bruce, I downloaded the files (luckily pretty quick for me...about 5 minutes). One question I have is how did you use mapiinsert for these file types? I get "invalid" message for shp files.
In any case, I went ahead and messed with the MAPWSPACE (type it and select "on") trying to follow the first link from Mastergraphics. It does seem to work for me (take that with a grain of salt...I don't have anyone to verify coordinates after the transforms). Were there specific steps that didn't make sense, or just the process didn't work for you? I'll try to explain what I did.
That seemed to work for me. When I brought in the other zone drawings to my design drawing, there was definitely a transformation being done. The key is that each drawing has it's own correct zone settings. I'll note that the "connected" shp files did not come through to the design drawing from the other zone drawings, but anything active in those drawings did come through to the design drawing. So really, your method of having the raster image "in" the drawing and not just "connected" should allow it to come through from one zone drawing to the design drawing (this is in accordance with the mapiinsert explained in the pdf, but note the underlined "same coordinate system as the image file" used in this drawing - the data connect methods will show what zone is supposed to be used, just to verify your settings). This is difficult to explain, but the bottom line is that the "attach source drawing" combined with the "query" is doing the transformation between zones. I was just drawing simple rectangles around the shp files in their respective drawings, and when I attached them to the design drawing, I could see an obvious position, scale, and rotation being applied to those rectangles (and of course when those source drawings were detached, the rectangles stayed in the design drawing, I believe because of the query used).
- Start my design drawing and set up the drawing settings for the correct zone.
- Start a new drawing. Let's say this one is for zone 19. (the steps to follow use the data connection to shp since I don't have raster images)
- open the mapwspace
- press data->connect to data
- in the dialog that opens, select "add shp data"..browse to the folder with the shp files for this zone.
- press "connect", then "add to drawing".
- you should see the newly added maps in the drawing, and if you look at the drawing settings, the zone is automatically applied to the drawing based on the map settings.
- Start another new drawing, for zone 18. Use the same steps as #2 for this map set. (the reason we set up 3 drawings is because the maps are set in meters (2 zones) and the design drawing is in us foot - 3 different datums).
- Then I followed the steps in situation 2-b from the Mastergraphics pdf, starting at step 7 (attach source drawings). I didn't change my workspace...just loaded mapwspace and used the commands for "civil 3d 2009 or earlier" as noted in the pdf.
This probably reads like total jibberish, but it did seem to work. If this does in fact work, the process would be simple...because you could have these "dummy" drawings for each zone used and just attach all your rasters from each zone into the specified dummy drawing. Then you could attach all rasters from a certain zone at once into the design drawing with a different zone.
In any case, it looks like the Map3D hiding within Civil3D may be a solution. If you still don't have luck with the pdf methods, I would suggest posting in and browsing around in the Map3D forums. There is probably even a way to make those shp files I was connecting to active...I just got kind of long-winded in the research. I hope some of this makes enough sense to figure out how the settings should work. Below is just a screen shot of how the data connect will read and apply the correct zone from the dowloaded map files.