Civil 3D Style Evolution


I teach a fair amount of classes around the functionality of Civil 3D. One common dilemma I hear students discuss is how to handle styles. Yes, you can put them in a template and have the standard set of styles available. But what happens when I need to present an object differently than the company standard? Agent Smith once said “You hear that Mr. Anderson?… That is the sound of inevitability…”

Yes, style change is inevitable. After the break, I’ll give you my solution which does not end in death…

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Sorting in Sheet Set Manager Model Tab


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Alright then… Back from an extended writing hiatus. I’ve not been terribly busy but seemed to need a break from writing.  Today, I am doing some help desk coverage while other members of the team are headed to training at an Autodesk event. This happens every year coinciding with the new releases of the software/applications. So, to get myself warmed up a bit, I took a stroll down to the Autodesk forums and found something called Autodesk Answer Day. The idea is that it is a live Q&A session hosted on a certain forum page. The first answer day was an AutoCAD Answer Day hosted on this board this past Friday on May 7th, 2015. The people responding ranged from community managers and customer service to product designers and analysts.

One of the first topics I noticed was about the sheet set manager. If you have no idea what that is, PLEASE take a minute to educate yourself about the most underused power tool in the AutoCAD platform. Now that you’re familiar, let’s find out what problem is being asked. “Jarsky” wanted to know why the drawings and folders on the model tab did not sort alphabetically. See below for what was happening to him. Read more of this post

Vault Christmas Present


At least it is for me…  Smile

Suppose you have been running Vault Basic or Pro using MS SQL Server Express 2005 or 2008, depending on when you started using document management. One of the primary limitations of Express was the database having a size limitation of 4GB. With Express 2008 R2 and newer, that limitation is expanded to 10GB of data. Seriously? 10GB of metadata, data about the data? That is lots of data.

Now, if you’re using replication, you are forced into a full version of MS SQL Server. For those not using replication, here the two main reasons:

  • Manage a central file database across multiple offices, Site ‘A’ and ‘B’ listed below
  • Disaster recovery, where Site ‘B’ is simply an off-site server hosting your backup data.

Merry Christmas!

Civil3D Zero Screen–No Vault Option


Just a quick note… For those that might be using Vault already, this will not be news. For those contemplating / testing Vault for your firms, this will help you past a stumbling block.

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First, the issue… Some firms like to have Civil3D startup at what’s called the zero screen as shown above. It’s a clean place to start your work effort. You’ve got a list of Recent Documents front and center. You’ve got templates available to start new drawings, and so on. What you don’t have is:

  • Open File from Vault
  • Open Sheet Set from Vault

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Profile Abbreviations broken?


I know everyone is well aware of drawing settings in Civil 3D. And in those settings is a tab for various abbreviations used throughout Civil3D. That dialog box looks like this:

Default Drawing Settings

Default Drawing Settings

If you collapse all of the headings, the very last group is for profile label abbreviations. Yeah, yeah, get to the point.

They don’t work.

See, be careful of what you wish for.  All other properties work in each group except for PROFILE.  Wait a minute… Civil 3D has been out awhile and so has abbreviations. This can’t be right, could it? So here’s the details….

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Infraworks offerings got you confused?


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For those keeping up with the Autodesk offerings of Infraworks, there are several flavors to choose from. We have the following choices:

  1. Autodesk Infraworks – included in the Infrastructure Design Suite Premium & Ultimate as well as Building Design Suite Ultimate, no direct access to cloud collaboration and tools.
  2. Autodesk Roads and Highways Module – new functionality in the 2014 version of Infraworks
  3. Autodesk Infaworks 360 – subscription benefit for owners of the various Suites mentioned earlier. Added cloud collaboration and tools to Suite version.
  4. Autodesk Infraworks 360 Pro – Rental option for those without the Suite; reduced functions compared to the Suite version
  5. Roadway Design for Infraworks 360 Pro – additional road design functions in the rental version to match the Suite version

Sadly, even with the brevity I used above, I barely keep the various offerings organized in my head. If you have happened to download the subscription update to Infraworks (R2), this added to the confusion with several icons on your desktop.

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And, only one version would work depending on what you were actually authorized to use.

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Well, as of tomorrow, Autodesk has thankfully decided to reorganize a bit to help reduce confusion by defining two key points; where are various functions and who has access to those functions.

  1. For those with the various Design Suites
    1. Autodesk Infraworks – included version in the Suite
  2. For those using the Rental option
    1. Autodesk Infraworks 360 – renamed without the PRO label, only way to access cloud based features
    2. Roadway Design for Infraworks 360 – requires 360 license; moved roads and highways functionality from Suite to Rental version
    3. Bridge Design for Infraworks 360 – requires 360 license; NEW functionality added today!

These changes DO NOT affect the software you currently have installed, only new purchases using the updated installer will be affected. So, the additional roads and highways module in the new release will be there for current installations.

Here’s my takeaway:

  • if you don’t collaborate on the infraworks models, then you will be happy with the Suite offerings.
  • If you need to collaborate (use cloud services), chances are good that you are working on transportation projects so the Rental option will be applicable to you.
  • If you need to collaborate or share the model but aren’t doing transportation work, you will still need the Rental version, sorry. There is no current option to include those cloud services in the Suite version of Infraworks.

Are your gutter calcs incorrect?


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It has been brought to my attention that folks are seeing different values with a model being analyzed in SSA 2013 versus SSA 2014. Alas, this falls back to an error in the 2013 version that was corrected in the 2014 version. The problem it seems relates to bypass flow and gutter spread for inlets. And I quote….

The curb and gutter inlet calculator and the inlet calculations sometimes produce different results in 2013 than in 2014. In some cases, the gutter width is missing in the spread calculations.

The corrections made now follow normal expectations in the HEC-22 model. So fear not, here is a case for at least moving your hydrology calculations to 2014 if nothing else! 

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