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Module 18
Roadway Plan Production
In this module, you learn how to work with Roadway Plan Production tools in AutoCAD Civil 3D. The Plan Production tools are used to automate the generation of plan and profile design and construction sheets. Plan and profile design and construction sheets can be either generated in the working drawing, or in new drawings that seamlessly reference the data residing in the working drawing.

Objectives
After completing this module, you will be able to:
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Create view frames in a view frame group. Create all plan and profile sheets in the current drawing. Create all plan and profile sheets in a new drawing. Create all plan and profile sheets in individual drawings. Use the AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager to manage the sheets.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum

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Notes to Instructor
Data for this module resides in the \AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum\Module 18 - Roadway Plan Production\ folder.

Exercises
The following exercises are provided in step-by-step format. Open the AutoCAD Civil 3D program prior to beginning the lesson by double-clicking the Civil 3D icon on the desktop. For those working in the imperial system use the drawing files beginning with the letter I. Those working in the metric system should use the drawing files beginning with the letter M. You are provided with a drawing for each exercise in the lesson. You must use the drawings provided with the exercises. The exercises in this module are as follows: 1. Create View Frames in a View Frame Group 2. Create All Sheets in the Current Drawing 3. Create All Sheets in a New Drawing 4. Create All Sheets in Individual Drawings 5. Use the AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager

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Module 18 - Roadway Plan Production

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Roadway Plan Production
In this module, you learn how to use the Plan Production feature in AutoCAD Civil 3D to create plan and profile contract sheets. Creating plan and profile sheets in Civil 3D involves the following steps:
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Create the view frames. Create the sheets.

View frames are model space objects that show the area of the horizontal alignment that is represented in each sheet.

To create view frames, you select a drawing template (DWT) with layout definitions that contain scaled viewports and the sheet borders. When you use the Create View Frames command, the first step is to select the drawing template (DWT) that contains the layout definitions.

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view frames are organized in a view frame group. Civil 3D then prompts you for a number of other parameters that control the creation of the view frames and match lines. you then select the layout definition. In Prospector. The View Frame Style and View Frame Label Style control the display and 18-4 .AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES After you select the drawing template.

When you create the sheets and layouts in a new drawing. You can use grips to modify the position of the view frames and match lines in model space before creating the sheets. Create sheets on layouts on individual drawings. the next step is to create the sheets. Object data is referenced with Civil 3D reference objects. and uses AutoCAD external references and Civil 3D reference objects to reference the data residing in the original drawing. Civil 3D creates a layout for each sheet in the view frame group. The Match Line Style and Match Line Label Style control the display and annotation of the match lines in model space. When you create the sheets and layouts in the current drawing. Graphical data is referenced using AutoCAD external references. Civil 3D creates a layout for each sheet in the view frame group.Module 18 . After you have created the view frames. This enables you to create a production drawing that is dynamically linked to the objects in a design drawing. you are presented with the following options:    Create all sheets on layouts in the current drawing.Roadway Plan Production NOTES annotation of the view frames in model space. Create sheets on layouts in a new drawing. When you create the sheets. 18-5 .

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES A Civil 3D reference object is created in the production drawing and references the object data that resides in the working drawing. AutoCAD external references and Civil 3D reference objects are also used. In this circumstance. AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager is used to manage the created sheets. You can also create the sheets and layouts in individual drawings. Sheet sets are defined and stored in a sheet set (DST) file that indicates where the sheets are located. 18-6 .

such as date and drawing number.Roadway Plan Production NOTES Sheet Set Manager can also be used to automate the population of relevant data in a title block. 18-7 .Module 18 .

Match Line Match Line Label Style Match Line Style Reference Object Sheet Set Manager View Frame Controls the display of the match line. An AutoCAD utility used for the creation and management of individual sheets within a drawing set. Controls the display of the view frame label. A line drawn in plan view that indicates the separation between adjacent plan and profile sheets. The layout is a tab that contains a title block and viewport(s). The position of the match line is based on the length of profile alignment that will fit in the viewport. A Civil 3D function used to share Civil 3D object data residing in one or more other drawings. A collection in Prospector of view frames for an alignment. and has details of the associated printer and paper size. A model space object that shows the plan view portion of the model that is displayed in a plan sheet or a plan and profile sheet. View Frame Label Style View Frame Style View Frame Group Controls the display of the view frame. 18-8 .AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Key Terms External Reference Layout An AutoCAD function used to share the graphical contents of one or more drawings with other drawings. Used to represent a single sheet in a contract drawing set. Controls the display of the match line label.

dwg (M_RoadwayPlanProduction-EX1.dwg).Roadway Plan Production NOTES EXERCISE 1: CREATE VIEW FRAMES IN A VIEW FRAME GROUP In this exercise. open …\Module 18 – Roadway Plan Production\ I_RoadwayPlanProduction-EX1. View frames are created in model space along the horizontal alignment and show the locations in plan view that will be displayed in the plan and profile sheets. A drawing template with layout definitions is used to determine the size of the view frames. For this exercise. Civil 3D creates view frames and match lines and organizes them in a view frame group on the Prospector tab of the Toolspace window. You must complete this exercise before completing the other exercises in this module. 18-9 . The viewport size and scale on the layout is used to determine the size of the view frames. The layout definition in the drawing template also contains the sheet border that will be used when the sheets are created. you use the Plan Production tools to create view frames.Module 18 .

Browse to the \Program Files\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum\Module 18 . 3. select Plan and Profile. 6.Roadway Plan Production\ folder. Click General menu > Plan Production Tools > Create View Frames. for Sheet Settings. On the Alignment page. 18-10 . click Browse. 7. 5. 2. Now browse and select a layout in a drawing template that will be used to create the sheets. ensure the alignment is set to 8th Avenue and that Automatic is toggled for Station Range. For Drawing Template File Name. On the Sheets page. First select the drawing template. For Template for Plan and Profile Sheet. The Create View Frames wizard launches. Specify the parameter for the sheets. Click Next.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 1. click Browse again. 4.

10. select Along Alignment. Now select the layout definition. Click Open. 18-11 . In the Select Layout as Sheet Template.dwt).dwt (Civil 3D [Metric] Plan and Profile. dialog box.Module 18 . Click OK. Select Civil 3D (Imperial) Plan and Profile. select Arch D Plan and Profile 40 Scale (ISO A1 Plan and Profile 1 to 500). 9. For View Frame Placement.Roadway Plan Production NOTES 8. Arch D and ISO A1 are industry imperial and metric conventions for common sheet sizes used for plotting drawings. 11.

For Starting Number. Review the parameters for the view frame group. For View Frame Group Name. View frame label location. click Edit View Frame Name. 16. Name for the view frames in the view frame group. 15. enter 1.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 12. Click OK. View frame style. View frame label style. Click Next. 18-12 . 14. You specify the following:      Name for the view frame group. Modify the naming template for the view frame group. click Edit View Frame Group Name. For View Frame Name. 13.

Review the remaining settings. Click Next. 18. 21. Enter 10. 23. select Snap Station Value Down to the Nearest. Click OK. 19.Module 18 . Review the remaining settings. 24. 22. 18-13 . On the Match Lines page. For Starting Number. 20.Roadway Plan Production NOTES 17. enter 1. Set the parameters for the match lines. Click Next. enter 1. Click OK. This setting positions the match lines to the nearest 10’ (10 m) station increment. For Starting Number. Click Edit View Frame Match Line Name.

Civil 3D displays three grips:  The green circular-shaped grip is used to rotate the position of the view frame. Click each of the grips and make small adjustments to the view frame. Close the drawing and do not save the changes. You can modify the position of the view frames in the drawing area. review the Profile View parameters. The blue square-shaped grip is used to move the view frame to any position. Civil 3D creates the view frames in the drawing area. On the Profile Views page. 18-14 . Zoom to and click any of the view frames.   27. 26. The blue diamond-shaped grip is used to position the view frame along the alignment. 28. Click Create View Frames.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 25.

Displays the new sheet set in the Sheet Set Manager window. Expand all the trees under View Frame Groups. 18-15 . For this exercise.dwg). Each sheet is shown on a paper space layout definition. 2.dwg (M_RoadwayPlanProduction-EX2. open …\Module 18 .Roadway Plan Production NOTES EXERCISE 2 : CREATE ALL SHEETS IN THE CURRENT DRAWING In this exercise. you create the plan and profile sheets in the current drawing. Creates layouts in the current drawing. In Toolspace. 1. AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager is used to manage the sheets. click the Prospector tab. Civil 3D does the following:     Creates profile views in the current drawing. Displays messages in the Event Viewer of the Panorama window.I_RoadwayPlanProduction-EX2.Module 18 . When you create the sheets in the current drawing.

On the Sheet Set page. Click OK. 6. Right-click VFG – 8th Avenue – (1). for New Sheet Set. 5. Review the remaining settings. On the View Frame Group and Layouts page. Click Next. 3. enter VFG – 8th Avenue (Layouts in Current Drawing). Select a north arrow block. enter 1. 18-16 . click Edit Layout Name. The Create Sheets wizard launches. Click Create sheets. 8. For Starting Number. For Layout Name.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Civil 3D organizes the view frames and match line objects under the VFG – 8th Avenue – (1) View Frame Group. 9. 7. select All Layouts in the Current Drawing. for Layout Creation. 4.

Roadway Plan Production NOTES 10. 18. 14. 16. review the settings. Creates layouts in the current drawing. 18-17 . Close the drawing and do not save the changes. Displays the new sheet set in the Sheet Set Manager window. At the Select Profile View Origin prompt. select a location above the 8th Avenue Profile View for the Profile View Origin. Click OK. Click Next. read the message. 13. Displays messages in the Event Viewer of the Panorama window. Click each of the new layout definitions and review the sheets. 11. Close the Sheet Set Manager window.Module 18 . Close the Panorama window. In the AutoCAD Civil 3D dialog box. 15. Civil 3D does the following:     Creates profile views in the current drawing. Civil 3D prompts you to save the drawing before creating the sheets. 12. On the Profile Views page. Click Create Sheets. 17. Click the Model tab.

Displays messages in the Event Viewer of the Panorama window. Three profile view objects are also created in the new drawing. Displays the new sheet set in the Sheet Set Manager window. In the new drawing. Graphical data is referenced with AutoCAD external references. 18-18 . When you create all layouts in one new drawing. Civil 3D does the following:   Creates a new drawing with layout definitions for each sheet. Each sheet is shown on a paper space layout definition in the new drawing. Object data is referenced with Civil 3D reference objects. you create all sheets in a new drawing. creates an AutoCAD external reference to the current drawing and creates Civil 3D reference objects for the 8th Avenue Alignment and the 8th Avenue profiles.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES EXERCISE 3: CREATE ALL SHEETS IN A NEW DRAWING In this exercise.   The new drawing references the data in the original drawing.

On the View Frame Group and Layouts page. Expand all the trees under View Frame Groups. 1. 3. select All Layouts In One New Drawing. Review the remaining settings. 5. 18-19 . For Layout Name. 7. 9. For Starting Number. Select a north arrow block.dwg). open …\Module 18 – Roadway Plan Production\ I_RoadwayPlanProduction-EX3. enter 1. Civil 3D organizes the view frames and match line objects under the VFG – 8th Avenue – (1) View Frame Group. click the Prospector tab.Module 18 . Click Create Sheets. Click OK. Right-click VFG – 8th Avenue – (1). The Create Sheets wizard opens.Roadway Plan Production NOTES For this exercise. 6. 8. 2. Click Next. 4.dwg (M_RoadwayPlanProduction-EX3. click Edit Layout Name. In Toolspace. Click OK.

14. Three profile view objects are also created in the new drawing. 15. 11. In the Data References page. Click Next. In the new drawing. Click OK to save the drawing. enter VFG – 8th Avenue (Layouts in One New Drawing). 13. review the settings. In the Profile Views page. 18-20 . For Sheet File Name. Civil 3D does the following:   Creates a new drawing with layout definitions. click Edit Sheet File Name. For Starting Number. Click OK. review the settings.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 10. Click Create Sheets. At the Select Profile View Origin prompt. 16. On the Sheet Set page. select a location above the 8th Avenue profile views for the profile view origin. creates an AutoCAD external reference to the current drawing and creates Civil 3D reference objects for the 8th Avenue Alignment and the 8th Avenue profiles. for New Sheet Set. 12. enter 1.

Click OK to confirm the deletion. 26. Click the Sheet – (1). Sheet – (2). Now open the new drawing with the layouts. Displays messages in the Event Viewer of the Panorama window. With the CTRL key pressed. You now remove the unused Layout tab. 18-21 .(1) –(1). 24. and Sheet – (3) tabs remain. Right-click the selected Layout tabs.Roadway Plan Production NOTES   Displays the new sheet set in the Sheet Set Manager window. 20. click the Prospector tab. Sheet – (2). Close the Sheet Set Manager window. Close the Panorama window. Zoom to the extents of the drawing.Module 18 . 17. 22. 25. Review the sheets. 18. and Sheet – (3). Click File menu > Open. Select VFG . 19. In Toolspace. click all Layout tabs except Model. 28. Sheet – (1). Sheet – (2). Click Delete. 27. Now review how the data is assembled. Browse \AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum\Module 18 .Roadway Plan Production. Click the Model tab.dwg. Click Open. 23. 21. The Model.8th Avenue . Sheet – (1). and Sheet – (3) tabs.

On the command line. Now review the external reference. Expand all trees under the Alignments tree. 30.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 29. enter XR. Press ENTER. A reference object is created for the following objects:    8th Avenue Alignment 8th Avenue – Existing Ground Profile Design 1 Profile (for 8th Avenue) The reference object is indicated by the blue arrows. Three profile views are also created in the new drawing. 18-22 .

32. 18-23 .Roadway Plan Production NOTES Civil 3D displays the External References window and shows the current exercise drawing as the external reference. Save and close the drawing. the production drawing is dynamically linked to the design drawing via AutoCAD external references and Civil 3D data references. In this example. 31. Close the drawing and do not save the changes.Module 18 .

Graphical data is referenced with AutoCAD external references. Civil 3D does the following:   Creates new drawings. Expand all the trees under View Frame Groups. In each new drawing. 2. each with one layout. A single profile view is created in each drawing. In Toolspace. open …\Module 18 – Roadway Plan Production\ I_RoadwayPlanProduction-EX4. Displays the new sheet set in the Sheet Set Manager window.   The new drawings reference the data in the original drawing. Object data is referenced with Civil 3D reference objects. When you create new sheets in individual drawings.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES EXERCISE 4: CREATE ALL SHEETS IN INDIVIDUAL DRAWINGS In this exercise. For this exercise. 18-24 . creates an AutoCAD external reference to the current drawing and creates Civil 3D reference objects for the 8th Avenue Alignment and the 8th Avenue profiles. click the Prospector tab.dwg). you create new sheets in individual drawings.dwg (M_RoadwayPlanProduction-EX4. 1. Displays messages in the Event Viewer of the Panorama window.

Right-click VFG – 8th Avenue – (1).Module 18 .Roadway Plan Production NOTES Civil 3D organizes the view frames and match line objects under the VFG – 8th Avenue – (1) View Frame Group. Click OK. 10. Click Next. 11. for New Sheet Set. enter 2. Select a north arrow block. enter 1. select Number of Layouts Per New Drawing. 4. Click Edit Layout Name. 12. 3. enter VFG – 8th Avenue (One Layout Each Drawing). 8. click Edit Sheet File Name. Click OK. 13. In the Sheet Set dialog box. For Sheet File Name. Click Next. Click Create sheets. Enter 1. 6. The Create Sheets wizard opens. 18-25 . 9. For Starting Number. In the View Frame Group and Layouts page. For Starting Number. 5. 7.

Displays the new sheet set in the Sheet Set Manager window. Civil 3D does the following:   Creates three new drawings. A single profile view is created in each drawing. 16. review the settings. Close the Sheet Set Manager window. Click OK to save the drawing. In the Data References page. review the settings. Click Next. The origin is a relative location for profile view placement when the new drawings are created. 20. 19. 17. select a location above the 8th Avenue profile views for the profile view origin. 15. Click Create Sheets. each with one layout. creates an AutoCAD external reference to the current drawing and creates Civil 3D reference objects for the 8th Avenue Alignment and the 8th Avenue profiles. Close the drawing and do not save the changes. Close the Panorama window.   18. In each new drawing. Displays messages in the Event Viewer of the Panorama window. At the Select Profile View Origin prompt. 18-26 . In the Profile Views page.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES 14.

The Sheet Set Manager references a sheet set file (DST) that indicates where the sheets are located. manage. Sheet Set Manager enables you to create. such as sheet number and date. 18-27 . Sheet Set Manager can also populate the title block with relevant information.Module 18 . you learn how to use AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager. and edit plan and profile sheets using the Sheet Set Manager window interface.Roadway Plan Production NOTES EXERCISE 5: USE THE AUTOCAD SHEET SET MANAGER In this exercise.

Continue working with the drawing from Exercise 4. you need to complete Exercise 4. Civil 3D displays the sheets in the sheet set. 3. In the Sheet Set Manager window. Click Open. 1. Select VFG – 8th Avenue (One Layout in Each Drawing). 18-28 . Right-click 3-Sheet – (3). enter Sheetset. on the command line. Press ENTER. click the down arrow. Civil 3D displays the Sheet Set Manager window. 4. 2. If the Sheet Set Manager window is not open.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Before completing Exercise 5.

Click the Model tab. 7. Expand all trees under the Alignments tree. Zoom to the lower right corner of the title block. Now review how the data is assembled.Module 18 . 9. Zoom to the extents of the drawing. 5. 18-29 . click the Prospector tab. Civil 3D populates the title block with the current date and sheet number. In Toolspace. 8.Roadway Plan Production NOTES Civil 3D opens the third drawing in the sheet set. Both the original drawing and the sheet set drawing are open. 6.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES A reference object is created for the following objects:    8th Avenue Alignment 8th Avenue – Existing Ground Profile Design 1 Profile (for 8th Avenue) The reference object is indicated by the blue arrows. 10. On the command line. A single profile view is also created in the drawing. enter XR. Press ENTER. Now review the external reference. Civil 3D displays the External References window and shows the current exercise drawing as the external reference. 18-30 .

Module 18 . Close the drawing and do not save the changes. the production drawing is dynamically linked to the design drawing via AutoCAD external references and Civil 3D data references. 11.Roadway Plan Production NOTES In this example. 18-31 .

The viewport size and scale in the referenced layout in the drawing template (DWT) controls the size of the view frames. The position of the match line is based on the length of profile alignment that fits in the viewport. The view frame group is shown as a collection on the Prospector tab of the Toolspace window. 18-32 . 2. Explain the differences between an AutoCAD external reference and a Civil 3D reference object.AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Questions 1. 5. How are view frames organized? 6. What controls the size of the view frames? 5. 6. Can Civil 3D Plan Production be used to create cross-section sheets? Answers 1. An AutoCAD external reference is used to share AutoCAD graphical data between drawings. A Civil 3D reference object is used to share Civil 3D object data between drawings. View frames are organized in a view frame group. 3. The view frame is the model space object that surrounds an area that is displayed when a sheet is created. How is Sheet Set Manager used? 9. Describe how you can edit the position of the view frames? 7. The green circle-shaped grip is used to rotate the view frame. The blue square grip is used to move the view frame to any position. The blue diamond grip is used to position the view frame along the alignment. The match line is a line drawn in plan view that indicates the separation between adjacent sheets. What is a match line? 4. 2. You can use grips to control the position of the view frames in model space. When creating sheets. What are the three options available when creating sheets? 8. under what circumstances are external references and reference objects used? 10. What is a view frame? 3. 4.

10. Civil 3D Plan Production tools cannot be used to create cross-section sheets. Sheet Set Manager is used to manage the sheets in a sheet set. ii) create all sheets in a new drawing. other methods for producing cross-section sheets such as cross-section group plot styles and map books.Roadway Plan Production NOTES 7. or iii) create all sheets in individual drawings. There are. External references and reference objects are used when you create sheets in new drawings. When you create sheets you can i) create all sheets in the current drawing. however. regardless of how they were created. 18-33 . 9.Module 18 . 8.

The view frames were positioned and sized based on layout definitions residing in a drawing template file (DWT). Finally. First. sheets were generated with all layouts in a new drawing. Next. you learned how to use the AutoCAD Civil 3D Plan Production tools to create plan and profile sheets. you learned how to use AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager to manage the sheets within a sheet set. which show the plan view areas that are displayed in the individual sheets. and then sheets were generated in individual drawings with one layout for each sheet. After the view frames were created. you used grips to modify the position of the view frames. The first step was to create the view frames. sheets were generated with all layouts in the current drawing. The next step was to generate the sheets. 18-34 .AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009 Education Curriculum NOTES Module Summary In this module.