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Civil 3D – Parcel label and ‘Pretty’ exhibit tip

Parcel labels are a real blessing when it comes to site plans.  Everyone is figuring out that I will use a description field for ANYTHING I can.  If I can transfer it to a style display, I’m all over it.

I’m working this project (the one that is delaying the current series I’d publishing for you all), and I had to prepare some exhibits for the lease. I was worried because I have a deadline in 2 days, and I still have other plans to complete.  It actually took little time to prepare. This is what I did:

Re-XML out all my sites. (Just to make sure the collection was accurate)

Formatted a letter sized border that would be attractive on a lease document.

Took the team’s overall master (the one with all the basic background and the improvement XREFs ), and saved-as to a new location. 

Opened new master drawing, imported sheet border, and set the views

Imported only the XML’s that I needed.  In the Prospector, I picked the Parcels Collection, selected ALL the parcels, and changed the Parcels Style, and Area Label Styles globally. 

The trick is that I always shave secondary labels in the description field, for occasions like this.  I either duplicate the name, or it might be something more generalized.  Once in a while I notice that things are getting cramped, and I can enter the Parcel name in the Description field, but stack it a bit narrower. There are ton’s of uses, and I kind of wish that there was maybe 1 other field, giving even more flexibility.  I have styles, that appear and organize the same, but one reads the Name field, and the other reads the Description field.

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I don’t have time to re-label everything in a pinch.  When I bring in the XML parcels, they flop down, and I globally change the Parcels Style to something bold, and the area label styles to the Description display style. 

Often there is a desired subject parcel in the exhibit, so I throw the Parcel Style with a shade at that one, and regen.

Instant lease exhibits! It took me longer to type this, than it did to prepare the exhibit.

I love Civil 3D!

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November 24, 2008 Posted by | Parcels | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – (Bug) Parcel Descriptions in XML

I have noticed during XML imports of my Parcels, that the first space in the Description field gets nuked.  The remaining spaces seem to be ok, but the first one is gone.

As always be observant and careful.

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November 22, 2008 Posted by | Parcels | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Part 3 of Point Creation Scenario

Check out Part 2 here.

In this discussion I will pick up here where we left off. We will cover Creating Points.
Here we will discuss:

  • Point Creation
  • Point Identity
  • Points created by Station and Offset on a Line
  • Minor adjustment to a Point Label Style
  • Editing Point Properties
  • Description Formatting Continue reading

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Points | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments