Civil 3D Code Set Style

Tags Code Set Styles, codes, Assembly, Subassembly, subassembly composer, sample line group, Section View, Section Editor

Civil 3D Code Set Style does what? Code Set Style does a lot! You can think of AutoCAD Civil 3D Code Set Styles are sort of like a Layer Manager for Corridors and their output results. There's much ado about your published output there. See the Civil 3D Code Set Style Sanity post. Civil 3D allows you to stumble into the Code Set Style editor from lots of places, but that’s not the point. That can be dangerous.
The Civil 3D interface uses named Styles instead of named Layers, but the idea of what's going on is essentially the same as the old school concepts we have about named Layers. Collect a unique look and feel in detail and give a collection of them a name you can remember.

It may help to think of a specific named Code Set Style like an AutoCAD Layer State. A Code Set Style is something you apply to get at what you need to see and display right now. You use saved and named Layer States all the time? Sexy Layer States are built into our Production Solution products to allow you to publish existing and proposed conditions and much more in just a click. Most of our customers don’t need to use the Layer Manager much. Really? Really. Ok. I know that some people can't believe that.

Four Things a Code Set Style Controls

One of the things that folks seem to trip over is the misconception that Code Set Style only matters if you publish Sections and only if you do civil design. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Survey folks and all plan publishers should take heed.
Take a peek at our Better Deliverables video to see what I mean. Singles, multiples, or pages of existing sections may matter.
Here's the summary list of Code Set Style powers: 

Display of Assembly/Subassembly while you Construct and/or Document a Cross Section

You probably want to see certain labels of key geometry like Offsets and the Slope of Top Links so you can make the best Subassembly choices to solve your current design problem.

  • We supply a typical an all-inclusive Code Set Style called +NOPLOT with Labels.
    This Code Set Style includes references to every stock Civil 3D subassembly so you always get a reasonable and meaningful picture and key Labels and graphics. Obviously, we do publishing variants too.
  • We even supply the stock Civil 3D subassembly resource drawings to allow you to tweak all our Code Set Styles as you see fit. We always supply example drawings even in our trial Templates Only product with real data and Styles and Sets that work.
  • If you must use the Subassembly Composer, be sure to use the appropriate stock subassembly codes. Remember in places Civil 3D itself employs the stock code index numbers not the names. Is that confusing or what?

Display and Annotation of all the Assembly parts in Published Section Views

Sample Line Groups and the output Section Views use a Code Set Style to annotate and display the parts of the Assembly in detail.
We don't all have to publish Pages of Sections every day. But when you do, it’s important to have a labeling strategy or you have too much manual tweaking to do. If you’re editing lots of Section Views in Civil 3D, you’re just missing the right tools. Time is money. Save some.

  • Jump Kit includes sophisticated Expression driven labels with "adjuster" expressions to help you do this easily. In other words, based on the width and complexity of the cross sections our Assembly labels can be adjusted en mass to display more information more effectively.
  • This Production Solution built-in ByDesign methodology saves you lots of time. Drag less.
  • Publish on demand gets you more informative and useful cross sections without undue USER effort.
  • Want a huge assortment of Section View Styles themselves?
    Hundreds are included in Jump Kit. An InstantOn includes all the common ones.
  • If you’d rather use the newer Corridor Points Autodesk work around for this nagging problem, we include that support too. There’s even a Corridor Points video here. Have it your way.

Display of the Assembly in the Section Editor

We are all after better design in less time with less hassle. You should employ a standardized set of Command Settings in your production templates to make a consistent and useful Section Editor View.
You even want to have variations of the Command Settings stored somewhere you know about. The Style Import tool can load these on demand.

  • Maybe you even want a couple of different Code Set Styles for the Section Editor since the cross section editing problems we face differ between a pipeline and a roadway projects for example.
  • A roadway overlay (repavement) project has another whole set of design and publication issues too.
  • InstantOn products include the Code Sets Styles to handle Section Editor support right out of the box.

Output Display of the Corridor Model in Plan (and maybe even for Rendering)

The current Corridor Code Set property is different from the Style of the Corridor itself.
Remember that Corridor Style is about visualizing the Design Control and the Regions of the corridor model during design and not the output. Yes. That is confusing and not what you expect to be true.

  • A "Plan" screening of hiding Code Set Style can hide surfaces and do cool stuff like create a screened arranged output of pavement, concrete, and other areas for Plan and Profile sheets.
  • All our products support variations of plot/print screening because you need it to look professional without hours of messing around.

Publish on Demand Flexibility

Typical State Department of Transportation Alignment and Profile stationing Styles in a large array of configurations are also included in Jump Kit. Each and every one has been built and QA'd to allow you to publish on demand to almost any standard you can find or conceive of. An InstantOn includes the common ones.

The Production Solution annotative Alignment Label Styles also help annotate more of your Plan and Profile output with less effort. These cool Jump Kit styles get you View aware labels and block graphics for use on Alignment, Profile, and Parcel Features.
Stuff like Centerline Marks, ROW, flow, and classic NCS utility line annotation become almost a no brainer.
Ok. If you must, go AutoCAD old school. We supply hundreds of standardized and documented classic, Autodesk civil and National CAD Standard 4.0/5.0+ linetypes too. DGN output support is even in there.

“Dave? Do our Civil 3D Templates and Styles do that?”