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Surface Modeling for Infrastructure Design

Learn to create and work with surface objects in this focused course for civil engineers.
Software used in this course:
  • Civil 3D

Overview

Knowing when to use the right tool for the job is key to graphical and data-rich civil drawings. Learn how to create surfaces from a variety of data points, including boundaries, contours, and elevations. Create existing ground surfaces, work with different surface build options and surface styles, apply surface labels, and add boundaries. Focus on detailed design for corridor surfaces, including cut and fill analysis, before you create feature lines, sites, and grading groups. You’ll wrap up by creating a finished ground surface.

After completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand surface objects and create surfaces from a variety of data.
  • Add breaklines to a surface.
  • Apply surface build options and surface styles.
  • Analyze surfaces.
  • Apply surface labels and boundaries.
  • Create data shortcuts from surfaces.
  • Create corridor surfaces.
  • Perform a cut and fill analysis.
  • Create and edit feature lines.
  • Create a site and grading group for a building pad and retention pond.
  • Calculate cut and fill volumes.
  • Create a finished ground surface from existing ground, corridor surfaces, and grading group surfaces.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    Course resources
    2

    Creating an existing ground surface

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    Lesson overview
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    Introduction to surfaces
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    Build an existing ground surface
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    Edit a surface
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    Use surface styles and labels
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    Create surface boundaries
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    Practice exercise
    3

    Creating corridor surfaces

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    Lesson overview
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    Create corridor surfaces
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    Cut and fill analysis
    4

    Creating site grading and a finished ground surface

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    Lesson overview
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    About site grading and feature lines
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    Create and edit feature lines
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    Create grading groups
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    Edit grading groups
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    Balance cut and fill volumes
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    Create a finished ground model
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    Practice exercise
    5

    Course challenge

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    Challenge exercise
    6

    Final test

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    Start your final test