8 Questions about Civil 3D Reference Templates You Never Thought to Ask

Recently, a client asked me a few questions regarding the use of reference templates in Civil 3D. While he liked the overall idea of the process, he raised some interesting questions about what working with reference templates would mean.

I took some time to get to the bottom of all his questions. Here are some of the answers to questions you may have never thought to ask, researched and verified by me.

Question 1

If a reference template is moved, renamed, etc., what happens to the styles from that template?

The styles from the template are still available in the drawing. These styles, however, will not receive any updates from the source until the pathing error is resolved.

Question 2

If reference a template is deleted, what happens to those styles in the drawing?

The styles from the template will remain in the drawing as though they were imported.

Question 4

If reference templates are detached, what happens to the referenced styles?

The referenced styles are “promoted” into the drawing.

Question 5

What happens if a user attempts to edit a style from the reference template?

If a user attempts to edit a style from the reference template, they get a dialog box and have to choose one of these options:

  1. Cancel
  2. Make a local copy with unique name
  3. Apply edits for this drawing session only

Question 6

What happens if template styles have the same names as styles already in the drawing?

If template styles have the same name as styles already in the drawing, duplicates are NOT created. All existing styles in the drawing will instead show the reference symbol in front of them.

Question 8

What happens if an object such as a surface is using a referenced style and that style is renamed in the source template?

If an object, such as a surface, is using a referenced style that is renamed in the source template, the original style will be promoted into the drawing with the original name. The newly named style will come in as a referenced style. The surface will retain the original style.

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Hopefully, these questions and answers will help clarify things for you if you are deciding whether to use reference templates in Civil 3D.

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