We learn fairly quickly that when we open a raw AutoCAD dwg or dwt file in Civil 3D, the software code injects the core components of the Civil 3D data behind into that dwg or dwt. Symptomatically, we end up with a collection of code-built Standard styles unless we feed Civil 3D a template with a Style collection. If we customize Civil 3D, we learn rapidly not to…Read more
One great advantage of Style-based software is the simultaneous increased consistency and flexibility that Style brings to the table. These days given the will and the skill you can make a Civil 3D Style, Civil 3D Label Style, or Civil 3D Label Set do almost anything a user could think of with the Civil 3D data behind.
The downside to this abstraction of a complex set…Read more
There is no doubt that the increased complexity of Civil 3D Point Display Resolution has been a good news and bad news problem since the initial release. In a tongue and cheek fashion I like to tell people that Autodesk lied to us from the get go. They named things in the Civil 3D Ribbons to make us believe the objects we are dealing with are something like the old school CAD objects…Read more
The highways and byways of America are littered with customized Civil 3D templates and Civil 3D Styles that fail. They won’t cut the mustard on my big-stack pastrami Rueben. Tools that don’t stand and pass the workday muster are like growing up believing that kosher pickles are supposed to be limp and soggy things. Ok, this deli food metaphor is getting out of hand. Nasty.
It’s sad. We don’t…Read more
Department of Public Works agencies employ the Framework for Civil 3D for countless reasons. Public Works Directors, Assistant Public Works Directors, and their staff from all over say the choice simply makes sense.
Our customers today include public works departments in major metros; well-known counties, townships, and parishes; and certainly a host of smaller public works…Read more