Join Jon Michael Roberts for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Up and Running with Civil 3D.
Civil 3D is considered an add on to Autodesk's AutoCAD program. As such, a good familiarity with AutoCAD is a must for working with Civil 3D. If you're not a strong AutoCAD user, I would suggest the course AutoCAD Essential Training here at lynda.com. Now what's not covered in this course. Civil 3D is a very powerful and efficient way to do your engineering designs and plans once it is properly set up.
You'll see just how powerful in the coming chapters, but a large aspect of this is working with styles. Styles not only change how things look but even how some objects behave. They affect every aspect of your work. But how to edit and control them are outside of the scope of this course. Something else that is not covered in this course is establishing project management and sheet creation. I mention them together because they are related.
Now, even if you're a single seat user, you want to have a proper project management protocol set up before you begin any production work. This will establish things as a working directory, project folder names, and folder naming conventions. Sheet creation involves having a drawing template for your sheets already established, and these sheets will typically pull from your project naming conventions to automatically populate general information in your title blocks.
Because of this you definitely want to have your project management protocol established. So understand that before beginning any production work in your organization you want to have your styles, production management, and sheet templates established well ahead of time. It may take a significant investment in time to have them done, but it will save you so much time in the long run.
- Understanding the Civil 3D interface
- Creating parcels and right-of-ways
- Importing site data
- Designing a 3D surface
- Creating alignments and profiles
- Grading surfaces
- Creating corridors
- Designing pipe networks