AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials

Autodesk Official Training Guide

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Essentials is intended for first-time users of Civil 3D to learn basic skills and become productive at an entry level. It contains explanations of the use of fundamental Civil 3D functions and how they relate to the completion of land development projects.

Although the class is at a basic level, it still presents a considerable volume of new concepts and information for the students. For this reason, there are many sidebars and notes throughout the book that explain the reasons why things are done and how they relate to the real world. Instructors are encouraged to include this information in their lectures to provide some framework for the students to better understand the concepts they are presented with.

The class is also a great resource to aid in preparing for the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Certified Professional exam.

Course Length:
3 Days Classroom

Class Location:
339 Sixth Avenue South Charleston, WV

The primary objective of the course is to familiarize students with the concepts and application of the essential functions of AutoDesk Civil 3D.
After completing this course, students should be able to

  • Create points, change point styles, and manage points in groups
  • Create, edit, and analyze surfaces
  • View surfaces in 3D
  • Create parcels and parcel tables
  • Create a site, profiles, and cross-sections
  • Create and edit alignments
  • Create assemblies, corridors, pipe networks, and cross-sections and calculate corridor volumes
  • Create a grading solution from multiple objects
  • Import Autodesk® Land Desktop data and export Autodesk Civil 3D data

Who Should Attend:
This class is designed to teach new users the essential elements of AutoDesk Civil 3D for creating, analyzing, and managing civil engineering drawings and projects.

Instructor: Jerry Workman, PE

Experience with AutoCAD or AutoCAD-based products and a sound understanding and knowledge of civil engineering terminology.

Course Outline:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Become familiar with the Civil 3D user interface
  • Create /Edit Parcels and print parcel reports
  • Create and manage Points and Point Groups and work with survey figures
  • Create, edit, view, and analyze surfaces
  • Create and edit Alignments
  • Create data shortcuts and vault projects
  • Create sites, profiles and cross-sections
  • Create assemblies, corridors, and intersections
  • Create complex grading solutions
  • Create pipe networks
  • Perform quantity takeoff and volume calculations
  • Utilize Plan productions to create plan profiles sheets

Course Syllabus

Day One

Navigating the Civil 3D User Interface (1 hour)

  • Getting to know the Civil 3D user interface
  • Using the application menu
  • Using the ribbon
  • Using the Toolspace
  • Using the drawing area
  • Using the command line
  • Using Panorama
  • Using the Transparent Commands toolbar
  • Using the Inquiry Tool

Leveraging a Dynamic Environment (1 hour)

  • Connecting objects and styles
  • Connecting labels and styles
  • Connecting objects to objects
  • Connecting objects to labels
  • The richness of the 3D model
  • Sharing data in a dynamic environment

Establishing Existing Conditions Using Survey Data (1 hour)

  • What is survey data?
  • Creating a survey database
  • Importing survey data
  • Automating field to finish
  • Editing survey points
  • Editing survey figures
  • Creating additional points
  • Lunch Break (1 hour)

Modeling Existing Terrain Using Surfaces (1 hour)

  • Understanding surfaces
  • Creating a surface from survey data
  • Using breaklines to improve surface accuracy
  • Editing surfaces
  • Displaying and analyzing surfaces
  • Annotating surfaces
  • Designing in 2D Using Alignments (1 hour)
  • Understanding alignments
  • Creating alignments from objects
  • Creating alignments using the Alignment Creation Tools
  • Editing alignments
  • Applying design criteria files and check sets
  • Displaying and Annotating Alignments (1 hour)
  • Using alignment styles
  • Applying alignment labels and label sets
  • Creating station/offset labels
  • Creating segment labels
  • Using tag labels and tables

Day Two

Designing Vertically Using Profiles (1 hour)

  • Creating surface profiles
  • Displaying profiles in profile views
  • Creating design profiles
  • Editing profiles
  • Using check sets and design criteria files

Displaying and Annotating Profiles (1 hour)

  • Applying profile styles
  • Applying profile view styles
  • Applying profile view bands
  • Applying profile labels
  • Creating and applying profile label sets
  • Creating profile view labels
  • Projecting objects to profile views

Designing in 3D Using Corridors (1 hour)

  • Understanding corridors
  • Creating an assembly
  • Creating a corridor
  • Applying corridor targets
  • Creating corridor surfaces
  • Lunch Break (1 hour)

Creating Cross Sections of the Design (1 hour)

  • Using the Section Editor
  • Creating sample lines
  • Creating section views
  • Sampling more sources

Displaying and Annotating Sections (1 hour)

  • Applying section styles
  • Applying section labels
  • Controlling section display with code set styles
  • Applying labels with code set styles
  • Applying section view styles
  • Applying section view bands
  • Applying group plot styles
  • Projecting objects to section views
  • Creating section view labels

Designing and Analyzing Boundaries Using Parcels (1 hour)

  • Understanding parcels
  • Creating parcels from objects
  • Creating parcels by layout
  • Editing parcels

Day Three

Displaying and Annotating Parcels (45 min)

  • Applying parcel styles
  • Applying parcel area labels
  • Creating parcel segment labels
  • Editing parcel segment labels
  • Creating parcel tables

Designing Gravity Pipe Networks (1 hour)

  • Understanding gravity pipe networks
  • Creating gravity pipe networks
  • Editing gravity pipe networks

Designing Pressure Pipe Networks (1 hour)

  • Understanding pressure pipe networks
  • Creating pressure pipe networks
  • Editing pressure pipe networks

Displaying and Annotating Pipe Networks – Part 1 (15 min)

  • Displaying pipe networks using styles
  • Lunch Break (1 hour)

Displaying and Annotating Pipe Networks – Part 2 (30 min)

  • Labeling pipe networks in plan view
  • Labeling pipe networks in profile view
  • Creating pipe network tables

Designing New Terrain (1 hour)

  • Understanding grading
  • Understanding feature lines
  • Creating feature lines
  • Editing feature lines
  • Understanding grading objects
  • Creating grading objects
  • Editing grading objects

Analyzing, Displaying, and Annotating Surfaces (45 min)

  • Combining design surfaces
  • Analyzing design surfaces
  • Calculating earthwork volumes
  • Labeling surfaces

Design to Construction (45 min)

  • Calculating quantities
  • Creating individual sheets
  • Creating multiple sheets using Plan Production

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