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Each year the Framework for Civil 3D increases in capabilities, adaptability, and consistency. If we employ Autodesk Civil 3D in production, we must sooner or later produce and maintain something like the Framework for Civil 3D whether we like that or not. We ask,

“Can we better support diversity, sustainability, and adaptability in Civil 3D Style Libraries, Civil 3D Templates, and in more types and forms of project deliverables required by Framework customers? “

We mean by:

  • Diversity - the necessity to support both internal and external human preference
  • Sustainability - Civil 3D Release and Upgrade survivability, consistency, and stability
  • Adaptability - the ever-increasing demand to deliver and annotate more detailed Civil 3D models in new ways and in varied standards

What is the Framework for Civil 3D?

What we say…

The Framework for Civil 3D is a manufactured Managed and Integrated System built from the ground up for Civil 3D production work.

What we deliver…

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 at any price.

The answer to your next question…Yes.
It’s in there.


Civil 3D Segment Label Style Expression Set

Our latest Segment Label Style Expression Set AddOn delivers immediate and impactful production annotative capabilities for every Civil 3D user. The AddOn is available in multiple releases of Autodesk Civil 3D.

The Framework for Civil 3D in a continuously developed product with improved sets of powerful Style tools and other production resources always in the works.

This last year the Framework delivered increased capabilities in three current Releases of Civil 3D and three substantial upgrades for the Civil 3D Updates in those three Releases.
See the Release 8 section and the specific Civil 3D Release Details pages.

This last year Framework customers also received 7 new and free Jump Kit product AddOns that delivered substantial new and useful production tools for Autodesk Civil 3D. These addressed fundamental improvements for a wide variety of Civil 3D mission critical tasks.
See the Release 8 AddOns Details page.

The Framework always gets better.
Clearly the Framework in all about…

The Power of Choice

The Framework supports multiple releases of Autodesk Civil 3D in multiple flavors.

We guarantee Framework product resources for one Release of Civil 3D will Update and even upgrade and work in the next Civil 3D Release.
We have managed to keep that promise for well over a decade.

The Framework products are the oldest and continuously improved Autodesk Civil 3D 3rd party products not owned and/or supported by Autodesk.

It may be a bit disturbing to some folks that the Framework products are not software.
All impactful technology products are software. Right?
Our innovative products prove that useful and well-maintained Content is a viable and very useful product.

As one Jump Kit customer famously put it,

"Who knew a set of resources for Civil 3D could change the way we work so profoundly for the better."

Put another way - The next civil engineering or survey project produced in Autodesk Civil 3D should not be a rerun of that bad sitcom.

Innovation Beyond the Code

Great Content Tool resources for Civil 3D do matter.
The creation, edit, and maintenance of all that not-so-silly stuff is what steals our days and gets in the way of better data gathering, analysis, design optimization, and the professional published results all civil engineers and survey professionals get paid to deliver.

Our codeless approach allows the Framework products tools and content resources to work with other Civil 3D 3rd party software or not.

Point your Civil 3D to the Framework resources and Civil 3D behaves and performs differently. Civil 3D performs better.

The Framework for Civil 3D Jump Kit product includes our famous and often copied Spreadsheet Tool technologies to help customers edit, manage, and maintain a Framework that they can call their own.

The Framework does not currently supply metric versions of Civil 3D templates; custom Pipe and Pressure Pipe catalogs; customized or specialized Design Criteria files; or custom libraries of Subassembly Composer PKT files.

The Framework Products are Affordable

The Framework products do all this robust and adaptive magic without any code customers must buy, install, and subscribe to.

The ROI (Return On Investment) and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) numbers for the most expensive Framework product are simply ridiculous.

The Framework for Civil 3D products work out of the box. This is true for almost all phases and types of civil engineering and survey project work. The Framework allows customers to perform well in new types of projects with less effort and expense.

The Framework and Your Civil 3D Customization

If you employ Civil 3D in production today, the odds are you already have Civil 3D Templates are Civil 3D Style collections that are fundamentally acceptable. We do what we must to get the work done and get paid.

The Framework for Civil 3D begs the questions…
Are they consistent? Are they robust? Are they adaptive?
Can an implementation of Civil 3D do more?

Lots of other folks think the Framework for Civil 3D is a great way to make it so.

Is the Framework a Civil 3D Customization?

This is a classic strawman question often posed by those who sell customization services.

The question fundamentally misconstrues and confuses the meaning, reasons, and purposes for the customization of Civil 3D in the first place.
Most of our actual production challenges in Civil 3D are not all that personal unless we choose to make it so.

The Framework asks and answers the simple question…

Why Must I Customize Civil 3D to Make Civil 3D Work?

Most of the development work required to make Civil 3D resources viable and useable in production is detailed, nuanced, and downright silly relative to the significance of the actual professional civil engineering and survey project work.

If we employ Civil 3D in production or need to, we must sooner or later produce and maintain something like the Framework whether we like that or not.

A framework comes with the territory in Civil 3D Land.

Our customers purchase the Framework for Civil 3D products for two basic reasons.

  • They employ the product and make minor tweaks
  • They employ the Framework resources as a Civil 3D Parts Libraries to add tools on demand and to improve their current Civil 3D implementations.

Based on a bunch of experience, both these common customer initial intentions tend to become the same thing in the long run.

What is the Framework of Civil 3D?

The Framework for Civil 3D is a Manufactured Solution

We create and maintain managed, engineered, and manufactured Civil 3D parts and other resources that work together in an integrated Civil 3D system that produces better, robust, and more adaptive behavior from Autodesk Civil 3D for the benefit many customers with very different needs.

As I said to one of our customers,

“Tedious is the magic word that separates the Manufactured and Quality Controlled from the Customized.”

Whether you say “Amen” or “Amoron” is a matter of perception, expectation, and opinion.

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