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Civil 3D Version Comparison

Civil 3D 2013 through 2015 are interoperable with each other (mostly: huge caveat here.).  This post outlines some of the key differences in the software packages. I've hit the important stuff, but this is by no means a complete list of all the new features or interoperability quirks.

Where major interoperability limitations exist, they are noted below the comparison table.

My little green Y's mean yes, the feature is available!


Civil 3D 2013
Civil 3D 2014
Civil 3D 2015
Corridor Tools
Simplified Corridor creation tool
Y
Y
Y
Create Corridor Solids 2
Y
Y
Y
Corridor Target Through XREF 1, 5

Y
Y
New tools for corridor section labeling 5


Y
Profile geometry point locking 4


Y
Additional corridor Frequency creation options 3


Y
Pipes
Create Pressure Networks
Y
Y
Y
Data Shortcuts for pressure networks

Y
Y
Tables, improved labels and sections for pressure networks 5

Y
Y
Create Pressure Networks from objects

Y
Y
Pay items in Pressure catalog

Y
Y
Survey
Survey Database query
Y
Y
Y
Survey Query save, import and export

Y
Y
Background imagery from Bing maps plot 3


Y
General Tools
Project objects to sections
Y
Y
Y
Improved Section Projection of solids 3, 5

Y
Y
Data exchange with Infraworks

Y
Y
Export to DGN 2


Y
Export to Google Earth KML/KMZ


Y

Interoperability Notes:
1.      Important: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 drawings that use corridor targets from xrefs cannot be edited in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013. All entities in such a drawing will be displayed in a proxy state in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013.

2.      This feature is available as a subscription add-on in previous versions.

3.      If saved in a previous version, the behavior of this function will revert to the previous version settings / behavior.

4.      Free vertical curves that are created with the new Free Vertical Curve (Circular) and Free Vertical Curve (Parabolic) commands and which use a pass-through point as their constraint type will not be displayed if the drawing is opened in a prior version of AutoCAD Civil 3D. These curves must be converted to use a different constraint type such as length or K value if you intend to use the drawing in prior versions. To streamline the conversion, you can use the new Convert Free Curve (Through Point) command which is located in the Profile Layout Tools toolbar.

5.      These objects will be displayed as a proxy object in previous versions, and will be restored and updated when re-opened in a newer version.

Important: Version interoperability only applies to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 through AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015.  Interoperability does not apply to the respective versions Autodesk Subassembly Composer. Subassemblies created in subassembly composer are not backwards compatible between versions. If you are planning to use custom subassemblies, make sure they are created in subassembly composer 2013. 

Resources:
Additional Information about interoperability between versions 2013-2014 can be found here: