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We proclaim that the Framework for Civil 3D is a Managed System for Autodesk Civil 3D. We famously tell folks, “It’s in there.” Indeed, there are many powerful and useful capabilities included inside the Framework for Civil 3D and our Jump Kit products for Autodesk Civil 3D.

For obvious reasons, product makers tend to talk about their latest hot stuff. We do continuously improve things. Comes and goes with the territory.

This week I received a somewhat arresting question on a call with a potential Jump Kit customer.

Utility Systems in the Framework for Civil 3D

They wanted to know if the Framework for Civil 3D and our products supported multiple utilities other than the classic sanitary, storm, and water systems. Huh? What?
Of course, we do.

Sorry. This fact is hard to ascertain from the website. My bad.

Civil 3D 2023.2 Update and Utility Networks

You see, it wasn’t lost on these perceptive folks that the Civil 3D 2023.2 Update includes the new capability to attach Civil 3D Pipe Structures to Civil 3D Pressure Networks. These folks happen work in the petro patch. Little slips past them. Eheh.


Civil 3D 2023.2 Update Improvements

Ok. Maybe it is a little easy to miss this substantial  goody in the video. It is the last thing mentioned by Autodesk's Ben Wardell - almost like an afterthought. This is not a little thing if we attempt to model many types of utility system networks effectively in Civil 3D.

This newer Civil 3D 2023.2 Update trick allows us to connect any pressure pipe system or even a conduit system to manhole or vault Structures and annotate them quicker. The Network hangs together and survives Structure moves. Hoorah.

Speaking of supplying the details mentioned in the video. In Jump Kit 2023.2, we even supply a complete Subassembly Codes list for the Subassembly Composer. That list includes all the stock Codes so our customers don’t have to perform that silly work themselves. Just sayin’.

In case you missed it…

The Autodesk Civil 3D development team has been hard at work on the Pressure Pipe tools and interfaces for several recent releases. The tools are much improved. The are more robust and more adaptive to other types of utility systems aside from water.


Pressure Pipe Profile Improvements

Civil 3D Pressure Pipes Networks are therefore handy to model both conduit and even wire type utility systems. The other recent Profile enhancements do make checking for system conflicts and resolving the means to avoid interferences much quicker.

The Framework in the Jump Kit products supports the huge list of Utility Systems out there in Civil 3D Land.
My bad for not talking about this a bit more often and in more detail.
See below for the big list of Framework supported Utility Systems.

Systems Matter Most

Our products fully support the NCS 6.0+ Layer Standard and all its many Keys.
See the NCS Key Discipline Relates to Workflows post for details and links to the rest of that important NCS Standards post series.

For all utilities the NCS Layer Key system employs the core concept of System | Structure | Part methodology. The NCS is all about that SYSTEMS approach. This is the practical essence of a BIM approach as well. That certainly applies when that relates to Layer Standards.

Pressure Pipe and Conduit Systems

Pressure Pipe and Conduit Systems are supplied in separate Civil 3D Style tool resource drawing collections in each of the many supported Civil 3D releases of Jump Kit.

The resource collections are Adaptive Building Blocks and may be employed in either classic Civil 3D Template targets or Reference Template (TREF) targets. In other words, we deliver the Civil 3D Styles, Label Styles, and Layer System components in easy to drop in chunks.

The following Utility Systems are supplied with detailed Styles and Label Styles in separate Pressure Pipe Style collection drawings in Jump Kit:

  • Cable Conduit
  • Communications Conduit
  • Electrical Power Conduit
  • Fiber Optic Conduit
  • Fuel Oil
  • Generic Utility
  • Industrial Waste
  • Irrigation Water
  • Landscape Water
  • Natural Gas
  • Recycle Water
  • Sewer
  • Storm
  • Street Lighting Conduit
  • Telephone Conduit
  • Traffic Signal Conduit
  • Water

Utility System Customization

Jump Kit does not include additional Civil 3D Pipe or Pressure Pipe catalog resources.

The Autodesk Plant 3D product (part of the Autodesk AEC Collection) does include additional pipe and part libraries that can be ported to Civil 3D catalogs via the Part Editor and added to Civil 3D Part Lists.
The port method works in all releases of Civil 3D since 2019.
See this link in the Civil 3D Help.
The specific Civil 3D release may be changed in the above link.

Jump Kit’s Deep Utility Resources

Jump Kit does supply basic prototype Network Part Lists.
The Part Lists do need to be customized to fully support the annotative details that the specific Utility System requires.

Jump Kit includes simply awesome Point Style, Point Group, Point Label Style, Description Key Set, and even Figure support for these additional utilities as well.

Jump Kit a hit with those that must perform the As Built survey and documentation work.
The integrated Symbol Set includes Point Styles with a vast array of graphic preferences to match the demands of clients in more jurisdictions more quickly.

Jump Kit includes single line, double line pipe Styles and , if you like, even NCS Key compliant linetypes should you choose to employ them in the Layer System.

Our default Instant On Desktop Layer States allow linetypes to be quickly turned on and off for production work.
The classic AutoCAD Layer State approach allows quicker and easier changes to those details during deliverables production.

All of this Civil 3D customization and integration magic is managed by our famous array of Framework Spreadsheet Tools.

Register, become a site Member. Check out our in-depth and detailed Spreadsheet Tools documentation.

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Hope that helps.

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