Posts Tagged ‘Civil’

Manhole Labels in Profile

February 15, 2016

Some time ago, I posted about creating manhole callouts in profile view.  I got some good feedback and said that I would post more to it at a later date.  Well I have finally got around to doing it today.  Below is step by step instructions on how to accomplish this.  Enjoy!

As many of you know, the label style for structures used out-of-the-box (OOTB) are not very compliant to what is needed in a production environment. Most people prefer the structure callout to be at a 90-degree direction, at the bottom of the grid, and with a line projected from the middle of the bottom of the structure. That is what we are going to accomplish. Our finished product will look like the image below…

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The first thing you will want to do is copy one of the existing styles from OOTB. In this example, I am copying the Name Only (Sanitary) label style from under Structure>Label Styles…

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On the Information tab, give the style a name. I am naming mine Proposed Sanitary MH (Profile).

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Now click on the General tab. Here you will assign your layer and text style. The only thing I am changing here is the text style. I am changing it to ROMAND. I am leaving the layer set to C-SSWR-TEXT.

Now click on the Layout tab. This is where the magic begins. Notice under the Component name, the only component in the list is Structure Text. We will start with that. The first thing we will do is go to the Text Contents and start our label style. Click in the Value column, Contents row, under Text. An ellipsis will appear. Click the ellipsis…

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This will open up the Text Component Editor. Highlight <[Name(CU)]> on the right side of the dialog box and delete it. You should now have a clean, blank box. Place your cursor in the blank box and type PROP. SAN. MH, then hit the ENTER key to start a new line of text. Type RIM ELEV. = …

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Now click on the Properties pulldown and select Insertion Rim Elevation. Click the arrow to insert it under the PROP. SAN. MH…

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Place your cursor after the string and hit the ENTER key to start a new line of text. Type STA. [space]. Under the Properties pulldown, select Structure Station, change the precision to 1, then click the arrow to insert it…

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That’s all we need for this part of the callout. Click OK. You will see the results to the right in the Preview box. Alternatively, you can opt to place the offset after the station, but that usually is for the plan view callout.

Now we will put the flowlines (inverts) on the label. To do this, we need to create a new component. Then new component will be Text for Each. Click on the arrow to the right of the Component Name and select Text for Each…

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There will be a dialog box that pops up to select the type. Select Structure All Pipes and then click OK…

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Under the General property for Name, change the Name to INVERT. For the Anchor Component, change it to Structure Text. This will anchor it to the text we just created prior to the flowline (invert). Change the Anchor Point to Bottom Left.

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Now we will create the text for the flowlines. Just like before, we are going to click on the ellipsis for the Text Contents…

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Highlight the text “Label Text” and delete it. Notice there is a Format tab besides the Properties tab. Click on the Format tab and change the justification to Left. Click back on the Properties tab…

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From the Properties pulldown, select Connected Pipe Inner Diameter or Width, change the Precision to 1 and hit the arrow to insert it. Place your cursor after the string and type the quotation mark “ [space] FL = …

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Go back to the Properties pulldown and select Connected Pipe Invert Elevation, keep the Precision at 0.01, then hit the arrow to insert it. Place your cursor at the end of the string and hit the spacebar for a space, then type an open parenthesis ( …

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Now, back under the Properties pulldown, select Connected Pipe Direction and then click the arrow to insert it. Place your cursor after the string and type a closed parenthesis ) …

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We are now finished with this portion of the label. Click OK.

You will now need to change the Attachment to Top Left. Notice that the flowlines are now lined up with the rest of the label…

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The last, portion of this is to add another component for the line. Then we will go back and tweak a couple of settings for the other components, as well as the Dragged State.

Under the pulldown arrow to create a new component, choose Line…

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For the Name, rename it to Line Extension. Change the Use End Point Anchor from False to True. For the End Point Y Offset, change it to -3.0000”…

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If your label style looks like mine in the Preview pane, as shown above, then you are doing everything correctly so far. If not, you will want to backtrack to find out where you went wrong.

Back under the Component Name, select Structure Text. This is the first component we created…

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Under General, change the Anchor Component to Line Extension and then change the Anchor Point to End…

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Under Text, change the Rotation Angle to 180.0000, the Attachment to Top Left, and the Y Offset to -0.1650. I am changing my color to Yellow because that is my “proposed” pen color, and it works good with the ROMAND text style…

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We are almost there. All we have to do now is change a couple of settings in the Dragged State. Click on the Dragged State tab. Once there, under Leader, change the Arrow Head Size to 0.0000”. Now under Dragged State Components, change the Display to As Composed…

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Our label style is complete. Click OK. Now let’s test this out! Create a profile with some structures, or use an existing one. Add this label style to the structures in profile view. Once you add the label style to the structures, you should see this in profile view…

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It’s still not quite right. Do you happen to know why? Don’t forget the Dragged State. Click on the label and grab the grip at the end of the line. Turn on your Ortho, and drag the label to the bottom of your grid. And there you have it, a nice line from the BOTTOM of the manhole attached to your text…

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This label style will also allow you to stagger the labels by adding vertices to the line in dragged state. If you liked this article, and you would like to know how to stagger the lines, let me know and I will post it. Thanks for checking this out!

You Asked For It, You Got It

February 2, 2016

Well it’s official. The Civil 3D User’s Group will be held at our office, March 16, 2016, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  This will be an initial meeting to discuss production pains, the Civil PowerPack, future meetings, and much more! 

Your feedback at this first meeting is crucial to our future meetings.  We will also be introducing our new leader, Steve Houlder, and answering any questions or concerns you may have about the “new” company.

Stay tuned for a formal invite.  Most of you will be receiving an email some time next week for you to RSVP to the event.

Hope to see ALL of you there!!

Civil 3D 2016 Service Pack 2

December 3, 2015

The install for Service Pack 2 showed up in my Application Manager.  However, it is not on Autodesk’s website as of yet.  The issues that have been resolved are as follows:

The following issues have been resolved in Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Service Pack 2:


  • An issue with the Profile.CreateFromFeatureLine styleId parameter has been resolved so that a profile style can now be applied as expected.
  • An issue where three LabelStyleCollection.Expressions (CantCriticalPointsLabelStyles, AreaLabelStyles, and FlowSegmentLabelStyles) would display an InvalidOperationException has been resolved.
  • The Label.SetReferenceTextTarget method now works as expected for a surface reference.

Export to DWG/DGN

  • An issue has been resolved where the display order of objects would change when the drawing was exported to DWG or DGN.


  • Having Quick Properties enabled no longer causes a selection issue with AutoCAD Civil 3D objects, where the drawing would lose focus and a second click was required to run a command.

Grading and Feature Lines

  • An issue has been resolved where extra vertices were created on some feature lines which impacted the ability to create grading projections from those feature lines. To resolve this issue, run the AUDIT command in any affected drawings after installing the service pack.

Hydraflow Storm Sewers

  • An issue has been resolved where the junction loss was not calculated in Hydraflow Storm Sewers when the flow was supercritical.


  • An issue has been resolved where parcel labels and tables within an xref would become corrupted if the source drawing was modified.

Object Enabler

  • An issue has been resolved where having the object enabler loaded would cause new objects to be added to a drawing when it was saved, which caused a prompt to be displayed that the drawing needed to be recovered when it was reopened.
  • An issue has been resolved where proxy warnings would appear in Autodesk® AutoCAD LT® when opening a drawing that contained AutoCAD Civil 3D objects even though the AutoCAD Civil 3D object enabler was installed.
  • Note: To download and install the fixes for the object enabler, go to the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 Object Enabler website.


  • The point creation commands At Alignment Geometry and Profile Geometry Points now honor the specified start and end stations.

Pipe Networks and Pressure Networks

  • An issue has been resolved where user-defined structure descriptions would change to Null Structure when the part was moved or the invert was changed.
  • An issue has been resolved where pipe invert grips were in the wrong location and had incorrect inverts, and these pipes could not be swapped for other parts.
  • The Set Sump Depth structure rule now runs as expected without displaying an error.
  • Synchronizing data shortcut pipes and structures no longer causes the drawing layer settings to revert to the settings specified on the Object Layers tab of the Drawing Settings dialog box.
  • Linking to a pipe network or pressure network data shortcut in the Link to a Data Shortcut dialog box and then using the UNDO command no longer causes an error.


  • Issues have been resolved with how negative and positive elevation ranges in surface analysis are calculated for a volume surface when there are gaps in the elevation ranges or overlapping elevation ranges.
  • An issue has been resolved with surface analysis where the volume reported in an elevation range was inaccurate if the elevation range exceeded the highest or lowest elevation.


  • An issue has been resolved where survey figures were exported incorrectly from the survey database.

Autodesk® InfraWorks® 360 Interoperability

  • Alignments and corridors which contain compound spirals are now exported as expected to IMX.
  • An issue has been resolved where an entire Autodesk InfraWorks 360 model would be opened after selecting the Area Of Interest option in the Open InfraWorks 360 Model dialog box.

Autodesk® Vault

  • A drawing with xrefs attached to it and saved with the Save As command can now be checked into Vault.
  • Performance has been improved when checking in files into Vault, refreshing Vault projects, opening read-only drawings that have xrefs attached, and logging into a Vault database that contains several projects.
  • On the Uses tab of the Preview pane in Vault, duplicate drawings no longer appear in the list of files for a drawing that has xrefs attached.
  • An issue has been resolved where point groups in drawings in a Vault project would always be marked with an out-of-date icon in Prospector.

New Civil 3D Reporting and Productivity Tools

October 26, 2015

Autodesk Subscription

The AutoCAD® Civil 3D 2016 Transportation Extension, a Civil 3D Subscription entitlement, is now ready for customers to download through their Autodesk account. This extension provides a compelling reason to engage with your Civil 3D customers about getting current through Subscription.

The Transportation Extension offers specific reporting and productivity tools to address the unique needs of civil engineers working on road and highway projects. The reports are built for the specific purpose of calculating model output, and they display results based on multiple model elements and user controls.

The new productivity tools include greater file conversion capability, a new parcel properties manager, the capability to identify surface high and low points, and quick surface cross section analysis, which can help accelerate the preliminary design process.

Read Dave Simeone’s blog for further details on the Transportation Extension.

River and Flood Analysis Module

September 18, 2015

The River and Flood Analysis module for Civil 3D has been released.  Check your Autodesk Application Manager for the download.