Civil 3D 2020.1 Framework Release 8 Superpowers

Tags Civil 3D 2020, Civil 3D 2019, Civil 3D 2018, Update, Upgrade, Release 8, Jump Kit, Templates Only

The latest Release 8 of the Framework for Civil 3D 2020.1 delivers better production to civil engineers and surveyors from Autodesk Civil 3D 2020.1. The supplied Civil 3D Styles and other supplied resources even work earlier releases of Civil 3D.

The Framework for Civil 3D is an Adaptive Managed System for all the many resources required to create and maintain a Civil 3D production environment. The latest Release 8 Framework for Civil 3D is more flexible, more consistent, and robust.

The Civil 3D Business Challenge

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, and too often expensive issues.

Release 8 Framework for Civil 3D 2020.1

The Release 8 Framework for Civil 3D 2020.1 products are now available. The new Release 8 includes the Framework’s innovative Adaptive Standards for Civil 3D and improved Layer Standards Tools for the new powerful Autodesk Civil 3D 2020.1 Style Tools.
The Framework for Civil 3D products include:

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

Prior Release Jump Kit customers can upgrade today for a discounted price.

  • Customers who previously purchased Jump Kit Release 8 2020 and Templates Only Release 8 2020 products can download the latest Release 8 2020.1 product and the supplied content resources from the appropriate download pages.
  • Release 8 Jump Kit and Release 7 Jump Kit products for other releases of Autodesk Civil 3D are also available.
  • Templates Only customers can upgrade to Templates Only Release 8 2020.1 at the regular ridiculous price.

The New Framework Release 8 for Civil 3D 2020.1

The new Framework Release 8 content libraries and tools enable more productive workflows in a wider variety of Civil 3D projects faced by civil engineering and survey organizations. We could spend days talking about everything that is in the updated Release 8 of the Framework for Civil 3D.

The updated Release 8 of the Framework for Civil 3D 2020.1 products include major Style Tool updates and upgrades to Civil 3D Style Tools centered around Profile Views, Pipe and Pressure Pipe Systems, our innovative Adaptive Build Blocks which improve Civil 3D production performance with less effort.

Release 8 Layer Standards

The Framework for Civil 3D’s state-of-the-art Layer Standards include new and improved NCS 6 Layer Standards and the tools to build, edit, and manage those resources more easily.

The Layer Standards fully support the NCS 6.0 and include AIA, GSA, DOD, US Army Corps 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 customize them.

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.

See the Framework for Civil 3D Release 8 Layer Standards and the Framework for Civil 3D Release 7 Layer Standards post for some Civil 3D CAD Standards specifics.

Framework for Civil 3D 2020.1 Updates

The latest Release 8 includes improvements and refinements to both the supplied classic Civil 3D templates and the new Reference Templates resources supplied.

Civil 3D Templates

  • All Template resources updated to new Style collections and improved Layer Standards with Layer States
  • Major upgrades to the Layer Standards, Layer States, and resources for the Adaptive Building Block Style collections
  • Pressure Pipe Styles updates and new Pressure Pipe systems
  • New Profile View Band Styles for Pressure Pipe are supplied in Jump Kit but are NOT included in templates

Pipe and Pressure Pipe system Network, Style and Label Style Tools are substantially upgraded in the Framework for Civil 3D Jump Kit Release 8 2020.1 product.

Civil 3D Reference Templates

  • New complete rebuild of the supplied Reference Template example resources.
  • All Reference Template resources updated to new Style collections and improved Layer Standards with Layer States
  • New default TREF Root Templates supplied for Design and Survey in both STB and CTB with no Reference Templates in the stack
  • The Root templates contain only appropriate Drawing Object Layer Settings, Layers, Layer States, and basic Textstyles.
  • Both STB and CTB detailed example Reference Template resources and templates are supplied
  • Basic Drawing Settings Object Settings examples for Sewer and Storm Pipe systems are supplied

Note: If you employ more than one TREF in the Reference Template stack, make sure the Settings only enable One set of Drawing Settings and do not enable additions of unwanted references.

Better Naming Conventions

There are improved and easier to use naming conventions employed for all the detailed Label Style collections supplied. These are now easier to modify if you employ automated prefix and suffix changing Style rename tools.

Better Depth of Coverage

We improved the number and contents supplied of specialty Style resources. There are many more typical working, publishing, and QAQC Label Styles included for all systems.

Better Ease of Use

We significantly improved the granularity of the supplied Style and Label Style resource collection drawings to make it easier to select, import, and employ those resources in your templates no matter how you choose to implement those templates.

In effect, all Pipe and Pressure Pipe System Style and Label Style Tools collections are now Adaptive Building Blocks which are therefore now much easier to separately include in your templates.

New and Improved Adaptive Building Block Standards and Resources

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.
See below for more Adaptive Building Block details.

Profile Views

  • Updates and fixes to Pipe Network Band Styles
  • Additions for new Pressure Pipe Band Styles
  • There are some current limitations to these Styles in Civil 3D 2020.1

Pipe Systems

There are new separate Sewer, Storm, and Water Gravity Pipe System resource drawings supplied that exclude the other systems. The new resource collections are Adaptive Building Blocks for gravity systems and may be employed in either classic Civil 3D template targets or Reference Template Tool template targets.

Pipe Network Styles

  • Supplied example Parts Lists employ by default US Imperial Pipe and US Imperial Structure Catalogs
  • Imperial Generic Structures and Generic Structure with Part Connections may be added by changing the Structure catalog and adding the parts to lists
  • No Structure Type Mapping defaults are applied in supplied example Parts Lists

Structure Styles

Structure Styles include new default Settings for Inlet and Gutter details for newer Infrastructure Part Builder Structures and Civil 3D gravity system analysis tools.

Pressure Pipe and Conduit Systems

Pressure Pipe and Conduit Systems are supplied in separate resource drawing collections. The new resource collections are Adaptive Building Blocks and may be employed in either classic Civil 3D template targets or Reference Template Tool template targets.

The following Systems are supplied with detailed and improved Styles and Label Styles:

  • Cable Conduit
  • Communications Conduit
  • Electrical Power Conduit
  • Fiber Optic Conduit
  • Fuel Oil
  • Generic Utility
  • Irrigation
  • Landscape Irrigation
  • Industrial Waste
  • Natural Gas
  • Telephone Conduit
  • Recycle Water
  • Sewer
  • Storm
  • Water

The following new Systems are supplied with detailed and improved Styles and Label Styles:

  • Street Lighting Conduit
  • Traffic Signal Conduit

Note the Conduit systems may be easily employed as simple cable systems with minor modifications.

Pressure Pipe Network Styles

  • Prototype Parts Lists are supplied with connections to all stock Pressure Pipe catalogs.
  • Supplied system resources are updated with the appropriate new Pressure Pipe Label Styles.
  • Removed all duplicate and/or updated Label Styles from supplied resources
  • New Prototype Parts List resources with connections to all stock databases
  • Renamed separate supplied resources to generic names

Pressure Pipe Styles

  • Pressure Pipe Styles have an outstanding issue with hatches in Profiles in the 2020.1 Update.
  • Solid Hatches do not resolve properly.
  • We did not update the included Pressure Pipe Styles that do employ SOLID hataches by default.
  • See 2020 details for previous Pressure Pipe Style changes

Added following Pressure Pipe Styles and Label Styles:

  • Street Lighting Conduit
  • Traffic Signal Conduit

Pressure Pipe Label Styles

  • See 2020 details for previous Pressure Pipe Style changes

Pressure Fitting and Label Styles

  • See 2020 details for previous Pressure Fitting Label Style changes
  • IOB Fittings resource drawing include only Water systems by default - OLD version retained
  • A Jump Kit Fittings resource drawing includes all new and updated utility systems - OLD version retained
  • There are new separate library utility systems resource drawings supplied in Jump Kit.

Fitting Styles updated for 2020.1 Object Model Changes

Fitting Label Styles in Profile still employ the Part Boundary-based attachment point by default. This may be a poor label attachment point if you employ custom block representations in Profiles and the drag labels for readability.

  • Plan views Label Style representations are unchanged
  • All Profile displays employ Boundary representations with Masks
  • All Profile displays employ Profile View Cropping by default
  • All new Profile Hatch components routed to NCS (Discipline)-VIEW-PROF-PATT Layers
  • These Layers are intentionally screened in all conditions.
  • A Boundary-based single User Defined hatch for Profile display is employed by default
  • Display for Sections employ Display as Section by default

Added following Pressure Fitting Styles and Label Styles:

  • Street Lighting Conduit
  • Traffic Signal Conduit

Pressure Appurtenance Styles

  • See 2020 details for Pressure Appurtenance Label Style changes
  • IOB Appurtenance resource drawing include only Water systems by default - OLD version retained
  • Appurtenance resource drawing includes all new and updated utility systems - OLD version retained
  • There are new separate library utility systems resource drawings supplied

Appurtenance Styles updated for 2020.1 Object Model Changes

Appurtenance Label Styles in Profile still employ the Part Boundary-based attachment point by default. This may be a poor label attachment point if you employ custom block representations in Profiles and the drag labels for readability.

  • Plan views Label Style representations are unchanged
  • All Profile displays employ Boundary representations with Masks
  • All Profile displays employ Profile View Cropping by default
  • All new Profile Hatch components routed to NCS (Discipline)-VIEW-PROF-PATT Layers
  • These Layers are intentionally screened in all conditions.
  • A Boundary-based single User Defined hatch for Profile display is employed by default
  • Display for Sections employ Display as Section by default

Added following Pressure Appurtenance Styles and Label Styles:

  • Street Lighting Conduit
  • Traffic Signal Conduit

Pipe and Pressure Pipe System Caveats

To be clear, the Framework for Civil 3D products do not supply custom Pipe and Pressure Pipe catalogs and/or custom part libraries constructed with the Infrastructure Parts Editor.

The Framework does supply the Styles and annotative Imperial units Label Styles to resolve, display, and publish the stock Civil 3D resources and any custom catalogs and/or Infrastructure Parts libraries.

If you supply those custom resources as a Civil 3D product, please feel free to drop me an email and we’ll be happy to test and validate them.

Adaptive Building Blocks

Release 8 includes a host of innovative Adaptive Building Block Style collections and practical production resources for Civil 3D 2020. You can assemble and employ task-based Civil 3D templates for many typical civil engineering design and survey documentation tasks and design specialties from these standardized template building blocks.

The latest Release 8 for Civil 3D 2020.1 includes new in-depth and detailed support for CTB Adaptive Building Blocks.

The new Adaptive Template 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.

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’s levee design includes detailed Riprap, Gabion, and Revetment structures 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 static Civil 3D Template or Reference Template (TREF). Don’t need detailed Area control for your project? Purge the supplied area Parcel Styles and layers and get back 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
  • A separate Profile and Section and Style collection (Layer States included) resource drawing with optional granular Layer detail

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 2020. The existing Jump Kit By Key resources are included and significantly improved for ease of use and now include new capabilities and more Style Tools.

Profile and Section Styles

Based on customer requests, we also include in the new By Key resources an in-depth collection of new Profile and Section Styles. These more detailed Styles with explicit Level of Detail layer assignments for use in Profile View and Section Views are supplied in a separate drawing resource file.
These supplied Profile and Section Styles may be employed to replace simpler and less detailed Styles in working or publication templates if that Level of Detail required from your Civil 3D project.

New integrated Layer Standards support for both STB and CTB is now supplied.

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 inproduction.

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 specifics 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.

You can easily couple any Assemblies and create powerful Code Set Styles to employ the new Release 8 Adaptive Building Block Style Tools.

Civil 3D Data Referenced, Multi-Baseline Corridors instantly become more user friendly and more consistent.

The new Framework Release 8 tools clearly enable more productive workflows in a wider variety of Civil 3D projects.

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