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BIM tools for civil engineering design

AutoCAD® Civil 3D® civil engineering software tools support Building Information Modeling (BIM) and help reduce the time it takes to design, analyze, and implement changes. 

Cloud service

Civil design

  • New

    Corridor data shortcut (DREF) (enhanced)

    Create and share data shortcuts for corridors.

  • New

    Advanced roundabout design

    Bring new roundabout designs into Civil 3D.

  • New

    Feature line as corridor baseline

    Use the corridor to design site features.

  • New

    Corner cleanup for corridors

    Easily model shapes at interior/exterior corners.

  • New

    Pressure pipe content (enhanced)

    New content for valves and pressure pipes.

  • New

    Extract corridor feature line workflow

    New ability to extract multiple feature lines.

  • New

    "No Site" option for feature lines

    Create feature lines without creating a site.

  • Corridor design

    Tools for corridor modeling.

  • Pressure pipe networks

    Tools for pressure network creation.

  • Gravity pipe networks

    Tools for sanitary and storm drainage systems.

  • Grading

    Terrain models for grading.

  • Parcel design

    Automated parcel design tools.

  • Bridge modeling

    Module available to customers who subscribe to Civil 3D or Infrastructure Design Suite Premium or Ultimate editions or have a current maintenance plan. (video: 1:08 min.)

  • Geotechnical modeling

    Streamline import and use of borehole data. (video: 59 sec.)

  • Rail track layout

    Streamline layout of rail tracks.

  • Design concepts with InfraWorks 360

    Communicate and collaborate more effectively.

  • Loop Geometry tool

    Change loop number values and control repetition. (video: 3:47 min.)

  • Solids from Civil 3D objects

    Create AutoCAD solids in Civil 3D user interface. (video: 3:05 min.)

Civil drafting & documentation

  • New

    Reference styles utility

    Centralize management to enforce design standards.

  • New

    Property data to corridor solids

    Automate data and information changes.

  • New

    Property set definition

    Create and use data for any drawing object.

  • Drafting standards

    Use an extensive library of CAD civil drafting styles.

  • Construction documentation

    Generate annotated production plans.

  • Map production

    Use cartographic mapping functionality.

  • Reports and tables

    Use dynamic tables for linework.

  • Crossing pipe labels for profiles and section views

    Label where gravity and pressure pipes cross. (video: 4:58 min.)

  • Cross section view control

    Specify section direction in the view grid. (video: 1:56 min.)

GPS survey & data collection

  • Data access and exchange

    Read, write, and convert data between formats.

  • Surface modeling

    Use tools for dynamic surface creation.

  • Base map creation

    Streamlined GPS mapping and surveying workflows.

  • Reality capture

    Use point clouds to digitize as-built features.

  • Point clouds

    Use and display point cloud data. (video: 4:39 min.)

  • Surface creation from point cloud data

    Create TIN surfaces from point cloud data. (video: 7:10 min.)

  • Exclusionary catchments

    Modify catchment boundaries and flow paths. (video: 3 min.)

  • IFC import and export

    Import and export AutoCAD solids to IFC files. (video: 2 min.)

Visualization & analysis

  • Geospatial analysis

    Advanced mapping and analysis functionality.

  • Storm and Sanitary Analysis

    Dynamic models enable stormwater management. (video: 1:17 min.)

  • Model analysis

    Dynamic QTO and earthwork calculations.

  • Visual analysis

    Better understand civil designs with visualization.

  • River and flood analysis

    Module available to customers who subscribe to Civil 3D or Infrastructure Design Suite Premium or Ultimate editions or have a current maintenance plan. (video: 1:09 min.)

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D with 3ds Max

    Create professional-quality visualizations. (video: 1:29 min.)


  • New

    Cache DREF surface

    Cache terrain surfaces to share Civil 3D drawings more broadly.

  • New

    Subfolders for objects

    Organize model data with subfolders.

  • New

    Streamlined creation of references

    Add DREFs via simple drag-and-drop operations.

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D with InfraWorks 360

    Use preliminary design models inside of Civil 3D.

  • Bring InfraWorks 360 bridges into Civil 3D

    Bring preliminary bridge models into Civil 3D. (video: 2 min.)

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D with Vault Professional

    Create, organize, and share project data. (video: 1:25 min.)

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D with Navisworks

    Gain better predictability. (video: 1:22 min.)

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D with Revit Structure

    Enhance structural and civil design collaboration. (video: 46 sec.)

  • Prior version compatibility

    Prior version compatibility for better collaboration.

  • Cloud-based collaboration

    A360 and AutoCAD 360 for design sharing.

    Cloud Service

  • Data shortcuts and references

    Share model data using data shortcuts and xrefs.

  • Project organization tools for Vault Professional 2016

    Display project objects and create data references. (video: 7:07 min.)

  • Coordination models

    Attach coordination models to Civil 3D drawings. (video: 2:34 min.)

  • Data shortcuts

    Replace drawing objects and repair data shortcuts. (video: 3:47 min.)