With these elements in place, you’re ready to dive in and create some sheets. The general steps
in creating a set of plans are as follows:
1. Meet the prerequisites listed previously.
2. Create view frames.
3. Create sheets.
4. Plot or publish (hardcopy or DWF).
The next section describes this process in detail and the tools used in plan production.
Using View Frames and Match Lines
When you create sheets using the Plan Production tool, Civil 3D first automatically helps you
divide your alignment into sections that will fit on your plotted sheet and display at the desired
scale. To do this, Civil 3D creates a series of rectangular frames placed end to end (or slightly
overlapping) along the length of alignment, like those in Figure 20.1. These rectangles are referred
to as view frames and are automatically sized and positioned to meet your plan sheet requirements.
This collection of view frames is referred to as a view-frame group. Where the view frames abut one
another, Civil 3D creates match lines that establish continuity from frame to frame by referring to
the previous or next sheet in the completed plan set. View frames and match lines are created in
Model space, using the prerequisite elements described in the previous section.
Figure 20.1
View frames and match
Match line
View frames
The first step in the process of creating plan sets is to generate view frames. Civil 3D provides an
intuitive wizard that walks you through each step of the view framecreation process. Let’s look
at the wizard and the various page options. After you’ve seen each page, you’ll have a chance to
put what you’ve learned into practice.
You launch the Create View Frames Wizard (Figure 20.2) by selecting the Create View Frames
button on the Plan Production panel found on the Output tab of the ribbon. The wizard consists of
several pages. A list of these pages is shown along the left side, and an arrow indicates which page
you’re currently viewing. You move among the pages using the Next and Back navigation buttons
along the bottom of each page. Alternatively, you can jump directly to any page by clicking its
name in the list on the left. The following sections walk through the pages of the wizard and
explain their features.
Figure 20.2
The Create View Frames
Alignment Page
You use the first page to select the alignment and station range along which the view frames will
be created.
Alignment In the first section of this page, you select the alignment along which you want to
create view frames. You can either select it from the drop-down menu or click the Select from
the Drawing button to select the alignment from the drawing.
Station Range In the Station Range section, you define the station range over which the
frames will be created. Selecting Automatic creates frames from the alignment Start to
the alignment End. Selecting User Specified lets you define a custom range, by either keying in
Start and End station values in the appropriate box or by clicking the button to the right of the
station value fields and graphically selecting the station from the drawing.
Sheets Page
You use the second page of the wizard (Figure 20.3) to establish the sheet type and the orientation
of the view frames along the alignment. A plan production sheet is a layout tab in a drawing file.
To create the sheets, Civil 3D references a predefined drawing template (.dwt) file. As mentioned
earlier, the template must contain layout tabs, and in each tab the viewport’s extended data prop-
erties must be set to either Plan or Profile. Later in this chapter, you’ll learn about editing and
modifying templates for use in plan production.
Sheet Settings In Civil 3D 2010, the Plan Production feature provides options for creating
three types of sheets:
Plan and Profile This option generates a sheet with two viewports; one viewport shows
a plan view and the other shows a profile view of the section of the selected alignment

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