My Favorite Civil 3D 2020.1 New Features

Civil 3D 2020.1 was released a few days ago and with it came some cool new features. Autodesk issued this release with three categories for the new features as follows:

  • Design Efficiency Updates
  • Production Efficiency Updates
  • Collaboration and Data Exchange updates

In this blog, I will highlight the Civil 3D 2020.1 New Features along with two of my favorite new features. Just so you know, I am saving the best one for last!

The first new feature I will go into is the new options for viewing pressure networks in profile view. Thanks to a new “Profile” tab in the fittings and appurtenance style dialog boxes, there are now options for fittings and appurtenance styles to display the parts as boundaries, catalog-defined blocks, or user-defined blocks which gives you more flexibility in how to display these parts. You can see these new options in the figure below:

The following images show examples of the additional display options now available in 2020.1:


                                     Figure 1: Part Boundary                                                           Figure 2: Part Masking

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                        Figure 3: Cropping at extents                                               Figure 4: Hatching on Part

Keep in mind that all these options for Profile View were previously unavailable as the Part Style dialog box never even had a “Profile” tab before!

The next new feature that I will discuss actually involves, believe it or not, 2 different software companies. You may be aware of a recent agreement between Autodesk and ESRI.  There are basically 4 options for this new functionality as shown below:

This function gives you the ability to bring in GIS data from your ArcGIS online account into Civil 3D and create Civil 3D objects from that data!



This functionality gives the user to send edited Civil objects back to ArcGIS and if no longer needed, the dataset can be removed.



Civil 3D 2020.1 ArcGIS

This functionality gives the user the ability to publish Civil 3D objects out to ArcGIS. There are several options for layering, tags, and publish location. You can even specify if the content will be shared and editable within your ArcGIS groups.



Civil 3D 2020.1 New Features

This functionality gives you the ability to export Civil 3D objects out to a geodatabase in the FGDB format. It has a lot of the same options that the Publish to ArcGIS function has but saves in this format.

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The last new feature I will discuss is the ability to export Feature Lines through XML! I really like this new feature for a few different reasons. First of all, this option has not been available in the past. There was not an option in the export dialog box for this. Secondly, think about the possibilities for those times when you may have feature lines that suddenly start behaving badly and you determine that corruption crept in. You have probably gone through various workarounds to keep from having to totally recreate them. Well, I have been an advocate to using XML as a way to “back up” or archive project data, so in my mind, this could be a potential method to retrieve those misbehavin’ feature lines without having to recreate them. Check out the video below to see the new options available with the new feature:

So that’s it for this blog. While Civil 3D 2020.1 has other new features to check out, these were 2 of my favorites to dig into. For further information on these other new features, check out this link from Autodesk:

Update: See what Civil 3D 2020.2 update has to offer.

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