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There’s a new Civil 3D 2020.1+ Update and a new Civil 3D 2019.3+ Update on the street. If you are in the middle of a project, you have other more practical concerns for the moment. You have concerns that a new Update may break something you depend on. It happens more often than we like.
We could call this the Does Mikey Like It? approach to software changes.

The Update Reticence Effects

Our inherent reticence to just do the new Release or latest Update has the benefit of encouraging Autodesk to fix immediate Release or Update problems. That requires the we find AND report them. These days at Autodesk it appears our whines matter a little bit more.

This human effect is a good news bad news thing. Problems often get fixed. Some things in Civil 3D that should probably be torn apart and rebuilt are often are not. New software tools or features are exciting and sell software. Reworking old standby tools can induce rebellion.

Be Ready When Civil 3D Changes

In the recent How To Be Ready When Civil 3D Changes post, I talk about the difference between our choices of proactive and/or prophylactic approaches to these upgrade challenges from a practical Civil 3D development basis. The included suggestions should help you.

Pay Attention to the Details

The big new Update can sometimes bury recent releases of important Extensions and other goodies. Autodesk released the Autodesk Shared Reference Point Extensions 2020 for both Civil 3D 2020 and Revit 2020. If you have the project problem, you caught that. If you are thinking about trying to resolve project interop problems, you should look into it.

The Latest Learn and Burn

Some things we learn today should force us to burn the way we did things yesterday.

When new Updates come out, we get new video overviews and, if we’re lucky, some good nuts and bolts walk throughs of the new stuff. The curated collection of better public videos is presented on our Civil Training on the Web page. The collection is also collected by category and by date on the Video Archive pages.

Kevin Spear PE recently did one of his apparently regular Civil 3D Storm Analysis update webinar videos.


Storm Sewer Analysis in Civil 3D 2020.1

Kevin as usual does a bang-up job of making sense out of the nonsense. Kevin covers many important tips and hints that some might trip over to get gravity pipes work done.

Here’s a video by Ron Couillard about a very interesting new LandXML feature in Civil 3D 2020.1.


LandXML Feature Lines in Civil 3D 2020.1

If you are, or are not, part of the Feature Lines Only crowd, this LandXML upgrade may provide you a way to confidently backup work and also produce or introduce optionality into designs based on Feature Lines. Something to think about and explore. I will.

Time for me to get back to the grindstone. I’m bashing through Framework for Civil 3D proactive improvements for the Civil 3D 2020.1+ Updates in the multiple Release versions of the Framework for Civil 3D. Oh, yucky poo.

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Civil Updates and Interoperability Posts

Most posts include videos.

How To Be Ready When Civil 3D Changes

  • Proactive and practical steps to take to make Civil 3D Upgrades and Updates easier

Bent Reference Templates in Civil 3D

  • Take care about new Civil 3D 2020.1 Reference Template behaviors - TREF Settings now matter more

Civil 3D Update Features That Work

  • Civil 3D 2020.1+ and Civil 3D 2029.3+ improvements you can employ today

Civil 3D and ArcInfo Online Interoperability

  • The new Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS Online and the interoperability benefits it practically means for projects

Civil 3D and Infraworks Interoperability

  • The potential of the shared data integrity that the Connector for ArcGIS Online provides in both Infraworks and Civil 3D

Civil 3D and Adaptive Standards Interoperability

  • The What, How and Why of Adaptive Standards Interoperability in Civil 3D

Civil 3D and the BIM 360 Interoperability

  • BIM 360 tools improvements and how to learn to use them for both Infraworks and Civil 3D

Civil 3D 2020.2 Shaken not Stirred

  • The new SHP Import/Export Tools and Property Set XML support for even more interoperability