System Requirements for AutoCAD Map 3D

For you Map 3D users – Autodesk has published a tech doc listing the minimum system requirements for the most recent versions of your software.

AutoCAD Map 3D 2011 System Requirements 

AutoCAD Map 3D 2010 System Requirements 

AutoCAD Map 3D 2009 System Requirements

AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 System Requirements

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Missing Language Pack and Performance Hotfix

Autodesk is releasing a hotfix for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 to address the following issues:

  • Missing Language Pack dialog – This hotfix resolve a specific issue where this dialog appears unexpectedly upon opening a drawing.
  • Delay while opening drawings – This hotfix resolves a specific issue that causes drawings to take a long time to open.
  • Large file size – This hotfix resolves a specific issue that causes drawings to increase in size even when there has been no additional data added to the drawing.

To apply the hotfix, download technical solution DL15413300, unzip AeccNetwork.dbx, and overwrite the existing file located in your program directory; for example C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011.

Once this hotfix is applied, the affected drawings will need to be opened and saved to resolve the issue. As a result, you may see these issues appear the first time you open an affected drawing.

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Missing Language Pack and Performance Hotfix

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Autodesk is releasing a hotfix for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 to address the following issues:

  • Missing Language Pack dialog – This hotfix resolve a specific issue where this dialog appears unexpectedly upon opening a drawing.
  • Delay while opening drawings – This hotfix resolves a specific issue that causes drawings to take a long time to open.
  • Large file size – This hotfix resolves a specific issue that causes drawings to increase in size even when there has been no additional data added to the drawing.

To apply this hotfix, download Technical Solution DL15412532, unzip AeccNetwork.dbx, and overwrite the existing file located in your program directory; for example C:\Program Files \AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009.

Once this hotfix is applied, the affected drawings will need to be opened and saved to resolve the issue. As a result, you may see these issues appear the first time you open an affected drawing.

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Operating System Compatibility for AutoCAD Civil 3D

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Is it just my imagination or are operating systems reproducing faster these days?  Anymore it is not unusual to have multiple operating systems in one shop.  This documant takes the mystery out of whether your version of Civil 3D is supported on your new operating system.

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Raster Design Crash-on-Exit Hotfix

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This hotfix repairs a problem that causes AutoCAD Raster Design to crash upon exiting AutoCAD Map 3D 2011, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, or Autodesk Topobase 2011.

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Reinstalling Civil 3D

There is a new update out there so now is as good a time as any to post something about reinstalling Civil 3D.  Occasionally, stuff happens that defies explanation and finding anything resembling a reasonable direction can be a challenge.  I know this is true.  It has happened to me.

Often, a quick and easy solution is to simply reinstall the program.  As is often the case, there is a right way and a wrong way.  Fortunately, Autodesk has published the steps necessary to perform a clean installation and everybody knows a clean installation is a happy installation! 

TS14929539 Clean Installation of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011

TS15031904 Clean Installation of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010

TS1085728 Clean Installation of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 Update 3

AutoCAD Civil 3D UpdateAutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 Update 3 was released today, addressing a number of known program issues.  I know some of you are hesitant to apply these updates but they are important and typically required to avoid stalling the support process.

As always, backup all program customizations to a secure location before installing the update.  Then import and reapply after the update has been successfully installed. 

If you intend to install the AutoCAD Civil 2010 Subscription Advantage Pack do so before applying the update or the installation will fail. 

You must have administrative privileges to install the update.  You may be prompted for the original installation media or network image.  The update can be deployed over a network using the Deployment Wizard. 

You cannot uninstall this update.  Civil 3D 2010 must be uninstalled/reinstalled to restore it to pre-update condition. 

Download Autodesk technical solution DL15407692 for installation instructions and other details.

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Welcome

Welcome to The Civil Guy and our new web site.  Our goal is to deliver training and production services based on one simple premise: no one wants to be on the “bleeding” edge of technology.  The reality is, most of us are forever just behind the technological curve.  It’s a challenge to keep up with technology that can barely keep pace with itself.  One day our software leap frogs ahead of our equipment, the next finds our hardware patiently waiting for our programs to catch up.  

In spite of this, production goes on.  Our hope is that we can be one of your resources to help keep it rolling.  Formal training is always a great first step and it quickly pays for itself.  Competent ongoing support helps secure your training investment.  And if your confidence level is still not quite there yet, call in a hired gun.  We specialize in live project training.

So, again, welcome to our web site.  We will share as much information as we can to make your life easier.  Whether you need to staff up for a project or simply want to take advantage of a lull in production for staff training, we can help.  Thanks.

Mike Norton, The Civil Guy

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Civil 3D 2011 System Requirements

Increase performance!I’m asked, “What are the minimum system requirements?” so often I should have them memorized by now.  So, here they are.  Save them.  Print them.  Make them your friend.  There are a couple of posts on this website of particular interest to those of you on 32-bit versions.

If you are about to make the big 64-bit leap, or already there but simply interested, I’m currently testing large data sets on a machine of my own creation.  Those of you suffering from CPU-envy can relax.  I built what I consider to be a machine for everyman.  I will post the details and results soon.

 32-Bit Civil 3D 2011

  • Windows® 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium (32-bit); Windows Vista® Enterprise (SP1 or SP2, 32-bit); or Windows® XP Professional (SP3, 32-bit).
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3.0 GHz or faster; or Intel or AMD dual core processor, 2.0 GHz or faster.
  • 4 GB RAM minimum recommended.
  • 7 GB disk space with 2 GB free after installation.
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter (true color) 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card. 1,600 x 1,200 or greater recommended. Multiple monitors are supported.
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later.
  • DVD drive.

64-Bit Civil 3D 2011

  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium (64-bit); Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, Ultimate (SP1 or SP2, 64-bit); or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (SP2, 64-bit).
  • AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, Intel® Xeon with Intel® EM64T support, Intel® Pentium® 4 with Intel EM64T support.
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB recommended).
  • 7 GB disk space with 2 GB free after installation.
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter (true color) 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card. 1,600 x 1,200 or greater recommended. Multiple monitors are supported.
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later.
  • DVD drive.
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Civil 3D Data Management

A common misconception is that Civil 3D does not require a project as did its predecessor, Land Desktop.  The fact is, you cannot take full advantage of key Civil 3D features without one.  Some of the terminology may have changed but the concept has not.  You must still specify a project path and a project if you intend to share data.

A project template is installed with the program.  It contains a sample folder structure designed to help manage Civil 3D data.  The primary purpose may be to organize the data but, as design data is often shared, it is equally import to distribute this data such that it is not limited to a single drawing.

Base Drawings
Increase performance!One method to distribute this data is to save design objects into individual base drawings.  Base drawings contain basic design objects such as surfaces, alignments, or pipe networks.  You can save a single object as a drawing or, when appropriate, save several related objects as a single drawing.

The base drawing should be named relative to the object it represents and saved to a designated base drawing folder.  A clear reference to the object in the drawing name will prove helpful throughout the life of the project.  As the number of drawings increases, so will your appreciation for simple, logical file names.

Data Shortcuts
Data shortcuts are created from design objects and later data referenced into design drawings.  Using data shortcuts, the data can easily be shared yet remains secure in that the source data cannot be changed in a host drawing.  It can only be changed in the original base drawing.

The data shortcut created from the base drawing is stored as an XML file.  The filename contains the design object’s name plus additional alpha-numeric characters.  This file can be renamed but should not be moved from the default shortcuts folder.

Design Drawings
Basically, design drawings are a combination of data referenced from base drawings and topographic (topo) data.  Topo data refers to existing condition features represented by basic AutoCAD elements such as lines, curves, blocks, and text.  The topo data can be created directly in the design drawing or externally referenced from a separate file.

Design drawings are usually quite small compared to the original source drawings and require very little system memory.  This is a huge benefit to users struggling to meet minimum system requirements.  Generally, a smaller drawing is a faster, more stable drawing and this becomes increasingly important as the project grows.

Proposed design elements are created in design drawings.  These elements are created from data referenced from base drawings, as is the case with a surface analysis of an existing surface, or as new design data reflecting proposed conditions, such as a proposed detention model.

Generally, design drawings should be named relative to the design objects they represent and saved to a designated design drawing folder.  If the design drawing meets submittal requirements as a production drawing, however, it should be named according to company standards and saved to a designated production drawing folder.

Production Drawings
In simplest terms, a production drawing is what happens when you add a border and title block to a design drawing.  So, in some cases, the design drawing actually is the production drawing. 

Obviously, some production drawings require construction beyond simply adding a border and title block.  Combining referenced design data and referenced drawings with drafted elements and labels may be necessary to complete the sheet.

Production drawings should be named according to company standards and saved to a designated production drawing folder.

Summary
Although less constricting than its predecessor, Civil 3D still requires a project if you intend to share project data.  An important benefit, however, is that program memory is optimized by distributing this data independent of a single drawing.  Also, data security is increased in that design data can only be edited in original base drawings, not in a host drawing.  So, data sharing, memory optimization, and data security coupled with a simple, standard implementation is quite a compelling list of qualifications.  The project is still here.  It’s just not as cumbersome.

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