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Late last week Autodesk released the Autodesk Civil 3D 2023.1 Update. The Civil 3D 2023.1 Update states that the update is primarily focused on enhancements to the integration of Civil 3D, Autodesk Docs, and Collaboration for Civil 3D.

If we want to work or work in Civil 3D in the Autodesk Clouds, the Update 1 for Civil 3D 2023 is a welcome improvement. A must do, if we want to publish effectively.

Autodesk Civil 3D 2023.1 Update

This sort of unusual Civil 3D Update stirs some interesting questions…

“What about the rest of us in Civil 3D Land?
We don’t employ the Autodesk cloud apps.
What do we do?”

Do we have choice? We could procrastinate? Why bother?

Framework for Civil 3D customers ask,

“Do the current 2023 builds of the Framework for Civil 3D products work in Civil 3D 2023.1?“

This one is easy. You probably even guessed the answer…
Based on our preliminary testing of the public release the current builds of Jump Kit 8 2023 and Templates Only 8 2023 run great.
We will release free new updated Framework product builds and new Sandbox Project updates ASAP.

Easier and Better Civil 3D production resource updates are mission critical to what we all do.

Civil 3D 2023.1 Update Details

The Civil 3D 2023.1 Update is focused on Civil 3D Plan Production Tool enhancements to help improve the functionality of Civil 3D publication in the Autodesk Cloud and Collaboration environment and the new AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager for Web.

See the Autodesk Civil 3D 2023.1 Update News post for all the official specifics.

We should read the fine print of the Civil 3D Update whether we employ the Autodesk Cloud apps or not. The Civil 3D 2023.1 Update includes:

  • Plan Production Tool enhancements and changes
  • DREF performance enhancements that may translate over to all Civil 3D projects and users.
    Quicker Data Reference resolutions do help.
    These are dependent on our project structures and good DREF maintenance practices.
  • Surface performance enhancements which translate over to all Civil 3D projects and users.
    If you employ large surfaces in your projects, you get it.
  • Pipe Network fixes
  • Pressure Network fixes
  • Strong suggested best practices about the use of Reference Templates in Civil 3D

Autodesk might argue that they didn’t officially state the last item specifically. What Reference Template configurations does Autodesk practically support? Read this link carefully. Sorry. Some head scratching is required.

Civil 3D Reference Replacement and Tools

I recently wrote an important post about the Civil 3D Data Reference Manager Tool and the Reference Explorer Tool which is included with the Autodesk Desktop Connector app. Here’s a reprise of the Reference Explorer Tool video.


The Reference Explorer and Civil 3D Projects

The Framework Sandbox project are intentional simple. Live, real-world projects are another thing altogether. You know the drill.

An exploration of any current Civil 3D project should make the point that Civil 3D 2023 and potentially updates to older Civil 3D releases are more aware and sensitive about file references that previously could basically fall through the cracks. What the…

This may prove to be an uncomfortable exercise, but some Civil 3D project self-examination is well worth the effort.

Civil 3D never stays the same.

Preliminary Update Tests

Over the weekend we employed a standardized Civil 3D Batch Save Utility process to upgrade our new and recently updated 2023 Sandbox Projects.

Note that the Batch Save Utility intentionally does not resolve drawing references on open. Batch Save kindly updates the AutoCAD and Civil 3D Object Model of the processed drawing(s).

It certainly appears the Civil 3D 2023.1 Update code now triggers the internal Fix Broken Reference tool more often to help us resolve potential DREF issues post update than even the initial release of 2023.

It is still annoys me that the Broken Reference tool doesn’t keep a list of our recent DREF reassignments. Maybe next time. Eheh. Don’t hold your breath.

Grading Optimization 2023.1 Update

Grading in Civil 3D got easier. Ok, GO is different, but GO does work. Hint – we don’t have to grade an entire sight either.

Autodesk released the fourth significant update to Grading Optimization (GO).
GO now includes new Pathway (for crowned sidewalk like structures), Ridge Line (does the opposite of a Drain Line – an away instead of a towards), and added a useful Isolate Internal Zone Drainage property to Zones that have Exclusive Drainage enabled. Yum.

One of my personal sneaky new favorites…

Building Pads now supports a new drain away property. Hoorah.

See the Grading Optimization 2023.1 Update News post for more details.

Visit our Grading Optimization video page for more about GO from lots of smart folks.
See my Grading Optimization 2023 Playtime post for some useful GO how-tos and production use hints.

It’s a Civil 3D Update. What’s not to like about that? Way better than any act of Congress passed in August or a sharp stick in the eye.

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