Changing Dashes to Degrees Symbol in Civil 3D Reports Output

Your report displays a bearing as S 14-42-4.233 W
You want to change the format to S 14° 42′ 04″ W

Original Bearing Format with Dashes
Original Bearing Format with Dashes
Corrected Bearing Format
Corrected Bearing Format

To correct the bearing format make changes to this file
C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\C3D 2017\enu\Data\Reports\xsl\General_Formating_JScript.xsl

Edited Line 216 to correct formatting of
function formatAngleToDMS(angle)

Change this on line 216
return degrees + “-” + minutes + “-” + seconds;
to this
return degrees + “° ” + minutes + “‘ ” + seconds + “””;

The distance precision is set in the Report Settings as you would expect. The Report Settings has no control for angular precision. You want control over angular precision so continue editing General_Formatting_JScript.xls.  Line 16 controls the precision of the angle’s seconds.  A value of 2 means 100ths of a second will be displayed.

Slope Distance Label in Civil 3D

Slope Distance Label Style

You want to create a Slope Distance Label in Civil 3D without using an expression.

  1. Use a Surface Slope Label to create the label.
  2. Settings > Surface > Label Styles > Slope
  3. Create a New Label called Slope Distance
  4. Add a Component named Distance
  5. Add the Surface Slope Distance under Properties in the Text Component Editor
  6. A Slope component may already exist in the new label style. Just set the display to False or delete the component.

Now test your Label Style

Surface: Surface1
Create Slope Labels or [One-point/Two-point] <One-point>:

Use the Two-point option

Convert MTEXT to COGO Points in Civil 3D

You have MTEXT in your drawing that represents spot elevations. You would like COGO Points instead. Use the DATAEXTRACTION command to create a .csv file. With a little editing in Excel you can create a NEZ.csv file. Import Points from File using the NEZ format.

Traverse Editor in Civil 3D 2016 Productivity Pack 3

From the readme file.

Update . Released May 18, 2016

The Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 Productivity Pack 3 provides a collection of new capabilities for Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 users. Survey and mapping professionals can leverage the new Traverse Editor to create points, lines, and curves representing traverse legs and sideshots using a broad set of COGO input and editing tools. They can also leverage the new Traverse Adjustment workflow to perform traverse adjustment and generate reports using Compass, Transit, Crandall, and Grant Line adjustment methods.

My first comments.

Civil 3D 2016 PP3 Traverse Editor testing
Sent suggestions through help system

  • Angle column should be labeled Direction
  • Radial column label should also imply direction if that is the expected value
  • Help should show an example of direction data entry syntax quad..dd.mmss

Description Keys are enabled when creating points


Civil 3D Right Click Line and Curve Label

All you Land Desktoppers that loved to label using a right click will like this.
Just type CUI to open the Customization dialog.

Add Segment Label
Add Segment Label

I copied an existing command (using a right click) on the left in the Context Menu area.  On the right I just edited the copied item.

Civil 3D Q&A

At the FSMS Manasota Chapter meeting 2016-05-04 I answered a few Civil 3D questions that may be helpful to others.

Q. Scott had a tool tip stick to his screen running AutoCAD Map 3D on a Dell Laptop.
A. I had the same problem.  Try updating your video driver.

Q. Dave asked about what to do with dwf files.
A. Use them as an xref.  You can snap to the geometry

Q. Kavin asked how to get Civil 3D to display DMS instead of DecDeg.
A. Edit the Drawing Settings > Ambient Settings (tab) and edit the Direction format to correctly display Bearings.  Edit the Angle format to display Central Angle and Degree of Curvature labels in DMS format instead of decimal degrees.

Edit DTEXT and it disappears – (Civil 3d 2012 bug with a workaround)

I have DTEXT in a title block. I edit the text and it disappears. Regen gets it back but you cannot do anything with the text afterward.

Change the TEXTED system variable to 1. This changes the editor to the old style editor. Wait for a service pack to fix this bug.
Run AUDIT on the drawing.
If the TEXTED variable is already set to 1 an AUDIT seemed to correct the problem if it persists.

New evidence proves processor speed is most important choice for Civil 3D performance

I ran some tests on Civil 3d 2011.  Here are the system configuration comparisons.

AST-2 Alienware M15x 6Gb RAM and Intel Core i7 Q 840 1.87Ghz

AST-3 Alienware M15x 8Gb RAM and Intel Core i7 Q 740 1.73Ghz

Passmark: AST-2 1467.5
Passmark: AST-3 1443.5
AST 2 had a 6-10% better performance in all categories except Large RAM was -31% was used to benchmark the performance of both computers.

Now for the Civil 3D test results.

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