Autodesk University
Hands-on lab    WF19220-L
A Practical Guide to GIS in AutoCAD Civil 3D
Autodesk University
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Are you an AutoCAD Civil 3D software user who’s being asked to provide data to your geographic information system (GIS) department? Are you being asked to use GIS data as background data for your designs? Do you think GIS is a 4-letter word? If so, this class will answer this all-too-common question: “Why should I care about GIS?” You will not only learn to import GIS data as AutoCAD software objects, but you’ll also learn to import GIS data directly as AutoCAD Civil 3D software objects like Surfaces and Pipe Networks that capitalize on the existing database information. The request to provide design data to GIS departments is becoming more common every day. This class will explore the details of why just sending them a drawing is often not an adequate way to satisfy that request. We will explore ways to export AutoCAD Civil 3D software objects to GIS formats that your GIS department can use easily and consistently. This popular class has won the award for Best Hands-on Lab at Autodesk University—don’t miss your chance to learn how the GIS tools in AutoCAD Civil 3D software can make you more productive by automating common everyday tasks. This session features AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD Map 3D.


  • Learn how to create a surface in AutoCAD Civil 3D from GIS contours
  • Learn how to create a pipe network from GIS data
  • Learn how to export AutoCAD Civil 3D Objects to different GIS formats
  • Learn how to access and work with GIS data then quickly label objects with annotation templates