Civil 3D Labels: How to Create Stacked Labels

December 11, 2023 Leo Lavayen

Exploring the nuanced control within Civil 3D labels, this blog focuses on the intricate art of managing label width, specifically in Pipe labels showcased in profile views. 

Civil 3D labels has a built-in ability to control a labels width.   This post will review the functionality in Pipe labels shown in a profile view.  Below the label in RED, is an example of full-length label in a default location and dragged state set to “As Composed”.  When the Maximum Width value is left at the default value of 0.00, the full length of the label to be displayed.
When the Maximum Width value is set, labels reduce the space covered.  Below a value of 1.0000” is used, notice how the string of text gets stacked to a width of 1.0000” in its default and dragged locations.
From the Label Style Composer, on the Dragged State tab, Display value can be changed from: “As Composed” to “Stacked Text”.  This will cause the label to revert to single line string when dragged.

Where the break exactly happens will be calculated by Civil 3D to the measured width value.  To control exactly where the break happens, a combination of settings can be applied.  The goal here is to have labels show as a single string by default and stacked when dragged.  A label style must be created with multiple components, and the dragged state set to “Stacked Text”.  The key here is the components will stack in the order they were created.  

The label below is split into 3 components, highlighted in colors for the configuration to standout:
•    Frist – “Left” in Blue (pipe length)
•    Second – “Middle” in Green (size and material)
•    Third – “Right” in Magenta (slope)

The process can appear tedious, but gives users control on how labels will behave.  We hope this post helps you understand how you can maximize the use of Civil 3D labels.  

IMAGINiT can help with the configuration of labels and more.

About the Author

Leo Lavayen

Civil Applications Expert<br><br>As an Applications Expert, Leo is responsible for supporting, training and implementation of software for survey and civil engineering professionals. He has more than 19 years of experience helping large and small, public and private clients in the eastern United States.

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