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AutoCAD Civil 3D - Detailed information

 
Design better civil infrastructure

 

AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software supports BIM (Building Information Modeling) for enhanced civil engineering design and construction documentation.

Overview video
 

Watch overview video (2:55 min.)

 
 
Features

 

BIM tools for civil engineering design

 

AutoCAD® Civil 3D® civil engineering software tools support Building Information Modeling (BIM) and help reduce the time it takes to design, analyze, and implement changes.

 

Civil design

 

Corridor data shortcut (DREF) (enhanced)

Corridor data shortcut (DREF) (enhanced)

Create data shortcuts for corridors so other drawings can reference them. When data shortcuts are created for a corridor, shortcuts are also created for the alignments and profiles that make up the corridor baselines. Save the geometry of a reference surface in the drawing that contains the data shortcut reference, and create multiple data shortcut references at once.

Advanced roundabout design

Advanced roundabout design

AutoCAD Civil 3D now offers integrated roundabout-related features from Vehicle Tracking swept path analysis software, so you can create a new type of roundabout object. In addition, you can now bring InfraWorks 360 roundabout designs into Civil 3D drawings.

Feature line as corridor baseline

Feature line as corridor baseline

In addition to alignments and profiles, you can now use feature lines as corridor baselines. You can also select feature lines when creating the corridor and when adding baselines.

Corner cleanup for corridors

Corner cleanup for corridors

Where corridor tangents intersect at a corner, and where the corridor is created at a fixed width, the inner and outer corners of corridors are cleaned up automatically to improve modeling efficiency and accuracy.

Pressure pipe content (enhanced)

Pressure pipe content (enhanced)

Use new pressure pipe content for HDPE, PVC, and steel pipes. Flanged fittings and Mechanical fittings also include additional fittings and valves. This new content can aid in the design of different types of underground utilities.

Extract corridor feature line workflow

Extract corridor feature line workflow

You can now extract multiple feature lines from within corridor regions or closed polygonal areas. Use name template options to add corridor-related properties to the feature line names.

No site option for future lines

"No Site" option for feature lines

Feature lines created outside of a site do not interact with each other, so you do not need to specify the style priority for them as you do for feature lines that exist in the same site. These "No Site" lines do not interact with other objects that they cross, such as alignments, parcels, or survey figures.

Corridor design

Corridor design

Use corridor modeling functionality to create intelligent models for road and highway design and other transportation systems. Create proposed surfaces, earthwork volumes, material totals, and drafted cross sections. Select linear corridor targets from AutoCAD xrefs. Extract solids from corridor shapes. Directly use alignments, profiles, survey figures, feature lines, and AutoCAD polylines to define corridor transitions and elevation constraints.

Pressure pipe networks

Pressure pipe networks

Model pressure networks in both 2D and 3D. Use 3D pressure networks to check for interferences between components. Create networks from polylines, survey figures, and alignments. Add fitting and appurtenance content. Share pressure network models throughout the project with data shortcut support. Enhanced to include the ability to create AutoCAD solids from Civil 3D TIN surfaces, pipe networks, and pressure networks, to use for visual display.

Gravity pipe networks

Gravity pipe networks

Use rules-based tools to lay out sanitary and storm drainage systems. Make changes to pipes and structures using graphical or numerical input, and conduct interference checks.

Grading

Grading

Terrain models maintain dynamic relationships with related elements such as breaklines, corridor models, and grading objects. Surfaces serve as references to create profiles, sections, and corridors. Save time and minimize errors with automatic updating. Powerful daylighting and grade-projection tools can generate surface models for several types of grading projections. Develop surfaces with easy-to-use graphical and tabular grading manipulation tools.

Parcel design

Parcel design

Combine automated parcel layout tools with geospatial and survey information to work through alternatives. Find a balance between the site layout, stormwater management considerations, local regulations, and environmental concerns. Identify the best alternatives and more quickly create the documentation necessary for public hearings, agency review, and final layout approval.

Video: Bridge modeling

Bridge modeling

The Bridge Module* enables modeling of bridges and bridge components. Model bridges for placement based on roadway geometry and surfaces, including bridge deck, piers, abutments, bearings, and barriers. Extract strings, such as girders and barriers, to create Civil 3D profiles.

(Video: 1:08 min.)

Video: Geotechnical modeling

Geotechnical modeling

The Geotechnical Module helps streamline import and use of borehole data. Import boreholes into AutoCAD Civil 3D. Create surfaces from borehole strata. Document borehole strips.

(Video: 0:59 min.)

Rail track layout

Rail track layout

The Rail Layout Module helps to streamline layout of rail tracks. Create new alignments and switch graphics based on rail turnout catalog.

Design concepts with InfraWorks 360

Design concepts with InfraWorks 360

Accelerate the civil design process using workflows that take advantage of interoperability with InfraWorks 360. Develop plans and estimates at the appropriate level of detail to help confirm scope, budget, and schedule. Better predict how project alternatives will perform within the context of the existing environment, and communicate more effectively to stakeholders.

Loop Geometry tool

Loop Geometry tool

Use the Loop Geometry tool to repeat specified links until they reach a surface target within the Subassembly Composer, or until they repeat a specified number of times.

(Video: 3:47 min.)

Video: Solids from Civil 3D objects

Solids from Civil 3D objects

Create AutoCAD solids from AutoCAD Civil 3D TIN surfaces, pipe networks, and pressure networks, to use for visual analysis in other applications.

(Video: 3:05 min.)

 

Civil drafting & documentation

 

Reference styles utility

Reference styles utility

You can now synchronize styles in a drawing with styles in external reference templates. Reference templates simplify the management of drawing styles and keep them up to date.

Property data to corridor solids

Property data to corridor solids

Enhancements to corridor solid extraction enable the automatic association of property data and the ability to have corridor solids remain dynamic to changes in the corridor. As a result, corridor solids can now include material, classification code, volumes, and more information. You can use this info throughout the design workflow, including design making and construction planning.

 

Property set definition

Property set definition

Manually add property data to any drawing objects—including Civil 3D objects—and leverage it in other downstream applications in the design workflow, including Navisworks project review software and BIM 360 Glue BIM construction collaboration software.

 

Drafting standards

Drafting standards

Use the extensive library of country-specific CAD styles in for your civil drafting and documentation needs. Control colors, linetypes, contour increments, and labeling by style. Use the framework to customize styles and standards for your organization. Share drafting and design standards across organizations with style management tools.

Construction documentation

Construction documentation

Generate production plans, including annotated section sheets, profiles, and grading designs. Automate typical drafting while better maintaining drafting standards with the styles-based drafting environment. Use xrefs and data shortcuts to generate drafting across multiple drawings, resulting in a workflow that enables production sheets to use a single instance of the model. Synchronize production sheets to reflect changes to the model.

Map production

Map production

Use cartographic mapping functionality to create maps that highlight specific features or information, such as flood zones, pipe sizes and material, soil types, wetland boundaries, and zoning districts. Create legends and reuse mapping styles to help streamline map creation.

Reports and tables

Reports and tables

Gather real-time quantitative information from your model using dynamic tables for linework, volume information, and more. Harvest quantities, earthwork, and stakeout information using a broad collection of standard reports, or create your own custom report to help meet your submittal requirements.

Video: Crossing pipe labels for profiles and section views

Crossing pipe labels for profiles and section views

Label the locations in profile and section views where gravity pipes and pressure pipes cross an alignment or sample line. Label the locations in section views where pressure pipes cross a sample line.

(Video: 4:58 min.)

Video: Cross section view control

Cross section view control

Specify the direction of the section in the section view grid. View section views Left to Right and Right to Left. Specify the elevation values in order to improve visibility in the section view.

(Video: 1:56 min.)

GPS survey & data collection

 

Data access and exchange

Data access and exchange

Read, write, and convert data between widely used formats. Access aerial and satellite imagery and connect to web mapping and web feature services to take advantage of publicly available data. Import and export between GIS, CAD, and other GPS surveying formats, including: ASCII; DWG; ESRI SHP, E00 and Arc/Info coverages; LandXML and GML; MapInfo MIF/MID and TAB; MicroStation DGN; Oracle; Ordnance Survey MasterMap (DNF) (GML2, read-only); SDF and SDTS (read-only); and Vector Product Format (VPF, read-only).

Surface modeling

Surface modeling

Terrain creation tools support a wide variety of surface data including DEM, LIDAR (light detecting and ranging), SHP, and ground survey. Handle large surfaces and develop a deeper understanding of the terrain while creating dynamic analysis, labeling, and documentation. Get real-time feedback on design performance such as earthwork quantities, steep slopes, and drainage patterns.

Base map creation

Base map creation

Survey functionality is fully integrated into workflows. A more consistent design environment enables you to use points, survey figures, and surfaces throughout the design process without having to manually translate coordinate systems or transfer data from a survey package to your civil engineering design software. Introduce GPS survey data into a project, and design elements update automatically.

Reality capture

Reality capture

Create point clouds using data from LIDAR (light detecting and ranging) scanning. Use point cloud tools to import and visualize point cloud information; stylize point data based on LAS classifications, RGB, elevation, and intensity; use data to create surfaces; perform site surveys; and digitize as-built features for civil engineering design projects. You can create Civil 3D surfaces from point cloud data.

Point clouds

Point clouds

Take advantage of enhanced AutoCAD tools, including point cloud object snaps, point cloud crop states, and an addition to the point cloud manager that displays the on/off buttons for scans and regions applied inside of ReCap reality capture and 3D scanning software. Re-create referenced objects or insert additional models. Attach point clouds to drawings and use as a guideline for drawing, change its display, or apply a color stylization to distinguish different features.

(Video: 4:39 min.)

Video: Surface creation from point cloud data

Surface creation from point cloud data

Create TIN surfaces from point cloud files created with ReCap reality capture and 3D scanning software. Generate surfaces from one or multiple point clouds. Select specific areas within point clouds, and use filtering options to delineate ground and non-ground points. Adjust the default distance between points to change the percentage of points that will be included in the surface.

(Video: 7:10 min.)

Video: Exclusionary catchments

Exclusionary catchments

Use the Create Catchment from Surface dialog box to select the surface on which to base the catchment geometry and to define styles and other parameters. Modify boundaries and flow paths of exclusionary catchments with existing catchments, or with new catchments as they are created.

(Video: 3:00 min.)

Video: IFC import and export

IFC import and export

Export drawings to other IFC-certified applications, and import IFC files to create and work in DWG™ format. Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format provides an interoperability solution between different software applications. Using the IFC format, you can export drawings to other IFC-certified applications that could not otherwise open a DWG file. Likewise, you can import an IFC file to create and work in a DWG file that was originally created in a format other than DWG.

(Video: 2:00 min.)

Visualization & analysis

 

Geospatial analysis

Geospatial analysis

Take advantage of geospatial analysis capabilities to help inform planning studies. Use the advanced geospatial functionality to perform spatial queries, create thematic maps, and conduct buffer, tracing, and overlay analysis.

Video: Storm and Sanitary Analysis

Storm and Sanitary Analysis

Storm and Sanitary Analysis software is included in AutoCAD Civil 3D and all editions of Infrastructure Design Suite. Dynamic model elements are not limited to design and construction documents. Create more design scenarios while keeping the model up-to-date. Perform water analysis much earlier in the design process for multiple types of projects.

(Video: 1:17 min.)

Model analysis

Model analysis

Minimize redundancy in your workflow by analyzing the model you’ve already built. Get feedback in real time as you refine the design. Use slope, elevation, and contour analysis to better understand of your surface model. Mass haul and earthwork features help contractors and engineers plan the movements, amounts, and placements of material during construction.

Visual analysis

Visual analysis

Develop reproductions of corridor models using render materials that correspond to corridor elements, such as asphalt or concrete. Use line-of-sight tools, including point-to-point and sight distance along a corridor, to visually inspect the 3D models. Use the IMX import/export functionality between AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks 360 software products for additional visual analysis.

Video: River and flood analysis

River and flood analysis

Available with Infrastructure Design Suite 2017 Ultimate on subscription, the River and Flood Analysis Module automates water analysis and mapping functions. Automate HEC-RAS cross section cutting, water surface analysis, flood plain mapping, and all related modeling tasks. Perform automated bridge scour computations. Automatically generate floodplain and floodway maps for agency submittals. 

(Video: 1:09 min.)

Video: AutoCAD Civil 3D with 3ds Max

AutoCAD Civil 3D with 3ds Max

Create professional-quality visualizations using AutoCAD Civil 3D software with 3ds Max software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing. Transform civil design geometry and models into near-photorealistic images more quickly and efficiently with the Civil View feature set included with 3ds Max.


(Video: 1:29 min.)

 

Collaboration

 

Cache DREF surface

Cache DREF surface

Cache terrain surfaces to share Civil 3D drawings more broadly.

Subfolders for objects

Subfolders for objects

Organize model data with subfolders.

Streamlined creation of references

Streamlined creation of references

Add DREFs via simple drag-and-drop operations.

AutoCAD Civil 3D with InfraWorks 360

AutoCAD Civil 3D with InfraWorks 360

Use InfraWorks 360 models inside of AutoCAD Civil 3D and take design data back to the InfraWorks 360 model. Incorporate surfaces, planning and design roads, intersections, drainage networks, and bridges created in InfraWorks 360. Link the AutoCAD Civil 3D drawing as a data source to populate the InfraWorks 360 model with detailed design. Use configuration settings to define how InfraWorks objects map to AutoCAD Civil 3D styles at import.

Video: Bring InfraWorks 360 bridges into Civil 3D

Bring InfraWorks 360 bridges into Civil 3D

Bring InfraWorks 360 bridges into AutoCAD Civil 3D as 3D solids.

(Video: 2:00 min.)

Video: AutoCAD Civil 3D with Vault Professional (enhanced)

AutoCAD Civil 3D with Vault Professional (enhanced)

Coordinate better in real time using Vault Professional data management software and Buzzsaw software as a service. When paired with AutoCAD Civil 3D, Infrastructure Design Suite Premium or Ultimate, this collaboration and data management solution helps you easily create, organize, and share model, design, and project data.

(Video: 1:25 min.)

Video: AutoCAD Civil 3D with Navisworks

AutoCAD Civil 3D with Navisworks

Gain better predictability using AutoCAD Civil 3D with Navisworks project review software.

(Video: 1:22 min.)

Video: AutoCAD Civil 3D with Revit Structure

AutoCAD Civil 3D with Revit Structure

Improve collaboration between structural and civil designs using AutoCAD Civil 3D and Revit Structure Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for structural engineering.

(Video: 0:46 min.)

Prior version compatibility

Prior version compatibility

Open and edit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 drawings in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015, 2014, and 2013 civil engineering software.

Cloud-based collaboration

Cloud-based collaboration

Available when you subscribe to Civil 3D or Infrastructure Design Suite or have a current maintenance plan, A360 enables you to open and save drawings in the cloud, where they can be shared and viewed with AutoCAD 360 mobile app. AutoCAD 360 mobile cloud computing helps you take your designs with you wherever you go, providing everything you need to view, edit, and share DWG™ files using your smart phone or tablet.

Data shortcuts and references (enhanced)

Data shortcuts and references (enhanced)

Connect civil engineering project teams by working from the same consistent, up-to-date project model from survey through construction documentation. Using data shortcuts and xrefs, team members can share model data—such as surfaces, alignments, and pipes—and use one design object for multiple design tasks. For example, if a surveyor creates the existing ground surface, designers can connect to that data in parallel to design the road or parcel layout. Drafters can generate annotation from the data shortcuts or directly through an xref to keep production drafting in sync.

Video: Project Organization Tools for Vault Professional 2016

Project Organization Tools for Vault Professional 2016

Display project objects that exist in subfolders within the object type folders. Create data references to objects that exist in different Vault projects.Display project objects that exist in subfolders within the object type folders. Create data references to objects that exist in different Vault projects.

(Video: 7:07 min.)

Video: Coordination Models

Coordination Models

Attach Autodesk Navisworks coordination models to AutoCAD Civil 3D drawings as external references.

(Video: 2:34 min.)

Video: Data shortcuts

Data shortcuts

Replace drawing objects with data shortcut references, manage and repair broken data shortcuts, and associate drawing objects to data shortcuts.

(Video: 3:47 min.)

System requirements for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
CPU Type 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 64-bit (x64) processor
Memory 4 GB (8 GB or more recommended)
Display Resolution 1360x768 (1920 x 1080 is recommended) with True Color.
Display Card Windows display adapter capable of 1360x768 with True Color capabilities and DirectX® 9. DirectX 11 compliant card recommended.
Disk Space Installation 10.0 GB
Browser Windows Internet Explorer® 9.0 (or later)
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
Media (DVD) Download and installation from DVD
Multiple Processors Supported by the application
.NET Framework .NET Framework Version 4.6

 

Additional Requirements for Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling
Memory 8 GB RAM or greater
Disk Space 6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
Display Card 1920 x 1080 or greater True Color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.