Advanced Civil to Present at Spring 2014 FLUG

Advanced Civil Technology is proud to be a sponsor for Spring FLUG June 25-27 in Cocoa Beach, Fl. Please stop by our booth in the exhibit hall or attend our workshops and training sessions:

Class: 2014 FDOT Civil 3D State Kit for Surveyors Rapid Site Model Mashups with InfraWorks Cross Sections for Surveyors using Civil 3D How to cleanup corrupt drawings in Civil 3D
Description: This hands-on workshop provides training on the FDOT Workflows for Model Files; including Create Project, Create Files, Entity Manager, Points for Surveyors, Description Key Sets, LandXMLConverter, LandXML Grouper, Survey Database, CAiCE Workflow, EFB Workflow, Editing Points & Figures, Linework Codes, & Surfaces for Surveyors. The client calls with a new project idea and says he will be right over. You can have a site model ready by the time the client arrives at your front door. Mashup aerials, terrain models, road centerlines, and building footprints wicked fast. Be ready to do preliminary road designs and flyovers with your client in under an hour. You have probably been asked to survey a drainage pond using cross sections so the engineer can compare the original design to the as-built conditions. In this session we cover the need to know workflow for creating cross sections using Civil 3D. Have you see your drawing file size suddenly increase dramatically? Does it take a long time for the properties palette to open after you grip a text object? We will answer these questions an provide dozens of tips on how to promote good drawing health and correct common problems.
Presenter: Brian Morse and Doug Medley Brian Morse Brian Morse Brian Morse
Room: Dunes II Sundial Sundial Sundial
Type: Workshop Session Session Session
Date: Wednesday, June 25th Thursday, June 26th Friday, June 27th Friday, June 27th
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM 9:45 AM -10:45 AM

Please visit the FLUG site for more event information and registration.


Converting Civil 3D Drawings to a Previous Version

A SAVEAS to convert a Civil 3D 2014 drawing to a previous version of AutoCAD file format will produce a drawing that displays rectangles instead of the proxy graphics.  The file is not useable in previous versions of AutoCAD.  I won’t discuss how to pass the Civil 3D intelligence back to a previous version in this post. I simply want to clarify how to use DWG TrueView 2014 correctly to convert Civil 3D drawings so the primitive AutoCAD objects are useable in a previous version of AutoCAD.

First get Autodesk DWG TrueView 2014 installed. It is a free program from Autodesk.

Next get the Object Enabler intended for AutoCAD installations which is essentially what DWG TrueView is. Just follow these steps and forget for a moment that you have Civil 3D 20xx installed.  Go to  You will see a prompt Choose the Autodesk application used to open the file: Choose AutoCAD (not Civil 3) as your product.  On the next page choose AutoCAD 2014 to bring up a list of Object Enablers for plain old AutoCAD. Choose AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Object Enabler from the list.  Run the installation file.  Your computer may involuntarily restart so save all the other stuff you have open.

The result is the ability to open newer drawings using DWG TrueView 2014 and have the Convert DWG command enhanced with new output file formats that include AutoCAD 2010 Drawing Format with Exploded AEC Objects for example.  The key action you want to happen when migrating a Civil 3D drawing back to a previous version is exploding the AEC Objects.  The Civil 3D Objects are converted to native AutoCAD primitives (lines, arcs, MTEXT, etc.) so they will display correctly in your version of Civil 3D.



Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure

Breakthrough 3D Modeling and Visualization SolutionsDon’t miss your chance to view this free video series and see how Autodesk® solutions for Infrastructure can help you powerfully convey design intent before and after you win work.

Check out this video series and see what’s really possible in civil infrastructure design.

  • Create fuller concepts early in the project lifecycle.
  • Develop detailed designs and compelling visualizations that help predict how designs will perform in the real world.
  • Create design proposals that demonstrate your understanding of a project and help you win more work.



Autodesk Acquires AutoTrack

Autodesk has acquired certain technology assets from Savoy Computing Ltd., including AutoTrack, an established suite of products that performs vehicle swept path analysis and roundabout design. As a longtime partner representing both Autodesk and AutoTrack products, Advanced Civil Technology is uniquely positioned to continue support our customers with software, training and project consulting support.

Contact us for purchase options, support, FAQs or additional information.

Read the official press release.

The partnership between Savoy and Autodesk enables traffic engineers, road designers and other AEC service provider firms to extend the value of their design model to help streamline processes and reduce costs. The dynamic integration between AutoTrack and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® provides the opportunity to optimize project performance in less time then traditional solutions.

Using AutoTrack and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012, traffic engineers and roadway designers can employ industry proven methodologies and integrated analysis tools to more quickly evaluate 3D models of alternatives in order to optimize designs such as, roundabouts, intersections, and loading bays for safety and standards compliance.

Key Benefits for Road Designers, Civil and Traffic Engineers

  • Enhance productivity and evaluate more what-if scenarios earlier in the process of designing roundabouts, intersections and loading bays
  • Help save time and money integrating industry proven analysis methods in the design process
  • Conduct interactive simulations to better understand project performance related to traffic turning movements