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 Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.


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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