2022 Civil 3D Workshop Agenda

Join us virtually November 7-10

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.

All times listed below are central time. Don't forget to share this event with anyone who might be interested!

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

Speakers: Autodesk Team; WisDOT Team

Target Skill Level: Any

Join us for an exciting kickoff for the workshop! Hear from leadership in WisDOT and Autodesk about upcoming new features and changes. This session sets the tone for the event so don't miss it!

Connecting Data (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

TBD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review how to use Project Explorer effectively.
  • Learn how to replicate corridor models quickly.
  • Understand when to use corridor targets.
Autodesk Structures (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: Ara Ashikian, Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

Autodesk's capabilities for work with structures are rapidly expanding. Hear from an expert on some of the tools and tricks you can use with the software. Topics include enhanced flexibility and control for abutment and pier geometries, dynamic, alignment-based clipping feature in InfraWorks, extending InfraWorks bridge workflow to support Revit family-based custom parametric content and IFC 4x3 workflows.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review previous iterations of Autodesk's structures programs.
  • Learn about the new features available in 2022 and beyond.
  • Discover tips and tricks that can save you time and make your life easier!
Project Explorer (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Tim Yaris, Autodesk

Target Skill Level: Any

Project Explorer will transform how you navigate, visualize, and interact with Civil 3D design models. This session will start with a high-level overview of how to use Project Explorer to find your way around a Civil 3D model, then dig into what’s new in the most recent update to Project Explorer. You’ll learn how to build custom reports and dynamic AutoCAD tables that contain not only the basic Civil 3D object properties, but custom properties that each project requires.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the importance of Project Explorer.
  • Learn about recent updates that enhance Project Explorer.
  • Discover how to build custom reports and custom properties with the tool.T
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.

Grading Optimization: Making Choices that Benefit Automatic Grading (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Russ Nicloy, MACER Technologies

Target Skill Level: Intermediate

This session will look at Grading Optimization and how it can help users grade sites to optimal slopes or optimal balance. We will look at the importance of zones, and the use of lines and points to provide detail to the automated grading. We will also look at how to encourage desired results, and tools that can identify when results are trending towards undesirable results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the roles of zones, lines, and points.
  • Understand how to encourage drainage in desired directions.
  • Discover how to change the objectives to balance volumes.
  • Learn how to use the visualization tools to analyze grading progress.
WisDOT Civil 3D Customizations: What's New Since Last Year (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Keith Sowinski, 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 increases the efficiency of many Civil 3D tasks. WisDOT has been very active improving its customizations over the last year. Improvements include implementing Civil 3D 2022, enhancing existing custom tools, and introducing new custom tools. This class is focused on reviewing what has changed since last year.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the latest WisDOT custom tools.
  • Discover which existing WisDOT custom tools have been enhanced and how.
  • Learn how to get help with using the WisDOT customization and how to report any issues that are encountered.
INDOT BIM and Project Management Approach (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Andrew Pangallo, INDOT

Target Skill Level: Beginner

This presentation will provide a high level overview of the current workflow INDOT utilizes on its Major Projects from an Asset Management and Construction approach. INDOT is looking at the BIM solution in a "Pull" mindset. INDOT is focusing on the needs of Asset Management and is developing the workflows in construction to achieve those needs. Design requirements will then be developed based on the needs for construction to provide the asset management data.

Project Management: INDOT has placed a focus on improving and enhancing our project delivery and construction processes to enable a collaborative and team oriented contract for construction. INDOT is placing a greater emphasis on schedule data in the contract and during contracts to handle risk more effectively. INDOT has started a 3 year pilot utilizing Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) to manage the highest risk contracts. ACC will provide our construction teams the collaborative environment to proactively handle risk to deliver our program on time and budget.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how INDOT is collecting and storing infrastructure asset open-source data.
  • Review the best practices from project delivery to set contracts up for success.
  • Learn how INDOT is managing our major projects with construction software and schedule data to improve your projects.
WisDOT and Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Mitch Lavin, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Any

WisDOT kicked off a pilot project using Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D (which utilizes Autodesk Docs and Autodesk Construction Cloud) in January 2022. The I41 majors project consists of 5 design segments and teams, eleven consultant partners alongside WisDOT Northeast Region, and 140-190 team members over 23 miles of interstate highway. This class will cover the Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D platform and how WisDOT utilized each major piece of the puzzle (Autodesk Docs, Autodesk Construction Cloud, Desktop Connector, Design Collaboration Pro). We will also discuss how we rolled out licenses and permissions to users that needed them. Finally we will talk about any lessons learned, ranging from implementation to data management to problem solving and troubleshooting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D and it's real world use.
  • Discover how WisDOT utilized licenses and permissions within Collaboration for Civil 3D.
  • Discuss lessons and best practices learned.
MTDOT Structures Session (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: MTDOT

Target Skill Level: Any

TBD

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.
Conditional Love: Efficient use of converging conditionals in SAC (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Justin Konen, Isthmus Engineering

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert

Conditionals within Subassembly Composer (SAC) are incredibly powerful tools that are often under-utilized, in part because they can lead to unwieldy, sprawling programming trees within SAC. Relatively simple subassemblies that require more than one decision or switch can quickly become too large to handle as the branches multiply exponentially with each conditional. Further, having to later update these conditionals can be nearly impossible. However, there are some simple best practices to apply that allow one to make elegant, streamlined conditionals that converge back on themselves. This class will cover the proper use of complex/multiple conditionals to make simple but powerful sub assemblies that anyone can understand and update. We will run through several examples live to demonstrate the ease with which you can solve your C3D Modeling problems within SAC!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the common issues with conditionals in SAC.
  • Learn how to make converging subassemblies.
  • Discover how to apply these to broader problems in your corridor modeling.
Excel to Civil 3D: Creating quantities sheets in Civil 3D (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Mitch Lavin, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Any

This class will cover the different methods to take tables in Excel and convert them into quantities sheets in Excel. We will create new sheet files in Civil 3D and how to access the standards files for the different quantities sheets. We will review the prerequisite formatting in Excel and then the method of copying the Excel table and pasting a link into Civil 3D. We will then review the method of utilizing Excel named ranges to build Civil 3D links and tables in the Civil 3D quantities sheets. Finally, we will review the pros and cons of each method.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the standards files that WisDOT provides to create quantities sheets in Civil 3D.
  • Learn the method of pasting links to Excel tables in Civil 3D to create quantities sheets in Civil 3D.
  • Understand the method of utilizing named ranges, Civil 3D data links, and Civil 3D tables to create quantities sheets in Civil 3D.
Demystify the Superelevation Wizard (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Kyle Peschel, Jacobs

Target Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Superelevation is the banking of a roadway along a horizontal curve so motorists can safely and comfortably maneuver the curve at reasonable speeds. Civil 3D's Superelevation Wizard provides us the tools to automate superelvation design based on our horizontal alignment. But are we sure what each of the settings in the wizard is for? Chances are, you've run the wizard and the model doesn't reflect what you expected to see. This course is intended to breakdown the inputs and expected outputs of the superelvation wizard tool.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what superelvation is and how it is applied.
  • Learn how superelvation is designed / controlled using superelvation wizard.
  • Validate that the superelevation design is correct and applied properly to your corridor model,
Situational Awareness: ESRI Changes & Their Impact on Civil 3D Use & Deliverables (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Mark Schnesk, Seiler

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Expert/Advanced

If you’re looking to improve project collaboration, managing risks, costs, and timelines using Geospatial data from multiple systems/sources, then this informative section is for you. Seiler’s bringing Tom Krohn, who heads Seiler’s ESRI Business Partner group, to review major changes to the ESRI platform that have impacts on Civil 3D usage and project-data interaction, at all phases. Following a quick review of established “CAD-GIS” tools in C3D, we’ll focus on the implications of wider access to “ArcGIS Pro” as a direct portal into data consumption & editing, its connection to Autodesk Construction Cloud (BIM 360), and how model data can be synchronized with Arc GeoBIM for connected, dynamic project deliverables.

Learning Objectives:

  • Get up to speed on GIS/CAD technical developments, coming from the Autodesk/ESRI collaborative partnership.
  • Understand what these changes mean for C3D design processes at different phases.
  • Learn what tools are required to leverage the many benefits of “model coordination” beyond Building structure, to encompass & combine with as-built Geospatial data.
Plan Production Sheet Creation: How to Set Them Up for WisDOT Projects (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Russ Nicloy, MACER Technologies

Target Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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:

  • Learn how to start the file with the correct tools.
  • Discover which references are attached to most sheets and how to attach them.
  • Review how to add sheets to the sheet set for the project.
  • Understand how to approach sheets that have special requirements.
WisDOT Bureau of Structures Civil 3D Standards (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: Danielle De Tennis, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Any

The Bureau of Structures migrated to Civil 3D in 2022. In this session, we will be covering the standards we developed for our bureau and any consultants who want to try them. These standards include layers, annotation styles, a tool palette, and dozens of dynamic blocks. We will also be covering our recently-released and updated Structures Insert Sheets.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of BOS drafting standards.
  • Learn how to take advantage of the Structures Tool Palette to efficiently use these standards.
  • Learn how to download and use our upgraded insert sheets.
WisDOT Civil 3D Sight Distance Tools and Workflows (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Steve Popke, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Any

Analyzing sight distance used to be a very tedious task. Using 3D tools, this investigation and documentation has become much easier. Civil 3D does include some tools for checking visibility. Recently WisDOT developed its own sight distance tools to more efficiently conduct this analysis. The custom tools have been designed to provide the output needed for reviewing sight distance based on WisDOT Facilities Development Manual and AASHTO standards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to represent obstructions along the roadway.
  • Understand how to use the WisDOT Check Sight Distance tools.
  • Discover ways to document the sight analysis.
Introduction to InfoDrainage (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Randy McCollum, IMAGINiT

Target Skill Level: Any

In this course we will introduce the new flagship green stormwater modeling program acquired by Autodesk, InfoDrainage. The class will be a live demonstration of a typical InfoDrainage model, its components, and how models integrate with Civil 3D.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce InfoDrainage and Interface.
  • Walkthrough of an InfoDrainage Model.
  • Demonstrate Import/Export functionality of InfoDrainage for Civil 3D.
Beam Guard EAT Design Surfaces and Sections in less than an Hour (9:40 - 10:40 a.m.)

Speaker: Eric Arneson, WisDOT

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert

This course will cover the best methods for designing beamguard for current WisDOT plan and model standards with the latest automation tools. Focus areas will include beamguard energy-absorbing terminals (EATs) and workflow that is responsive to design changes. The course will cover design for 3D and 2D deliverables.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to use and modify the provided WisDOT subassemblies for beamguard.
  • Learn workflow best practices to get from horizontal layout to surfaces and cross-sections for a beamguard EAT.
  • Learn how to use WisDOT automation tools to speed up development of 2D and 3D design deliverables
WisDOT Profile Control - Take Control of the Transitions (10:50 - 11:50 a.m.)

Speaker: Eric Gates, EnvisionCAD

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert

This class will demonstrate how to use the WisDOT Profile Control Editor, and the WisDOT purpose built subassemblies to create, import default and edit profiles to use as transition targets in a corridor model. We will cover how to to import multiple transition specific profiles from a predefined .csv file or from a custom built one; how to create and edit a profile with the Editor; and where to define the profiles as targets in the WisDOT subassemblies. We will discover these transitions in action and learn how to easily make modifications after the corridor is built. To keep the excitement going we will dive into how to use control transitional targeting in an assembly with non-WisDOT subassemblies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use the WisDOT Profile Control Editor to create, import default and edit profiles to use as transition targets in a corridor model.
  • Discover how to use the WisDOT purpose built subassemblies that have built-in transition target parameters.
  • Understand how to add profile control transitional targeting to non-WisDOT subassemblies.
Emerging Professionals Networking Lunch (12:00 - 12:55 p.m.)

Join emerging professionals for a hour of conversation and networking. This is a free opportunity for attendees of the Civil 3D Workshop and will happen within the virtual platform. Learn from Civil 3D power users or just hang out with folks like you!

Civil 3D Data Shortcut API (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Christopher Fugitt, Caltrans

Target Skill Level: Advanced/Expert

Learn how to leverage the Data Shortcut API added to Civil 3D 2020.6 Update to automate your workflows.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to  automatically set the Working Folder and Project based on the drawing's saved location.
  • Discover how to create Shortcut Folders from a text file.
  • Review how to create Data References and Data Shortcuts
Using Dynamo to Enhance Bridge Projects (2:10 - 3:10 p.m.)

Speaker: Joe Benner, Michael Baker

Target Skill Level: Advanced/Expert

This class will cover how visual scripting with Dynamo can streamline model development of complex structures and interact with native data from multiple disciplines. We will examine multiple Autodesk software products in this process including Revit, Civil3D, and Infraworks in and how they can be used collectively to improve workflows. A truss bridge model and approaches will be provided as an example project to demonstrate automation of tasks, quick adaption to changes in design, and interaction with multiple software platforms and data sources. Also, we will explore how to integrate this data with structural analysis software. Benefits of the workflow and best practices for overcoming some of the current software limitations will be discussed. This class is designed to help experienced users get to the next level by using computational design in Dynamo by giving a practical application in horizontal infrastructure.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review how to explain visual scripting and computational design for infrastructure applications.
  • Discover how to use Dynamo to automate model development.
  • Learn how to integrate multidisciplinary data from several platforms to enhance workflows
Walk on Water, a Civil Digital Twin (3:20 - 4:20 p.m.)

Speaker: Nick Turner, MG AEC

Target Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced/Expert

We are in the 3rd major transition of Asset Design. The first was papyrus and paper to 2D CAD, then from 2D CAD to 3D CAD and now 3D CAD into GIS. The step of bringing the designed and built asset into GIS unlocks a world of data and analytical possibilities. This presentation will interconnect Civil Utility Assets and Rivers into the GIS environment. This democratizes the Civil data to Field staff and all partners on a project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how to integrate GIS and Civil 3D effectively.
  • Review all of the data avilable to engineers from GIS.
  • Learn how to create an ecosystem of interconnected data.