2020 Civil 3D Workshop Agenda

Session descriptions, speakers and more

This year's virtual workshop provides attendees with the chance to attend every session at a much lower price. Sessions will be pre-recorded to ensure quality and speakers will be available during the presentation to answer questions.

Full workshop attendance is your best priced option but each session can also be purchased as a standalone. Each session description has a link at the end to register individually. Feel free to share the agenda with your peers and invite them to attend as well.

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Workshop Kickoff (10:00 - 11:30 a.m.)

Speakers: Autodesk Team; WisDOT Team

Target Skill Level: Any

In this session, you will learn how to setup a project for collaboration amongst multiple users in the BIM 360 environment, understanding the most efficient workflows to successfully work in a cloud-based environment.

Autodesk Collabroation for Infrastructure (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Andrew Milford, Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

In this session, you will learn how to setup a project for collaboration amongst multiple users in the BIM 360 environment, understanding the most efficient workflows to successfully work in a cloud-based environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to set up a new project or migrate an existing project into BIM 360.
  • Understand how to leverage support and reference files within the BIM 360 environment.
  • Discover tips and tricks to get the best performance from your models.
Project Explorer (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: Tim Yaris, Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

Autodesk® Civil 3D® - Project Explorer enables Civil 3D users to simplify project data navigation, design review and model editing, and generation of user-configurable reports. In this session, Tim Yarris will demonstrate some of the key workflows in Project Explorer, including interrogating and editing a Civil 3D model and generate dynamic AutoCAD tables and reports.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to interrogate the objects within a Civil 3D drawing.
  • Understand how to edit many key Civil 3D object properties from an interface that lets you interact with the Civil 3D model space.
  • Review how to display Civil 3D object data in custom reports and AutoCAD tables that remain dynamic to the Civil 3D drawing.
A Day in the Life of a Civil Engineer (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Karen Weiss, David Reeves & John Sayer, Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

In this session, we will take you through the benefits that a typical Civil Engineer will see when using the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS and how it relates to gathering existing conditions data for a typical project. All projects start with gathering existing conditions, having a central source of truth to go to for GIS data saves the Civil Engineer time for all projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the typical workflow that a Civil Engineer goes through to obtain GIS information.
  • Determine the benefit the Civil Engineer gets from using the Connector for ArcGIS when gathering existing conditions on a project.
  • Learn how the Civil Engineer can publish final design data for as-built conditions.
Workshop Happy Hour (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

This is an opportunity for you to network with other attendees and power users in an informal environment. Autodesk representatives will be attending to answer your questions too. Join us for a quick debrief at the end of the day.

Survey Basics (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Mark Schnesk, Seiler

Target Skill Level: Any

Join Mark for a look at surveying in Civil 3D. This session will cover a wide range of topics and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions of a power user.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review what tools Civil 3D provides for surveying.
  • Discover how those tools can be better utilized on a day to day basis.
  • Learn from others about their best practices and tips and tricks.
Plan Production Sheets: How to Set Them Up for WisDOT Projects (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Russ Nicloy, MACER Technologies

Target Skill Level: Beginner

Most of the WisDOT Plan Production sheets have common aspects that can be setup early in the workflow. With planning this can make the project-specific work easier to get to and complete. In this session we will look at starting the sheets, what should be referenced and how, adding sheets to the project sheet set, and a look at special sheets that don't follow the normal workflow.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the common aspects of all WisDOT sheets.
  • Understand the importance of setting up items early in a workflow for maximum effiency.
  • Discover what sheets don't follow the normal workflow
WisDOT Dynamo Customization and Scripts (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Keith Sowinski, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Intermediate

Civil 3D 2020 introduced a new feature called "Dynamo". Dynamo provides users with a way to automate tasks that would otherwise required lengthy workflows or custom development. This class will introduce attendees to what WisDOT is currently doing with Dynamo and what the future plans may include. A walk through of the WisDOT Dynamo setup, WisDOT custom node library, and the available scripts WisDOT provides will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the basics of Dynamo in Civil 3D 2020.
  • Learn about what WisDOT is doing with Dynamo and what might occur in the future.
  • Review WisDOT's interaction with Dynamo including scripts, custom node library and setup.
The Power of Code Sets (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Josh Clawson, MG AEC Technology Partners

Target Skill Level: Any

Code sets control the appearance of Subassemblies and Corridors in both plan and section view. In This session we will be going over code sets in detail and how to configure point, link, feature line and shape styles to change the appearance of and to automatically label desired items in subassemblies and corridor objects inside of Civil 3D. Learn how code sets can make it possible to print your corridor object, label your cross sections and configure your assemblies for typical section schematics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how code sets work and why you should use them.
  • Discover the configuration potential of these sets to automatically label items in Civil 3D.
  • Recognize how code sets can make new ways of working with Civil 3D possible.
Aurigo & Autodesk - Better Together (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speakers: Richard Craemer, Aurigo Software Technologies

Target Skill Level: Any

*This is a sponsored session - it may use products that require additional purchases*

Aurigo and Autodesk have joined forces to develop the most comprehensive set of cloud-based solutions for public and private owners. Capital project owners at DOTs, cities, counties, and enterprises across North America now have an end-to-end digital project lifecycle solution and makes it easy for capital owners to view conceptual and final designs inside Masterworks and manage all aspects of capital planning and project financials for your construction projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review what software Aurigo has developed.
  • Understand how this digital project solution makes managing a project easy.
  • Discover how capital planners and owners can easily benefit from these solutions.
Creating Design Surfaces for WisDOT Earthwork Quantities (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Steve Popke, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Any

Earthwork quantity calculations can be even more challenging when they need to account for excavation below subgrade (EBS), marsh excavation, rock cut, or subgrade improvement. This class will demonstrate how to create design sub-surfaces that may be needed to calculate WisDOT earthwork quantities. Material volumes will then be calculated in Civil 3D and used to generate Excel spreadsheets for plan quantities. Attendees will also learn ways to verify the quantities computed in Civil 3D and used in Excel.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to create surfaces below subgrade in Civil 3D
  • Understand how to use surface data in the WisDOT earthwork spreadsheets
  • Review how to verify quantities between Civil 3D files and earthwork spreadsheets
WisDOT Civil 3D 2020 - What's New (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Eric Gates, EnvisionCAD

Target Skill Level: Any

This will be a demonstration with a question and answer session covering the following topics: Review Installation and update guidelines, New Civil 3D tools used in the WisDOT configuration, WisDOT Civil 3D interface, Added functions to the WisDOT configuration, Retired functions, Help and support at your fingertips.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of new features in Civil 3D 2020.
  • Discover how WisDOT plans to integrate the new software into their projects.
  • Understand the entire process from installtion to usage through presentation and open discussion.
Getting Organized with Sheet Set Manager and Civil 3D Plan Production (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Shawn Cox, MG AEC Technology Partners

Target Skill Level: Any

For many firms, two of the great mysteries of Civil 3D are the AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager and the Civil 3D Plan Production tools. There are many benefits to employing these tools and several approaches to organizing templates and work flows for adept utilization. Whether you decide to implement these tools to their fullest, or just get your feet wet and start with the basics, this class will help you gain valuable insight into what is possible, and to understand how these tools can work together to automate some of the most tedious and frustrating aspects of generating civil deliverables - creating, organizing, updating, and tracking changes in complex plan sets.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the Sheet Set Manager and Plan Production tools.
  • Understand the benefits of using these tools and how to set them up to work for you.
  • Learn tips and tricks for applying these methods to be more effective every day.
Beam Guard EATs in Civil 3D 2020 with Dynamo (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Eric Arneson, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert

This class will walk through the latest updates to modeling beam guard EATs for surfaces and cross-sections including new Dynamo scripts that make the workflow faster and easier than ever before.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the latest updates to beam guard EATs.
  • Learn how to incorporate new Dynamo scripts to work quicker and more effectively.
  • Understand how the process works better in Civil 3D 2020.
Surface and Grading Tips for Civil 3D (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Brian Levendowski, CTC Software

Target Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Surfaces and grading-related toolsets are among the most important, yet most complex toolsets in Civil 3D. To effectively grade out sites and other non-transportation features requires creative use of the software, as well as a thorough understanding of the features available. This class will provide industry-tested tips on use of Surfaces and Feature Lines in Civil 3D, including the best ways to manage your Surface so always understandable and stable, including the concept of an “editing hierarchy” when working with surfaces. We’ll also dive into all the core and hidden tools used when working with Feature Lines. This class will give the novice and intermediate user a solid foundation for grading in Civil 3D.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why surface and grading toolsets are some of the most important tools in Civil 3D.
  • Learn about the inner workings of Feature Lines.
  • Gain a better appreciation of the complexity of the toolsets and why you should use them.
Isometric Renderings Using Infraworks (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: Jim Blackwood, raSmith

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert

Having support from the public is a key component to a successful project. Many members of the public have a hard time understanding plan view public meeting exhibits and are apprehensive about the project because they have a hard time understanding the impacts that the project will have to their property and their community. Isometric renderings are a great tool to use at public meetings to help people understand what the project will look like after completion of the project. In the past high quality isometric renderings of a project were time consuming and cost prohibitive to create for most projects. Infraworks can be used to create high quality isometric renderings of projects in much less time than previous methods used to create renderings. In this class you will learn how to combine free data from Infraworks along with data from Civil 3D to create a high quality isometric rendering for public meetings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review how to create isometric renderings using infraworks.
  • Discover why it's important to create renderings that the public can appreciate during project.
  • Learn how to save time when using these renderings for public policy meetings.
Harnessing the Power of Civil 3D for Quantities Computation (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Jon Blomquist, KL Engineering

Target Skill Level: Any

The Quantity Takeoff (QTO) Manager is a tool in the C3d toolbox that makes an important yet sometimes tedious task of quantities computation easier to complete. This class will show you how to use the QTO Manager to develop bid items lists, create formulas, and output the results to spreadsheets for you to use in estimates and plan preparation. The class will also show how corridors are also useful in computing various quantities such as areas (landscaping), linear items (curb and gutter/staking) and volumetric (pavement/base course).

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what the Quantity Takeoff (QTO) Manager is.
  • Discover how to use the manager for estimates and plan preparation.
  • Understand how this tool can make a tedious task quicker and easier to complete.
Stopping Sight Distance Analysis for WisDOT Projects (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Russ Nicloy, MACER Technologies

Target Skill Level: Intermediate

We will look at the analysis of a WisDOT project for sight distance requirements in plan and profile aspects. In this session we will cover creating the sight obstructions around the project area, creating the sight distance profiles in both directions along the project, creating sight lines in plan view, and creating the sight distance sheets for the project sheet set.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review WisDOT sight distance requirements.
  • Learn how to create the right profiles and sheet to achieve your goals.
  • Discover best practices for creating a wide range of items in plan and profile aspects.
Exploration of Data Reference Corridors (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Mitch Lavin, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Civil 3D 2017 introduced the ability to create data shortcut references of corridors. In this class, we will explore the power behind utilizing data referenced corridors in design and plans production situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how data reference corridors work.
  • Review when to use this shortcut and what benefits it provides.
  • Understand how data reference corridors can save you time and effort.
Automating Civil 3D Tasks with Dynamo (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Nick Turner, MG AEC Technology Partners

Target Skill Level: Expert

This class will show how Civil Engineers can gain substantial efficiencies with the Dynamo tools within Civil 3D. Dynamo is a relatively easy to use visual programming language that is now built into Civil 3D. The sky is the limit on what you can automate within Civil 3D using Dynamo. We will look at simple drawing tools. We will look at automating Style changes across all Civil 3D objects. We will look at automating point import and surface creation. These tools can save huge amounts of time for your design team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of Dynamo tools for Civil 3D tasks.
  • Learn how to automate point import and surface creation.
  • Discover tips to take back to your personal workflows and make them more effective.
Corridor Data Shortcut Surface Modeling (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Eric Gates, EnvisionCAD

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This class will walk through practical workflows for using Corridor data references to build and manage multiple corridor drawings while developing datum and top refinement surfaces. We will examine the best practices for developing a winning strategy for building master corridor drawings that can be used to create dynamic deliverable surface. We will explore the do's and don't to the workflows that can lead to a successful collaborative surface designs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how workflows with corridor data references manage multiple corridor drawings.
  • Learn what the best practices are to manage corridor drawings.
  • Review lessons learned for successful surface designs.
Staged Models and Cross Sections (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Gary Ferguson, Jacobs

Target Skill Level: Advanced

We would like to explore the creation of Staged Models and Staged Cross Section. Lessons learned from previous projects, pros/cons of staged models, new methods to create staged sections and staged models. We plan to create a few new workflows to facilitate creating staged models. One approach would be to eliminate the need to "break apart" a 60% model to fit a staging concept in final design. Another approach could be to eliminate the need for staged models through the use of grading tools and surface manipulation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the creation of staged models and cross sections.
  • Understand how new workflows facilitate staged models.
  • Discover how the grading tools can actually save you extra steps and time.
Accelerate Civil 3D Workflows to Improve ROI (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Kyle Groves, ATG; Brian Levendowski, CTC Software

Target Skill Level: Any

*This is a sponsored session - it may use products that require additional purchases*

Ever wonder how to get it ALL done in less time with fewer headaches?  We’ll explore how to keep your team billable, how to provide them with help when they need it and then dive into two ways you can boost your Civil 3D workflows immediately!

Learning Objectives:

  • Keep your team billable and finish projects faster by improving your firm's CAD standards and user proficiency.
  • Design storm and sanitary pipe runs inside Civil 3D with an intuitive excel-like interface, editing slopes and elevations across dozens of parts at once.
  • Automate 85% of your annotation, labeling 1000s of objects at once, or creating project wide legends and tables inside Civil 3D.
Using the Metadata to Build a Better Road (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Neal Styka & Dean Teska, Kapur & Associates

Target Skill Level: Any

Dean and Neal will talk about their firsthand experience as a surveyor and as a designer in creating and using the WisDOT metadata and contractor data packet. The workshop will help designers see how the data is used by surveyors and contractors before and during construction. It will highlight the current process as outlined in the CMM and FDM. Dean will speak to how he uses the metadata to check the metadata and bridge the gap between the 2D plans and the 3D world of construction. Neal will demonstrate some methods of how the designer can create more robust exports beginning with a solid design.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how surveyors and contractors use the data provided by Civil 3D.
  • Review how metadata fits into the CMM and FDM.
  • Learn how to create better data exports to bridge the gap between computer and real world.