AutoCAD Civil 3D - The Complete Guide

This courses gives you a solid understanding of Civil 3D features and capabilities from the basics through to advanced components.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English, German, French, Spanish
Course Length: 50 Hours

What you'll learn

  • New for AutoCAD
  • New for Civil 3D
  • Introduction to AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Working with Points
  • Feature Lines and Grading
  • Working with Surfaces
  • Surface Volumes and Analysis
  • Alignments
  • Working with Profiles
  • Assemblies and Subassemblies
  • Working with Corridors
  • Sample Lines, Sections, and Quantity Takeoffs
  • Pipe Networks
  • Pressure Networks
  • Working with Plan Production Tools

Course Description

AutoCAD Civil 3D software is a civil design and documentation solution that supports Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows. Using AutoCAD Civil 3D, infrastructure professionals can better understand project performance, maintain more consistent data and processes, and respond faster to change.

Autodesk Civil 3D The Complete Guide is designed to give you a solid understanding of Civil 3D  features and capabilities from the basics through to advanced components. Every course is designed to use all learning styles from the text, audio, video, interactivity, quizzes and practical Let Me Try examples.

To get the most out of this course, we strongly recommend you review every topic within the course, and use all the learning styles to ensure you retain the important information within. We also encourage you to take all the progress tests to ensure you have retained the knowledge, and most importantly practice with the hundreds of real-world, Let Me Try examples.

Autodesk Certification Objectives: The “!” Symbol indicates an Autodesk Certification Exam Objective.  Focus on these areas to prepare for your certification exam.

Course Outline

AutoCAD Civil 3D Course Outline

New for AutoCAD 2021

  • New Features and Improvements

New For AutoCAD 2020

  • What’s New in AutoCAD 2020
  • AutoCAD Including Specialized Toolsets

New in Civil 3D 2020

  • New Features and Improvements

Introduction to AutoCAD Civil 3D

  • Introduction

Working with Points

  • Working with Points
  • Editing Points
  • Exporting and Importing Points

Feature Lines and Grading

  • Feature Lines
  • Grading

Working with Surfaces

  • Working with Surfaces
  • Adding to Surfaces
  • Editing Surfaces
  • Exporting and Sharing Surfaces
  • Surface Volumes and Analysis
  • Surfaces Analysis
  • Surface Labels and Tables


  • Creating Alignments
  • Alignment Editing
  • Alignment Labeling

Working with Profiles

  • Working with Profiles
  • Editing Profiles
  • Profile Labels

Assemblies and Subassemblies

  • Assemblies
  • Subassemblies

Working with Corridors

  • Creating Corridors
  • Corridor Attributes
  • Corridors Editing
  • Corridor Analysis


  • Parcels

Sample Lines, Sections, and Quantity Takeoffs

  • Sample Lines
  • Section Views
  • Section View Edits and Analysis

Pipe Networks

  • Pipes and Structures
  • Part Catalog
  • Pipe Network
  • Pipe and Structure Labeling

Pressure Networks

  • Pressure Networks
  • Pressure Network Properties
  • Pressure Network Labeling

Working with Plan Production Tools

  • Plan Production Tools
  • Data Shortcuts

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

Certification Objectives

AutoCAD Civil 3D Professional Certification Objectives


  • Create and use object styles
  • Create and use label styles
  • Lines and Curves
  • Use the line and curve commands
  • Use the Transparent commands


  • Use the line and curve commands
  • Use the Transparent commands
  • Use point groups to control the display of points


  • Identify key characteristics of surfaces
  • Create and edit surfaces
  • Use styles and settings to display surface information
  • Create a surface by assembling fundamental data
  • Use styles to analyze surface display results
  • Annotate surfaces


  • Design a parcel layout
  • Select parcel styles to change the display of parcels
  • Select styles to annotate parcels


  • Design a geometric layout
  • Create alignments
  • Profiles and Profile Views
  • Create a surface profile
  • Design a profile
  • Create a profile view style
  • Create a profile view


  • Design and create a corridor
  • Derive information and data from a corridor
  • Design and create an intersection


  • Create and analyze sections and section views
  • Pipe Networks Design and create a pipe network


  • Design and create a grading model
  • Create a grading model feature line
  • Managing and Sharing Data


  • Create a sheet set Use view frames


  • Identify key characteristics of survey data
  • Use description keys to control the display of points created from survey data
  • Create a boundary drawing from field data

About the Author

Mike Thomas spent the first 12-years of his career in the Autodesk channel working for an Autodesk reseller as an Application Specialist. During his travels, he delivered countless hours of training, support, demos, and implementations. He was very fortunate to be able to help solve many issues with Autodesk software. Mike has been using AutoCAD since r13, cut his solid modeling teeth on Mechanical Desktop, and has been using Inventor since before it was known as Inventor. Data Management has always been a big part of his professional life, for the most part with Autodesk Vault.

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