Engineers and designers often have minimal existing data when they are asked to provide preliminary designs for roadways, utilities, and infrastructure. An advantage of using AutoCAD Civil 3D software for preliminary design is the software's ability to access and use data available through geographic information system (GIS). Before ground survey is available, you can retrieve surface data, political boundaries, roadways, and water feature information directly from GIS and reference it into AutoCAD Civil 3D software. When the preliminary design is complete and the ground survey and other data becomes available, you can move straight into production by swapping out the GIS data and using the design information generated in AutoCAD Civil 3D software. Complete the "round trip" by exporting design and record data from AutoCAD Civil 3D software back into GIS, making it available for the next project.
- Learn how to access data from a geographic information system database to use for preliminary design in AutoCAD Civil 3D software
- Learn how to stylize geographic information system data for use in preliminary design
- Learn how to create AutoCAD Civil 3D software surfaces and pipe data from geographic information system data
- Learn how to complete the workflow by exporting AutoCAD Civil 3D software data back to geographic information system