Changing the styles as described above works well. But only if you know every drawing that has your network referenced into it.
I want to have a master PIPE drawing that contains the styles and structures AS I WANT TO SEE THEM IN SHEETS.
If I update a structure style in my master file, I want ALL of those strutures to update to the new style. I have no way of tracking who has referenced my data in their files....
The most frustrating problem is that after the prodution sheets are set up and the pipe networks are referenced in, any changes to the base file will not update the styles in the dref'd sheets. In other words, if you change, say, a manhole to a cleanout, the newly syncrhonized dref'd part will still look like a manhole, even if the name or description says otherwise. At this point, you have to open each affected sheet separately and update the style individually.
Our workaround has been to create a master utility base file that has all the networks referenced into it and all the styles correctly showing in plan view. We then xref that single utility file into all of our production sheets. If a change is made to a part in a base file, all we have to do is open the master utility base file and update the style for the revised part. This will automatically update the styles in the production sheets as it is an xref, not a data referenced network.
The biggest problem to this approach is if you have a very large project, the master utility base file can get unwieldy. You have to plan that part out in advance, pretty much. Nonetheless, it beats the heck out of what we call "chasing styles", opening up every darned sheet to change a single part's look.
Anyone have any better ideas? We are wide open to suggestion.
This could be because an update or repair has reset the part catalog location.
Type SetNetworkCatalog at the command line and confirm the correct catalog location is set.
Thank you John, This is not the case here. We are using 2010 C3D. Just cant get the styles to update on data references. Its not unique to pipe networks, its surfaces, alignments, etc...
Even if the destination file has the styles in it, autocad decides it should be the style that it was when it first came in to the destination file... rather than what I have updated it to.
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