Civil 3D: How to add Dynamic Reference Grids, Scale Bars and North Arrows – 2 Minute Tuesday

Hey Everybody,

Brandon here back with another new 2 minute Tuesday, though to be fair, this one isn’t even close to being under 2 minutes. I think you’ll still really enjoy it though since it covers 3 great layout tools in Civil 3D. If you’re new to C3D or simply just looking to learn some new tricks, this video will be perfect for you. It’s a little more advanced than some of the AutoCAD videos but the benefit of the dynamic tools is worth it.

So, back to the video, in it, I go over how to automatically add reference grid lines and coordinates to your drawings in layout space that are linked and update automatically. These coordinate labels and lines will give your drawings a professional and map-like quality quickly.
Also in the video, I’ll show you how to add an auto-updating/dynamic north arrow and scalebar to your drawing, helping speed up your layout and setup process as well as making your drawings easier to understand. All of these tools are dynamically linked to your viewport, this means for example if you change the scale of your drawing, the scalebar will update automatically.

I hope you enjoy the video and are as excited as I am for some more Civil 3D content:


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Cheers and happy drafting!

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And lastly, don’t forget to check out my last post here: 4 Go To Sites When You’re Stuck in AutoCAD and Need an Answer!

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Brandon is a Civil Designer, Aspiring Blogger/Creator, Husband, Father to two Amazing Kids and Tech Aficionado from a small town in Canada. He has been obsessed with design and technology since he can remember and working as a Civil Designer for nearly as long. Brandon’s blog and Youtube channel, has been his outlet and excuse for keeping up with new tech and trends in the CAD design world for the last 10 years growing to more than 60,000 subscribers and over 15,000,000 views, while also being the source of many great friendships and unique opportunities. If you would like to Sponsor CAD Intentions or Work together in some way, Please visit my About Page and send me an email: