Civil 3D Surface Display Settings

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Increased performance for AutoCAD Civil 3D can be achieved by controlling how surface graphics display.  This can be useful when working in a drawing with large surfaces.

At the Command line type;
LEVELOFDETAIL to turn it on


From the ribbon go to View Tab > View Panel > Level of Detail to access toggle settings.

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The level of surface detail in the drawing decreases as you zoom out and the displayed amount of surface data increases as you zoom in.

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Zoomed Out

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Zoomed In











The level of detail mode has no effect on the detail of any object when plotting.  Surfaces are the only objects that are affected by the level of detail view.

Bob Mecham

Bob is a partner at EnvisionCAD and is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, instruction, development, and customization of both MicroStation and InRoads.


One comment on “Civil 3D Surface Display Settings

  1. Eric Collins Reply

    There is currently a bug where sometimes contours will not display if level of detail is on.

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