AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 Tip: Use Civil 3D Note Label Styles in Place of Multileaders

We’ve annotated our plan drawing in Model Space. We’ve used our vast collection of preset multileader styles to save time. Everything looks perfect. Then the dreaded change order makes its way to our desk. We will have to rotate some of our viewports +/- 15 degrees to see the new changes. Rotating our viewports means our Model Space multileaders will no longer be aligned with the layout. There will be at least 50 multileaders to fix. Wow, this keeps on getting better and better.

 Multileader before twist
Multileader after twist


We can see multileaders do not rotate automatically or become plan readable in the viewport.

How about using a Civil 3D Note Label Style? Civil 3D Note Label Styles have a feature that makes them a good solution for this type of situation. The text and leader can automatically become plan readable when there are viewport changes.

Note (left) & Multileader before twist
Note (left) & Multileader after twist


As we can see, The Note and the Multileader started out plan readable. After we rotated the objects in the viewport, the Note Label Style reoriented itself to stay plan readable, the Multileader did not. Creating a bunch of Note Label Styles with commonly used text, can be an enormous timesaver when issues like this appear.

Bryan Sullivan

Bryan Sullivan

Bryan joined the EnvisionCAD team in October 2013. He provides a variety of CAD Management services. As a CAD Technician, he provides expertise in AutoCAD and Civil 3D production, support and development services. He has been using AutoCAD and Autodesk products since 1998 and has used his knowledge of CAD software and internet technology to provide drafting and design support and CAD management services for engineering firms and design-build contractors. Bryan has training in mechanical design and has gained experience in the civil, environmental, and structural engineering fields while working on a variety of projects for state, municipal, and private clients. His project history includes 2D and 3D CAD modeling of waterworks and wastewater systems, transportation systems, floodplain and stormwater management design, landfill design and operation, earth retention design, deep foundation systems and much more. He is skilled in creating plans and documentation for the entire engineering process as it evolves from the initial survey and design, on to the permit process, through the creation of engineering plan sets, cycling through changes made during bid preparation and review, and finally ending with construction and as-built drawings. He is an avid researcher and has never been reluctant to leverage a new technology or evaluate a new solution in order to solve an engineering or production issue.

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