Release 8 2018 Details

Release 8 Specific Detailed Changes for Civil 3D 2018

Framework Release 8 2018

Release 8 2018 Detailed Changes and Updates

Last Update 4/2020

Release 8 changes affect all Framework products delivered for:

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018

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Release 8 General Changes

Release 8 2018

AddOns were focused on better customization capability and significant improvements to production and management of mission critical essential tools.

See the Release 8 AddOns page


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Release 8 AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.3

This Release 8 2018.3 Update build is maintenance release with updates to Template files and resources.
Previously released AddOns for 2018 are now included into download packages.

2018.3 Update Compatibility and General Improvement Summary

Release 8 2018 Framework products will not run in previous Civil 3D releases.

The AutoCAD DWG format changed in 2018 - All resource drawings are upgraded to 2018 DWG format.

The Civil 3D object model is new in 2018.3. All resource drawings are upgraded to 2018.3 Civil 3D object model.
All template resources were updated to include 2018.1 General Styles updates and misc. reported fixes.

As guaranteed - previous Release 7 Framework products for 2017 run in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.3.
Technically all previous Release 7 products will upgrade and run in 2018.3 with minor or no issues at all.

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Adaptive Template Block Style Collections 2018.3

  • All previously supplied By Key Style collections were rebuilt and updated to 2018.3 Civil 3D Object Model
  • Added additional Feature Line, Alignment, Profile, and Parcel Style to all By Key resource drawings
  • Added separate detailed Profile and Section Style collection resource drawing
    Includes Profile and Section styles for Key-Based design

Added new Adaptive Block Style Collections Listed By Key in alphabetical order:

  • APRN -     Apron
  • BANK -     Bank
  • BASN -     Basin
  • BASN- BENC -     Basin with Benches
  • BECH -     Beach
  • BENC -     Bench
  • BERM -     Berm
  • BRDG -     Bridge
  • BWTR -     Breakwater
  • CANL -     Canal
  • CHAN -     Channel
  • CHNL -     Drainage Channel
  • DAME -     Earth Dam
  • DIKE -     Dike
  • DIVR -     Diversion Channel
  • DRAN -     Drainage
  • DRED -     Dredge
  • DTCH -     Ditch
  • DTCI -     Irrigation Ditch
  • EMBK -     Embankment
  • FLHA -     Flood Hazard
  • FLOD -     Floodwall
  • HELI -     Heliport
  • JETY -     Jetty
  • LEVE -     Levee
  • OVRN -     Overrun
  • PADS -     Pads
  • POND -     Pond
  • POND- BENC -     Pond with Benching
  • RAMP -     Ramp
  • RIVR -     River
  • RRAP -     Riprap
  • RUNW -     Runway
  • STRC -     Structure
  • SWAY -     Spillway
  • TAXI -     Taxiway
  • TERC -     Terrace
  • UTSD- BASN -     Storm Basin
  • UTSD- POND -     Storm Pond
  • WEIR -     Weir
  • WETL -     Wetlands
  • WHRF -     Wharf

Airfield, Beach Erosion, Flood Control, Waterways, Irrigation Control, and all the typical forms of project earthworks for both design and existing conditions are supplied.

We also included some typical examples of potential Adaptive Building Block task-based mashups in the new collection. If you require more detailed design structures, the Adaptive Building Blocks can be easily combined. For example: your Flood Control project design includes detailed Riprap, Gabion, and Revetment structures and with detailed benching and diversion drainage ditches.

For simpler projects each Adaptive Building Block can all be easily simplified by the basic principal of the deletion of extra unnecessary Styles and/or Layers before assembling them into your Civil 3D Template or Reference Template. Don’t need detailed Area control for your project, purge the Parcel Styles and layers and get to work.

Each Adaptive Building Block includes the appropriate Feature Line, Alignment, Profile, and Parcel based integrated Styles. In other words, if you create a Levee based Corridor the entire integrated collection of warranted Styles is instantly available.
These include the common Styles for design, QAQC, and publication:

  • Appropriate secondary Offset Alignment Styles
  • Appropriate Profile Styles
  • All the matched and detailed Feature Line Styles
  • Typical Area boundaries in both outlined and fill Parcel Styles

The Adaptive Building Block or By Key collection is supplied in addition to the huge Jump Kit Style Library of thousands of project tested production styles. Please note that all previously supplied By Key Style resources have be totally rebuilt and replaced in Release 8. The existing Jump Kit By Key resources are all included but significantly improved for ease of use and now include new capabilities and more Style Tools.

The choice to employ any of the specialty Adaptive Building Block Styles and detail is optional. You can safely mix and match the Framework’s supplied generic Styles with the more detailed and specific Adaptive Building Block Styles in production.

You will spend less time hassling with the Layer details and mechanics in every project during all forms of production design and publication work.

  • The typical NCS annotative Layers are built into each Adaptive Building Block by default.
  • Each Adaptive Building Block also includes integrated and standardized Layer State controls which are easily combined into the Framework’s existing supplied Layer States systems.
  • All the Layer Standard customization including the supplied script resources are integrated into our powerful Spreadsheet Tools
  • All the Layer Property particulars for each and every Adaptive Building Block can be systematically managed by you.

Support for Your Design Methodology of Choice

The new Adaptive Building Block Style collections support both classic Feature Line and Grading object mechanics and workflows.

Out of the box these new Release 8 Adaptive Building Block Style Tools also provide mission critical support for the more powerful Corridor-based workflows now available in more recent releases of Civil 3D.

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Templates and Styles 2018.3

  • All Templates and Assembly resources updated to the 2018.3 Civil 3D Object Model
  • All Style resources were updated to employ the NCS 6 Layer Standard
  • Added Adaptive Template Blocks to the 99_By Keys section of the Jump Kit Styles collections
  • Each supplied Adaptive Template Block resourse drawing includes speciality Layer States for the block
  • All Section and Section View Style collections upgraded to NCS 6.0
  • Updated Civil 3D Object Settings to NCS 6 in all template resources
  • Updated all templates with Style updates

Layer Standards 2018.3

All supplied Layer Standards resources were upgraded to support NCS 6.0 Style Naming conventions employed in all the supplied resources.

By default Release 8 ships in an NCS 6.0 Layer Standards configuration.

  • Added NCS 6 Adaptive Template Block Layer Standards resources and Layer States Scripts for STB
  • Each supplied Adaptive Template Block resourse drawing includes the speciality Layer States for the block
  • Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools and on-line Help files were updated.
  • Complete new builds of all supplied Layer Standards (.dws) resources for both STB and CTB for each supplied Layer Standards.
  • Layer States for Linetypes as supplied are intentionally generic and empty of linetype assignments.
    This default allows any linetype customization.
  • Linetype Layer States are typically included in supplied Layer Standards (.dws) files.
  • All Layer Standards supplied include both STB and CTB Layer Standards resource files.
  • All Layer Standards supplied include a Spreadsheet Tool and rename script resources.
  • Additional new Layer Standards resources are supplied for the new Adaptive Block Style collection resources

NCS 6 Key Changes

  • Corrections to the DAMC, DAME, TOP~ Layer Descriptions
  • Added default color property to RVMT
  • Chanaged DRED and CHAN Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tool Priority value to 1 to differentiate Minor Key colors
  • Added DWSE - Design Water Surface Elevation key
    The new DWSE key is currently not in use in the supplied Layer Standards and Style collections

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Symbol Set 2018.3

  • Complete 2018.3 new build of all symbols and Civil 3D point styles.
    Symbol blocks were previously upgraded to the 2018 DWG format
  • Upgrades to the Symbol Maintenance Spreadsheet Tool and all supplied scripts.

Jump Kit Styles 2018.3

All Style resources were updated to employ the Release 8 NCS 6 Layer Standard by default

  • Added Adaptive Template Blocks to the 99_By Keys section of the Jump Kit Styles collections
  • Each supplied Adaptive Template Block resourse drawing includes speciality Layer States for the block
  • Added separate Profile View and Section View Styles collection resource drawing for the Adaptive Template Blocks style collections
  • Jump Kit and InstantOn Styles Library resource drawings updated to the 2018.3 Civil 3D Object Model
  • All Style resources were updated to employ the NCS 6 Layer Standard
  • Rebuilt all the By Key or Adaptive Template Building Block Style collections
  • All Section and Section View Style collections upgraded to NCS 6.0

Project Datasets 2018.3

Complete 2018.1 new build of project drawings for both the STB and CTB projects.
All project drawings upgraded to the Civil 3D 2018.3 object model and the Release 8 NCS 6.0 layer standard default.

Spreadsheet Tools 2018.3

All on-line Spreadsheet Tools help pages were updated to reflect 2018.3 resource locations and Release 8 AddOn updates

Added a named By Key Sheet for each Adpative Template Block to the Release 8 NCS 60 Layer Standard Spreadsheet Tool for STB

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Release 8 AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.2

This Release 8 2018.2 Update build is maintenance release with updates to Template files and resources.
Previously released AddOns for 2018 are now included into download packages.

2018.2 Update Compatibility and General Improvement Summary

Release 8 2018 Framework products will not run in previous Civil 3D releases.

The AutoCAD DWG format changed in 2018 - All resource drawings are upgraded to 2018 DWG format.

The Civil 3D object model is new in 2018.2. All resource drawings are upgraded to 2018.2 Civil 3D object model.
All template resources were updated to include 2018.1 General Styles updates and misc. reported fixes.

As guaranteed - previous Release 7 Framework products for 2017 run in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018.2.
Technically all previous Release 7 products will upgrade and run in 2018.2 with minor or no issues at all.

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Adaptive Template Block Style Collections 2018.2

  • All previously supplied By Key Style collections were rebuilt and updated to 2018.2 Civil 3D Object Model
  • Added additional Feature Line, Alignment, Profile, and Parcel Style to all By Key resource drawings
  • Added separate detailed Profile and Section Style collection resource drawing
    Includes Profile and Section styles for Key-Based design

Added new Adaptive Block Style Collections Listed By Key in alphabetical order:

  • APRN -     Apron
  • BANK -     Bank
  • BASN -     Basin
  • BASN- BENC -     Basin with Benches
  • BECH -     Beach
  • BENC -     Bench
  • BERM -     Berm
  • BRDG -     Bridge
  • BWTR -     Breakwater
  • CANL -     Canal
  • CHAN -     Channel
  • CHNL -     Drainage Channel
  • DAME -     Earth Dam
  • DIKE -     Dike
  • DIVR -     Diversion Channel
  • DRAN -     Drainage
  • DRED -     Dredge
  • DTCH -     Ditch
  • DTCI -     Irrigation Ditch
  • EMBK -     Embankment
  • FLHA -     Flood Hazard
  • FLOD -     Floodwall
  • HELI -     Heliport
  • JETY -     Jetty
  • LEVE -     Levee
  • OVRN -     Overrun
  • PADS -     Pads
  • POND -     Pond
  • POND- BENC -     Pond with Benching
  • RAMP -     Ramp
  • RIVR -     River
  • RRAP -     Riprap
  • RUNW -     Runway
  • STRC -     Structure
  • SWAY -     Spillway
  • TAXI -     Taxiway
  • TERC -     Terrace
  • UTSD- BASN -     Storm Basin
  • UTSD- POND -     Storm Pond
  • WEIR -     Weir
  • WETL -     Wetlands
  • WHRF -     Wharf

Airfield, Beach Erosion, Flood Control, Waterways, Irrigation Control, and all the typical forms of project earthworks for both design and existing conditions are supplied.

We also included some typical examples of potential Adaptive Building Block task-based mashups in the new collection. If you require more detailed design structures, the Adaptive Building Blocks can be easily combined. For example: your Flood Control project design includes detailed Riprap, Gabion, and Revetment structures and with detailed benching and diversion drainage ditches.

For simpler projects each Adaptive Building Block can all be easily simplified by the basic principal of the deletion of extra unnecessary Styles and/or Layers before assembling them into your Civil 3D Template or Reference Template. Don’t need detailed Area control for your project, purge the Parcel Styles and layers and get to work.

Each Adaptive Building Block includes the appropriate Feature Line, Alignment, Profile, and Parcel based integrated Styles. In other words, if you create a Levee based Corridor the entire integrated collection of warranted Styles is instantly available.
These include the common Styles for design, QAQC, and publication:

  • Appropriate secondary Offset Alignment Styles
  • Appropriate Profile Styles
  • All the matched and detailed Feature Line Styles
  • Typical Area boundaries in both outlined and fill Parcel Styles

The Adaptive Building Block or By Key collection is supplied in addition to the huge Jump Kit Style Library of thousands of project tested production styles. Please note that all previously supplied By Key Style resources have be totally rebuilt and replaced in Release 8. The existing Jump Kit By Key resources are all included but significantly improved for ease of use and now include new capabilities and more Style Tools.

The choice to employ any of the specialty Adaptive Building Block Styles and detail is optional. You can safely mix and match the Framework’s supplied generic Styles with the more detailed and specific Adaptive Building Block Styles in production.

You will spend less time hassling with the Layer details and mechanics in every project during all forms of production design and publication work.

  • The typical NCS annotative Layers are built into each Adaptive Building Block by default.
  • Each Adaptive Building Block also includes integrated and standardized Layer State controls which are easily combined into the Framework’s existing supplied Layer States systems.
  • All the Layer Standard customization including the supplied script resources are integrated into our powerful Spreadsheet Tools
  • All the Layer Property particulars for each and every Adaptive Building Block can be systematically managed by you.

Support for Your Design Methodology of Choice

The new Adaptive Building Block Style collections support both classic Feature Line and Grading object mechanics and workflows.

Out of the box these new Release 8 Adaptive Building Block Style Tools also provide mission critical support for the more powerful Corridor-based workflows now available in more recent releases of Civil 3D.

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Templates and Styles 2018.2

  • All Templates and Assembly resources updated to the 2018.2 Civil 3D Object Model
  • All Style resources were updated to employ the NCS 6 Layer Standard
  • Added Adaptive Template Blocks to the 99_By Keys section of the Jump Kit Styles collections
  • Each supplied Adaptive Template Block resourse drawing includes speciality Layer States for the block
  • All Section and Section View Style collections upgraded to NCS 6.0
  • Updated Civil 3D Object Settings to NCS 6 in all template resources
  • Updated all templates with Style updates

Layer Standards 2018.2

All supplied Layer Standards resources were upgraded to support NCS 6.0 Style Naming conventions employed in all the supplied resources.

By default Release 8 ships in an NCS 6.0 Layer Standards configuration.

  • Added NCS 6 Adaptive Template Block Layer Standards resources and Layer States Scripts for STB
  • Each supplied Adaptive Template Block resourse drawing includes the speciality Layer States for the block
  • Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools and on-line Help files were updated.
  • Complete new builds of all supplied Layer Standards (.dws) resources for both STB and CTB for each supplied Layer Standards.
  • Layer States for Linetypes as supplied are intentionally generic and empty of linetype assignments.
    This default allows any linetype customization.
  • Linetype Layer States are typically included in supplied Layer Standards (.dws) files.
  • All Layer Standards supplied include both STB and CTB Layer Standards resource files.
  • All Layer Standards supplied include a Spreadsheet Tool and rename script resources.
  • Additional new Layer Standards resources are supplied for the new Adaptive Block Style collection resources

NCS 6 Key Changes

  • Corrections to the DAMC, DAME, TOP~ Layer Descriptions
  • Added default color property to RVMT
  • Chanaged DRED and CHAN Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tool Priority value to 1 to differentiate Minor Key colors
  • Added DWSE - Design Water Surface Elevation key
    The new DWSE key is currently not in use in the supplied Layer Standards and Style collections

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Symbol Set 2018.2

  • Complete 2018.2 new build of all symbols and Civil 3D point styles.
    Symbol blocks were previously upgraded to the 2018 DWG format
  • Upgrades to the Symbol Maintenance Spreadsheet Tool and all supplied scripts.

Jump Kit Styles 2018.2

All Style resources were updated to employ the Release 8 NCS 6 Layer Standard by default

  • Added Adaptive Template Blocks to the 99_By Keys section of the Jump Kit Styles collections
  • Each supplied Adaptive Template Block resourse drawing includes speciality Layer States for the block
  • Added separate Profile View and Section View Styles collection resource drawing for the Adaptive Template Blocks style collections
  • Jump Kit and InstantOn Styles Library resource drawings updated to the 2018.2 Civil 3D Object Model
  • All Style resources were updated to employ the NCS 6 Layer Standard
  • Rebuilt all the By Key or Adaptive Template Building Block Style collections
  • All Section and Section View Style collections upgraded to NCS 6.0

Project Datasets 2018.2

Complete 2018.1 new build of project drawings for both the STB and CTB projects.
All project drawings upgraded to the Civil 3D 2018.2 object model and the Release 8 NCS 6.0 layer standard default.

Spreadsheet Tools 2018.2

All on-line Spreadsheet Tools help pages were updated to reflect 2018.2 resource locations and Release 8 AddOn updates

Added a named By Key Sheet for each Adpative Template Block to the Release 8 NCS 60 Layer Standard Spreadsheet Tool for STB

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