ATC581 - Auto CAD 2018 - 3D Civil - Fundamentals

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Subject Title
Auto CAD 2018 - 3D Civil - Fundamentals

Subject Description
This course is designed for civil engineers/technologists and surveyors who will use Civil 3D to create standardized civil engineering drafting and GIS projects. Participants complete transportation, site, sewer, storm drain and subdivision projects quickly while using the tools to dynamically link and generate updates which reduce costly errors.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Import data through AutoCAD LandXML and from an Autodesk Land Desktop Project.
  2. Use shortcuts to share design data between drawings.
  3. Manage Points and Point Groups.
  4. Analyze surfaces.
  5. Create parcels and parcel tables.
  6. Create sites, alignments, profiles and cross-sections.
  7. Create assemblies, corridors, and cross-sections
  8. Calculate corridor volumes.
  9. Create complex grading solutions.
  10. Create pipe networks.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ATC111 or an introductory AutoCAD course or equivalent industrial experience

Topic Outline
The AutoCAD Civil 3D Interface and Project Structure

The AutoCAD Civil 3D Interface

  • Product Overview
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Workspaces
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D User Interface
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Toolspace
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Panorama

AutoCAD Civil 3D Projects and Shortcut
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Projects
  • Sharing Data

  • Vault Overview
  • Using the Vault Client

Project Startup, Points, and Survey Fieldbooks

Project Startup
  • Settings and Templates
  • Creating Project Drawings

Survey Fieldbooks, Points, and Point Groups
  • Points Overview
  • Importing and Exporting Points
  • Survey Fieldbooks
  • Reviewing and Editing Points
  • Referencing Points
  • Creating Points
  • Point Groups
  • Description Key Sets Overview


Surface Overview
  • Surface Process
  • Surface Properties
  • Breaklines and Boundaries
  • Contour Data
  • Other Surface Data
  • Surface Analysis Tools

Surface Editing
  • Surface Editing
  • Adjusting Surfaces through Surface Properties

Surface Labels and Analysis
  • Surface Labels
  • Surface Volume Calculations
  • Surface Analysis Display
  • Viewing Surfaces in 3D

Alignments and Profiles

  • Roadway Design Overview
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Sites
  • Alignments
  • Alignment Properties
  • Labels and Tables

  • Profiles Overview
  • Create Profiles from Surface
  • Create Profile View Wizard
  • Finished Ground Profiles
  • Creating and Editing Profiles

Productivity Tools
  • Plan Production Tools

Assemblies, Corridors, and Sections

  • Assembly Overview
  • Modifying Assemblies

  • Creating a Corridor
  • Corridor Properties
  • Corridor Surfaces
  • Corridor Section Review and Edit

  • Sample Line Groups
  • Section Views
  • Section Volume Calculations

Grading, Pipes, and Production Tools

  • Grading Overview
  • Configuring AutoCAD Civil 3D Grading

Creating Pipe Networks
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D Pipes Overview
  • Pipes Configuration
  • The Network Layout Toolbar
  • Creating Networks from Objects

Pipe Editing and Annotation
  • Network Editing
  • Annotating Pipe Networks
  • Self Check: Pipe Editing and Annotation

Productivity Tools
  • Labeling Features
  • Inquiries and Reporting


Parcels Overview
  • Introduction to Parcels
  • Create Parcels from Objects

Subdividing Parcels
  • Creating and Editing Parcels by Layout Overview
  • Creating and Editing Parcel Techniques

Parcel Reports, Annotation, and Tables
  • Parcel Reports
  • Parcel Labels
  • Renumbering Parcels
  • Parcel Tables

Mode of Instruction
Lively-paced lectures with hands-on emphasis

Prescribed Texts
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 Fundamentals - Ascent - SDC Publications. ISBN: 978-1-63057-022-4

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.   

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
3 Assignments @ 25%  75%
Final Exam 25%

Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle