Civil 3D: Design Visualization using Multiview Blocks

Continuing our focus on some of the Autodesk Civil 3D surface commands, in this post we're exploring the Move Blocks to Surface command.

First, let's dig into the awesome blocks we'll use.  Out of the box Multi View Blocks will be placed along the design.  There are over 400 blocks shipped with the software and can be found here:  C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\C3D 2022\enu\Data\Symbols\Mvblocks

These blocks can also be found neatly organized by opening the Tool Pallets then selecting the Civil 3D Multiview Blocks Palette Group.  When selected, by default the group has four (4) tabs:

  • Highways
  • External Works
  • Landscape
  • Building Footprints

The advantage that Multiview blocks provide is that they will appear as simple 2D geometry in plan view and when the orientation of the view is changed, they will appear as more complex 3D objects in a model view.  See below how the blocks for Building and Trees are shown as simple outlines, and the Vehicle and Swing Set with minimal line work (2D Left).  And when view is changed, blocks appear extruded geometry (3D Right).