Civil3D integration (Pipe network import/export)

Product(s): StormCAD, Civilstorm, SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, WaterCAD, WaterGEMS, HAMMER
Version(s): V8i, CONNECT Edition
Area:  Data Import/Export


How do the OpenFlows products integrate with AutoCAD Civil 3D?

How can Civil3D pipe network data be exchanged?

Can we export a model file from one of the storm and sanitary products into a format that can be opened in AutoCAD Civil3D or AutoCAD Land Desktop. For example for the purpose of producing standard Civil3D reports, long sections, etc.?

Problem number:31617


Civil3D integration works just like plain vanilla AutoCAD integration. When opening the OpenFlows product "...for AutoCAD Civil3D" shortcut, you will be able to utilize the AutoCAD user interface and drawing tools with your OpenFlows product. Civil3D-specific tools such as profiling with pipe networks would need to rely on data exchange via the standard LandXML format per the below.

Note: Civil3D tools tends to be more meaningful in a storm or sewer context, so LandXML data exchange is not currently available in WaterGEMS, WaterCAD or HAMMER. You can however export a water model to ESRI Shapefile format, which can be consumed by Civil3D. You could also export the water model to i-model format and view it in 3D in a Bentley application like MicroStation.

Opening a Civil3D Pipe Network in the OpenFlows Product

1) From Civil3D, export the pipe network to LandXML format

2) In the OpenFlows product, Choose File > Import > LandXML, then select the file

If any changes are made in the OpenFlows product, you will need to re-export to LandXML in order for Civil3D to pick up on the change. From the File menu, chose Export > LandXML

Opening a OpenFlows model in Civil3D

1) From the OpenFlows product, choose File > Export > LandXML, then select the location and name,

2) In Civil3D, import the LandXML file. 

If any changes are made in Civil3D, you will need to re-export to LandXML file and import it back into the OpenFlows product. Note that the LandXML file only contains information supported by the LandXML format, so some OpenFlows model data may be lost.

See Also

Setting up a parts library and importing a LandXML file in Civil3D