A new Search tool has been introduced which allows you to search for one or more objects in the civil model by name or partial name. Once found, you can immediately zoom or pan to the object in AutoCAD viewport, or navigate instantly to the listed item in the ProjectExplorer window.
The new Search window can be accessed from the Search button which is situated in the top right corner of the main ProjectExplorer window.
The validation and reporting of Civil 3D Alignments and Profiles in ProjectExplorer has always been a cornerstone of what users love about the product. In this release, we've addressed some of the most commonly requested enhancement requests for ProjectExplorer, which naturally further improve the experience with Alignments and Profiles.
The Profile View pane in ProjectExplorer now shows ALL profiles associated with the selected alignment, not just the selected profile. The selected profile is displayed in a primary color, whilst all other profiles associated with the current alignment are displayed in a secondary color. The general visual style of the Profile View has also been enhanced.
New filtering tools in the main toolbar of the Alignments tab allow the contents of the list to be limited to certain types of profile, or to exclude profiles from the list entirely.
A new station (chainage) interval lock feature has been added to allow the line, curve and spiral intervals to be locked to a single common value.
A new Corridor View pane has been introduced on the Corridor tab.
Corridor View allows a dynamic cross section of the selected corridor to be viewed at any station (chainage) along the selected corridor baseline.
As well as identifying the region and assembly name at the current station (chainage), it is also possible to specify one or more shape, link or point codes to be constantly highlighted and monitored in the view. The desired code(s) can either be selected from a list of available codes for the selected assembly, or may be specified as a comma delimited list which supports the following wildcard characters: #, ?, *.
This unique feature provides an unprecidented understanding at a glance of the inner structure of the displayed corridor, assembly and subassemblies.
Any surface from the current drawing may be selected on the fly for display on the Corridor View as a "Comparison Surface" - regardless of whether any targeting parameters are assigned to the selected Corridor.
It has been possible to edit the parameters of individual pipes and structures from the ProjectExplorer window since Version 2. In this new release, we've gone much further.
In ProjectExplorer 3, any pipe run displayed on the Pipe Network View may be edited in it's entirety as a single operation.
Specify the start elevation, end elevation, pipe slope, and pipe drop at each intermediate structure, and ProjectExplorer will do the rest. There is no need to understand the direction of each individual pipe - ProjectExplorer will take care of that for you. You can even decide to maintain/hold the slope between adjacent pipes using the either crown, centre or invert elevations of each pipe.
Any surface from the current drawing may be selected on the fly for display on the Pipe Network View as a "Comparison Surface" - in addition to (and regardless of) the Reference Surface settings applied to the selected Pipe Network.
If a Reference Surface has been assigned to the parts displayed in the Pipe Network View, an hatched area is displayed beneath the surface indicating the allowable pipe cover zone. This zone is derived from Rule Set assignments to the selected network parts. The unique ability to see this zone on the profile allows the pipe network path to be validated at a glance.
Pipe run reports can now be generated from ProjectExplorer.
Just select a start and end structure, and pipe sampling interval - and ProjectExplorer will choose a pipe run path representing the shortest possible distance between the two structures. Pipe cover values will be reported at regular intervals along the pipe run, for both the Reference Surface and Comparison Surface.
Since ProjectExplorer 2, it has been possible to edit existing content in the Civil 3D model directly from the ProjectExplorer window.
In ProjectExplorer 3, it is now possible to create entirely new Civil 3D content from the main toolbar in each Object Category tab.
To delete an object from the Civil 3D model, just right-click the relevant item in the ProjectExplorer window and select Delete from the right-click menu.
The layout of the main window is now far more customizable in ProjectExplorer 3. This opens the possibility to use different panel layouts depending on the type of editing or validation operation you are carrying out on your Civil 3D model.
Entire Object Categories may now be hidden from the main ProjectExplorer window whilst not in use. This setting is persistent and is therefore remembered between ProjectExplorer sessions. The visibility of each Object Category may be controlled either from the right-click menu for the tab itself, or from the ProjectExplorer Preferences dialog.
The new Pane Layout drop-down button in the top right of the ProjectExplorer window is used to control the layout and visibility of each individual pane of information in the ProjectExplorer window. Pane Layouts are also persistent between ProjectExplorer sessions and layouts may be saved and retrieved from the ProjectExplorer Preferences dialog.
All these settings may now be saved to and restored from Preferences Files via the ProjectExplorer Preferences panel.
Multiple objects may now be added to an Object Set in a single step. This is achieved from a new dedicated button which has been added to the toolstrip in the Object Sets tab.
Object Set content displayed in the ProjectExplorer window is now formatted using the Layout Template which is assigned to the associated Object Set. Previously, all content in the Object Set tab was displayed using the Layout Template assigned to the main ProjectExplorer window.
For alignments and surfaces, a new series of data columns have been introduced which identify the original model name, string label, source file, and import date for objects derived from imported MX and 12d Model strings.
This enables ProjectExplorer to generate reports containing the original MX or 12d model names and string labels instead of the Civil 3D object names. It also makes it easier than ever to identify the original source of any imported geometry in the Civil 3D model.
Although these data columns are not visible by default, they can easily activated by adjusting the column visibility settings in the Layout Options dialog.
It is now possible to save and restore your ProjectExplorer User Interface Preferences in the same way that Layout Templates are saved and restored.
This allows ProjectExplorer User Interface layouts to be designed for specific purposes. It also allows Profile and Section View color scheme preferences to be shared between colleagues.
Preferences are saved to the new .xmpp file extension, whereas Layout Templates are saved to the new .xmpt file extension.
The Layout Options dialog has been significantly re-designed, making it far easier to navigate and much faster to load on screen.
The file format for Layout Options Templates has changed to an XML based format (*.xmpt). These files can be opened and saved far more efficiently than legacy Layout Template files in Version 2.0 (*.ini).