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Training learning paths for Civil Engineers
Civil engineering involves a variety of fields, such as surveying, geospatial analysis, transportation, infrastructure design or drainage.
Getting trained in all those areas can be a challenging task. This article should provide some guidance on how to acquire the relevant skills, based on your current level and your area of specialisation.
As a starting point, I would suggest our AutoCAD Civil 3D, Essentials course. This course will provide a thorough introduction to Autodesk Civil 3D, including hands-on exercises on surface creation from a topographic survey, road design, cut and fill volumes, pipe networks design and drawing production tools. Alternatively, new users can opt for the AutoCAD Civil 3D, Core Skills course instead. This is a reduced version of the Fundamentals and is meant to be taken as the basis for one of the follow-up courses that specialise in the different areas.
If you are involved in land surveying, you can learn how to download and process survey data inside Autodesk Civil 3D in our AutoCAD Civil 3D, Working with Survey Data course. If you are interested in geospatial analysis, the AutoCAD Map 3D, Essentials course will teach you how to create, manage, and map data.
For engineers working in Highway Design, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Transportation Design will guide you through the more advanced aspects, like applying standards, super elevation, roundabout design, road widening, and road rehabilitation. In addition, the Autodesk Vehicle Tracking course will give you all the tools that you need for vehicle swept path analysis.
To help you in the design of drainage and utility networks, the AutoCAD Civil 3D, Drainage Design course will detail how to use Autodesk Civil 3D in conjunction with other design tools such as MX and WinDes and provide a realistic workflow from the design to the analysis and presentation.
Another piece of software that every civil engineer should know is Autodesk Infraworks. Autodesk InfraWorks for Civil Engineering will show you how to create preliminary designs and sketches that illustrate initial proposals to others involved in the project and how to create presentations of those designs in a photorealistic environment. Related to this last aspect, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Design Visualisation demonstrates how you can export Autodesk Civil 3D design models into 3ds Max Design to create high quality visualisations that can be utilised in the exploration of design alternatives, visual simulation and public consultation.
Aimed at Project Managers, the AutoCAD Civil 3D for Project Managers course provides an overview of the functionality of Autodesk Civil 3D, covering BIM, the use of basic modifying and query tools and how a project in Civil 3D is typically configured. There is also guidance on working in a multi-discipline project and in a collaborative environment using Revit and Navisworks.
You can explore the full range of Civil 3D training courses here.
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