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Course Length: 4 Days

Autodesk Civil 3D software is the standard solution for civil engineering firms and surveyors for building information modeling (BIM) management. Civil engineering technicians and designers can improve project consistency, manage standards and establish efficient workflows with this powerful software. Respond to project changes quicker than ever before with improved accuracy and control.

This in-person classroom (live) is perfect for experienced civil engineers or an engineer in training (EIT) looking to improve their computer skills. This in-person course will get you up and running quickly with Autocad Civil 3D. Your instructor, Charles Ellison will guide you through the user interface and show how to create a grade surface, alignments, pipe networks and data shortcuts. Next, he will touch on additional features such as annotating, stationing and creating road and utility profiles.

In-Person Classroom (Live)
Autocad Civil 3D Essentials Course Covers:

  • Navigating the Civil 3D interface
  • Using point groups and description keys
  • Importing survey data
  • Managing figures
  • Creating and analyzing surfaces
  • Creating parcels
  • Working with alignments
  • Working with profiles and profile views
  • Working with assemblies and subassemblies
  • Creating Basic and Advanced Corridors
  • Using an Intersection Object
  • Making sample lines, cross sections, and section views
  • Creating a pipe network
  • Understanding pressure parts
  • Creating and editing feature lines
  • Creating and editing grading objects
  • Sharing and referencing data

Prerequisites for the In-Person Classroom
Autocad Civil 3D Essentials Course:

  • Access to the 2018 version of the Civil 3D software for practice file compatibility.
  • Experience with AutoCAD or AutoCAD Land Desktop and an understanding civil engineering terminology.

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Learning Objectives

Chapter 1

Navigate the Civil 3D interface

  • Application Menu
  • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Ribbons
  • Toolspace
  • Civil 3D setting hierarchy
  • Panorama
  • Transparent commands
  • The Inquiry Tool
Chapter 2

Establishing Existing Conditions

  • What is the point? Styles
  • Managing points with point groups
  • Managing points with description keys
  • Survey databases
  • Importing survey data
  • Managing figures
  • Creating points within a drawing (COGO points)
  • Creating point tables
Chapter 3

Modeling a Surface

  • What is a surface?
  • Creating surfaces: Point group definition
  • Creating surfaces: Breakline definition
  • Creating surfaces: Boundary definition
  • Labeling surfaces
  • Volume surfaces
  • Analyzing a surface
Chapter 4

Layout of Parcels

  • What is a Civil 3D site and parcel?
  • Creating parcels from objects
  • Creating parcels by layout
  • Editing parcels
  • Labeling parcels: Segment labels
  • Labeling parcels: Labeling and renumber area labels
  • Parcel tags and tables
Chapter 5

Design Horizontal Geometry: Alignments

  • Sites, alignments and alignment types
  • Creating alignments
  • Types of constraints
  • Editing alignments
  • Labeling alignments; Label set components
  • Labeling alignments: Point/segment labels
  • Offset alignments
Chapter 6

Designing Vertical Geometry: Profiles

  • Alignments, profiles and profile views
  • Types of profiles
  • Creating surface profiles and profile views
  • Creating layout profiles
  • Editing profiles
  • Labeling profiles
  • Labeling profile views
  • Profile view bands and band sets
  • Projecting objects to profile views
  • Multiple profile views
Chapter 7

Civil 3D Corridors

  • What is a Civil 3D corridor?
  • Assemblies, subassemblies, links, points and shapes
  • Creating an assembly
  • Creating a simple corridor
  • Corridor targeting
  • Corridor surfaces
  • Creating an advanced corridor: Cul-de-sac
  • Intersection objects
  • Bringing it all together
Chapter 8


  • Sample lines, cross-sections, section views and relations
  • Creating sample lines and sections
  • Creating multiple section views
  • Code set styles
  • Labeling section views
  • Project objects to section views
Chapter 9

Gravity Pipe Networks

  • Understanding the parts list
  • Creating a pipe network
  • Editing a pipe network: Plan
  • Adding a pipe network to a profile view
  • Labeling a pipe network
  • Editing a pipe network: Profile
  • Showing crossing pipes
  • Interference checking
Chapter 10

Pressure Part Networks

  • Understanding pressure parts
  • Creating a pipe network
  • Adding a pipe network to a profile view
  • Editing a pipe network: Profile
Chapter 11

Feature Lines

  • Feature lines and sites
  • Creating a feature line
  • Creating a feature line from an object
  • Editing a feature line’s geometry
  • Editing feature line elevations
Chapter 12

Grading Objects

  • Grading criteria sets
  • Creating grading objects
  • Creating grading infills
  • Editing grading objects
  • Creating grading transitions
Chapter 13

Share Your Data

  • What are data shortcuts?
  • See the working folder and data shortcut project paths
  • Sharing data
  • Referencing data
  • Workflow best practice
Chapter 14

Plan Production Tools

  • Creating view frames
  • Creating sheets

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