Civil 3D 2020.1 Framework Release 7

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The latest Release 7 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 7 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 expensive issues.

Release 7 Framework for Civil 3D 2020.1

The Release 7 Framework for Civil 3D 2020.1 products are now available. The new Release 7 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:

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

Customers who previously purchased Jump Kit Release 7 2020 product can download the latest Release 7 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 Release 7 for Civil 3D 2020.1

The new Framework Release 7 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 7 of the Framework for Civil 3D.

The updated Release 7 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, and Pipe and Pressure Pipe Systemswhich improve Civil 3D production performance with less effort.

See the Release 7 Details page for a full listing of changes, updates, and fixes.

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

Framework for Civil 3D 2020.1 Updates

The latest Release 7 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 7 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.

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 perfectly 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.

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.

The new Framework Release 7 tools clearly enable more productive workflows in a wider variety of Civil 3D projects.

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