2021 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. There will be on-demand access to all sessions after the event for registered attendees.

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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.

Model Builder (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Tim Yaris, Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

Join Autodesk expert Tim Yaris for an in-depth look at model builder. This session will explore some of the new features coming with Civil 3D 2022 as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review previous iterations of model builder.
  • Learn about the new features available in 2022.
  • Discover tips and tricks that can save you time.
Autodesk Bridge Programs (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: Ara Ashikian, Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

Join Autodesk expert Ara Ashikian for an in-depth look at Autodesk's bridge programs. This session will explore some of the new features coming with Civil 3D 2022 as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review previous iterations of Autodesk's bridge programs.
  • Learn about the new features available in 2022.
  • Discover tips and tricks that can save you time.
GeoBIM/GIS Integration (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: John Sayre, Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

Join Autodesk expert John Sayre for an in-depth look at Autodesk's GeoBIM and GIS programs. This session will explore some of the new features coming with Civil 3D 2022 as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review previous iterations of Autodesk's GeoBIM and GIS programs.
  • Learn about the new features available in 2022.
  • Discover tips and tricks that can save you time.
Civil 3D Power Hour (4:20 - 5:20 p.m.)

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from power users, Autodesk and other experts in small group settings. Join us for an open dialogue on your trickiest problems and what you'd like to see in the future of Civil 3D.

WisDOT Civil 3D Customizations: What's New (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Keith Sowinski, PE, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Any

WisDOT provides a customized Civil 3D package that is used by internal staff, engineering consultants, local governments, universities, and more. It provides consistency in the development of project deliverables and increase the efficiency of many Civil 3D tasks.

WisDOT has been very active improving its customizations in 2021. Improvements ranging from enhancing the user interface to the introduction of new productivity tools. This class is focused on reviewing what has changed since last year including the WisDOT ribbons, tools that have been enhanced, and new tools that have been introduced.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the logic behind the WisDOT ribbon layout.
  • Become familiar with the latest WisDOT custom tools.
  • Learn how to get help with using the WisDOT customization and how report any issues that are encountered.
Cul-de-Sac Design (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Martin Ramirez, Jacobs

Target Skill Level: Beginner

This session will cover preliminary and final design of a cul-de-sac using several Civil 3D tools. The session will cover the layout of alignments within the cul-de-sac, using featureline and grading guides during the design and converting corridor targets into vertical alignments. The session will also cover tips on making revisions to the design and updating the elements, as well as model dynamics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basic elements of cul-de-sace design.
  • Understand how to use dynamic corridor modeling.
  • Discover how preliminary surfaces can function as design guides.
Using Open-Source Data in Design (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Josh Mercier, KL Engineering

Target Skill Level: Any

There is a wide range of publicly available data that can provide invaluable information to designers and stakeholders alike from preliminary design and public involvement outreach to final plan production. While the ESRI/Autodesk partnership has helped to make more GIS information readily available to C3D users, not every C3D user has access to an ESRI license. Fortunately, there is still publicly accessible data available for download and relatively easy to use within Civil 3D. This class will cover the different types of data available to designers, the different sources of that data, and how to use the acquired data successfully in your projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how to find and use open-source data.
  • Review the different types of data available.
  • Learn how to use the data provided to improve your projects.
WisDOT Bureau of Structures Civil 3D Standards (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Danielle De Tennis, PE & Adam Swierczek, PE; WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Beginner

In 2021, the Bureau of Structures (BOS) is migrating to Civil 3D. In this class we will be covering the drafting standards we developed for our bureau - and any consultants who want to try them - including layers, styles and blocks. We will also be covering our updated insert sheets which make use of dynamic blocks.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of new BOS drafting standards.
  • Learn how to use BOS's upgraded insert sheets.
  • Discover when these standards will be available and how to install them.
Parametric Blocks for Roadway Design (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speakers: Eric Arneson, PE, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert

Have you ever tried to figure out parametric blocks on your own and been frustrated? Have free, online resources been less than helpful? This class will show real-world, production parametric blocks for roadway design and how they were constructed. Learn the ins and outs of dimensional constraints, geometric constraints, and how to apply them to get the results you want. Learn how to build blocks with tangent-constrained curves. We'll also cover how to best use parametric blocks with roadway workflows to get the most value out of them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review what resources are currently available on parametric blocks.
  • Learn everything you'd want to know about these blocks.
  • Discover the best ways to use this information in roadway workflows.
Setup Corridors: How to Find What You Need (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Russ Nicloy, MACER Technologies

Target Skill Level: Intermediate

In some more complex designs it may be difficult to create the transitions or slopes that are required. Creating a setup surface can help find these locations, especially in transitional areas. Setup corridors are handled differently than design corridors which provides more options in the setup for your design.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to create a setup corridor.
  • Review the difference between setup corridors and design corridors.
  • Learn when to incorporate these corridors into your design process.
Fast, Unlimited Side Slope Edits in Civil 3D (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Eric Arneson, PE, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert

Side slopes are the things that change the most often in cross-sections/3D models for roadways. Changing slopes, switching between fill and ditches, and ditch profiles are all regular occurrences from the largest to smallest of roadway earthwork projects. This class will show the fastest, most scalable way to do this in Civil 3D with WisDOT customizations. With the subassembly DaylightProfileControlled and the WisDOT Slope Control Editor, side slope edits can be made with unlimited scalability and a minimum amount of assemblies and corridor regions. These tools are free to install and use for everyone. Come learn the one solution you need for all your corridor side slopes!

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight into the uses of side slope edits.
  • Review the importance of side slopes in roadway cross-sections.
  • Learn the one solution you'll need for all corridor side slopes.
Mastering Site Grading in Civil 3D (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Brian Levendowski, PE, CTC Software

Target Skill Level: Any

Site grading in Civil 3D has long been a challenge. With dozens of different toolsets to sort though it can be difficult to develop a reproducible workflow, resulting in inefficiencies and frustration on the Civil 3D user's part. That all changes with the rock solid solutions that we'll demonstrate in this class.

We’ll touch on key feature line and surface tools, applying them to examples of common site features. We'll understand complex earthwork calculations, and utilize powerful labels that help speed up the design process. We'll cover manual methods for novice users as well as automated processes for advanced users. Hold on to your seats folks, as this class will pack tons of info into a rapid-fire session that has something for everyone.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn efficient workflows for site grading.
  • Discover how to use dynamic surface creation.
  • Understand the value of quick and easy feature line editing.
WisDOT Road to Efficiently Creating Plan PDFs (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Steve Popke, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Organizing and efficiently generating plan sheets is an important part of project development. Following the steps in this class may save you several minutes or even hours in plans production. This presentation will cover using Sheet Set Manager, WisDOT page setups, setting up batch plots and using TrueView. The class will also review things to look out to ensure that your final plan PDFs meet WisDOT standards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the benefits of Sheet Set Managed.
  • Learn how using WisDOT page setups saves time.
  • Discover TrueView for fast printing.
Automating Plans with C# (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Danielle De Tennis, PE, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Expert

This class will give a demonstration of WisDOT Standard Bridge Design Tool, which automatically draws and plots over 18,000 different single span slab bridge plans. It will also give an overview of how the tool was created and resources available for further learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review what WisDOT Standard Bridge Design Tool is and how it works.
  • Learn how C# works with Civil 3D to create custom tools and automate plan development.
  • Discover resources available for further learning.
Project & Base File Setup Using InfraWorks Data (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: Eric King, PE, Micahel Baker International

Target Skill Level: All

Join us to learn how to use InfraWorks data for AutoCAD design and production. This session will cover the basics of creating the models and how to export that data to Civil 3D. From there, we will review the files in Civil 3D, show an example of the design plan sheet layout and we'll end with other useful tips and tricks.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how InfraWorks works closely with Civil 3D.
  • Discover how to export files from InfraWorks and use them seamlessly in Civil 3D design.
  • Learn other tips and tricks to use Google Sketchup files and manipulate InfraWorks existing ground surfaces.
It's Time to GO with Grading Optimization (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Josh Clawson, MG AEC

Target Skill Level: Any

With the 2022 release of Civil 3D comes a new tool, Grading Optimization. Grading Optimization (GO) is a criteria based optimization tool that allows users to input different elements and run GO to automatically grade out a site. In this session we will take an in depth look at this new tool. We will walk through how to set up different GO objects and their functions. We will also run through the features and exports of GO. If you do any kind of site grading in your design projects, this new workflow will be a time saver.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review different GO objects.
  • Learn all about this new tool in Civil 3D 2022.
  • Understand how the new tool will save you time in your daily workflow.
Basics of Urban Design in Civil 3D (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Mitch Lavin, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: All

Urban design projects can be difficult to complete. Design iterations and alternatives make for difficult data management and tight right of way constraints make for difficult centerline alignment and profile development. The key for geometry development is to make sure all horizontal and vertical objects are set up to be dynamically linked using a variety of tools in Civil 3D. In this course, we will cover the basics of horizontal and vertical geometry development in urban corridors using Civil 3D along with tips and tricks while using the software and managing data.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the unique difficulities of urban design.
  • Learn how to set up dynamic objects in Civil 3D for the complicate environment.
  • Discover tips and tricks that will help you manage your projects more effectively.
Utilizing Civil 3D I Preliminary Design sUAS Data (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Mark Schnesk, Seiler Design Solutions

Target Skill Level: Any

In this session Mark Schnesk will be discussing capturing data using sUAS based LiDAR (for our particular case, we will show the capture of LiDAR data using the DJI M300 and the L1 payload.) We will discuss the actual data capture techniques and preparation for Civil 3D 2022. We will take this data from the drone and into the Autodesk AEC Collection, extracting data from the point cloud, creating linear features using Autodesk Infraworks and moving this data to Autodesk Civil 3D creating an existing site model and surface or merging it into existing data. From this point we can create a preliminary grading design using the Autodesk Grading Optimization tool in Civil 3D 2022 and come up with an initial proposal.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review changes to LiDAR data capture in Civil 3D 2022.
  • Gain insight into extracting data and putting it together in a usable format.
  • Learn how new tools can streamline your workflow.
Efficiency and Stability: Tips & Tricks for Civil 3D (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Adam Farnsworth, Mead & Hunt

Target Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

This class will teach you techniques and tips to enhance your Civil 3D experience. Learn ways to become more efficient in your work, and steps to take to make your files less prone to crashing. Includes items like: 

• We have all used OSNAPS, but what if there was a better way to precisely snap? There is! (Shift+Right Click)

• Closing polylines seems like a pretty straightforward process, but are you creating zero-length objects inadvertently?

• Why does simply clicking on some objects take *forever*??? I bet your Properties palette is open.

• What actually happens when we click SAVE? Let's walk through the process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review what Civil 3D items might be tripping you up daily.
  • Recognize how you might be creating more issues for yourself in your save files with certain techniques.
  • Learn how to improve the stability of your files and save yourself some future headaches.
WisDOT Rural Intersection Workflow Overview (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Russ Nicloy, MACER Technologies

Target Skill Level: Intermediate

The workflow for creating an intersection in rural areas covers many important design steps. This session will look at an overview of the workflow, highlighting important aspects like alignment and connected alignment use, setup corridors, the completing the corridor design, and development of the refinement surface.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the basic steps for creating a rural intersection.
  • Understand all of the elements that go into a workflow like this.
  • Discover workflow tricks that will help you on future projects and save you time.
Bringing Dynamo Down to Earth (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: Nick Turner, MG AEC

Target Skill Level: Advanced/Expert

Many of us have been hearing the word 'Dynamo' thrown around. Some of us have a vague idea that is a simple programming language built into Civil 3D. Others may have played around in it a little but the graphs look kind of crazy. This presentation will show many simple ways your organization can dip their toe into Dynamo and gain some instant efficiencies in your common workflows. Whether you are a beginner or an expert in Dynamo, this presentation has a wealth of information on ways to speed up your teams' design workflows.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to set up Dynamo for success.
  • Understand which workflows to focus on to achieve maximum success.
  • Discover how to change the mindset at your organization towards Dynamo.
Using Civil 3D to Prepare for Your Stormwater Analysis (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Kyle Groves, EIT, ATG USA

Target Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Stormwater design is a critical component of civil engineering, yet many firms and individuals have a variety of calculation methods in use. The inputs required for those calculations, however, are generally constant regardless of the project size or type. Most of this input data is already inside of our Civil 3D models once the Finished Grade Surface has been developed, and it can be teased out with the right tools and workflow. This class will explore what tools Civil 3D gives us to extract this information and then present a workflow to arrive at the foundation of our stormwater analysis. This class will focus on the purpose-built stormwater tools for Civil 3D, including Surfaces, Catchments, Flow Paths, and the “Analyze Gravity Networks” tool. While many of the concepts in this class are also best practices for transitioning the model to Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis, it is not geared toward any specific design software or method once the necessary data is extracted.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight into the tools in Civil 3D that work with stormwater analysis.
  • Review the purpose-built stormwater data that is already in your Civil 3D model.
  • Learn how to extract the data to use with a variety of design softwares and methodologies.