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Model Viewer – Material Scales

If you have downloaded Civil Site Design v18.1, you will notice by default that hardware acceleration is turned on. Model Viewer will now display at a much high render quality.

So, it is suggested that you increase the scaling of your existing materials in the Material Groups command. The screenshots below demonstrate a change from the default .001 scale to .01 of the default materials.

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Civil Site Design v18.1 Released!

Civil Site Design v18.1 is now available to download. Over the next month, we are going to be releasing new updates with some big improvements and new features.

New & Improved Features

  • Improved graphics display. By default, this version will take advantage of your graphics card. So, you will find commands like the Vertical Grading Editor, Cross Section Viewer, and Model Viewer running much smoother and looking much better. If you’re experiencing issues with this new version, then please read this post.
  • Selecting ‘Build Surface’ in the Surface Manager will now update Satellite Surfaces and Combined Surfaces.
  • New command arduv7AJEBCombinedSurfaceSettings allows users to control the order of processing combined surfaces. This command is useful if you have combined surfaces added to another combined surface – stacked surfaces. We will be adding this command to the ribbon in the next update, but we though we would let you know about it now.
  • Grading models now render better in Model Viewer. Codes that were named (XXL) are now given their proper code name, which means easier material assignment.
  • A critical issue calculating pipe flows has now been addressed.
  • Improvements have been made to the new DRAINS interface.

For more detailed information about this version, please read our release notes.

Screenshots of the improved rendering display in Civil Site Design v18.1.

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V18.1 – Hardware Acceleration

Civil Site Design v18.1 will by default make use of your graphics card for all graphical processing.  This means that commands like the Vertical Grading Editor, Cross Section Viewer, and Model Viewer will look much better and perform a lot smoother.

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Before installing v18.1, it is recommended that you ensure that your graphics card drivers are up to date. If you experience performance issues when installing v18.1, then updating your graphics card drivers should resolve the issue.

If you have an old computer or are still experiencing performance issues with this new update, then you can turn off the hardware acceleration.

For AutoCAD/Civil3D users, open the file ARDNETInitialise.ini, found at the location C:\ProgramData\CSS\ARD\Program Settings.

Change the values for ‘Accel’ and ‘Antialiasing’ from 1 to 0, to turn off hardware acceleration and restart the software.

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BricsCAD users will find the ARDNETInitialise.ini file in the following location –

BricsCAD v17 – C:\ProgramData\CSS\ARD\Settings\BC17

BricsCAD v16 – C:\ProgramData\CSS\ARD\Settings\BC16