My Favorite New Features in 2012 – Part 2


In Part 1 of the new features blog I talked about the new features relating to styles. For this blog, I am going to discuss a couple of my other favorite new features for Civil 3D 2012. Since one of these features doesn’t have much to it but is still handy, I will discuss it first. This new feature is for labels. First, they have added the ability to rotate a label independently of the marker it is associated with! Basically, the label text can be modified to have a rotation angle set that is independent from the marker of it. Additionally, the marker itself can have a rotation angle applied to it as well. Gone are the original grips like the green point rotation grip. The old grips have been replaced by new ones as shown in figures 1 and 2 below. Figure 1 shows the label options, and figure 2 shows the marker options. Very nice!

Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 2

In addition to these options, another thing that was added for labels is a parameter to control the maximum width of a label. This means that if the label text goes beyond the width value specified, it will automatically wrap, or drop the text down to the next line. This will work great in space constrained situations.

The last new feature I want to talk about is the new ability to import GIS data and have it create pipe networks! You can now invoke a new “import GIS data” command that is specifically for pipe networks. You can connect to a SHP file and then decide on what data to use from the SHP information to be imported into your Civil 3D pipe networks. Figure 3 below shows the dialog box for this new command.

Figure 3

Figure 3

As part of the many options in this wizard, users have the ability to bring specific data in through the use of a query. For example, using a query you could bring in all pipes in a 20 mile radius that are pvc pipes installed after a certain date and installed by a certain installer. Of course, this all depends on the on-board data available with the SHP file.

These new features for Civil 3D 2012 are going to be great. Be sure to check out the rest of the new features of Civil 3D 2012 on the Autodesk website.

Civil Infrastructure software is my main professional interest. Civil 3D, Infraworks, and Recap are what I work with mostly. I have been with CADsoft Consulting for over 10 years now. I got my start using Softdesk and AutoCAD R12 in DOS. My wife and I have four children and I am a die hard Red Sox fan.