FAQs

Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D
FAQs

 

 

What is the difference between the ‘Professional’ and the ‘Lite’ editions of Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D?

The ‘Professional Edition’ of Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D allows you to author new report templates which may then be run by yourself or others to generate report documents. The ‘Lite’ edition includes the ability to run report templates created by others, but not to create new ones. The idea is that typically only a small number of ‘super users’ will need the ability to author new reports, whereas everybody will need the ability to run reports/generate report documents.

 

What kinds of reports can I create with Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D?

With Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D, you can create most any kind of report imaginable. A few examples include:
 
General

  • Legends, keys, tables, etc.
  • Title block components
  • CAD standards validation
  • Block instance counts (e.g. for landscaping plans)

Points

  • Coordinate tables and listings
  • Oil/gas wells and drill paths
  • Comparisons of point elevations vs a surface for validation

Parcels

  • Area tables with summations and groupings
  • Legal descriptions
  • Closures

Alignments

  • Geometry reports
  • HPMS curve classification reports

Corridors

  • Earthwork and structural section quantities
  • Area, length, and item count based quantities
  • Slope staking notes

 

Do I need to have AutoCAD Civil 3D on my machine in order to run Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D?

YES. Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D runs inside of AutoCAD Civil 3D. You must therefore have a licensed copy of AutoCAD Civil 3D before you can use Visual Report Designer.
 

What versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D is Visual Report Designer compatible with?

The current release of Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D (v4.x) will work with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014-2016.
 

How steep is the learning curve for Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D?

Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D can be used to produce professional quality reports with very little time invested. Typically, only a few hours are required to familiarize oneself with the basic feature set, which covers a large percentage of the reports most users will create; if advanced features are needed, most are relatively simple to learn to use once demonstrated.
 

What are the advantages of using Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D for corridor volumes?

In order to calculate corridor volumes in AutoCAD Civil 3D using the ‘out-of-the-box’ features, you must first create sample lines and cut cross sections, then create separate reports for earthwork and structural quantities. If you want these combined, you must use an external application such as Microsoft Excel to merge the results. Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D takes a radically different approach – no sample lines are needed, nor are any cross sections. Instead, the corridor (and surface) data is sampled at the corridor stations as the report is being generated. Earthwork and structural quantities may be combined into a single report (including performing calculations such as summations, etc with this quantities), and you can also calculate areas, lengths, and item counts in the same report. You can also insert section views (which take styling cues from the code set styles in your DWG), look up prices for materials from external tables or databases (the latter with a bit of scripting) to create cost estimates, etc.
 

Can I insert my report into my DWG as a table?

Essentially, yes, however, the actual entity used is a block rather than a ‘table’. Using a block enables the report content to be ‘locked’ to preserve the integrity of the data, thereby preventing an inexperienced user from simply ‘changing a value’ they don’t like (there is still a way to do this, however it requires a deliberate act to do so). Reports may be inserted to model or paper space.
 

Once a report is inserted into a DWG, can it be updated to reflect changes in the source data?

YES. You have the option to update either selected or all reports in a DWG via a context menu accessible from the inserted report blocks, via the command line, or the ribbon bar.
 

Can I export my reports to PDF, XLS, CSV, etc?

YES. Visual Report Designer for AutoCAD Civil 3D supports these and several other document formats such as RTF, MHT, HTML, etc. Click here for a complete list of supported formats and instructions for exporting.

 

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