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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 Scratching the Surface

Scratching the Surface



Korey Gaddy, of TPM Solutions, details some basic Site Grading Tips and Tricks in Civil 3D.
From the TPM Solutions YouTube Channel


Korey presents the essentials building simple site surfaces and pasting them together.
In the classic fashion he employs Civil 3D Features Lines, simple Grading objects, and contours to produce a site design surface.

Korey employs a Corridor to produce the driveway, but the mechanics are not covered here. He does cover how to employ polylines as contours to add some cleaner detail the final surface.


 Surface Smithing in Civil 3D

Surface Smithing in Civil 3D



Frank Diemert, a Technical Specialist at ATG, explains a basic workflow for Volume calculation with Volume Dashboard Tool from combined multiple surfaces in Civil 3D.
From the ATG YouTube Channel.


You can construct the differential volume surface(s) before you open and use the Volume Dashboard Tool. That has some workflow benefits Frank does not cover here.
Frank's tip about the use of LandXML files to help you manage the Civil 3D dynamic model interaction here is as important as he states, but maybe not that obvious when the surfaces are not large.
Sometimes is helps to keep the new design surfaces in separate XML files as those specific design surfaces usually change. The data Imports, Surfaces, and Reports can be refreshed after the files are updated.
In other words, you can build a standard placeholder drawing(s) for basic volume calculation into your Civil 3D Project Template to optimize user time spent and the namining conventions. Placeholer Surface drawings and empty XML files work.

See the videos on the Civil 3D Projects and Setup page
The Framework for Civil 3D includes Style collections of themed Surface styles for both contours and points and triangles and Surface representations. This video demonstrates the need.


 Smooth Contours with a Surface Style

Smooth Contours with a Surface Style



Stephen Walz shows how to edit the Contour properties of a Surface Style to produce smoother contours in Civil 3D.
From the Stephen Walz YouTube Channel


This useful Surface Style Contour Smoothing property helps you massage the displayed contour representation without changing the surface data behind.

We Start the video a bit in to skip Stephen's infomercial and request for future topics to cover.