AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 Readme
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2011 Update 1 Readme

In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 contains the fixes included in AutoCAD 2011 Update 1.1, and AutoCAD Map 3D 2011 Update 1.

Please read this document before you apply the update to your product. For your reference, save this Readme to your hard drive or print a copy.


This update, C3D2011UPDATE1.exe, is for all versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 running on English-language and non-English-language operating systems. This update will apply to versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 with previous hotfixes applied. This update includes all previous hotfixes for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011.

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When you apply this update while running AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT, it is recommended that you do not click the "Automatically close applications and attempt to restart them after setup is complete" option. Instead, close AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT manually, and press "Ignore" at the prompt. It is also recommended that you reboot your system after installing the update.

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Subscription customers can now access selected subscription benefits without logging onto the Subscription Center. The following benefits are available only to subscription customers.

Online Renewal

If you meet the online renewal program rules and your subscription expires soon, a balloon notification with the option to renew displays. This notification displays only three times. If you have already renewed your subscription, or are not a subscription customer, these options are not available.


In InfoCenter, click the Subscription Center button. Under Benefits Center, click View eLearning Catalog or from the bottom of the Subscription Center menu click an eLearning lesson. You will be prompted to sign-in to the Subscription Center.


You can access some subscription-only learning and technical support without logging onto the Subscription Center. This includes eLearning lessons.

New Advantage Packs

When a new advantage pack becomes available, a balloon notification and menu option displays. To review and download the advantage pack, click the balloon notification or menu option. You must have permission to begin the download. Contract managers and software coordinators can control access to advantage packs from the Subscription Center > Set Access from Product. Instructions for setting access permissions are provided to contract managers and software coordinators prior to advantage pack releases.

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Important: You cannot run an automatic uninstall to remove this update. To restore your version of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 to its pre-update state, uninstall AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 and reinstall it.

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The Windows command line switches built into this update are as follows:

Instructions about how to use these command line switches are included in the procedures that follow.

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  1. Download C3D2011UPDATE1.exe and save it to any folder.
  2. Insert your AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 media into your media drive.
  3. Navigate to the folder where you saved the update.
  4. Double-click the executable file to begin the installation.

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Use this procedure if you want to use Communication Center to apply this update through your local network.

To apply this update through Communication Center using local patch list functionality

  1. On a machine that has AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 installed, install the Autodesk CAD Manager Tools. To install the Autodesk CAD Manager Tools, insert the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 product media and select Install Tools and Utilities. On the Select the Products to Install page, select Autodesk CAD Manager Tools. Click Next to review and accept the License Agreement, then click Install to start the installation.

    NOTE: The update should not be installed on this machine.

  2. In a shared location, create a folder where the patches will be downloaded to (for example, \\servername\shared_folder_location\).
  3. Click Start > Programs > Autodesk > CAD Manager Tools > CAD Manager Control Utility.
  4. Select AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 from the drop-down list and click OK.
  5. On the InfoCenter tab, under Communication Center Panel, select Enable Live Updates. From the drop-down list, select Receive Live Updates from Local Network.
  6. Select Browse and browse to the previously created shared location (for example, \\servername\shared_folder_location\ ).
  7. Select Manage Patches. This option allows you to connect with the Autodesk servers and allows you to download any available patches for your current installation of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011.
  8. Under Manage Patches, the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Service Packs are listed. Select the update you want to apply. Under Action Type select Add To Patch Folder and select Update Patch Folder.
  9. Under Details you will see "downloaded to local patch folder on <time><date>".
  10. Click Close.

    In AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, ensure the Communication Center is configured. Once it is configured you will see that a Live Update Maintenance Patch is available.

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The following method of distributing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 applies only to administrative images created with the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Network Installation wizard. After you complete this procedure, any new deployments of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 will have the update applied to them automatically.

To apply AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 to an existing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 administrative image

  1. On the workstation where you initially created the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 deployment, open the Tools folder and double-click the Create and Modify a Deployment shortcut icon.
  2. On the Begin Deployment page, select Create a New Deployment Using an Existing Deployment as a Template.
  3. Specify a new name for the deployment.
  4. Review and make any changes.
  5. On the Review - Configure - Create Deployment page, click Configure, review the settings, and make any changes.
  6. On the Include Service Packs page, select Include Service Pack from and click Download.
  7. Select the option to append the service packs to the deployment.
  8. Complete the customizations and click Configuration Complete, and then click Create Deployment. Now any new deployments of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 will have the update applied to them automatically.

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In some situations users may observe that the background area around the ViewCube has turned white. This issue is benign but can be resolved by turning video hardware acceleration on/off.

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As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of issues in the following areas were identified and fixed in this update:


Plans Production

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This update includes the resolution of over 40 issues. This section of the readme documents the resolved issues that previously caused loss of data, unexpected failures of AutoCAD Civil 3D, or reflect a change in functionality.



Corridor Design

Corridor Volumes












Profile View

Project Management


Quantity Takeoff






User Interface

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 provides the following AutoCAD 2011 Update 1.1 fixes in a format that is installable on AutoCAD Civil 3D.


2D Display

3D Cache

3D Modeling

3D Navigation Tools

Annotation Scaling



Command Line

Customer Involvement Program



DGN Support


Display Acceleration

Display Drivers


External References

Graphic System









OLE (Object Linking & Embedding)



Partial Open

PDF Export


Raster Design


Section & Flatten

Selection Highlighting


Visual Lisp

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Update 1 provides the following AutoCAD Map 3D 2011 Update 1 fixes in a format that is installable on AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Display Manager

FDO Create / Edit

FDO Oracle

FDO Raster



Raster Design


Topobase Interoperability




Vector Symbolization

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