AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

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Survey Database and Data Shortcut path

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02-15-2013 03:08 PM

How do you move a survey database and data shortcuts?  Without going into details, sometimes it is necessary to copy portion of projects as new projects.  The survey database along with the drawings our surface, points, linework, etc. need to reference the new directory.  I can set the survey database folder location to the new path but am not certain the information in the dwg is point to the correct location.


The same essentially applies to the data shortcuts.  I'm having trouble getting this to work.  With LD we were able to copy the project and resuscitate the drawing(s).  I tried to use Data Shortcut Editor with the Saveas.  I then attempted to rename the dwg's and path the new location and name but receive an error of Invalid source file. Correct the path or press Esc...


C3D 2013 (latest updates)

Win 7 Pro, 64-bit


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Re: Survey Database and Data Shortcut path

02-15-2013 06:33 PM in reply to: rwatson654
Should be able to move the sdb to new location & set the sdb working folder to the new location & see it listed on survey database listing. Done it several times without incident.

As far as the data shortcuts, as long as all source dwg are in same project folder and the new data shortcut working folder is mapped properly it should find them without editing paths.

Old project location:

In our workflow if we must move a project the above folder structure would typically be identical project to project. Entire path following \projname#\ will be same in moved to location.

Data shortcut working folder is "cad" (2 levels above _shortcuts)

Project folder is "civil 3d" (source files loc.)

C3D 2014 SP2
Win 7 Professional 64 Bit
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