13 Things About Civil 3D You May Not Have Known

10 April 2019All, Architecture and Engineering, Civil 3D, Construction



We interrupt this program for an important news bulletin: *Great news! Brian Hailey’s new eBook “Residential Subdivision Grading” is now available for download from Applied Software. Save yourself time on feature lines and grading surfaces while maximizing efficiency when designing final detailed grading around houses.*

You think you know a software package, and then this. Fortunately, it’s all good. Read on for a few time saving tips from Brian Hailey, PE. Brian has been using Civil 3D since a caveman showed him how. Well, almost. Over the past decades, Brian has helped tens of thousands of Civil 3D users improve their efficiency and accuracy on projects across the US. Here is his latest list of 11 cool C3D features:  

1.) GIS Capabilities – Civil 3D comes with almost all of the functionality of Map 3D.

2.) Roundtrip Pipes – Go from C3D to Storm & Sanitary Analysis (SSA) and back again.

3.) High/Low Points – Find all the high points and low points on your surface.

Surface High/Low Points

4.) Design Roads to Corridors – When opening an InfraWorks file in Civil 3D, design roads in InfraWorks become corridors in C3D.

5.) Switch Alignment During Transparent Commands – With the new Transparent Commands ribbon tab, you can switch alignments without exiting out of the command.

Switching Alignment

6.) Hidden Right Click Commands – In the right click menu, there is an option for “AEC Modify Tools.” Play around with them. You might find something that will make your job easier.


Hidden Right Click Commands

7.) Country Kits – These are not just for people who are in a particular country. Anyone can download and use them, and there are some cool tools there. In this example, the Australia and New Zealand Country Kit has a tool that will allow you to copy the analysis settings from one surface to another.

Country Kits

8.) Wheel Zoom – Double click the mouse wheel to zoom extents. (It’s very surprising how many people don’t know this one.)

9.) Layers with Long Names – Right click on your layer pulldown (technically, the Layer Combo Control) to add it to your quick access toolbar. Then, in your CUI (customize user interface), change the minimum width for it so you can see all your layers with long names.

Display Width

10.) Open Properties – Add double click actions to your Civil 3D objects to open the properties for that object.

Open Properties

11.) 2D vs. 3D – Disable the ViewCube when working in 2D but leave it on in 3D.

2D vs. 3D

Put these tips to use and consider training with Brian Hailey as well. Take your Civil 3D skills to the next level in Brian’s upcoming half-day training seminar at the Radisson Hotel Denver Central on April 24, 2019.

He is not only a popular instructor at Autodesk University, he is a much-sought-after civil instructor at Applied Software, teaching in-person classes at the Rocky Mountain regional office in Thornton and also LiveLab Learning courses. His latest webinar “The Secret to Successful Drainage with Civil 3D” is available on-demand.

As a reminder, Brian’s new eBook “Residential Subdivision Grading” is now available for download from Applied Software.



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