Framework for Civil 3D Release 8 Layer Standards

Tags Layer Standards, CAD Standards, Release 8, Civil 3D, Civil 3D 2020, Civil 3D 2019, Civil 3D 2018, Update, AddOn

One of the miracles of modern model-based, Style-managed software is the CAD Standards consistency, flexibility, and adaptive interoperability the innovative use of these technologies can provide to us and our clients. For too many folks in Civil 3D Land, the more immediate problem is to get to and maintain any set of consistent CAD Standards for Civil 3D.

Despite the marketplace sales hype, the challenge for most civil engineering and survey organizations is not a single customized version of Civil 3D – one Civil 3D template that does everything.

Our production work occurs in project-based environments that are, and must be, responsive to client, project type, and jurisdictional CAD Standards demands and requirements.

The On-going Civil 3D Business Problem

We must address the need to find a better path to systematically manage the customization of Civil 3D.

The Framework for Civil 3D is designed, built, and continuously improved primarily to address these ever-present mission critical issues.

Release 8 Layer Standards 2020 AddOn

We released our latest the Layer Standards update for the Framework for Civil 3D Release 8 2020.1.

These Layer Standards include new and improved NCS 6 Layer Standards, the tools, and all the build, edit, and manage resources in easy to use packages.
The Layer Standards fully support the NCS 6.0 and include AIA, GSA, and DOD variants of same.
We include all the AIA and DOD Layer Standards for all the official NCS Disciplines and specialized pre-built mashups of typical civil engineering and survey project-based resources.

You get ready to run types-of-project based Layer Standards; practical and fully functional Layer States; and all the tools and resources necessary to tweak them should you face the need.

These Layer Standards tools and resources are officially compliant, truly interoperable, and adaptive.

Combined the unsurpassed Civil 3D Styles collection libraries available with the Framework for Civil 3D and you have a deeper level of Civil 3D Standards interoperability. Check out the recent Civil 3D and Adaptive Standards Interoperability post and the Framework for Civil 3D Release 7 Layer Standards post.

New and Improved Adaptive Building Block Layer Standards

An Adaptive Building Block is based on the simple idea that better production results in our Civil 3D projects require pre-built sets of specialty resources (like Layer System resources) that can be easily added on demand to either our Civil 3D templates or even individual Civil 3D task specialty project drawings.

The Quicker Way to Layer System Key-Based Civil Design

A flood control project is not an Airport taxiway and a terminal pads improvement project nor is either of those a river Channel dredging rehabilitation project. The Framework for Civil 3D therefore supports a varied list of project and task type Adaptive Building Blocks with optional and varied choices that are ready to run. See the details below for a list.

The latest versions of the Release 8 NCS 6.0 Layer Standards and Release 8 NCS 6.0 AIA Layer Standards include added support for both STB and CTB versions of all the Framework’s Adaptive Building Block layer standards resources. There are now new and improved Key-based Layer Standards Tools for both NCS 6.0 and AIA Layer systems.

The upcoming Framework for Civil 3D Release 8 2020.1 build includes the integrated and in-depth Key-based Adaptive Building Block Style collections supported by these Layer system resources.

Worker Smarter Not Harder

The Framework for Civil 3D is a project- proven Managed System for Civil 3D that works.

Here a summary of the technical details for the updated Layer Standards from the Release 8 Details page.

Release 8 NCS 6 Layer Standards 2020.1

All Layer Standards Updates may be employed in all Release 8 and Release 7 versions for Civil 3D versions 2020-2018.

All Layer Standards exchange and interoperability is significantly improved. There are far fewer layer behavioral inconsistencies.
Added NCS Discipline-based Screening and corrected automatic screening for PATT Layers to be consistent across all supplied Layer Standards resources.

All Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools were updated and drawing standard resources and supplied scripts updated where required.

All new Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools file names updated to end in 2020.

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Adaptive Building Blocks Layer Support

Release 8 NCS 6.0 includes new and improved separate Adaptive Building Block Layer Standards Tools now for both STB and CTB.

  • Added new support for Adaptive Building Block Layer Standards for CTB.
  • Updated and improved Adaptive Building Block Layer Standards for STB.
  • Added new support for Adaptive Building Block Layer Standards for AIA for both STB and CTB.
  • The support includes pre-built Layer resources including script files and Layer Standards drawings with specialized Layer States.

Adaptive Building Block Layer systems can be easily added to templates or project drawings from the libraries by the Insert/Explode method.

The supplied Adaptive Building Block Layer resources are integrated with the Adaptive Building Block Style collections.

Detailed DOD Layer Standards support for all NCS Disciplines (including common mashups) are included in the updated Release 8 Layer Standards Tools.

Adaptive Building Blocks and Layer Systems:

  • 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
  • DTCH-BENC -     Ditch with Benches
  • DTCH-RRAP -     Ditch with Riprap
  • 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 Benches
  • 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

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Pressure Pipes Layer Support

  • All supplied Layer Standards, Layer States, and script resources updated for new Pressure Pipes resources.
    If you do not employ Pressure Pipes, only the minor added V-VIEW-PROF-PATT layer may affect previous versions.
    In other words, this layer is not included in the previously supplied Layer Standards and Layer State resources.
    This layer exists to hold hatch display for Pressure Pipe Fittings and Appurtenances in Profile Views.
  • New script resources are supplied to add the layer and appropriate Layer State Settings.

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Release 8 - NCS 6.0

Detailed DOD Layer Standards support for all NCS Disciplines (including common mashups) are included in the updated Release 8 Layer Standards Tools.

Added new Layer Standards resources for new and added Pressure Pipe capabilities

There are new separate Release 8 Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools and supplied resources for Adaptive Building Blocks in both STB and CTB.

  • Update of Layer Spreadsheet Tools, Script resources, and drawing resources with Layer States for STB and CTB
  • Added of Layer Spreadsheet Tools, Script resources, and drawing resources with Layer States for Adaptive Building Blocks for CTB
  • Fixed Rename and Purge Cell formulas with errors in CTB DOD Sheets where required

  • Improved color, linetype, and plotstyle resolution for Adaptive Building Blocks for both STB and new CTB resources
  • Added PPipesUpdate7 Sheet for new added Pressure Pipe Layers - adds Irrigation Water, Street Light, and Traffic Signal support
  • Added new V-VIEW-PROF-PATT layer to CoreUpdate7 and CityUpdate7 sheets for new Pressure Pipe hatch capabilities
  • Updated BENC,CHAN, CHNL, and DRED Keys Priority to 1 to resolve OFLT and OFRT layers properly and other color, lineweight, and plotstyle resolutions
  • Supplied Release 8 NCS 6 Standards Rename scripts to AIA and back to the default did not change.

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Release 8 - NCS 6.0 AIA Utils

Detailed DOD Layer Standards support for all NCS Disciplines (including common mashups) are included in the updated Release 8 Layer Standards Tools.

Added new Layer Standards resources for new and added Pressure Pipe capabilities

Fixed Rename and Purge Cell formulas with errors in DOD Sheets where required

The new separate Release 8 Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools for Adaptive Building Blocks in both STB and CTB can be easily modified for AIA utilities support

  • Update of Layer Spreadsheet Tools and Script resources for both STB and CTB
  • Added of Layer Spreadsheet Tools for Adaptive Building Blocks for both STB and CTB - Standards exchanges may be handled by rename script tool resources.
  • Improved color, linetype, and plotstyle resolution for Adaptive Building Blocks for both STB and new CTB resources
  • Added PPipesUpdate7 Sheet for new added Pressure Pipe Layers - adds Irrigation Water, Street Light, and Traffic Signal support
  • Added new V-VIEW-PROF-PATT layer to CoreUpdate7 and CityUpdate7 sheets for new Pressure Pipe hatch capabilities
  • Updated BENC,CHAN, CHNL, and DRED Keys Priority to 1 to resolve OFLT and OFRT layers properly and other color and lineweight resolutions
  • Supplied Release 8 NCS 6 Standards Rename scripts to AIA and back were updated for COND to new CNDT Keys.

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