civil 3D

Let’s to take a moment for a brief, but important, aside before we pursue our discussion of a numeric Code conversion in InstantOn Survey for AutoCAD Civil 3D. Last time I made reference to Not Keys and BESTWay figures as Production Solution methods we can employ to reduce to our man-hour costs in field gathering.  

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Tags figure prefix db, Description Key Set, figures, codes, not keys, points