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Civil 3D – Stop using context menu for Major Style Edits

This option costs me SOOOOO much time every day.  Well, that and not saving valuable changes to my template.  So in tune with James’ famous PLEASE STOP posts, I’ll post some of my own now and then, mostly for my own sake.  Perhaps I’ll save a few of you some frustration.


Editing a style by selection through a Right Click Context menu is such a cool, convenient option, right. So much so, that faced with a large amount of style tuning, I’ll pick it anyhow.  JUST STOP!!  Break the habit.


Here’s the thing.  It all revolves around this magic button.


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March 1, 2010 Posted by | 2010, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk, Label Styles | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Civil 3D – 2010 Point Label style BUG REPORT

I logged a Bug Report on, and you can check it out HERE.

Autodesk Welcome Screen

I wanted to thank James Wedding and the staff at EE for putting up with me, and always being willing to assist.  I always know I’ll get some relief when I call.

I want to thank my VAR, Applied Technologies Group, for some outstanding dedication and support.  The entire team was at a remote function.  I called John Sayre who was driving in a hail storm at the time.  He insisted on getting all the details and reassured me, when most would have backed out for obvious reasons. The bug confirmation came within 10 minutes, and the support case was already logged in to Autodesk by the time I got the message. Rob, you better hang on to that guy, he means business.

Thank you Dana, for always trying to help.

June 15, 2009 Posted by | 2010, Bug Report, Points | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Civil 3D – 2010 Design Criteria ribbon

I wrote a little bit on Selective Design Criteria and posted it on Civil a while back.  I am currently going back to edit the 2010 criteria files, and thought I’d post this ribbon update.


The criteria editor is still available on the ribbon.  Select the Modify Tab, pick Alignment, and you should find the button on the Modify Panel.  This is the only way (only good way) to edit criteria files.

To remind everyone why we were editing the criteria file, is because we needed Stopping Sight Distance, but not Passing Sight Distance.  The road in question is an old edge of municipality, unpaved road on a fairly steep hill, and subsequently I simply need to validate Stopping Sight, and not Passing Sight, and we will post the region as a “No Passing Zone”.


The design speed for this road is 25 MPH.  Here you can see that  I have satisfied the SSD K of 19, but the error persists.  A tooltip hover shows us that the error is for PSD.  You can’t make it go away.   This will eventually cause me to overlook an error somewhere else.

So we edit a file copy, attach that to our design criteria instead, and get on with our lives.


If you’d like to read the article, you can get it here:

January 15, 2009 Posted by | 2010, Alignments, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk, CUI, Profiles | , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – Selective Design Criteria has added another write up of mine, check it out.

Selective Design Criteria on

It may get some flak, so be sure to read the bashing.

December 2, 2008 Posted by | Alignments, Profiles | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Publish Content for Bolted Connection Part 4

Content Center Family Editing

We need to change some settings in the Content Center Family just written.  Navigate through he Content Center Editor to the new Family.  Right Click, and select the Family Table option.  The family parameters dialog will appear. 

The following are examples that I used, however you will undoubtedly have differences and variations at your company that need to be adopted.

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | Bolted Connection Generator, Content Center, iParts | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – Simple Surface Paste

I’d like to explain the merits and simplicity of editing an existing flawed (or legacy) surface with another updated region.  Sometimes careful data sifting is required, and in those cases this method will not do.  However, those situations are few, and the Paste method is a great option.  This discussion will follow the notion that the original data needs to be replaced.

The two Key features of Paste Surface are Unbelievably simple to use, and completely overwriting the original data.  The entire region being pasted in will occlude the existing data in that region. 

Here, let me show you.  I created a surface to be used as the incoming data.  Since there was additional locations beyond the target surface I applied a polyline ‘outer’ boundary, and performed some routine surface edits to make sure everything was up to par.


I’d like to stress 2 things at this point: Surface Boundary and Edits.  Continue reading

November 15, 2008 Posted by | Surfaces | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to get the OLD Mtext editor back

This was posted on the Civil 3D discussion group:

Type MTextEd at the command line and then type OldEditor in the command line. Now the Mtext will utilize the old editor like in previous versions. 

Probably could make a lisp to switch between the two

October 23, 2008 Posted by | AutoCAD Civil 3D | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pipe Network Default Naming Conventions

Is it possible to change the format how a structure is named?  This question was asked on the Civil 3D Discussion Board threadID=699535

Pipe Network Structures, and Pipes themselves are named by the default naming conventions found in the command settings for CreateNetwork. When Structures and Pipes are added to the Network, the naming is derived from the Network itself. Each Structure and Pipe can be manually renamed as well. 

To change the way the new objects are named, you may adjust the naming conventions in the following manner: Continue reading

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Pipes | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Part 1 of Create Read/Write Content Center Library

We have moved to

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Content Center, Design Accelerator | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Frame Generator Parts

We’ve Moved to

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Design Accelerator | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment