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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Civil 3D 2012

New Features

Segment focus is mainly transportation, but will be beneficial to other segments.

Support Organization Standards

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New label rotation options for labels, with markers. Rotation works with or without the marker being shown.

Can now have a maximum width. The text stacks within the maximum width.

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Import and Purge styles

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Have the ability to select the styles you want to purge or import, even tells you if there are conflicts between the drawings.

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Watch out for the import Settings check mark at the bottom. It will make you import some styles if the settings are used. If you don’t want to bring those styles in then uncheck import settings.

You can now purge styles.

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If the style is a setting you can replace the style with another one and then purge it. It does replace each instance of the style everywhere so you may want to be careful with it. Fortunately there is an option to see where styles are used.

Label improvements, being able to have more options to modify the look of labels outside of styles.

Enhance Transportation Design

I like the geometry editing improvements.

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LandXML improvements, now bring in constraints. Civil 3D tries to recognize the constraints for the alignment. Before it just brought in the segments with no constraints, they were all Free.

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Now after import you can modify the alignment without worrying about constraints.

No more having to do hacks (well almost) with PI labels. There are some instances where this doesn’t work, but at least it works in most cases.

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Can now have a set viewport configuration when doing Corridor Section Editor. You can now see all the relevant viewports you would need to see to effectively modify a corridor, alignment and profile.

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Has an improved Station Tracker to show where you are at in the three views (or more or less) that are being shown. So you can modify the corridor without exiting from the Corridor Section editor.

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Notice the above subassembly parameter editor and the ability to change the target from the section.

The ability to show multiple baselines within the corridor section. (I was too slow to get a picture).

Superelevation improvements. Help to meet agency design standards by providing an easier way to modify the values.

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Now have an option to specify axis of rotation.

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Can now change the shoulder values based on high side or low side.

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See the results below for the different values for the shoulder.

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A new subassembly is used.

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Additional parameters for how it’s built. Indicators are shown for the the points in the Assembly.

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Can change the value in the Superelevation Manager.

Extend Visualization and Analysis

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Create a pipe network from GIS information. You can map the GIS data to the correct location in the Pipe Network.

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Creates a connected pipe network.

Can create catchments.

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It shows the outline as well as the flow path of the catchment.

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Can create other flows of the catchment.

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So now you can have different type flows within the catchment area.

Can export to Civil View in 3Ds Max.

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Can set a datum and a stepped range for the surface display.

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Large surfaces are now easier to see within the drawing using Level of Display. It reduces the amount of objects being shown in the drawing.

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Now makes viewing large surfaces and objects easier. So now you can rotate and view items easily. Better viewing the model on the fly. As you zoom in more detail is shown as you zoom out less is shown.

Other Things

Able to change the view of the viewport from the viewport, makes it easy to change the appearance of the viewport.

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Content explorer lets you search for online, local or network files for AutoCAD content. Say you want to search for Sewer Main blocks, this tool will let you search through the drawings to find all of the sewer main blocks you may have locally or being able to find online.

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Additional grips to edit polylines or lines.

Vault

Can use data shortcuts or vault. Vault is changing. Using Vault Collaboration above and beyond regular Autodesk Vault.

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