This isn’t really a Civil 3D thing, but since Civil 3D labels respond to a dview twist, it is about time we all figured out how to do one with as little pain as possible.
There is always a lot of passion surrounding the use of UCS rotation vs Dview twist to change the way your plan looks when placed in a layout. For some more information about UCS vs Dview in Civil3D see my next post.
I am a resident of a Dview state, so I cast my vote for the twist. Jason, however, is from UCS country, so perhaps he will share his approach later.
One of the main objections to the Dview twist is that it can be tricky to figure out your twist angle, where with UCS you can do UCS follow or some other methods that make the flip fast. I always struggled coming up with a dview twist angle until I found this.
There is an express tool that makes this go really quickly.
It is called ALIGNSPACE and it works very similarly to the ALIGN command in AutoCAD.
I have a site plan with area labels I’d like to always remain readable, and I’d like the long roads to be parallel to the bottom of the page.
I make sure my area label is setup to change with the view.
Draw a Guideline parallel to the bottom of the page.
Execute Express>Layout Tools> Alignspace
REGENALL to see your label size and flip react.
Now if you want to replicate this view in model space so that you can work on your drawing in an orientation that makes sense to you, you can name the view so you can access it again- either in model space or on another sheet.