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.

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.

Windows 7 – How to Add a Quick Launch Folder to the Taskbar

The site has an excellent “How To” on Adding the Quick Launch folder to the Taskbar in Windows 7. You can pin applications to the Taskbar in Windows 7 but soon find the Taskbar cluttered and disorganized.  Read on to see you can enable the Quick Launch folder in 2 easy steps.

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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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License Compliance and Software Asset Management


See the blog post regarding License Compliance and Software Asset Management on our Advanced Civil Technology blog. It is a must read for everyone using Autodesk software.  There is a link to the Software Asset Management Toolkit which supercedes the Autodesk Asset Locator tool (a network sniffer that reports all installed Autodesk Software).

Labels for Assemblies

Create a Label for an Assembly and Subassemblies using a Field within an MLEADER.  The advantage is there is a constant link between the label and the subassembly.  I frequently rename subassemblies when I am trying to organize my project for greater clarity.  Often I have to look at an assembly and remember what subassemblies I used or even just the assembly name for that matter.  The How To details are described next.

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Creating a Dashed Linetype for a Pipe in Civil 3D

Dashed Linetype for a Pipe in Civil 3D

In Civil 3D you want to create a dashed linetype as shown in this picture.  The solution has several parts.  The easy part, make a copy of the Double Line (Storm).  I called my new style Double Line Dashed (Storm).  On the Display Tab > Plan View toggle ON Centerline.  Change the Linetype to DASHED.  Set the Lineweight to 2.0mm.  To see the spectacular result switch to a layout and set the viewport to 1:20 scale.  Assign a plot style in Page Setup Manager.  Toggle on Display Plot Style in the Page Setup Manager.  Go back to the layout and look at your pipe.  You may notice this produces rounded ends on your thick centerline but you want square ends.  Set the Line End Style to Butt in the Plot Style to make square ends on the dashed linetype.   

Civil 3D 2011 – Importing Styles and Settings

In Civil 3D 2011 there are two new commands to help with importing styles. Peter Funk explained them in a Civil 3D discussion group post.  In case the link goes dead I copied the post below.

(The Subscription Advantage Pack has added a dialog to these commands making them much easier to use.)     

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Civil 3D Installation Tips

Civil 3d installation help and product documentation in web, pdf, and video formats.

Autodesk has posted YouTube videos on installing Civil 3D.  It covers both Single User Stand-Alone licensed and Network licensed versions of Civil 3D.  Links to Installation documenation for Civil 3D 2011  is at the bottom of this post.

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