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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 Hits the Street

Tags Civil 3D 2017, IDS, Upgrade, Release 7


It must be the IDS of April. Autodesk released the 2017 Suite products and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 just in time for tax day. As I recall there’s still another week left on the Autodesk subscription deal. AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 includes some things we’ve waited much too long for. Civil 3D 2017’s here to help.

The Dan and Dave Show

On Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:PM – 3 PM EST there was an online seminar by Dan and Dave on What’s New in Infraworks 360 and Civil 3D 2017.
A link to the recording and more AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 Videos

What's New

Here’s the link to the What’s New page on the public AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 Help.

  • Data Shortcut Referenced Corridors
  • Referenced Style Templates
  • Better Project Data Shortcut Organization
  • Feature Line Baselines
  • Better Infraworks 360 back and forth
  • Productivity improvements done over the year in 2016
  • Additional tune ups to Civil 3D features and other goodies

It would be nice to see what these new features mean. Done deal...

What's New in Civil 3D 2017 Videos

This Autodesk page has lots of quick mini-videos that cover many of the Civil 3D 2017 changes.
It's worth a visit.

2017 Release and Details

The Infrastructure Design Suite 2017 (IDS) is available for download to subscription customers.
There are changes to the included products in IDS 2017 depending upon the edition.

The AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 is available for download to subscription customers.

The AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 System Requirements can be found here.
They remain about the same as 2016, officially include Windows 10 support, and recommend DirectX 11 compatible video card support.

Release Concern and Issues

The core AutoCAD .dwg format has not changed – still AutoCAD 2013.
Be aware that Civil 3D 2017 features are not backwards compatible to older Civil 3D releases.
This is a return to the traditional Civil 3D upgrade behaviors of the past.

My download and install of IDS 2017 (from a deployment of course) in Windows 10 went off without any major hitches. Remember. There is already an AutoCAD 2017 hot fix to install.

The Release 7 Framework for Civil 3D is Coming

“What if I buy one of your ridiculously inexpensive and productive
Release 6 Production Solution products now?”

For a limited time get two (2) releases of the Framework for Civil 3D for the price of one.

  • Customers who purchase or upgrade to
    Release 6 InstantOn Survey 2016 or
    Release 6 Jump Kit for 2016
    between Apr 15, 2016 and our Release 7 ship date
    will automatically receive a free upgrade to
    a Release 7 of their AutoCAD Civil 3D release of choice.
    No other product purchases, upgrades, or promotions are included in this offer.
  • We always guarantee upgrade functionality and provide updates.
    Our Release 6 products will run in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017.
    We will do a complete QAQC loop on existing Release 6 2016 products in the official shipping release of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 before we release anything else.
    Customers know we do upgrades even for the Civil 3D service packs too.
    Did you login and download to get the latest Dec 2015 updates?

Dave? Do our Civil 3D Templates and Civil 3D Styles Do That?