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Here is an important fact that may surprise you: Most of our civil engineering and survey customers already had their own set of Civil 3D Templates and Civil 3D Styles when they purchased the Framework for Autodesk Civil 3D. These folks recognize the simple fact that reinventing and maintaining the Civil 3D torture wheel is a significant waste of time, energy, and money. They know:

“It is easier to edit than to create.”

Our latest Release 8 for Autodesk Civil 3D 2022 hit the street this month. Follow the link to discover the yummy new 2022 goodies that include a host of innovative Label Style Expression Set resources. Release 8 now supports multiple releases of Civil 3D in multiple flavors in consummate detail.

Do your Civil 3D Templates do that? The Framework allows anyone to…

Build on the Project Tested Work of Others

“Tell me about the Civil 3D template resources.”

The Framework for Civil 3D products deliver a managed set of AutoCAD and specific Civil 3D resources. The fact of a managed integration of all the core resources plays a significant role in a successful Civil 3D implementation in real world projects.

Here’s a recently updated central summary post:

Civil 3D Features Matter Most

We updated our Members>>Documentation and Help sections on Templates in Civil 3D and Reference Templates in Civil 3D with detailed help and instruction on tweaking the Framework template resources to meet your needs. The Framework products support both classic static Civil 3D Templates and Civil 3D Reference Templates (TREF) out of the box.

Register and become a Member to access those free Templates in Civil 3D help pages.
What do you know? There are lots of free Civil 3D training video pages too.

Would you believe it? The full Framework includes easy to use Spreadsheet Tools that allow you to change the many template resources in a Managed System.

It may be a bit of a surprise that our trend-setting external Spreadsheet Tools are also functional and compatible with multiple Civil 3D third party software including Quux Software’s SincPac for Civil 3D tools and CTC Software’s suite of Civil 3D offerings for example.

A video taste of the new Surface Label Style Expression Set resources is just the beginning:


There are detailed Overview Videos available for the many Framework for Civil 3D resources.

Civil 3D’s Many Templates Define
an Implementation Project Definition

All the pieces of a Civil 3D project are built into Civil 3D by the software’s own scope definition. Autodesk ships Autodesk Civil 3D with a host of types of templates to help define that.

The supplied Autodesk examples may be inadequate, meaningless, or simply bad from our perspective. The essential parts and pieces are all there. Be wary of adding more. KISS.

The Civil 3D Project Template

This is the core working project structure: the container for your approved in-use resources; your backup and archival strategy; and ultimately your delivery method to the troops. It represents the current “approved” snapshot of your on-going implementation project. All the rest is in here.
Many people miss the basic reality we can pre-build the core named Civil 3D Features and resources employed in our projects into more than one Civil 3D Project Template.

The Sheet Set Template and Sheet Templates

These define the published model output in Civil 3D. There is a folder structure, naming conventions, standard resources, and methods to hold that buried in here. If the daily project quality control and check loops do not happen here, plan set deliverables become the crisis.

Civil 3D Model Templates

These contain the Styles and Set tools we need to create, edit, maintain, and publish the model Features. Like we said- the Framework supports both Reference Templates and classic Civil 3D templates in multiple flavors.

The Civil 3D model template is said to be the Holy Grail of Civil 3D implementation. This is a frankly a deception.

The good news - You can now avoid that work as much as possible.

That could make for a memorable day.

Two Releases of the Framework for the Price of One

Customers who purchase the affordable Jump Kit Release 8 2021 before June 1, 2021 will receive a free upgrade to Jump Kit Release 8 for Civil 3D 2022.

Two Upgrades for Your Framework for Civil 3D

Existing Framework for Civil 3D customers who upgrade to Jump Kit Release 8 2021 before June 1, 2021 will receive a free upgrade to Jump Kit Release 8 for Civil 3D 2022.

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