Civil 3D

Civil 3D

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Autodesk Civil 3D


What is Civil 3D?

Autodesk's Civil 3D is a computer aided design (CAD) application designed to support a variety of civil infrastructure projects including rail, roads and highways, land development, airports, drainage, storm and sanitary, and civil structures.
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  • Free/Freemium Version
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Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $305 per month
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What is Civil 3D?

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.

Civil 3D Features

  • 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

Civil 3D Screenshots

Screenshot of Civil 3D - Infrastructure Software from AutodeskScreenshot of Civil 3D - Rail Alignments

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Civil 3D Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Autodesk's Civil 3D is a computer aided design (CAD) application designed to support a variety of civil infrastructure projects including rail, roads and highways, land development, airports, drainage, storm and sanitary, and civil structures.

Civil 3D starts at $305.

MicroStation, OpenRoads Designer, and ARCHICAD are common alternatives for Civil 3D.

The most common users of Civil 3D are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Our organization use three main software of Autodesk, which are Autocad for product design and plan payout (if we need). Architecture mainly for plan design and Autodesk Civil 3D for pipe and structure design, or you can say we use it for geotechnical modeling mostly, Because of its accuracy in complicated Autodesk Civil 3D designs. We all know that the design of intersections, roundabout, corridor, pipeline, etc. are very time-consuming tasks. They have very little parts that cannot be done on Autocad. So, I can say that we use it to test the accuracy of our project in design for transportation, land development, and geospatial analysis.
  • 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.
Most land design related software mimicked the paper-based 2D workflow, which has some error and is not very useful in reading. Autodesk Civil 3D shows a very effective 3D base plan design.
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.
  • In term of accuracy our firm has some positive impacts , mainly in pipeline design.
  • When design changes have to be made: change any aspect of the corridor, whether alignment, profile, or any cross-section, and Autodesk Civil 3D automatically recalculates and redraws everything else affected by that change. Due to this, we can save more time.
They have a vast open community, which has helped us understand Autodesk Civil 3D from the beginning. They have provided many templates and tutorials videos to our team due to that we can learn every new feature from them. Autodesk Civil 3D has also helped us to interconnect all its software in an internal bridge, which helps us switch between software as we need.
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