Civil 3D 2021 and the Framework for Civil 3D

Tags Civil 3D 2021, Civil 3D 2020, Release 8, Jump Kit, Templates Only, Upgrade, Batch Save

This news is no surprise to many of our Framework for Civil 3D customers. Based on our initial testing of the shipping build of Autodesk Civil 3D 2021, both the current Release 8 and Release 7 builds (based on the last Civil 3D 2020 Updates) of the Framework for Civil 3D products all upgrade and run great in the public release of Autodesk Civil 3D 2021. Hoorah!

There’s a reason for that. Robust, consistent, and adaptive Civil 3D Upgrades and Updates is what we do. The Framework for Civil 3D is a Managed System.

A Managed System for Civil 3D Matters

You have a managed system for Civil 3D or you don’t. Here’s a simple 3 question test.

Do your Civil 3D templates and Civil 3D styles upgrade without a hassle the latest Civil 3D?

Maybe your Civil 3D resources do. Maybe they don’t.
You know the drill. Most do and maybe some won’t.
Frankly, who has time to test that? We all have real project work to do.

It is important to ask those other project mission critical questions.

Do your on-going Civil 3D Projects Upgrade and Update with few hassles?

A Civil 3D Upgrade or Update should be your productive friend not the production enemy.

Can easily you port a Project to Civil 3D BIM 360 Design and work more remotely?

Someday this is going to happen to you.

Congrats if you answered a resounding yes to all the above.
You proactively build and maintain a successful Managed System for Civil 3D.

If you are ready for Civil 3D 2021 you probably already employ the Civil 3D Batch Save Utility to update resources and project drawings to a new Civil 3D release or update more quickly.

Framework for Civil 3D 2021 is Coming Soon

Meanwhile the current Release 8 (NCS 6 layer standard by default) and Release 7 (NCS 5 layer standard by default) product builds run on a staggering number of supported releases of Civil 3D albeit with some differences in capabilities based on the Framework Release, the specific Framework product, and the Civil 3D release you choose to employ.

You might want to upgrade to the Framework for Civil 3D Jump Kit product and discover why our customers trust and depend on the Framework for Civil 3D for adaptive standards, consistency, and the most robust upgrade behavior in the marketplace.

We guarantee our products will upgrade to the next release of Civil 3D and we fix it. We’ve delivered on that promise for more than a decade of Civil 3D releases and Updates with hardly a ripple or customer complaint.

We make Civil 3D work for our customers. It’s what we do. The focus, commitment, and experience matter.

We somehow manage all of that without any custom code you must buy and then buy again and again. Imagine that?

Because the Framework consists of only Civil 3D content resources our products readily adapt for use with most Civil 3D 3rd party software without problems and/or conflicts.

Face the Framework for Civil 3D Facts

Our latest Release 8 products for Civil 3D have already been out on the street proving their worth in real-world civil engineering and survey projects in demanding production environments for many months.

The entire Framework for Civil 3D contains the largest, most diverse, most adaptive, and easiest to customize set of inclusive resources for Civil 3D production work available anywhere on the planet.

Our famous and sometimes copied Spreadsheet Tools literally changed the way people think about customizing and maintaining Civil 3D. See the recent Civil 3D Content Superpowers post for more details about that.

Learn and Burn for Civil 3D

Register for free and check out our Members section and our extensive Civil 3D Documentation and Help section.

We also curate the largest free collection of Civil 3D training and support videos available anywhere. We even post helpful videos from folks who consider us the competition. Imagine that.

The Framework for Civil 3D is a managed and integrated system built from the ground up for Civil 3D production work. It works out of the box. That should make project sense.

The fact that the Framework for Civil 3D is so affordable is probably a bit crazy.

The Framework for Civil 3D Products

Two Releases of the Framework for the Price of One

Customers who purchase the affordable Jump Kit Release 8 2020 between April 15, 2020 (the Civil 3D 2021 ship date) and our upcoming Jump Kit Release 8 for Civil 3D 2021 ship day will receive a free upgrade to Jump Kit Release 8 for Civil 3D 2021.

Need to Learn Civil 3D?

The Framework for Civil 3D is your best Civil 3D training bet. Our Templates Only trial product with thousands of fully functional production styles and other resources works out of the box. Templates Only is available for only a $35 service charge.

A Batch of Good News for Existing Jump Kit Customers

Can’t wait for the Framework for Civil 3D Release 8 2021?
If you are a Framework for Civil 3D customer, Civil 3D release Upgrades and Civil 3D Updates are easy.
Our Managed System for Civil 3D pays dividends.

You can employ the Civil 3D Batch Save Utility the standalone version that installs with Civil 3D 2021 to easily upgrade you existing templates, Civil 3D style library resources, and even on-going project drawings to almost any reasonably current version of Civil 3D.

If you are an Autodesk subscription customer, a standalone version the Civil 3D Batch Save Utility for older releases is available to download from the subscription site.

What Batch Save Means for Your Civil 3D Upgrades and Updates

For our preliminary testing we upgraded all the 2021 Framework templates and related Layout template resources with Civil 3D Batch Save in a few minutes. No joke.
Most of that time was spent moving and narrowing down the resources we wanted/needed to convert.
You do want to upgrade and test copies.

We converted multiple entire Framework Sandbox 2021 project datasets and all those resources in 30 minutes or less with most of time spent updating the project’s data shortcuts and drawing names to be more 2021 name compliant. Once again, a lot of that time was moving and narrowing down the resources we wanted/needed to convert.

The Batch Save process works to Upgrade projects already ported to Civil 3D BIM 360 Design. See the posts below.

File Dependency Tools

Sadly, Autodesk Civil 3D 2021 still doesn’t supply File Update Utility Tools to fix File Dependencies in Civil 3D drawings and projects. We are all familiar with those file-based data resources that do not support relative paths inside Civil 3D.
This does add some tedious manual man-hours to the project upgrade process. Arrrgh.

If we hold our breath for a little bit, maybe Autodesk will fix that problem.

Civil 3D Upgrades and Updates Should be No Big Deal

We did not have to edit or even tweak previously created script and lisp resources we employed for earlier Civil 3D Updates. It works to read the Civil 3D Batch Save Utility help page.

The Civil 3D 2021 help pages even covers the basics of using the Windows Task Manager to automate your project updates on a schedule. Dooh!

With a little careful preparation of scripts, lisp, and resources, the Civil 3D Batch Save Utility can automate and reduce a lot of upgrade hassle in Civil 3D. You probably want to read and review the posts below from the Batch Save Utility section of our Members section. There are important tips is there.

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Batch Save Utility Posts

5 Better Civil 3D Update Batch Save Script Tips

  • Five Scripting Tips to make the Civil 3D Batch Save Utility work better

Civil 3D in BIM 360 Project Maintenance

  • The Civil 3D Batch Save Utility and detailed upgrades to Civil 3D in BIM 360 design project drawings and resources

How To Be Ready When Civil 3D Changes

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

Thankful Civil 3D Upgrades with Batch Save

  • The important details to know to employ the Civil 3D Batch Save Utility Tool for upgrades to templates, drawings and Civil 3D specific resources.