They are still are a few true drafters out there. Those who expect, no demand that their drawings look correct according to tried and true drafting standards and are willing to spend extra hours drafting to make it so.
With Civil3D there is less need to draft and more need to make the styles do the work for us. We are just going to briefly look at using an overlooked tool in label styles that will give you a lot more control on label placement after the jump.
One of the biggest cries I have heard through the years is that the station marker for station labels should line up with the tick marker. In the figure provided we see that is NOT the case. Yet, it is so easy to set up ‘those perfect labels’.
In the text component editor when we select what properties we will insert to make up our component there is an option at the very bottom named output.
If you change the output to being only the station character then you can control where that character (the “+” sign) is.
Thus, I edited the style so that there are three text components – the station character, the text to the left of the station character (which is anchored to the station character), the text to the right of the station character (which is also anchored to the station character). The result is shown in the figure.
As you can see now the station marker is lined (and will always be lined up) with the station tick.
With a little creativity, we can create a perfect label that meets good old drafting standards but requires no extra drafting.
Isn’t Civil3D AWESOME?!