Better Codes Points and Figures in Civil 3D

Tags codes, survey point, survey figure, survey db, Description Key, Description Key Set, point group, Speadsheet Tools, Civil 3D 2019, Civil 3D 2018

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The Best Gets Better

All these customers know the Codes, Points, and Figures matter in the beginning of projects. What you know? - These same things matter in the end of projects and in the middle too. The Framework for Civil 3D already includes powerful Spreadsheet Tools to help you systematically manage the seemingly complex integration of points and figures in Civil 3D production and/or publication environments.

Front to back, top to bottom, and from the inside to the outside we include all the parts and pieces and innovative ways to make the whole better than the sum of the parts. Can we make the best even better? You bet. Nothing but net…

Codes Points and Figures Tools AddOn

We’ve released a major update to not one, not two, but to three of our powerful Spreadsheet Tools in the latest Codes Points and Figures Tools AddOn.

Release 7 Framework InstantOn and Jump Kit customers should check their respective download pages for the new Codes Points and Figures Tools AddOn. It’s free.
The Spreadsheet Tools are not supplied with any versions of Templates Only.

The AddOn supplies updated Framework Spreadsheet Tools for:

  • Survey Codes Tool
  • Description Key Set Tools for both NCS 5 and NCS 5 AIA classic utility layers
  • Figure Db Tools for both NCS 5 and NCS 5 AIA classic utility layers

The supplied Release 7 Spreadsheet Tools replace and update the previously supplied Spreadsheet Tools, but do not overwrite previously supplied spreadsheets.

The supplied Release 7 Spreadsheet Tools support any Release 7 Framework for Civil 3D products in any of the multiple supported releases of Civil 3D.

The Codes Points and Figures Tools AddOn includes updated Layers lists supplied in NCS 5 Layer Standards AddOns released earlier.

The Codes Points and Figures Tools AddOn also intentionally does not replace other supplied InstantOn and Jump Kit resources.

Survey Codes Tool

See the updated Spreadsheet Tools help section in Members on the website for in-depth details, Spreadsheet Tool use, and workflow mechanics.

The Survey Codes Tool produces Code lists for use in the Description Key Set Tool, Figure Db Tool, and Survey Queries Tool.

Additional new Survey Codes are included for:

  • Traffic signaling with code support for pole, sized-masts, and head assemblies
  • Street lighting with code support for pole, sized-masts
  • Additional sized utility vaults

The new version of the Survey Codes Tool supports:

  • Easier point code and figure testing
  • Additional built in Filter columns
  • Better testing of complex Codes including more powerful and complex Not Keys and BESTWay type survey point code and figure patterns and structures.
  • Ability to test, compare and optionally force Survey Code translations
  • Improved and easier to use Survey Code match list and Translator Key Set construction
  • New Reverse Translator Key Set is now automatically produced

Matched Description Key Set Tools and Figure Db Tools

See the updated Spreadsheet Tools help section in Members on the website for in-depth details, Spreadsheet Tool use, and workflow mechanics.

The Description Key Set Tools and Figure Db Tools include updated Layers lists supplied in NCS 5 Layer Standards AddOns released earlier.

Both Framework standard utility (UT@@) and classic AIA utility Layer Standard versions of these different and separate Spreadsheet Tools are supplied. In other words, the new Description Key Set Tools and Figure Db Tools are supplied in matched pairs based on the Layer scheme.

Description Key Set Tools:

  • Include New Description Key Set creation sheets with both Layer and Point Style picklists
  • Fast Copy and Paste Key Set construction
  • Test and validate Layers where that applies
  • Test and validate Point Styles where that applies
  • Built-in Description Key Set PDF documentation capability
  • AIA version left in a pre-update state to clarify required Layer changes

Note that Description Key Set Layer assignments can be updated with Layer rename scripts supplied in the Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools and AddOns.

You can also post process publication drawings with Layer rename scripts supplied in the Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools and AddOns to revise Layer assignments.

Figure Db Tools:

  • Include New Figure Db records creation sheets with both Layer and Figure Style picklists
  • Fast Copy and Paste Figure details construction
  • Built-in Breakline and Lot Line data validation
  • Test and validate Layers where that applies
  • Test and validate Figure Styles where that applies
  • AIA version left in a pre-update state to clarify required Layer changes

Note that Figure Prefix Db Layer assignments cannot be updated with Layer rename scripts supplied in the Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools and AddOns. The individual records must be updated if the referenced layer scheme or details changes.

You can also post process publication drawings with Layer rename scripts supplied in the Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools and AddOns to revise Layer assignments.

Civil 3D 2019 and the Framework for Civil 3D

The current Release 7 2018 build of the Framework for Civil 3D runs great on Civil 3D 2019 based on our preliminary testing of the shipping build of Civil 3D 2019.

At this point Release 7 runs on a staggering 4 to 5 supported releases of Civil 3D albeit with some differences in capabilities based on the Civil 3D release you want to run. No matter which release of Civil 3D you run if you own the Framework for Civil 3D, your work got easier today.

The points is that no matter how you figure it...

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