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The calendar year 2020 portents to be more than the start of a new decade. We all likely expect the 2020 US election to be yet another watershed political event. How did the Playwright put it? “… a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” I trust you do not miss the Solomonic allusion and sardonic irony implied in his famous words from McBeth. He did. Mind you, so did his audience.

My formal classical education still manages to leak out. Et ergo sum. Did you ever notice that the post-modern secular humanist will always fail to mention or even recognize why and how Rene Descartes’ famous – “I think therefore I am” (Cognito ergo sum) concerned him and thus us all.

Call me sceptic. Cherry picked philosophic and historic sound bites are as bad for human health and the spirit as the practice of bad statistical pseudo- science. Blame the chatter on my old English name. Perhaps methinks too much in the dative tense. You may call that Yoda speak. Eheh.

Disney promises us we do get a new Star Wars for Christmas. [que the Star Wars theme]

Means to Us What 2020 Is?

Serious scrolling…

Out here in Civil 3D Land there’s an on-going, vibrant economy steaming along. That matters. In this cider press and harvest, effective Project Execution matters more than ever.

Operations Engineering Interop

If you are a civil engineering or survey organization that works in the Operations Engineering space (aka BIM for Infrastructure), the joint Autodesk and ESRI Arcinfo Online Connector product can add potential significant productivity and man-hour production improvements to your efforts.
See the Civil 3D and ArcInfo Online Interoperability post for more about that. There some interesting follow up details in the Civil 3D 2020.2 Shaken not Stirred post for the not so faint of heart.

If you are a member of the Grading by Feature Lines Crowd, I would pay attention ASAP to some new important Toolbox tools. No one will force you.

Cloud Space Interop

The Civil 3D 2020.2 Update introduced for everyone in Civil 3D Land the new practical potential for better Managed Collaboration. The BIM 360 Design interop and yet another Autodesk Connector app applies both to our internal and external workflows and how we may do the daily production work differently in 2020 and beyond.

Civil 3D Project Interop

Civil 3D Project Template development remains the single most productive and results focused investment most firms and organizations can make right now. At times this focus seems like a rant.


The Framework Style Resources and Sandbox Projects

I freely admit to a long-term campaign to help us all proactively see the development of our Civil 3D Project Templates as integral to our future management and maintenance of project work.
Sane Civil 3D Project Template development is not only about Civil 3D productivity but also about how we proactively integrate the other software we employ into our projects to produce more effective work environments for more people involved in our projects.

Simply put. If you dodge your Civil 3D Project Template development, you will work too hard and struggle more in 2020 and beyond.

Adaptive Standards Interop


Adaptive Layer Standards in Framework for Civil 3D Release 8

We rooted around about some of the specifics and important adoption implementation concerns and issues surrounding Adaptive Standards Interop in the Civil 3D and Adaptive Standards Interoperability post earlier. I won’t bother to repeat all the Civil 3D Adaptive Building Block innovation talk here. The point being…if it’s in the Framework for Civil 3D, you can do it too.

Let’s ask the most important question…

What if You Could Be Ready to Do all that Faster and Better?

The answer to that question is what the Framework of Civil 3D is first and foremost all about.
What do you know?
The Framework manages to provide Civil 3D Templates, Civil 3D Styles, and all the necessary and extra resources that make even the latest and greatest features of Civil 3D work and work better.

This isn’t magic. We do the work. You don’t have to. There are no magic buttons anyone can build that will save you for having to do ongoing work to implement and maintain Civil 3D. That doesn’t mean someone cannot help you make it so a whole lot faster and better.
That’s what we do. We don’t do anything else.

Focus Matters

We don’t promise miracles just honest practical and functional resources and results that make Civil 3D work in any production environment. Yes. That even includes the spanking, brand -new BIM 350 Design cloud-based project environment for Civil 3D.

New customer after new customer testifies that they were delivered far more than they ever excepted when the purchased a Jump Kit and downloaded the product. That might sound almost impossible. It isn’t.

Start Where You Are and Get to a Better Civil 3D Quicker

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.

An Adaptive Managed System doesn’t mean you must employ everything in the Framework for Civil all at once or even all together. Lots of organizations employ parts and pieces of the Framework in conjunction with their own internal Civil 3D customization.

Many Civil 3D using firms began their Civil 3D Templates and Civil 3D Style development work from the Autodesk supplied example templates.

We produce a flavor of the Framework for Civil 3D built to make the upgrade to the best Civil 3D on the planet easier than ever for those used to and familiar with that layer scheme.

Framework for Civil 3D 2020.2 Release 8 AIA

The Release 8 AIA of the Framework for Civil 3D 2020.2 delivers better production to civil engineers and surveyors from Autodesk Civil 3D 2020.2. The supplied Civil 3D Style tools and other supplied resources will even work in earlier releases of Civil 3D.

The new Release 8 AIA Framework for Civil 3D is flexible, consistent, and robust.

The Framework for Civil 3D 2020 Release 8 AIA products include all resources delivered in the NCS AIA large building project layer system.
The Jump Kit AIA Release 8 includes:

  • Classic Civil 3D template resources in STB and CTB with over 3000+ Style built in
  • Reference (TREF) template version resources in STB and CTB
    You get instant, consistent, managed Style Libraries that work
  • Jump Kit Style Library Collection resources with
    Styles for everything under the sun and then some
  • Framework Adaptive Layer Standards resources
    with complimentary Layer Standard Spreadsheet Tools and in-depth matched resources.
  • The Adaptive Symbol Set Library with deep Point Style, symbols, and block graphic support for all forms of civil and survey infrastructure.
  • Working Civil 3D Projects for both STB and CTB

This list could scroll on for pages and pages. See the Release 8 Details page if you think I’m exaggerating. Watch the Overview videos. The answer to the most frequently asked question about Jump Kit

It’s in There

There are multiple Flavors of the Framework for Civil 3D that support multiple releases of Civil 3D. We get the Civil 3D update and upgrade problem. We somehow manage to pull off the miracle year after year with great productive results for Framework for Civil 3D customers.

Now you have to ask,

Do Our Civil 3D Templates and Styles Do All That?
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