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I was recently certified by Autodesk as a Civil 3D Implementation Certified Expert or ICE. I have worked in the Civil Engineering industry since 1987. In 1994 I started my consulting business doing training and consulting for Civil Engineering customers utilizing Autodesk civil engineering technology. I started L.A. CAD in 1999 and we are currently the 3rd largest Autodesk partner in the U.S. Studied Civil Engineering at Long Beach State, graduated in 1996.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Using the "Standard" Style

With some customers we have been building styles for; we have mutually decided to use a modified version of the “Standard” style for their main standard. The idea is that one of the default styles out of the box is of the name Standard, plus it is a logical name to use for your standard style. We have of course modified the Standard style for all objects to mimic their standards, plus built a few other styles as necessary. One company in particular has offices throughout the Southwest US and has some regional differences in their standards. Despite those differences in the “Standard” style per office, they are still using the Standard style name as their main standard… again; there are slight modifications to the Standard style per office.

One thing this will afford you is if you receive a set of drawings where a company built their standards into the Standard styles for several objects, you can open their drawing on your end along with opening your DWT file that has all your standards and proceed to drag in drop your Standard into the drawing you received from them. This will then convert the objects to your standard, provided you use the Overwrite option. Even if you used styles of a different name then another office or company, you can still achieve this by opening their files and renaming the styles in their drawing to Standard, or to some other name that you have used, then you can drag and drop your Standards into their files to convert the objects.

As you can see from the below screen capture, a specific style has been applied to the profiles…

You can see the style being used is Standard by the next screen capture…

If you received these drawings from another firm that has modified the Standard Style, you can just drag and drop in your Standard style to change the profiles. When you drag in your standard style, you will be prompted to Overwrite, Rename, or Skip, in this case you will want to overwrite:

Once you hit OK, you will see the changes to the profiles:

Posted by DannyCounts @ 6:54 AM


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