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Grading Design in Civil 3D

May 25 @ 11:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT EDT

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am UTC on Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until June 2, 2021


Understanding the wide array of grading creation and editing tools that are available in Civil 3D is one of the greatest struggles for designers and technicians. Taking those tools and applying them to an actual Residential Site Design is even more difficult. This class teaches students practical use of Civil 3D Grading functions by developing grading for a proposed site, across all class sessions. This class is more than just an explanation of available grading tools. It teaches students how to use them on real world projects to generate realistic grading results.

​This eight (8) hour course is delivered in four (4), two-hour long sessions that students can attend online, right from their own desk. A live instructor will explain the detailed functions, and address questions as the class progresses.

​Note: Instructor will present using Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2021. Students who wish to follow along with instructor are encouraged to use the same version.

Cost is per person. Must attend all four sessions.

Course Curriculum

Session 1: Feature Line Grading (May 25)

  • Creating Feature Lines from existing objects/surface elevations
  • Creating New Feature Lines
  • Creating/Extracting Feature Lines from Corridors
  • Adding Feature Lines to Surfaces
  • Editing Feature Line geometry
  • Editing Feature Line elevations
  • Working with Stepped Offsets

Session 2: Grading Objects (May 26)

  • What are Grading Objects
  • Creating Simple Grading Objects
  • Dynamic Interaction of Grading Objects
  • Building Surfaces from Grading Objects
  • Creating Grading Objects from Feature Lines
  • Daylighting Using Grading Objects
  • Detention Basin Creation

Session 3: Proposed Surface Design (June 1)

  • Understanding Surface Data Types
  • Working with Breaklines
  • Creating a Design Surface
  • Dynamic interaction of data sources and surfaces
  • Creating/Modifying Surface Display Styles
  • Creating/Modifying Surface Label Styles
  • Adding Contour Labels
  • Adding Surface Point Labels

Session 4: Additional Grading Tools (June 2)

  • Understanding Parcels as Grading Tools
  • Creating Grading Objects from Parcels
  • Editing Parcel Elevations
  • Editing Parcel Geometry
  • Extracting Dynamic Feature Lines from Corridors
  • Manual Contouring of Surfaces
  • Merging Surfaces


May 25
11:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
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