Release 8 2019 Details

Release 8 Specific Detailed Changes for Civil 3D 2019

Framework Release 8 2019

Release 8 2019 Detailed Changes and Updates

Last Update 4/2020

Release 8 changes affect all Framework products delivered for:

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2019

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Release 8 General Changes

Release 8 2019

Release 8 AddOns

Previous Release 7 Layer Standards compatibility and other AddOns are also included here

AddOns and specifically no Spreadsheet Tools are not supplied with Templates Only trial products.

The following Release 7 AddOns are listed and linked below to the Release 7 Details page

AddOns and specifically no Spreadsheet Tools are not supplied with Templates Only trial products.


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Release 8 Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.3

The Release 8 for 2019.3 is a significant upgrade and maintenance release for Release 8 customers.
By default Release 8 ships in the NCS 6.0+ Layer scheme and does include Adaptive Layer and Linetype Standards support for NCS 6.0 and AIA utilities and backwards compatibility to NCS 5.0+.
Jump Kit library resources from Release 8 can be migrated back to Release 7 with Layer script adjustments.
Jump Kit library resources from Release 8 can be employed in Civil 3D 2019.2+ and Civil 3D 2018.3+.

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

See the Release 8 AddOns list.

Compatibility and General Improvement Summary

Release 8 2019.3 Framework products will run in Civil 3D 2018-2019 but will not run in previous Civil 3D releases.
Some Civil 3D program functionalty is lost with the use in older Civil 3D 2019 and 2018 releases.

The AutoCAD DWG changes in 2019.3 - All resource drawings are upgraded to the 2018 DWG format.

The Civil 3D object model is not specifically new in 2019.3. All resource drawings are upgraded.

The Release 8 for Civil 3D 2019.3 changes are focused on added new Style resources, Style fixes, updated product documentation, and support resources.

Jump Kit library resources from Release 8 can be migrated back to Release 7 with Layer script adjustments.
Jump Kit library resources from Release 8 can be employed in Civil 3D 2019.2+ and Civil 3D 2018.3+.

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Templates and Styles 2019.3

Significant improved Label Styles support for Profile Views, Section Views, Pipe, and Pressure Pipe systems.
Pipe systems Label Style parent child relationships are easier to manage and more consistent.

General Updates

  • All templates updated to 2019.3 Civil 3D Object Model
  • Minor fixes and updated based on customer feedback
  • Civil 3D Project Template examples - see the included readme

Reference Template Resources

New complete rebuild of the supplied Reference Template example resources.
Reference Template Resources are in addition to classic Civil 3D template resources.
Supplied examples employ the supplied Design and Survey template resources based on a Shared resources common setup.

  • All Reference Template resource drawings and templates updated to 2019.3 Civil 3D Object Model
  • Both STB and CTB detailed example Reference Template resources and templates are supplied
  • Basic Object Settings examples for Sewer and Storm supplied
  • Removed some confusing Reference Template resources examples based on customer feedback

General Marker Styles

  • Display System adjustments to appropriate Marker Styles for new linear Alignment Marker components

Profile Views and Section Views

A significant upgrade to Label Styles for the View Features that include new name conventions

  • There are new Name conventions for the Profile View and Section View Crossing Label Styles
  • Added Profile View Crossing Label Styles in Insertion, Bottom Up and Top Down formats
    Currently Profile View Crossing Label Styles are only supported in Civil 3D 2019.2+
  • All Section View resources were rebuilt for Civil 3D 2018.3+
  • Added Section View Crossing Label Styles in Insertion, Bottom Up and Top Down formats
    Currently Section View Crossing Label Styles are supported in Civil 3D 2018.3+
  • Additional new Library Profile and Section View Crossing drawing resources

Pipe Network Styles

IOB Pipe Network resource drawing now includes Sewer, Storm and Water systems - OLD version retained

Pipe Network resource drawing now including all new and updated utility systems - OLD version retained

There are new separate library utility systems resource drawings supplied

  • Updated and fixed broken Parts List in the separate Sewer, Storm, and Water Network supplied resources
  • Renamed separate Sewer, Storm, and Water Network supplied resources to generic names
  • Validated and checked all updates back to Civil 3D 2018.3 and Civil 3D 2019.2

Pipe Styles and Label Styles

IOB Pipe Labels resource drawing now includes Sewer, Storm and Water systems

Pipe Labels resource drawing now including all new and updated utility systems

All duplicate Pipe Label Styles removed from some InstantOn resources for consistency so you can load only what you need from the Jump Kit Library resources.

There are new separate Sewer, Storm, and Water Gravity Pipe System resource drawings supplied that exclude the other systems. The new resource collections are Adaptive Building Blocks for gravity systems and may be employed in either classic Civil 3D template targets or Reference Template Tool template targets.

  • There are new Name conventions for the Pipes Plan Profile, Crossing Section, and Profile Crossing Label Styles
  • In-depth support for Sewer, Storm, and Water gravity systems
  • Removed old Flow Rate Expressions and references from Pipe Label Style collections
  • Added many Plan Profile Labels with Center to Center and Inside Edges lengths
    A variety of Pipe Details are supplied with and without Flow Rate included are new NOPLOT configurations
  • Plan Profile Labels are supplied in both Feature Anchor and Stacked configurations
  • Added Pipes Crossing Section Label Styles in Insertion, Bottom Up and Top Down formats
    A variety of Pipe Details are supplied included are new NOPLOT configurations
  • Added Pipes Crossing Profile Label Styles in Insertion, Bottom Up and Top Down formats
    A variety of Pipe Details are supplied included are new NOPLOT configurations
  • Additional new Library drawing resources separated by Sewer, Storm, and Water system

Structure Styles and Label Styles

IOB Structures resource drawing now includes Sewer, Storm and Water systems - OLD version retained

Structure resource drawing now including all new and updated utility systems - OLD version retained

There are new separate library utility systems resource drawings supplied

  • All Styles updated for consistency - Style Definitions did not change significantly

  • All Label Styles parents upgraded to new utility name conventions
  • All Label Styles updated for consistency

Pressure Pipe and Conduit Systems

Pressure Pipe and Conduit Systems are supplied in separate resource drawing collections. The new resource collections are Adaptive Building Blocks and may be employed in either classic Civil 3D template targets or Reference Template Tool template targets.

The following Systems are supplied with detailed Style and Label Styles:

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

Note the Conduit systems may be easily employed as simple cable systems with minor modifications.

Pressure Pipe Network Styles

Prototype Parts Lists are supplied with connections to all stock Pressure Pipe catalogs.

Supplied system resources are updated with the appropriate new Pressure Pipe Label Styles.

  • Removed all duplicate and/or updated Label Styles from supplied resources
  • New Prototype Parts List resource with connections to all stock databases
  • Renamed separate supplied resources to generic names
  • Validated and checked all updates back to Civil 3D 2018.3 and Civil 3D 2019.2

Pressure Pipe Styles

Upgraded the existing supplied Pressure Pipe Styles to conform to similiar Pipe Style standards for consistency of resolution and behavior.

Typical Pressure Pipe Styles include Crossing, Double Line Filled, Double Line, Single Line and Walls configurations.

In older Civil 3D 2018.3 and Civil 3D 2019.2 the resolved display of some Pressure Pipe Style components may vary.

  • Added new Crossing Pressure Pipe Styles for piping and conduit systems
    These display only the Outer Pipe Walls in Profile and Section Views.
  • Fixes to existing Pressure Pipe Styles of Display components
    Removed the display of Pipe Hatching in Section Views per user requests.
  • Updates and corrections to Pressure Pipe Style Descriptions

Pressure Pipe Label Styles

All duplicate Pressure Pipe Label Styles removed from some InstantOn resources for consistency so you can load only what you need from the Jump Kit Library resources.

There are new separate Pressure Pipe and Conduit System resource drawings supplied that exclude the other systems. The new resource collections are Adaptive Building Blocks for pressure pipe and conduit systems and may be employed in either classic Civil 3D template targets or Reference Template Tool template targets.

Reference Alignments do not currently resolve in Pressure Pipe Crossing Section Label Styles.

  • There are new Name conventions for the Pressure Pipes Plan Profile, Crossing Section, and Profile Crossing Label Styles
  • In-depth support for Pressure Pipe and Conduit Systems
  • Renamed Pressure Pipe Plan Profile Labels
    A variety of Pressure Pipe Details are supplied with new NOPLOT configurations
  • Pressure Pipe Plan Profile Labels are supplied in both Feature Anchor and Stacked configurations
  • Added Pressure Pipes Crossing Section Label Styles in Insertion, Bottom Up and Top Down formats
    A variety of Pressure Pipe Details are supplied included are new NOPLOT configurations
  • Added Pressure Pipes Crossing Profile Label Styles in Insertion, Bottom Up and Top Down formats
    A variety of Pressure Pipe Details are supplied included are new NOPLOT configurations
  • Additional new Library drawing resources separated by Pressure Pipe and Conduit System

Pressure Fitting Styles and Label Styles

IOB Fittings resource drawing now includes only Water systems by default - OLD version retained

Fittings resource drawing now including all new and updated utility systems - OLD version retained

There are new separate library utility systems resource drawings supplied

  • All Styles updated for consistency - Style Definitions did not change significantly

  • All Label Styles parents upgraded to new utility name conventions
  • All Label Styles updated for consistency

Pressure Appurtenance Styles and Label Styles

IOB Appurtenance resource drawing now includes only Water systems by default - OLD version retained

Appurtenance resource drawing now including all new and updated utility systems - OLD version retained

There are new separate library utility systems resource drawings supplied

  • All Styles updated for consistency - Style Definitions did not change significantly

  • All Label Styles parents upgraded to new utility name conventions
  • All Label Styles updated for consistency

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Symbol Set 2019.3

Complete 2019.3 new build of all Civil 3D point styles.
Symbol blocks upgraded to the 2018 DWG format

Upgrades to the Symbol Maintenance Spreadsheet Tool and all supplied scripts.

Jump Kit Styles 2019.3

Complete 2019.3 new build of all Civil 3D Styles.
Resource drawings upgraded to the Civil 3D 2019.3 object model.

Significant improved Label Styles support for Profile Views, Section Views, Pipes, and Pressure Pipes.
Improved separation by utility system of Label Style collection resources for Pipes and Pressure Pipes.
Pipe systems Label Style parent child relationships are easier to manage and more consistent.

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Assemblies 2019.3

The Release 8 for Civil 3D 2019.3 ships with 2019.3 updates to the Release 8 Assembly resources.

Complete 2019.3 new build of all Civil 3D Assemblies.
All resource drawings upgraded to the Civil 3D 2019.3 object model.

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Project Datasets 2019.3

The Release 8 for Civil 3D 2019.3 ships with 2019.3 updates to the Release 8 Project Dataset resources.

Complete 2019.3 new build of project drawings for both the STB and CTB projects.

Reference Templates in Projects

The new project resources allow you to update all the content with changes to the supplied Reference Template resource files.

To update project Reference Template in supplied drawings in the Reference Template Tool you should remove the existing template Update, Purge Styles, and then the Add a new Reference Template.
Pay careful attention to the source folders of the Reference Templates in the stack. The Referenece Template Tool currently does not support relative paths.

  • Single file Project-based Reference Templates are employed
    The InstantOn resources include separate examples with multiple Referenece Template drawing resources.
  • Reference Template is in the project's ..\00_Resources\Templates\Reference folder
  • Projects intentionally employ generic names for the Reference Template resource
  • Both CTB and STB versions of the standard Design and Survey templates are supplied in the ..\00_Resources\Templates\Reference folder

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Spreadsheet Tools 2019.3

All on-line Spreadsheet Tools help pages were updated to reflect 2019.3 resource locations and Release 8 AddOn updates

Help On-line

  • See on-line help pages for updated Layer States and Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools documentation.
    New Layer Standards Help sections include the above listed Layer Standards resources.
  • See the other updated Spreadsheet Tools documentation. That contains:
    • New Adaptive Linetype Standards Tools documentation.
    • Updated Survey Codes Tool documentation.
    • Updated Description Key Set Tool documentation.
    • Updated Figure Db Tool documentation.

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Release 8 AutoCAD Civil 3D 2019.2

The Release 8 for 2019.2 has been a work in progress for many months.

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

See the Release 8 AddOns list for updates.

Compatibility and General Improvement Summary

Release 8 2019.2 Framework products will run in Civil 3D 2018 but will not run in previous Civil 3D releases.

The AutoCAD DWG changes in 2019 - All resource drawings are upgraded to the 2018 DWG format.

The Civil 3D object model is again new in 2019.2 as it was in 2018. All resource drawings are upgraded.

The Release 8 for Civil 3D 2019.2 changes are focused on Layer Standards adaptability, improved Key Systems, and new Adaptive Block Style Collections.

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Adaptive Template Block Style Collections 2019.2

  • All previously supplied By Key Style collections were rebuilt and updated to 2019.2 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 2019.2

Adaptive Template Blocks

  • 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
  • Added Profile View Crossing Label Styles in both Insertion and Top Down formats
    There are new Name conventions for the Crossing Label Styles.

General Template Updates

  • All templates updated to 2019.2 Civil 3D Object Model
  • Added separate Profile View and Section View Styles collection resource drawing for the Adaptive Template Blocks style collections
  • Added Profile View Crossing Label Styles in both Insertion and Top Down formats
    There are new Name conventions for the Crossing Label Styles.
  • All Section and Section View Style collections upgraded to NCS 6.0
  • Minor fixes and updated based on customer feedback
  • Updated Civil 3D Object Settings to NCS 6 in all template resources
  • Updated all supplied Templates with Style updates

Other Template Updates

  • Added Civil 3D Project Template examples - see the included readme
  • Added improved example Reference Template resources for both STB and CTB
  • The supplied Project Datasets now employ Reference Template attachments by default

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Layer Standards 2019.2

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 2019.2

Complete 2019.2 new build of all symbols and Civil 3D point styles.
Symbol blocks upgraded to the 2018 DWG format

Upgrades to the Symbol Maintenance Spreadsheet Tool and all supplied scripts.

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Jump Kit Styles 2019.2

Complete 2019.2 new build of all Civil 3D Styles.
Resource drawings upgraded to the 2018 DWG format and Civil 3D 2019.2 object model.

  • 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 Profile View Crossing Label Styles in both Insertion and Top Down formats
    There are new Name conventions for the Crossing Label Styles.
  • All Section and Section View Style collections upgraded to NCS 6.0
  • Minor error and omission fixes based on customer reported issues.
  • Style library supports use of library resource drawings in Civil 3D Reference Templates
    See Site collections section of the library for specific task-based design Style resource drawings.
  • New Styles to better support Plan and Profile Point Label Styles
  • Updates to Reference Labels for Alignments

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Assemblies 2019.2

The Release 8 for Civil 3D 2019.2 ships with 2019.2 updates to the Release 8 Assembly resources.

Complete 2019.2 new build of all Civil 3D Assemblies.
All resource drawings upgraded to the 2018 DWG format and Civil 3D 2019.2 object model.

The supplied default Assemblies Tool Palette Content library was updated for 2019.2 and is included.

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Project Datasets 2019.2

Reference Template Updates

The new 2019.2 Project Dataset resources by default employ single Reference Templates where appropriate.
The attachments reference either Design or Survey resource dwgs from the project's ..\00_Resources\Templates\Reference folder.

  • The Release 8 for Civil 3D 2019.2 ships with 2019.2 updates to the Release 8 Project Dataset resources.
  • Complete 2019.2 new build of project drawings for both the STB and CTB projects.
    All project drawings upgraded to the 2018 DWG format, Civil 3D 2019.2 object model, and upgraded Release 8 2019.2 Styles.

Rehab Corridor Examples for STB

  • Example Rehab Corridor drawings to a new ..10_Model\Road_Rehab_Pr\ folder.
    Include are single lane, double lane, double lane staged, and full intersection example drawings and data resources

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Spreadsheet Tools 2019.2

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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