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AutoCAD Civil 3D for Surveyors

Course Description

Course Length = 2 days

CPC PDH Credits = 14

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

Topics Include:

  • The AutoCAD Civil 3D Interface
  • Connecting to GIS Data to show existing conditions
  • Points overview and styles
  • Importing points and coordinate transforms
  • Creating points and drafting
  • Point groups, grips, and reports
  • Point security and editing
  • Introduction to data collection in the field
  • Introduction to AutoCAD Civil 3D Survey and automated linework
  • Survey networks
  • Survey Least Squares analysis
  • Traverses and their adjustment
  • Traverse Loop and Closed Connected Loop adjustments
  • Surface overview
  • Surface editing
  • Surface labels and analysis

Course Outline

The AutoCAD Civil 3D Interface

  • Product Overview
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Workspaces
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D User Interface
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Toolspace
    • Prospector Tab
    • Settings Tab
    • Survey Tab
    • Toolbox Tab
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Panorama
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Templates, Settings, and Styles
    • Drawing Settings in Detail
    • Styles
    • Templates

Connecting to Geospatial Data

  • Introduction to the Planning and Analysis Workspace
    • Map Workflow
  • Coordinate Systems
  • Geospatial Data Connection
    • Connect to GIS Data
    • Stylize GIS Data
    • Draw Order
  • Create a Surface from GIS Data
    • Contour Issues
    • Minimizing Flat Triangle Strategies
    • Draping Images On a Surface

Survey I

  • Survey Workflow Overview
  • Introduction to the Survey Toolspace
  • Survey Figures
    • Drawing Settings
    • Figure Styles
    • Figure Prefix Database
  • The Survey Database
  • Survey Networks
  • Importing a Field Book
  • Working with Figures
    • Prefixes
  • Filtering a Survey Database
  • Points Overview
  • Point Label Styles
    • Information Tab
    • General Tab
    • Layout Tab
    • Dragged State Tab
  • Point Settings
  • Creating Points
  • Transparent Command
  • Description Key Sets
  • Importing and Exporting Points
    • To Import Points
    • Duplicate Point Numbers
    • Transforming Points on Import or Export
  • Point Groups
  • Reviewing and Editing Points
  • Locking/Unlocking Points
  • Point Reports

Survey II

  • Overview
  • Survey Equipment
    • Trimble
    • Leica
    • Tripod Data Systems (TDS)
    • Carlson
    • Other Resources
  • Import Field Data
  • Figure Prefix Database
  • Field Codes
  • Survey Data – Figures
  • Survey Data – Line Code
  • Translating a Survey Database
  • Least Squares
  • Creating a Least Squares Input File
    • Adjustment Analysis
    • Blunder Detection Analysis
    • Updating the Survey
  • Traverse Basics
    • Open Traverse
    • Closed Traverse
    • Closed Connected Traverse
    • Traverse Data in a Field Book
  • Defining a Traverse
    • Traverse Editor
    • Least Squares Traverse
    • Adjustment Reports
  • Multiple Network Surveys
    • Survey Points
    • Closed Connected Traverse
    • Field Book Edits


  • Surface Process
  • Surface Properties
  • Surface Data
    • Contours
    • DEM Files
    • Drawing Objects
    • Point Files
    • Point Groups
    • Point Survey Queries
    • Figure Survey Queries
  • Breaklines and Boundaries
    • Breaklines
    • Surfaces
  • Surface Editing
    • Line Edits
    • Point Edits
    • Simplify Surface
    • Smooth Contours
    • Smooth Surface
    • Copy Surface
    • Surface Paste
    • Raise/Lower Surface
  • Adjusting Surfaces through Surface Properties
  • Viewing Surfaces in 3D
    • Viewing a Surface in 3D
    • Quick Profile
  • Surface Labels
    • Contour Labels
    • Spot and Slope Labels
  • Surface Volume Calculations
    • Volumes Dashboard
    • Bounded Volumes
    • Volume Reports
    • Grid Volume or TIN Volume Surface
  • Surface Analysis Display
    • Analysis Settings
    • Analysis Data Display


  • Previous experience with the AutoCAD software and a basic understanding of the Surveying profession is recommended.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft® Windows.

Course Cost

This 2-day course is $745 per person.

Course Dates

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Note: The suggested course duration is a guideline. Course topics and duration may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.

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