May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CVE 2851 - Introduction to Civil 3D

1 lecture hours 2 lab hours 2 credits
Course Description
This class teaches the basics of AutoCAD Civil 3D modeling for civil engineering projects. Topics include basic concepts of computerized drafting, program interface, templates, points, surfaces, topography, and alignments. (prereq: CAE 1851 ) (quarter system prereq: AE 1001, AE 1001L, CV 1001, or CV 1001L)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Prepare models using Civil 3D
  • Use surveying field data and import data into virtual models
  • Create topography models, contour maps and roadways
  • Explain how to subdivide property into lots
  • Develop an alignment both horizontally and vertically
  • Develop a grading plan
  • Develop a utility plan
  • Calculate cut and fill volumes
  • Develop plan sheets

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic understanding of Autodesk AutoCAD

Course Topics
  • Distinguishing between CAD versus Civil 3D
  • Introducing the Civil 3D program interface
  • Importing survey data
  • Modeling surfaces
  • Designing horizontal alignments
  • Designing vertical profiles
  • Creating corridors and road cross-sections
  • Subdividing parcels
  • Developing grading plans
  • Computing cut and fill volumes from modeled surfaces
  • Designing utilities (water, storm, sanitary)
  • Generating plan and profile sheets from Civil 3D (utilities and vertical profiles)
  • Preparing plan sets including planning, setting appropriate scales, and generating sheets

Laboratory Topics
  • Interactive problem-solving sessions that reinforce the weekly lecture topics

Dr. William S. Gonwa, P.E.

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