Civil 3D – Attached Standards

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When you set up your Civil 3D template, there is a second layer of control you can apply. We do this using attached standards. These attached standards can even be drawings, templates, or standards files.

The advantage of using standard files is that multiple templates can be controlled using the attached standards. It is often the case that multiple types of templates are employed by a company. So, if you have, for instance, typical surface styles that are applicable across all the templates, you can simply control the surface styles in one file. Then attach the surface styles to the template. You can use a similar method with other standards.

Attach some of your templates. This can be done via the Reference command on the Styles panel of the Manage tab on the Ribbon menu.

Autodesk, Micrographics, Civil 3D 2024, Attached Standards

Once the file is loaded, then you can choose the categories to enforce.

Autodesk, Micrographics, Civil 3D 2024, Attached Standards

If you now try to alter a style in the working drawing, you will be told you can either copy the existing one or cancel the changing of the style.

You can find the Autodesk Help documentation here.

For BIM/CAD Managers, it is always important to look for efficiency in managing the company standards. If you are not using attached standards yet, consider doing so from now. I suspect you will be pleasantly surprised how easy managing different Civil 3D templates become when you do.

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