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The latest and greatest Release 8 of the Framework for Civil 3D 2018 has been a work in progress for many months. The new Release 8 includes the Framework’s famous Adaptive Standards for Civil 3D and new and improved Spreadsheet Tools for Civil 3D 2018.

Release 8 Framework for Civil 3D 2018

The Release 8 Framework for Civil 3D 2018 products are now available.
These include:

Discover all the many specific changes and updates:
Release 8 Details for the Framework for AutoCAD Civil 3D

Customers who purchased InstantOn Release 7 2018 or Jump Kit Release 7 2018 during the fall prerelease period - (Sept 10, 2017 to Dec 10, 2017) will receive a free respective product upgrade to
InstantOn Release 8 for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 or Jump Kit Release 8 for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.

Templates Only customers can upgrade at the regular price.

What’s new in Release 8?

Frankly, we could spend days talking about everything that is in Release 8 of the Framework for Civil 3D. Here are some initial highlights to keep things simple…

Adaptive Layer Standards

By default Release 8 employs the latest NCS 6.0 Layer Standard. That includes built-in NCS 6, GSA, DOD (Department of Defense), and US Army Corps layer standards support. All the standards construction resources are delivered for both STB and CTB. Layers with integrated properties for all the official NCS Disciplines are supported.

The Framework for Civil 3D’s robust, adaptive, and flexible approach to CAD Layer Standards in Civil 3D allows our customers to meet the demanding requirements in more projects, more jurisdictions, and for more diverse clients with less work, improved ease of use, and better publication capabilities. The supplied resources can be easily changed to support any of multiple variants of the NCS or even your own custom set of Layer Keys.

See the NCS 6 Release 8 Layer Standards AddOn Updates post for the specifics and details.

See our recently released Open Source list of the NCS 6 Civilized Standard Keys for Civil 3D post and download for all the specific NCS 6.0 layer and level Key details.

Adaptive Points and Annotative Standards

Release 8 delivers integrated matched sets of Survey Codes, Description Key Sets, and Survey Figures with upgraded built-in support and supplied resources for those new Release 8 Layer Standards.

In a nutshell Release 8 supplies more InstantOn Civil 3D Point and general annotation capabilities out of the box. It supplies easier to employ Standards development tools and even the results resources. The Framework for Civil 3D is therefore even more adaptive, flexible, and robust in Release 8.

See the Better Civil 3D Codes Points and Figures for NCS 6 post for all the powerful details.
Seeing what we are talking about helps...

Adaptive Template Building Blocks

Release 8 includes a host of brand new and innovative Adaptive Building Block Style collections and practical production resources for Civil 3D 2018. You can assemble and employ task-based Civil 3D templates for many typical civil engineering design and survey documentation tasks and specialties from these standardized template building blocks.

The new Adaptive Building Blocks included are listed here in their NCS Key-based, alphabetical order:

  • APRN -              Apron
  • BANK -              Bank
  • BASN -              Basin
  • BASN- BENC -              Basin with Benches
  • BECH -              Beach
  • BENC -              Bench
  • BERM -              Berm
  • BRDG -              Bridge
  • BWTR -              Breakwater
  • CANL -              Canal
  • CHAN -              Channel
  • CHNL -              Drainage Channel
  • DAME -              Earth Dam
  • DIKE -              Dike
  • DIVR -              Diversion Channel
  • DRAN -              Drainage
  • DRED -              Dredge
  • DTCH -              Ditch
  • DTCI -              Irrigation Ditch
  • EMBK -              Embankment
  • FLHA -              Flood Hazard
  • FLOD -              Floodwall
  • HELI -              Heliport
  • JETY -              Jetty
  • LEVE -              Levee
  • OVRN -              Overrun
  • PADS -              Pads
  • POND -              Pond
  • POND- BENC -              Pond with Benching
  • RAMP -              Ramp
  • RIVR -              River
  • RRAP -              Riprap
  • RUNW -              Runway
  • STRC -              Structure
  • SWAY -              Spillway
  • TAXI -              Taxiway
  • TERC -              Terrace
  • UTSD- BASN -              Storm Basin
  • UTSD- POND -              Storm Pond
  • WEIR -              Weir
  • WETL -              Wetlands
  • WHRF -              Wharf

Airfield, Beach Erosion, Flood Control, Waterways, Irrigation Control, and all the typical forms of project earthworks for both design and existing conditions are supplied.

As you can see we also included some typical examples of potential Adaptive Building Block task-based mashups in the new collection. If you require more detailed design structures, the Adaptive Building Blocks can be easily combined. For example: your Flood Control project design includes detailed Riprap, Gabion, and Revetment structures and with detailed benching and diversion drainage ditches.

For simpler projects each Adaptive Building Block can all be easily simplified by the basic principal of the deletion of extra unnecessary Styles and/or Layers before assembling them into your Civil 3D Template or Reference Template. Don’t need detailed Area control for your project, purge the Parcel Styles and layers and get to work.

Each Adaptive Building Block includes the appropriate Feature Line, Alignment, Profile, and Parcel based integrated Styles. In other words, if you create a Levee based Corridor the entire integrated collection of warranted Styles is instantly available.
These include the common Styles for design, QAQC, and publication:

  • Appropriate secondary Offset Alignment Styles
  • Appropriate Profile Styles
  • All the matched and detailed Feature Line Styles
  • Typical Area boundaries in both outlined and fill Parcel Styles

The Adaptive Building Block or By Key collection is supplied in addition to the huge Jump Kit Style Library of thousands of project tested production styles. Please note that all previously supplied By Key Style resources have be totally rebuilt and replaced in Release 8. The existing Jump Kit By Key resources are all included but significantly improved for ease of use and now include new capabilities and more Style Tools.

Managed to Be More Flexible

The choice to employ any of the specialty Adaptive Building Block Styles and detail is optional. You can safely mix and match the Framework’s supplied generic Styles with the more detailed and specific Adaptive Building Block Styles in production.

You will spend less time hassling with the Layer details and mechanics in every project during all forms of production design and publication work.

  • The typical NCS annotative Layers are built into each Adaptive Building Block by default.
  • Each Adaptive Building Block also includes integrated and standardized Layer State controls which are easily combined into the Framework’s existing supplied Layer States systems.
  • All the Layer Standard customization including the supplied script resources are integrated into our powerful Spreadsheet Tools
  • All the Layer Property particulars for each and every Adaptive Building Block can be systematically managed by you.

Support for Your Design Methodology of Choice

The new Adaptive Building Block Style collections support both classic Feature Line and Grading object mechanics and workflows.

Out of the box these new Release 8 Adaptive Building Block Style Tools also provide mission critical support for the more powerful Corridor-based workflows now available in more recent releases of Civil 3D.

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