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As an Autodesk Gold Partner and ENI Services provider, Ideate has been directly involved with Caltrans’s Civil 3D Implementation training for the past few years. We have helped deliver training to a number of district offices on Civil 3D for Surveying, Road Design, and Structures.

In a recent announcement, Caltrans has set the date for July 1, 2014 for all new projects to be designed using Civil 3D. You can read the Autodesk Caltrans Memo Here. The announcement memo also notes that any project that is not yet at the 30% stage should be converted to Civil 3D for completion. To help with the transition, Caltrans has also made a number of their custom Civil 3D resources available through a downloadable ZIP file.

Included in the ZIP file are Caltrans specific templates for Survey, Photogrammetry, and Design; Borders, Sheet Sets, Fonts, Report Style Sheets, Color Book settings, Blocks, additional resources for Survey Databases, and importing TSS file data. Once downloaded, these can be used with Civil 3D to help generate project files that meet Caltrans’s Civil 3D requirement. Although no version is mentioned in the announcement, Caltrans is currently using AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 for their training and installations.

Here are a few additional things to note:

  1. Civil 3D is only relplacing CAiCE as Caltrans’s primary road design software.
  2. Microstation is still currently the official drafting software for Caltrans.
  3. AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 is a different file type from the three latest (2013-2015) releases.
  4. Keep up to date on the latest developments by checking back regularly.

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      Matt Miyamoto
Matt Miyamoto
ENI Manager & Senior Application Specialist

Matt is an ENI Manager and Senior Application Specialist in Ideate, Inc.’s Seattle office. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Civil Engineer. Prior to joining Ideate, Matt worked as a civil engineer, using Civil 3D on a variety of projects including site development, roadway improvements and infrastructure design. With over 10 years of experience in the civil engineering industry, Matt now provides training, consulting, technical support, and implementation strategies for organizations transitioning to Civil 3D. Matt is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), as well as an Autodesk Certified BIM Specialist: Roads and Highway Solutions. Additionally, Matt is and Autodesk Certified Professional for AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Civil 3D. Find Matt on Twitter.