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Entry-level set up fee?
- No setup fee
- Free Trial
- Free/Freemium Version
- Premium Consulting / Integration Services
Starting price (does not include set up fee)
- $305 per month
Autodesk’s Civil 3D is a civil engineering design tool for engineers, architects, and designers, featuring tools to improve drafting, design, and construction documentation. The tool supports the design and visualization of an array of projects, like rails, bridges, pipes and sanitary systems, corridors, and works with a variety of surfaces and sites.
Civil 3D is available standalone with a number of licensing options. It is also available as part of Autodesk’s Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Collection, a solution that includes Civil 3D with other CAD and BIM tools including Revit, AutoCAD, InfraWorks, and Navisworks Manage, in a discounted bundle for engineering and construction firms. This package also includes professional grade support and unlimited cloud storage for project files, and all the applications in a common data environment.
Many of Civil 3D’s features are enhanced or completed by inclusion in the AEC Collection. For instance, users can conduct grading design studies based on project constraints. Grading Optimization is available in Civil 3D only as part of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection. Project Explorer is also an extension available in Civil 3D through the AEC collection, and enables users to simplify design review and modification and validate design objectives.
On its own, Civil 3D does support various design projects; popularly, road design can be done in Civil 3D with what the vendor describes as dynamic, flexible 3D models of road corridors that enable users to simulate driving and evaluate sight distance, as well as manage road rehabilitation projects and drainage design. Civil 3D also supports surface modeling, stormwater and wastewater analysis, and the software enables users to download, create, analyze, and adjust survey data, and conduct topographical and terrain modeling.
Autodesk announced expansions to the AEC Collection, including the additions of updated collaboration, project management, and document management tools, particularly Autodesk Docs, a document management tool available exclusively through the AEC Collection to improve approval workflows and data management, and an updated BIM Collaborate and BIM Collaborate Pro, presented as a tool to help teams execute on design.
- Supported: Collaborative Working Environment
- Supported: Bridge Design
- Supported: Surface Modeling
- Supported: Railway Design
- Supported: Road Design (materials, intersections, road rehabilitation)
- Supported: Site & Survey
- Supported: Corridor Modeling
- Supported: Storm & Sanitary
- Supported: Plan Production & Documentation
- Supported: IFC Import & Export
|Deployment Types||On-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based|
- Ease of functionality
- Templates make design and drawings easier to complete
- The ability to design and setup drawings simultaneously, where the drawings will be updated as the design is updated should there be changes
- I think I need more experience in using Autodesk Civil 3D as it is a huge jump from the previous software that I had been using
- Some functions could take less steps to complete
- Very useful for projects that contain rail alignment in such showing profiles along with the utilities that the rail is crossing it
- Manage GIS data along connecting the design to documentation in order to support the productivity
- Provide team coordination along using visualizing, simulation, and analysis that integrates with the design process to improve the delivery
- The processing of huge sized files in such in big projects, the delay of opening a sheet in Civil3D would burn time
- Sometimes, it crashes while opening or processing
- The vast number of tools and functions which make it difficult to use at times hence decent amount of training may be required
- Design shell models
- Topographic modeling
- Has removed the function to import point clouds
- Performance slows when handling large amounts of topographic data
- pipe networks
- site plans
- integrating GIS information from streamstats and the like
- GUI-button and menu use
- heavy roadway modeling
- Digital Terrain Modeling
- Catchment and water discharge points' identification
- Urban Drainage Systems design and excavations' volumes
- Specific tools for sewers design
- Possibility for the users to choose other rainfall data and parameters
- Possibility to create vertical pipes in gravity networks
- We use this software for the optimal and advanced design of pipelines and complex structuring, or it can also be said that we use it mainly for a geotechnical model, due to its high definition of the large proportion of the works that are carried out through of this application, since the tasks that are used with Civil 3D require extreme patience, precision and a lot of time to develop a model in its entirety, but we managed to acquire all the necessary and strategic points, to establish and start the production of a prototype digitized in particular.
- Easy to export to normal AutoCAD or collaborate with most Autodesk products.
- Vehicle Turning Simulation and Stormwater analysis is great addition to the package. Ability to use the all familiar AutoCAD tools, as well as LISP and SCR to automate some processes is one of the greatest advantages of the software.
- There is nothing to improve in Civil 3D, I personally use Autodesk products like Maya, max and other including Civil 3D and Autodesk has a separate R&D team for tools development which they do their jobs perfectly.
- Simple and self-explanatory user interface.
- Inter usability between other software such as MicroDrainage and Bentley CivilStorm.
- Autodesk customer service.
- Easily customizable.
Not suitable: The software is still very resource intensive on the machines and often crashes when too much data is being shown. Though significant improvements have been made in other Autodesk software like Revit, older applications like AutoCAD and C3D seem to be stuck on old, inefficient source codes.
- The best part of using Autodesk software is that all of its software is connected, which helps us to switch according to our project use.
- Pipe Network Part Replacement is very easy. It analyze the gravity flow and recommends the size accordingly. It also helps to understand the pressure parts.
- When you are using Autodesk Civil 3D with Navisworks, things get a little complicated, and Autodesk Civil 3D has no tutorials for that, and I think they need to address those little bugs.
- There is no automatic file saving feature in it, so after making every tiny change, we have to save that manually, which is so annoying for me.
For example- For street and road design, Autodesk Civil 3D uses assemblies to generate cross-sections, with multiple cross-sections strung together along an alignment and profile to form a corridor. Because all Autodesk Civil 3D objects are parametric, their parameters can be edited to associate with different alignments. The style-based design and documentation automation and change-management features of Autodesk Civil 3D make the process transition worthwhile for any member of the land-design team. In my consulting work with design firms, I see that the more of these disciplines a firm combines under one professional service umbrella, the greater the practice benefit of Autodesk Civil 3D's integrated, dynamic-modeling approach.