An interesting question came my way. How does one show different surfaces’ contours in different colors? The solution is that the layers on which the contours are displayed can have their color layer state overridden in the surface style. This is very useful if you have corridor surfaces that you like to inspect when overlayed with the existing ground, for instance, although there may be a variety of scenarios where this would be of great help to a Civil 3D user. You can adjust other styles in a similar fashion to make the display of your designs more understandable, both for yourself and for others. This behavior is very much different to what you have in the usual AutoCAD. It is not something that will be intuitive for a new user, and once that style override is understood, opens up many possibilities for element display control.
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