Civil 3D


Autodesk has released Service Pack 1 for Civil 3D 2015.

Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English only).

  • This service pack contains the fixes included in Autodesk AutoCAD 2015 Service Pack 1 and Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2015 Service Pack 1.
  • This service pack includes the Autodesk AutoCAD Security Hotfix.

  Read more about Autodesk Civil 3D 2015 Service Pack 1

In Civil 3D, you can use the Ctrl Key to alter the selection of certain objects. For example, if you select a single alignment geometry point label, the entire string of labels are selected. However if you hold the Ctrl key and select a single alignment label, only the label you pick is selected. This is useful if you want to delete a single label. The same thing applies to grade break labels on a profile.

Selection of one alignment label, entire string is selected.

Selection of one alignment label while using the Ctrl key, only that label is selected

If for some reason the Ctrl assisted selection method does not work, check the value LEGACYCTRLPICK. When this is set to 1, the Ctrl key has no effect when trying to select a single label.

Interestingly, as noted in the documentation on LEGACYCTRLPICK, the sysvar SUBOBJSELECTIONMODE has an effect on how selections are performed. When SUBOBJSELECTIONMODE is set to 2 or 3, single label selection is the default and the Ctrl key is not needed. Read more about Single label selection in Civil 3D

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We were recently performing some Civil 3D upgrades, and in the process, more or less defined an acceptable order of removal for all the components of Civil 3D 2013. When we ran into removing all the components of Infrastructure Design Suite (IDSP) 2014, we where delighted to find that Autodesk supplied an Uninstall Tool. This quickly turned to disappointment after it was discovered that the Uninstall Tool only removes some of the components installed by the installer. Read more about Uninstalling IDSP 2014


Autodesk has released Service Pack 2 for Civil 3D 2014.

Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English only).

  • This Service Pack applies to all language versions of Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014.
  • Autodesk Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 2 contains the fixes included in AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 2 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 Service Pack 2.
  • This service pack includes all previous hotfixes and service packs for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014.

  Read more about Autodesk Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 2

A while back we had a Twitter conversation with @AutodeskHelp and @TommieR on UNinstall procedures for various Autodesk products. Autodesk has published articles regarding the removal of Civil 3D 2009, 2011, and 2012. For whatever reason, there is nothing on 2013, and the articles that do exist do not cover the removal of every component installed with Civil 3D

Recently we had the task of performing a few Uninstalls of Civil 3D 2013 and the order of Uninstalls shown below seems to work successfully. This is not the only order that will work, but there are certain things that must occur. For example, you have to remove the Storm and Sanitary Analysis Plug-in before removing the Storm and Sanitary Analysis component itself. Read more about Uninstall Order of Civil 3D components

In recent versions of AutoCAD Map and Civil 3D, you have the ability to drag and drop ESRI .SHP (shape) files into your drawing editor. This method is extremely fast and in most cases a better solution as opposed to using the MAPIMPORT command. If you need to annotate the shape file with any of the attached data then for speed this method wins hands down, period.

There is one potential downside however. The FDO Map annotation are special dynamic entities and not regular AutoCAD text/mtext. You cannot use traditional AutoCAD commands to move, resize, scale, or edit this annotation in any way. What if you need true AutoCAD text or mtext instead of this Map Annotation? Read more about AutoCAD Map FDO Annotation to AutoCAD text

We want to call your attention to something that has just started to crop up here in Civil 3D. Not sure how widespread this is, but it's known to occur in version 2013.

Essentially, Civil 3D objects such as feature lines, sites, gradings, pipes, structures, etc. will obtain a strange name or description as shown here.

Civil 3D error

Read more about Civil 3D - Strange object names

If you need to import a KML/KMZ file into Civil 3D or Map 3D, you can do it using a free download from SL-King Spatial Solutions. Be sure to read the readme file because the install does require you to copy some files and edit an existing file.

We have tested it using Civil 3D 2013 64-bit and it works just fine. If you want to read some more information on it, take a look at this thread in the Civil 3D forums.

  Read more about Import KML/KMZ files into Civil3D




The goal here is to produce a cut and fill map similar to what is shown above, where:

  • The positive and negative values are different colors
  • The positive values include a leading "+" sign
  • The negative values include a leading "-" sign

The inherit problem is that you want to place a single label and have it display the proper sign and be in the proper color. If you do not require the "+" sign, then you can do this in a different (and less complex) way. So back to our goal stated above. I have seen various ways of doing this, and this is probably a combination of a few of them as far as I can tell. Read more about Cut and Fill color map in Civil 3D

Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1. Be sure to read the download page and the readme file (English version). Read more about AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Service Pack 1 is now available

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