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AutoCAD® Civil 3D Essentials


The Autodesk® Civil 3D® Essentials learning guide is designed for Civil Engineers and Surveyors who want to take advantage of the Autodesk Civil 3D software’s interactive, dynamic design functionality. The Autodesk Civil 3D software permits the rapid development of alternatives through its model-based design tools. You will learn techniques enabling you to organize project data, work with points, create and analyze surfaces, model road corridors, create parcel layouts, perform grading and volume calculation tasks, and layout pipe networks.


  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    • Full Time: 4 Days (08:30 - 16:00)
    • Online: Course access for 12 Months
  • Course Prerequisites

    Before using this courseware, the student should have a working knowledge of the following:

  • CPD Credits

    • 4 Points (By the South African Institute of Civil Engineers - SAICE)

Our Delivery Methods

Our innovative "myWay” learning methodology is built around the students individual learning requirement, allowing each student to learn in a style that is most suitable for their skills set, knowledge and schedule.

Instructor-Led Classes

Reach your full potential through our “myWay Instructor-Led” classes combined with interactive lessons, supporting video content, practical assignments and in field experience, done during the traditional 08:00 – 16:00 working day.

Online Mentored Learning

Do a course at your pace via our “myWay Online Mentored Learning”, combining self-study with supported interactive online video lectures, an online course mentor, extra resources, questionnaires and more, all supported via out Online Student Portal.

Part Time Mentored Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.

Available Exams and Certifications

Career Video

What is AutoCAD Civil 3D?

Watch this video to see why AutoCAD Civil 3D software is a civil engineering design and documentation solution that supports Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows with a variety of civil infrastructure project types, including roads and highways, land development, rail, airports, and water.

Important Notes

  • Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.
  • The CAD Corporation retains the right to change this calendar without any notification.
  • Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of the proof of payment or an official company purchase order for the full amount of the training.
  • For full day courses The CAD Corporation will supply you with the relevant training material. A desktop computer to use for the training (where applicable), tea/coffee and a full lunch for full day InClass training hosted at The CAD Corporation only. Catering is not included for OnSite training and laptop is available for hire at an additional cost if required.
  • Cancellation or rescheduling requests must be in writing and reach us via fax or email at least 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. Full course fees may be retained for no shows or requests within 5 working days prior to commencement.
  • Although we go to great lengths to ensure that all training proceeds as scheduled, The CAD Corporation reserves the right to cancel or postpone dates if we require to do so and undertake to inform clients in writing and telephonically of these changes.
  • The CAD Corporation suggests clients wait until a week prior to course commencement that a course has been confirmed to go ahead as scheduled before booking flight and accommodation. The CAD Corporation is NOT responsible for cost associated with cancellation of classes such as flight and accommodation for clients.


UI Tour

  • Basic setup of the environment
  • The ribbon and user interface terminology
  • Tabs, panels, and tools
  • Using the toolspace, panorama and the properties palettes
  • Navigate the model, different file formats and their uses


Introduction to Styles

  • Introduction to styles
  • Object and point styles
  • Label and surface styles
  • Dynamic relationships and BIM


Point Files and Point Groups

  • Working with point files (survey and COGO points)
  • Point settings and creating points
  • Managing point groups
  • Point reports and point label styles
  • Description keys
  • Importing survey data


Surface Creation, Modification, and Manipulation

  • Surface components and the surface creation process
  • Surface types and surface rebuilding
  • Adding Points to a surface and editing surface definitions
  • Annotating surfaces, surface analysis and visual checks


Land Development with Parcels

  • Working with and creating parcels
  • Converting basic AutoCAD objects
  • Editing and annotating parcels, and parcel tables


Modelling New Terrain

  • Creating feature lines and their design criteria
  • Grading criteria, groups, sites, and constraints
  • Grading surfaces and combining design surfaces
  • Earthwork volume calculations


Geometric Design - Horizontal Design

  • Horizontal alignments
  • Alignment creation and design criteria
  • Editing alignments
  • Design speeds and annotating alignments


Geometric Design - Vertical Design

  • Surface profile layout and profile views
  • Design profile layout and editing profiles
  • Design criteria and annotating profiles
  • Display design information in data bands


Geometric Design - Corridor Design

  • Assemblies and subassemblies
  • Baselines, regions , and targets
  • Corridor surfaces, offset parameters and lane widening
  • Design validation with drive analysis
  • Intersections


Quantity Calculations and Cross Sections

  • The section editor
  • Frequency, and sample lines
  • Single and multiple section views
  • Quantity take-off criteria
  • Cut and fill factors
  • Cross section data
  • Volume tables


Gravity Pipe Network Modelling and Analysis

  • Gravity pipe networks
  • Part catalogues and parts list
  • Pipe network considerations
  • Creating and editing a gravity pipe network
  • Surface runoff conditions
  • Catchment areas
  • Alignments and profile tools
  • Analyse and annotating pipe networks


Pressure Network Modelling

  • Network components
  • Catalogues and parts list
  • Creating and editing pressure pipe networks
  • Performing design checks


Production Drafting and Drawing Layouts

  • Plan production using tools
  • Creating view frames
  • Plan production object edits
  • Creating drawing sheets
  • Sheet sets and their properties


    No dates have been specified for this course.
    Please contact The CAD Corporation for more information and dates on this course.

Online Training Booking Form

By completing the below online booking, a booking confirmation will be sent out and an invoice will be generated. A place will be reserved on this course and you are expected to attend. If you require a quote first please contact The CAD Corporation offices and speak to a sales consultant.

AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials

  1. By booking for this course, an invoice will be generated and you will be liable for the payment of this invoice. If you require a quote, please contact The CAD Corporation Offices.
  2. After the generation of the invoice a training confirmation will be emailed using the details provided above.
  3. The CAD Corporation retains the rights to change this calendar without any notification.
  4. Tea/coffee and a light lunch will be provided.
  5. All university students will receive a 10% discount for cash payments.
  6. The minimum notice of cancellation is 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. If you fail to do so the full amount is payable.
  7. Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.

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