Release 8 AddOns Details

Release 8 AddOns Specific Detailed Changes for Civil 3D

Framework Release 8 AddOns

Release 8 AddOns Detailed Changes and Updates

Last Update 4/2020

Release 8 AddOn changes affect all Framework products delivered for multiple releases

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Release 8 AddOns

The following Framework for Civil 3D AddOns were released to add functionality and new or updated Spreadsheet Tools to Release 8.
Release 7 compatability AddOns are included here for consistency.
Links to blog posts are included to clarify and summarize the capabilities in each AddOn.

Many of these AddOns are documented in detail in the Members>>Documentation and Help>>Spreadsheet Tools section of the website.

Label Style Expression Set AddOns are documented in detail in the Members>>Documentation and Help>>Labels in Civil 3D section of the website.


Surface Style AddOns

5/2021

New and rebuilt Surface Style collections are supplied.
Most of the supplied additions and fixes were based on customer requests.
A minor update to this AddOn was released to fix a minor Surface Style name issue.

New Screening versions of Surface Styles are supplied to facilitate better and improved publication of Surfaces and Label Annotation.
The new Screening Surface Style tools work in both STB and CTB for all types of Civil 3D Surface models that produce Elevation Ranges.

Style Compatibility

The new and improved Surface Style Tools will be integrated into upcoming future builds of the Framework for Civil 3D 2022, Civil 3D 2021.2+, and Civil 3D 2020.5+.

All the supplied Style Tools should be backwards compatible with earlier Framework for Civil 3D 2019 and Civil 3D 2018 versions.
Most of the Layers assigned in Styles agree with earlier released Framework for Civil 3D Release 7 NCS versions.

Surface Style Collections include:

  • Rebuild of all previously supplied Surface Styles
    Corrections to Style names and Surface Style property fixes and updates
  • Rebuild of all previously supplied Thematic Surface Styles
    Minor consistency corrections to a few Surface Style properties
  • Updates and fixes to all previously supplied Surface Style Descriptions
  • A new Screened Surface Style collection of Existing, Proposed, and No Plot Contours at multiple Contour intervals
    A new Surface Style is also supplied that only produces Screening of any objects below the surface.
  • A new Screened Thematic Surface Style collection of Proposed Contours at multiple intervals and as Triangles are supplied
    All versions of the previously supplied Surface Thematic Style are supplied with Screening.
  • Renamed copies of old Surface Style resource files and Style Tool contents are supplied for consistency

Surface Style Collection Details

Screening is produced with a single Elevation Pastel Range and a 0% Screening plotstyle assigned to the NCS Design TINN-VIEW layer.

The supplied Screening Styles when employed in CTB require an Elevation analysis is run.
Color 240+ should be assigned to the single Range result to conform to and produce screening with the supplied CTB file resources.

The produced screening effect from the Surface is AutoCAD Display Order dependent.

New supplied Styles employ the classic NCS "C-", "V-", and "G-" Discipline Codes for Layer assignments
The supplied Layer Standards resources include potential support for other NCS official Disciplines which may be applicable for these Styles.

See the Surface Style AddOns post.


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Point Offset Label Style AddOns

4/2021

The Point Offset Label Style AddOn is a major addition of integrated Label Style Expression Set resources and matched Label Style Library resources for the Framework for Civil 3D.
The Point Offset Label Style AddOn supports multiple forms of scaled Offset Label Style display in the NCS 6 and AIA flavors of the Jump Kit product.
The new Style Library additions include: Current Layer, Existing, Proposed, and No plot conditions with 8 Levels of offset and in 8 forms of rotation.

The Expressions Sets included in Point Offset Label Style AddOns conform to Label Style Expression Set standards for consistency.

See the Point Offset Label Style AddOns post.


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Spot Label Style AddOns

2/2021

The Spot Label Style AddOn is a major addition of integrated Label Style Expression Set resources and matched Label Style Library resources for the Framework for Civil 3D.
The Spot Label Style AddOn supports multiple forms of Label Style Elevation display truncation in the NCS 6 and AIA flavors of the Jump Kit product.
The new Style Library additions include: Current Layer, Existing, Proposed, and No plot conditions with multiple forms of variable and fixed truncation; tenths and hundredths precision display; 8 forms of rotation; 4 forms of Height of adjustments, and Multiple (Reference) Surface Spot Elevations with and without truncation.

2/2021

The Expressions Sets included in Spot Label Style AddOns conform to Label Style Expression Set standards for consistency.

See the Spot Label Style AddOns post.


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Contour Label Style AddOns

12/2020

The Contour Label Style AddOn is a major addition of integrated Label Style Expression Set resources and matched Label Style Library resources for the Framework for Civil 3D.
The Contour Label Style AddOn supports multiple forms of Label Style Elevation display truncation in the NCS 6 and AIA flavors of the Jump Kit product.
The new Style Library additions include: Existing, Proposed, and No plot conditions with 8 forms of truncation, 4 forms of Borders, and tenths and hundredths precision display for differential and User contours.

1/2021

The Expressions Sets included in Contour Label Style AddOns were updated to conform to future Label Style Expression Set standards for consistency.

See the Contour Label Style AddOns post.

See the Civil 3D Contour Labels Unleashed post for video reviews and support.


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Release 8 Keys and Figures AddOn

6/2020

The latest Keys and Figures AddOn is a major upgrade to the previously included Description Key Spreadsheet Tools, Figure Prefix Db Spreadsheet Tools, and supplied resources.
The Keys and Figures AddOn brings the latest Framework for Civil 3D 2021 improvements as upgrades to the Framework for Civil 3D 2020 products.

See the Release 8 Autodesk Civil 3D 2021 for details and specifics.

See the Release 8 Keys and Figures AddOn post.


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Civil 3D Codes AddOn

2/2020

The latest Codes AddOn is a major upgrade to the previously included Survey Codes Spreadsheet Tool.
We upgraded and changed the official name to the Civil 3D Codes Spreadsheet Tool due to the increased level of in-depth support for Design centric Codes in the tool.

The Codes Tool is employed to systematically manage the Codes, the key Format column properties, and produce filtered production lists of Codes for other
Framework for Civil 3D Spreadsheet Tools including:

  • Description Key Set Tool – integrated with Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools
  • Survey Figure Prefix Db Tool – integrated with Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools
  • Survey Query Tool
  • Corridor Points Coded Translation Output

Codes Tool Improvements

  • Thousands of new integrated NCS 6.0 compliant Codes
  • Numerous new Not Key Codes collections
  • Complimentary and integrated BESTWay Figures collections
  • An improved new BESTWay pattern that by default includes Centers, Crowns, and Flowlines.
  • Integrated Code support for the supplied Adaptive Building Block Style collections
  • Deeper and more detailed Sort and Filter columns
  • Example Output Sheets

Detailed and updated help and documentation for the new Civil 3D Codes Spreadsheet Tool and usage is available in the Members section.

See the Better Civil 3D Codes to Cry For post for many new details and list of features.

New builds of product may, and usually will, include updated versions of the Civil 3D Codes Spreadsheet Tool.


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Linetype Standards AddOn

7/2019

This is a new set of Spreadsheet Tools for all Framework for Civil 3D Release versions.

The new Linetype Spreadsheet Tools allow users to more easily rename, manage, and customize the Framework's Linetype resources in complete detail.
Includes matched sets of Linetype Standards Tools for NCS 5.0, NCS 6.0, and NCS 6 AIA building project utility Layer schemes.
The Adaptive Linetypes AddOn for Civil 3D
The AddOn supplies updated Framework Spreadsheet Tools to produce rename and purge scripts for:

  • NCS 5.0 name convention
  • NCS 6.0 name conventions for both NCS 6 and NCS 6 AIA building project utility Layer scheme

See the new Linetype Standards Tools on-line help page for details and usage instructions.


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Layer Standards 8 Survey AddOn

5/2019

An optional replacement for the NewKeyS sheet to reduce Survey linework lineweights for many layers - See the Layer Standards 8 Survey AddOn post

A seperate set of NCS Key to color assigments is included in an Excel file. Many Survey layser default to last digit 1 colors and Thin or Thin Screened plotstyles.


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Layer Standards Tools Release 7 NCS 5 Update

12/2018

The Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tool files for Release 7 NCS 5 were updated - See the Layer Standards Tools Release 7 NCS 5 Update post

The Update replaces improperly named Excel files with the correct versions of both older and new NCS 5.0 Spreadsheet Tools


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R8 Codes Points and Figures Tools AddOn

10/2018

This is a new set of Spreadsheet Tools for all Release 7+ versions of Survey Codes, NCS 6 Description Key Sets, and NCS 6 Figure PrefixDb Tools.

The new Spreadsheet Tools allow users to more easily customize the Framework's survey codes, points, and figures in complete detail.
Includes matched pairs of Description Key Set Tools and Figure Db Tools for both NCS 6 Utility Layers and NCS 6 AIA classic Utility Layers.
Release 8 Codes Points and Figures for NCS 6 AddOn
The AddOn supplies updated Framework Spreadsheet Tools for:

  • Survey Codes Tool
  • Description Key Set Tools for both NCS 6 and NCS 6 AIA classic utility layers
  • Figure Db Tools for both NCS 6 and NCS 6 AIA classic utility layers

Survey Codes Tool

The Survey Codes Tool produces Code lists for use in the Description Key Set Tool, Figure Db Tool, and Survey Queries Tool.

Additional new Survey Codes are included for:

  • Traffic signaling with code support for pole, sized-masts, and head assemblies
  • Street lighting with code support for pole, sized-masts
  • Additional sized utility vaults

The new version of the Survey Codes Tool supports:

  • Easier point code and figure testing
  • Additional built in Filter columns
  • Better testing of complex Codes including more powerful and complex Not Keys and BESTWay type survey point code and figure patterns and structures.
  • Ability to test, compare and optionally force Survey Code translations
  • Improved and easier to use Survey Code match list and Translator Key Set construction
  • New Reverse Translator Key Set is now automatically produced

Description Key Set Tools:

  • Include New Description Key Set creation sheets with both Layer and Point Style picklists.
    The latest NCS 6.0 DOD compliant Layers list is employed.
  • Fast Copy and Paste Key Set construction
  • Test and validate Layers where that applies
  • Test and validate Point Styles where that applies
  • Built-in Description Key Set PDF documentation capability
  • AIA versions is updated
  • All Description Key Set PDF files are supplied

Figure Db Tools:

  • Include New Figure Db records creation sheets with both Layer and Figure Style picklists
    The latest NCS 6.0 DOD compliant Layers list is employed.
  • Fast Copy and Paste Figure details construction
  • Built-in Breakline and Lot Line data validation
  • Test and validate Layers where that applies
  • Test and validate Figure Styles where that applies
  • AIA versions is updated
  • All Figure Prefix DBs files and individual record lists are supplied

Minor adjustments were made to Key layer assignments. See the documentation PDF supplied with the download for the details.


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Release 8 Layer Standards NCS 6 AddOn

9/2018

This is a new set of Release 7 to Release 8 Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools for both STB and CTB that supports the NCS 6.0 Layer scheme.

These new Layer Standards support Layer Standards compatibility with the DOD (Dept of Defense) and US Army Corp Layer Standards

The new Spreadsheet Tools allow users to more easily customize the Framework's Layer system in complete detail.
Includes Rename and Reset Rename scripts and example Layer Standards files in .dwg format.
Release 8 Layer Standards NCS 6 AddOn
The AddOn introduction post contains the details. In brief:

  • Easy single command forward and back conversion of the Release 7 NCS 5.0 Layers and Key system to the NCS 6.0 Key system and Layer scheme
  • Rename and Reset Rename script resource files are supplied
  • Complete in detail script resources are supplied
  • Layer Standards files are supplied in the .dwg format for both STB and CTB
  • Key resources are now supplied for all the NCS 6.0 official Disciplines
    This allows for the quicker addition of other NCS Discipline and specialty Layers
  • Fully customizable STB and CTB Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools included
    The supplied Tools also produce the many, user-friendly Layer States to manage the Layer system in production
  • Full support for either small or large project NCS Layer naming conventions.
    (e.g. C- or CG discipline code systems)
  • Full support for Status or Phase modifiers
  • Support for single tilde characters in Key names
  • Full interoperability or exchange of templates and drawings for both STB and CTB versions of the Spreadsheet Tools results is maintained.
  • Employment and complete customization of the first 9 basic AutoCAD colors or even all ACI colors if required
  • Ability to convert from AutoCAD ACI color scheme to an RGB color schemes for STB
    See the recent Identity Utility and Colors in Civil 3D post for ACI to RGB

The Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools documentation for both STB and CTB were updated and include details and how to instruction.


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Release 8 Layer Standards NCS 6 AIA AddOn

9/2018

This is a new set of Release 7 to Release 8 Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools for both STB and CTB that supports the NCS 6.0 Layer scheme.

These new Layer Standards support Layer Standards compatibility with the DOD (Dept of Defense) and US Army Corp Layer Standards

The new Spreadsheet Tools allow users to easily convert from the Framework's Utility Key code system (UT@@) to the classic AIA Utility Key code system.
Includes Rename and Reset Rename scripts and example Layer Standards files in .dwg format.
Release 8 Layer Standards NCS 6 AIA AddOn
The AddOn introduction post contains the details. In brief:

  • Easy single command forward and back conversion of the Release 7 NCS 5.0 Layers and Key system to the NCS 6.0 Key system and Layer scheme
  • Rename and Reset Rename script resource files are supplied
  • Complete in detail script resources are supplied
  • Layer Standards files are supplied in the .dwg format for both STB and CTB
  • Key resources are now supplied for all the NCS 6.0 official Disciplines
    This allows for the quicker addition of other NCS Discipline and specialty Layers
  • Fully customizable STB and CTB Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools included
    The supplied Tools also produce the many, user-friendly Layer States to manage the Layer system in production
  • Full support for either small or large project NCS Layer naming conventions.
    (e.g. C- or CG discipline code systems)
  • Full support for Status or Phase modifiers
  • Support for single tilde characters in Key names
  • Full interoperability or exchange of templates and drawings for both STB and CTB versions of the Spreadsheet Tools results is maintained.
  • Employment and complete customization of the first 9 basic AutoCAD colors or even all ACI colors if required
  • Ability to convert from AutoCAD ACI color scheme to an RGB color schemes for STB
    See the recent Identity Utility and Colors in Civil 3D post for ACI to RGB

The Layer Standards Spreadsheet Tools documentation for both STB and CTB were updated and include details and how to instruction.


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