Civil 3D Basics

Basic AutoCAD Civil 3D Training Videos

Civil 3D Basics Video Training

Useful Basic Civil Training from Civil 3D Experts and Consultants

    Civil 3D experts and consultants produce a wide range of video content. This pages features videos about some basic tasks in Civil 3D.
    Many of these videos are very short. Many may include tips and tricks and yet all include useful Civil 3D basics.

    Please visit included links to the original postings. Those may contain details not included here for the sake of brevity.

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The AKN online Help Video Collection for Civil 3D 2020

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 Add Contour Data Setting Options

Add Contour Data Setting Options



USCAD's James Lord steps through the functionality and tips to Add Contour Data to a Civil 3D Surface model.
From James Lord's AKN page
See James Lord's YouTube channel
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James covers some handy and functional settings tricks for the Add Contour Data to a surface command in Civil 3D.
The video does a good job to both explain and show the results of the various Add Contour Data command settings.


 Copy and Create an Editable Existing Profile

Copy and Create an Editable Existing Profile



KaDe King of USCAD delivers the How to Copy and Create and Editable Existing Profile in Civil 3D.
From the Autodesk AKN Civil 3D Screencasts
See KaDe King's AKN page


KaDe shows how to solve that silly little Civil 3D sampled surface thing that drives some newbies nuts about copying and editing the existing ground.

Maybe you want to also learn the Best Fit Profile tools to clean the results up a bit more quickly too.


 Import and Design Parcels from GIS SHP Data

Import and Design Parcels from GIS SHP Data



Shawn Herring of ProSoft steps through the details of a quick and dirty SHP file Parcel drag and drop Import and an a brief concept parcel design in Civil 3D.
From the ProSoft YouTube Channel


Shawn covers the basic mechanics here pretty quickly and well. You'd maybe like to see a Parcel report or two?

I'd probably refine the scope a bit more with a Map Query on an attached Parcels drawing, but that's just me.
It is hard find really clean parcel data from most public sources. SHP can hide a lot of geometry sins and duplicates.
Without a MAPCLEAN process on the geometry you may create some interesting parcel segment junk that can come back to haunt you.