AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

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Message 11 of 15 (340 Views)

Re: Custom color range for surface elevations

05-23-2013 06:55 AM in reply to: autoMick2

Hey Andrew, I like your suggestion. I just installed the ANZ country kit, but when I open the 'Additional Tools' and click 'execute' on 'Surface Analysis - Export to a File', I get this in my command line: 


Command: (load "Surface elevation analysis.lsp") ; error: LOAD failed: "Surface
elevation analysis.lsp"
Command: ExportElevations Unknown command "EXPORTELEVATIONS". Press F1 for


Any idea why this happened or how I can fix it..?

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Message 12 of 15 (328 Views)

Re: Custom color range for surface elevations

05-23-2013 03:36 PM in reply to: sbrasher2010

On 2013, the "Surface elevation analysis.lsp" file is located in the folder "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013\Support" on my machine.


If the file is there, then you need to check your support paths in the options dialogue.


Did you run the installation as administrator? Do you have administration rights over you local machine?


Otherwise, you can extract it from the original location by opening the folder "Content\en\C3DCK_ANZ" on your installation media, you will find some cab files. You need to open the file "" using a compression utility (I use 7zip) then extract the files to a new folder. in the new folder, find the index.dat file and open it in notepad. Locate the item {29575192-CA35-42D8-8EAE-38ABF5B385AB}Support\Surface elevation analysis.LSP. this tells you that the file {29575192-CA35-42D8-8EAE-38ABF5B385AB} needs to be renamed to "Surface elevation analysis.LSP" and dropped in the folder "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013\Support" (for 2013)


Restart civil 3d and try again.



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Andrew Puller
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Civil 3d 2013 64bit
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Registered: ‎10-22-2008
Message 13 of 15 (310 Views)

Re: Custom color range for surface elevations

05-25-2013 01:07 AM in reply to: autoMick2

Hi Mick


I use Custom Colour Ranges quite a bit for my work. The easiest way that I have found for using customized colours for surface elevation banding (using the Range Interval with Datum option) is to create my own Colour Books with whatever customized range that I want.


This can be done by downloading (the free) Autodesk's ACBEditor application and running that. The files have an ACB extension and the Colour Books are saved in the "Program Files\Autodesk\...\Support\Color" folder. These Colour Books use RGB Colours, not Index Colours. C3D2013 can use a maximum 200 surface elevation bands.


One word of warning - the Colour Books work fine for surface banding in C3D2013 but do not work in C3D2014. That is why I started the thread on "Bug in Surface Rebuild" a few weeks back. Apparently, Autodesk are looking into fixing this problem.


Chris (coastalgeology) 

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Message 14 of 15 (304 Views)

Re: Custom color range for surface elevations

05-25-2013 01:29 AM in reply to: coastalgeology
Hi Chris - thanks for the suggestion, I'll have a look at it. Yes the index colours a pretty limiting, so it would be nice if they fixed that for 2014.
- Mick
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Message 15 of 15 (190 Views)

Re: Custom color range for surface elevations

10-22-2013 11:13 PM in reply to: autoMick

I have tried all these methods and am willing to say they are all still very annoying. Best method been probably export to a text file and reimport.


With all the styles that are buit into Civil 3D it would be so much simpler if analysis color ramps could just be another style that can be kept inside the drawing. Not some random text file somewhere.



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