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Civil 3D Essentials

Armada, In Bromsgrove (+2 locations)
3 days
495 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
10 January, 2024 (+8 start dates)
Course delivery
3 days
495 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
10 January, 2024 (+8 start dates)
Course delivery

Course description

Civil 3D Essentials

3-day introductory course for beginners, teaching techniques for civil design, transportation work, land planning and development. 

This Civil 3D Essentials course provides a thorough grounding in the de facto standard software for civil engineering and design.

Topics covered include:

  • Working with point data.
  • Surface modelling.
  • Developing sites.
  • Modelling roads, corridors and pipe networks.
  • Data sharing, presentation and visualisations.

This is an Autodesk-authorised course, run by an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI). 

Upcoming start dates

Choose between 8 start dates

10 January, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Sheffield
  • English

28 February, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Bromsgrove
  • English

15 April, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Milton Keynes
  • English

10 June, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Sheffield
  • English

12 August, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Bromsgrove
  • English

9 September, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Milton Keynes
  • English

28 October, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Bromsgrove
  • English

16 December, 2024

  • Classroom
  • Milton Keynes
  • English

Course Content

This course typically covers the following topics:

Getting Started with Civil 3D

  • Windows on the Model
  • It’s All About Style
  • The Underlying Engine
  • Labeling Lines and Curves
  • Creating Curves
  • Using Transparent Commands
  • Using Inquiry Commands
  • Establishing Drawing Settings

Data Input

  • Survey:
    • The Survey Tab
    • Exploring the Survey Database
    • Using the Figure Prefix Database
    • Using the Survey Data Wizard
    • Automatic line generation from
    • Points and Code Sets
  • Points:
    • Anatomy of a Point
    • Creating Basic Points
    • Basic Point Editing
    • Point Styles
    • Point Label Styles
    • Point Tables
    • User-Defined Properties

Surface Modelling

  • Creating Surfaces in Civil 3D
  • Refining and Editing Surfaces
  • Surface Styling and Analysis
  • Comparing Surfaces
  • Labeling the Surface
  • Calculating Volume from two surfaces
  • Creating Isopachyte surface
  • Viewing and analysing Isopachyte surfaces

Pipes and Pipe Networks

  • Parts Lists and Part Builder:
    • Planning a Typical Pipe Network – a Sanitary Sewer Example
    • The Part Catalog
    • Part Builder
    • Part Styles
    • Part Rules
    • Parts List
  • Pipe Networks:
    • Defining property and location Exploring Pipe Networks
    • Pipe Network Object Types
    • Creating a Sanitary Sewer Network
    • Changing Flow Direction
    • Editing a Pipe Network
    • Creating an Alignment from Network Parts
    • Drawing Parts in Profile View
    • Adding Pipe Network Labels
    • Creating an Interference Check between a Storm and Sanitary Pipe Network

Alignments and Corridors

  • Profiles:
    • Elevate Me
    • Profile Display and Stylization
    • A Better Point of View
    • Profile Utilities
    • Editing Profile Views
  • Corridors:
    • Understanding Corridors
    • Creating a Simple Road Corridor
    • Corridor Anatomy
    • Adding a Surface Target for Daylighting
    • Applying a Hatch Pattern to a Corridor
    • Creating a Corridor Surface
    • Performing a Volume Calculation
    • Creating a Corridor with a Lane Widening
  • Alignments:
    • Creating a Horizontal Alignment
    • Creating a Profile from an Alignment
    • Vertical Alignments
    • Offset Alignments
    • Using Widened Alignments
    • Editing and refining Alignment Geometry
  • Assemblies and Subassemblies:
    • Subassemblies
    • Building Assemblies
    • Working with Generic Subassemblies
    • Working with Daylight Subassemblies
    • Saving Subassemblies and Assemblies for Later Use
  • Intersections and roundabouts:
    • Getting Creative with Corridor Models
    • Using Alignment and Profile Targets to Model a Roadside Swale
    • Modeling a Peer-Road Intersection
    • Modeling a Cul-de-sac
    • Modeling a Widening with an Assembly Offset
    • Using a Feature Line as a Width and Elevation Target
  • Cross Sections and Mass Haul:
    • The Corridor
    • Lining Up for Samples
    • Creating the Views
    • Creating a Single-Section View
    • It’s a Material World
    • A Little More Sampling


  • Working with Grading Feature Lines
  • Grading Objects

Data Sharing and Presentation

  • Data Shortcuts:
    • What Are Data Shortcuts?
    • Publishing Data Shortcut Files
    • Using Data Shortcuts
  • LDT and LandXML:
    • What Is LandXML?
    • Handling Inbound Data
    • Sharing the Model
  • Quantity Takeoff:
    • AutoCAD 3D Modelling Workspace
    • Handling Inbound Data
    • Sharing the Model
  • Plan Production:
    • Preparing for Plan Sets
    • Prerequisite Components
    • Using View Frames and Match Lines
    • Creating Plan & Profile Sheets
    • Creating Section Sheets
    • Supporting Components
  • Visualisation:
    • AutoCAD 3D Modelling Workspace
    • Handling Inbound Data
    • Sharing the Model

Training venue

This Civil 3D Essentials training course is hosted at our centres in Bromsgrove (near Birmingham) Milton Keynes and Sheffield.

At our Bromsgrove centre, we offer a free daily taxi service from Bromsgrove train station to our training centre.

Delegates can enjoy fantastic facilities at our centres, with lunch and refreshments included.

AutoCAD information

Civil 3D version

Training is based primarily on Civil 3D 2024, with the UKIE country kitinstalled. Most of the techniques taught are relevant to users of Civil 3D  versions 2020 and later.

Please note: significant changes were made to Civil 3D in version 2022.1, released in November 2021, affecting the Corridor Creation and Target Mapping functionality. If you’re using a version of Civil 3D prior to 2022.1, you’ll have to observe the affected sessions without actively participating.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This Civil 3D Essentials training is ideal for:

  • Civil Engineers
  • Land Planners
  • Surveyors


It is a prerequisite of this course that you have a good working knowledge of AutoCAD for 2D drawing, i.e. have attended AutoCAD Essentials training or have equivalent knowledge.

If you need to attend AutoCAD Essentials first, we offer a Civil 3D training bundle price for both courses.

To find out if this course is right for you, please send an enquiry here.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Autodesk e-certificate

Armada is an Autodesk authorised Training Centre (ATC), and the Civil 3D Essentials course is accredited by Autodesk. Delegates receive an industry recognised e-certificate from Autodesk to confirm they have attended and successfully completed an accredited Civil 3D training course.

Why choose Armada

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Over 96% delegate experience rating on our Autodesk courses in 2021

5 locations across UK and live online courses

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Average rating 5

Based on 5 reviews.
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Bronwyn J
18 Aug 2023
Confidence and efficiency

I found this course very helpful, and feel more equipped to implement the Civils 3D software in my current employment. While covering a lot of material during this course, Stew...

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Asha L
18 Aug 2023
Professional team

Enjoyed the course, the trainer, Stewart, is very informative and answered our many questions, walked through the process and helped us through our errors. The centre and Armada...

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Alexander P
27 Oct 2022
Great course

Good course, great tutor, definitely worth my while.


Course fees are inclusive of all relevant course documentation, refreshments and lunch.

Discounts are available for multiple bookings.

Delegates are also entitled to 30 days' after-course support via email.

In-house training

Armada can also provide on-request Civil 3D training, either one-to-one or exclusively for your group. This can be hosted at our training centres in Bromsgrove (near Birmingham), Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Sheffield, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

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