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This in-depth AutoCAD Civil 3D for Surveyors training course is for surveyors and survey technicians that do not necessarily need all of the functionality that is taught in AutoCAD Civil 3D Fundamentals. This training course equips the surveyor with the basic knowledge required to use AutoCAD Civil 3D efficiently in a typical daily workflow. Students learn how to import the converted field equipment survey data into a standardized environment in AutoCAD Civil 3D and to use the automation tools to create an Existing Condition Plan. Data collection, and traverses are also covered. Other topics that help in increasing efficiency include styles, correct AutoCAD drafting techniques, the methodology required to create linework effectively for variables used in defining symbology, surfaces, categorizing points, and importing imagery.


*pricing per student

Civil 3D for Surveyors

Previous experience with the AutoCAD software and a basic understanding of the Surveying profession is recommended.

Note: Course may satisfy your local continuing education engineering and surveying requirements. Check with your state board or provincial organization to verify your requirements.


Objective: This class will increase the productivity of survey technicians and surveyors by equipping them with the basic skills needed to effectively use AutoCAD Civil 3D in a typical survey workflow. 

Scheduling: This training course will be conducted over 2 consecutive days. 

Location: This class is scheduled on rotation across several training centers but is not regularly scheduled in all office locations. Please contact for further details on class rotation and scheduling.

Detailed Course Outline


Chapter 1: The AutoCAD Civil 3D Interface

  • 1.1 Product Overview
  • 1.2 AutoCAD Civil 3D Workspaces
  • 1.3 The AutoCAD Civil 3D User Interface
  • 1.4 AutoCAD Civil 3D Toolspace
  • 1.5 AutoCAD Civil 3D Panorama
  • 1.6 AutoCAD Civil 3D Templates, Settings, and Styles

Chapter 2: Connecting to Geospatial Data

  • 2.1 Introduction to the Planning and Analysis Workspace
  • 2.2 Coordinate Systems
  • 2.3 Geospatial Data Connection
  • 2.4 Create a Surface from GIS Data

Chapter 3: Survey Setup

  • 3.1 Survey Workflow Overview
  • 3.2 Collecting Field Data
  • 3.3 Introduction to the Survey Toolspace
  • 3.4 Survey Figures
  • 3.5 The Survey Database
  • 3.6 Lines and Curves
  • 3.7 Coordinate Geometry Editor

Chapter 4: Points

  • 4.1 Points Overview
  • 4.2 Point Label Styles
  • 4.3 Point Settings
  • 4.4 Creating Points
  • 4.5 Transparent Command
  • 4.6 Description Key Sets
  • 4.7 Importing and Exporting Points
  • 4.8 Point Groups
  • 4.9 Reviewing and Editing Points
  • 4.10 Locking/Unlocking Points
  • 4.11 Point Reports

Chapter 5: Points with Connective Codes

  • 5.1 Field Codes
  • 5.2 Survey Data - Figures
  • 5.3 Survey Data - Line Code
  • 5.4 Translating a Survey Database

Chapter 6: Field Book Files

  • 6.1 Survey Networks
  • 6.2 Importing a Field Book
  • 6.3 Working with Figures
  • 6.4 Filtering a Survey Database

Chapter 7: Surfaces

  • 7.1 Surface Process
  • 7.2 Surface Properties
  • 7.3 Surface Data
  • 7.4 Breaklines and Boundaries
  • 7.5 Surface Editing
  • 7.6 Surface Analysis Tools
  • 7.7 Surface Labels
  • 7.8 Surface Volume Calculations
  • 7.9 Surface Analysis Display
  • 7.10 Point Cloud Surface Extraction

Appendix A: Additional Tools

  • A.1 Opening a Survey Database
  • A.2 Least Squares
  • A.3 Creating a Least Squares Input File
  • A.4 Traverse Basics
  • A.5 Defining a Traverse
  • A.6 Multiple Network Surveys

Appendix B: AutoCAD Civil 3D Certification Exam Objectives



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