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Introduction to Civil 3D

This course provides the student with a detailed, hands-on introduction to the core functionality of AutoCAD® Civil 3D®. Students move through the course following an actual design project, processing existing conditions information from a variety of sources, creating a working Civil 3D project, and moving through layout and design phases of the project, including road and site grading. The concepts explored are pertinent to any applications of Civil 3D: residential and commercial private development, municipal or highway engineering, or specialized applications, such as landfill, stream restoration or mining.

The classes within the course run sequentially, with Intermediate following Essentials. Students can treat the course program as a comprehensive introduction to the program taken consecutively, or as two different classes taken at different times.

The dataset for each class is available for download from an FTP site upon its conclusion. The files provided include the Civil 3D template drawing used in the class, which is a valuable resource itself.

CivilTraining, LLC’s courses are registered Continuing Education classes with the AIA and have received approval in meeting continuing education/professional development requirements for numerous states. Note: Each CivilTraining, LLC course provides relevant continuing education/professional development approval criteria.


AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials (3 Days)

This 3-day class introduces the model-based design technology in AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, and provides the core for its application in civil engineering and survey projects of any type. The class examines the Civil 3D interface and environment, the management of settings and styles, and the development of civil project data, both from information developed within Civil 3D and from interaction with other products.

The Civil 3D Essentials class moves from an examination of the Civil 3D interface and concepts through the start of a typical survey and design project. Consideration is given to the best way to organize drawings and data for Civil 3D, and to the organization and creation of a Project through the Civil 3D program. The class then proceeds through Existing Conditions Surface Modeling, the processing and display of Point Data, the layout, creation and editing of Alignments, and the creation of Parcels for ROW, lot and open space areas within the project.

Topics include:
  • Civil 3D Concepts and Environment
  • Creating Data in Civil 3D - Existing Surface from Existing Conditions Data
  • Working with Civil 3D Point Data
  • Surface Creation from Civil 3D Point Data
  • Civil 3D Project Management
  • Civil 3D Alignments
  • Civil 3D Parcels
Meet the Instructor for this course.

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Prerequisites: Thorough familiarity with AutoCAD® is essential.

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be provided for cancellation through the close of registration. For cancellation after the close of registration, a penalty of $250.00 will be incurred.

Continuing Education/Professional Development

Questions/Additional Information: Contact John Cooke.
 

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AutoCAD Civil 3D Intermediate (3 Days)

This second class in the AutoCAD® Civil 3D® training series continues in the use of model-based design through the application of road and street profiles and their grading applications, as well as general site grading.

Continuing the project introduced in Civil 3D Essentials, and building from the layout and alignment tools introduced in that class, the Civil 3D Intermediate class focuses on the development and grading of proposed conditions through Civil 3D Profiles, Corridors and Site Grading.

This class uses a drawing and project strategy employed successfully in Civil 3D to manage the large proposed models the program creates, isolating them from the resultant grading through the Civil 3D project. The class examines a variety of grading options for basic road and street geometry, as well as other corridor applications. The session then examines site grading applicable to building pads, parking lots, cul-de-sacs or other non-linear grading applications, and volume calculations produced from Civil 3D corridor and surface information.

Topics include:
  • Civil 3D Drawing Organization and the Civil 3D Project
  • Profiles in Civil 3D
  • Corridor and Road Design - Simple Corridors
  • Corridor and Road Design - Complex Corridors
  • Design Data Output to the Civil 3D Project
  • Site Grading Tools in Civil 3D
  • Site Grading with Feature Lines and Grading Groups
  • Complex Site Grading with Feature Lines and Corridor Grading
  • Sections in Civil 3D
Meet the Instructor for this course.

View or download detailed class outline.

Prerequisites: Completion of Civil 3D Essentials, or thorough familiarity with its concepts, is required as a prerequisite for this class.

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be provided for cancellation through the close of registration. For cancellation after the close of registration, a penalty of $250.00 will be incurred.

Continuing Education/Professional Development

Questions/Additional Information: Contact John Cooke.
 

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AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials for Surveyors (3 Days)

This class introduces the model-based design technology in AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, and provides an introduction to its survey functionality. The class examines the Civil 3D interface and environment, the management of settings and styles, and how surveyors manage data obtained in the field.

The Civil 3D Essentials for Surveyors’ class moves from an examination of the Civil 3D interface and concepts through the start of a typical survey and design project. Consideration is given to the best way to organize drawings and data for Civil 3D and to the organization and creation of a Project through the Civil 3D program. Participants receive an in-depth examination of the Civil 3D Survey project and its database and how the survey portion of Civil 3D brings data security and multi-drawing point access to Civil 3D.

Topics addressed in this class are appropriate for surveyors engaged in most survey applications, such as topographic, mapping, ALTA, boundary, stakeout and engineering support. Civil 3D has powerful tools applicable across a wide range of survey applications, and this course brings real project application experience to the training and effective use of Civil 3D for surveyors.

Topics include:
  • Civil 3D Concepts and Environment
  • Creating Data in Civil 3D - Existing Surface from Existing Conditions Data
  • Working with Civil 3D Point Data
  • Surface Creation from Civil 3D Point Data
  • Civil 3D Project Management
  • How Civil 3D Operates with Survey
  • Creating the Civil 3D Survey Project and Database
  • Creating Data in Civil 3D Survey
  • Interacting with Civil 3D Survey Data
  • Editing Data in Civil 3D Survey
  • Traverse and Network Analysis in Civil 3D Survey
  • Survey Utilities
  • Survey Figure Capabilities and Management
Meet the Instructor for this course.

View or download detailed class outline.

Prerequisites: Thorough familiarity with AutoCAD® is essential.

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be provided for cancellation through the close of registration. For cancellation after the close of registration, a penalty of $250.00 will be incurred.

Continuing Education/Professional Development

Questions/Additional Information: Contact John Cooke.
 

This course is available upon request. Please contact us for information. Return to Courses


From Data Capture to Topo – Techniques & Best Practices for DTM – 4.0-Hour Conference Class - Available Upon Request

This class examines techniques using a variety of methods for field collection of data for digital terrain modeling (DTM). Covering methods to include conventional surveying, scanning and close-in photogrammetry, this session uses real project examples to explore the production of accurate terrain models with the greatest efficiency possible in the field. The session begins with detailed examples of the processing capabilities and requirements of popular software solutions. Once these requirements are established, the class examines traditional collection of point and breakline data, including interaction with field-to-finish solutions, laser scanning with dedicated and multi-purpose platforms, and the use of photographic solutions for breakline and surface production. Post-processing capabilities of terrain modeling software are also discussed, along with recommendations for transmittal of DTM data to end users.

Topics include:
  • Data Types Used in Constructing DTM
  • Creating a Surface in Civil Programs
  • Adding Manual Breakline Data to the Surface
  • Surface Creation from Field Data
  • Surface Integrity and Data Security
  • Field Linework Collection
  • 3D Scanning and Point Clouds
  • Photo Processing and Close-In Photogrammetry
Meet the Instructor for this course.

View or download detailed class outline.

Availability: This class is available as a presentation at surveyors' conferences for no charge and is also available upon request.

Continuing Education/Professional Development

Questions/Additional Information: Contact John Cooke.
 

This course is available upon request. Please contact us for information. Return to Courses


Terrain Modeling, Contouring and Analysis in AutoCAD Civil 3D - 4.0-Hour Conference Class - Available Upon Request

This class, offered at selected survey conferences, examines the creation of Digital Terrain Models, or Surfaces, in AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, with an emphasis on producing highly-accurate models as efficiently as possible from survey data. Since the Civil 3D Surface is also the basis for contouring and analysis within the program, better surfaces yield better contouring and analysis as results. The class reviews the data types for terrain modeling – point, breakline and contour data - and how their use is facilitated with survey data transferred into the drawing from field work. The class will examine how breakline data can be captured and included in the Civil 3D TIN, using not only Civil 3D tools but from other solutions, including Carlson® and SmartDraft®. The course will examine various strategies for filtering point data for inclusion in the Civil 3D Surface, including Point Groups, Description Keys and other tools. Major topics also include the assessment of surface accuracy and surface editing, techniques for improving the quality of contouring, surface presentation and annotation styles, and the use of surfaces in analysis functions, such as slope and drainage assessment.

Meet the Instructor for this course.

View or download detailed class outline.

Availability: This class is available as a presentation at surveyors' conferences for no charge and is also available upon request.

Continuing Education/Professional Development

Questions/Additional Information: Contact John Cooke.
 

This course is available upon request. Please contact us for information. Return to Courses


Working with Points in AutoCAD Civil 3D – 4.0-Hour Conference Class - Available Upon Request

Points provide the basic interface for representing surveyed existing conditions in AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, and Points are also an essential, but underutilized, tool for use in design and grading. This class explores the nature of the Civil 3D Point: its creation, display, organization and editing.

Civil 3D Points have a greater degree of complexity of organization than Surfaces; Points are controlled by two Styles, Object Styles and Label Styles, and Points interact with other Civil product concepts, such as Point Groups and Description Keys. This class examines the interactions of these and other Point management tools, with the objective of effectively organizing and controlling points to meet various drawing requirements. This class also begins a discussion of strategies for the creation of Civil 3D Styles within an individual firm and the CAD Standards’ environment, a discussion elaborated on further in subsequent classes.

Meet the Instructor for this course.

View or download detailed class outline.

Availability: This class is available for presentation at no charge at Survey Conferences, local Survey Association Chapter meetings and at CAD Users Group meetings. It also meets continuing education/professional development hour requirements in many jurisdictions (see Continuing Education/Professional Development hyperlink below).

Continuing Education/Professional Development

Questions/Additional Information: Contact John Cooke.
 

This course is available upon request. Please contact us for information. Return to Courses


AutoCAD Civil 3D Surface Modeling for Existing Conditions I - 1.0-Hour Conference Class - Available Upon Request

This is the first of two courses examining the creation of Digital Terrain Models, or Surfaces, in AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, with an emphasis on producing highly-accurate models as efficiently as possible from survey data. This class introduces the data types used in terrain modeling by survey or engineering products, examines surface management within Civil 3D, and explores the control of Civil 3D surfaces using surface styles. The class then uses contour data to develop a Civil 3D surface, with techniques for assessing surface accuracy and TIN editing.

Meet the Instructor for this course.

View or download detailed class outline.

Availability: This class is available for presentation at no charge at Survey Conferences, local Survey Association Chapter meetings and at CAD Users Group meetings. It also meets continuing education/professional development hour requirements in many jurisdictions (see Continuing Education/Professional Development hyperlink below).

Continuing Education/Professional Development

Questions/Additional Information: Contact John Cooke.
 

This course is available upon request. Please contact us for information. Return to Courses


AutoCAD Civil 3D Surface Modeling for Existing Conditions II - 1.0-Hour Conference Class - Available Upon Request

This is the second of two courses examining the creation of Digital Terrain Models, or Surfaces, in AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, with an emphasis on applying the Civil 3D Surface tools to work with point and breakline data as supplied from a survey.

Civil 3D Points can easily be added to a Surface; effectively filtering and adding only desirable point data facilitates the rapid creation of accurate surfaces. Breaklines are often the most critical pieces of data to be added to a Surface and are, unfortunately, the least well understood. Civil 3D Surface Feature Settings affect the way data selected for a Surface will be processed, and, if ignored, can prevent some data from being utilized at all. These factors often conspire to result in a less-than-accurate surface produced from survey data, while a thorough understanding of how the Civil 3D processes point and breakline data will yield desirable results.

This session follows the processing of surveyed point and breakline data, the creation of a new surface in the project from these data, Surface quality-control and editing, and the merging of the new Surface into the contour-based already produced in the previous class. Participants will get a detailed look at data management in a real project, and how Surface creation interacts with Civil 3D Points, Point Styles and Point Groups.

Meet the Instructor for this course.

View or download detailed class outline.

Availability: This class is available for presentation at no charge at Survey Conferences, local Survey Association Chapter meetings and at CAD Users Group meetings. It also meets continuing education/professional development hour requirements in many jurisdictions (see Continuing Education/Professional Development hyperlink below).

Continuing Education/Professional Development

Questions/Additional Information: Contact John Cooke.
 

This course is available upon request. Please contact us for information. Return to Courses


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