Who Should Read This app?

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This app should be read by anyone who needs or wants to begin learning AutoCAD Civil 3D. It is appropriate for ages ranging from high school to retire- ment, and although it is intended for those who have no experience or skill with Civil 3D, it can also serve as a great resource for refreshing one’s knowledgebase or for filling in any gaps. This app can also be used as a resource for preparing to take the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Certified Professional exam. See www.autodesk com/certification for more certification information and resources. You can also refer to this app’s appendices to see which certification topics are covered and where they can be found in the app.

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In addition to those pursuing a certification, here are some specific examples of individuals who would benefit from reading this app:

 High-school students following a design-related educational track

College students learning to be designers or engineers

Employees who have recently joined a company that utilizes Civil 3D

 Employees who work for companies that have recently implemented
Civil 3D

Experienced Civil 3D users who are self-taught and who want to fill in gaps in their knowledge base

What You Will learn

This app covers the basic skills and concepts needed to begin using Civil 3D to design land development projects. The concepts include those related to Civil 3D as well as those related to civil engineering and surveying in general. It does not cover all topics or all Civil 3D features, but it provides a solid foundation that you can use to perform basic tasks. This foundation can then serve as a stepping-off point as you learn more advanced skills and work toward an in-depth under- standing of Civil 3D.

The first two chapters will give you a basic understanding of Civil 3D and help you to understand  and appreciate how it “thinks.” The remaining 17 chapters will teach you how to use the tools that Civil 3D provides to complete a typical land development design project.

What You Need

Specific hardware requirements for running  AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 had not been released as this app went to press. See the Autodesk website (www.autodesk.com) for current  requirements.
To perform the exercises in this app, you must have AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 installed on your computer. It is recommended that you use the default software setup with two exceptions: Change your drawing screen color to white and dock the command line at the bottom of the screen. This app contains many screen captures of Civil 3D drawings, which were all produced with these distinctive changes to the user interface. Also, at times, the exercises refer to drawing enti- ties by color, which is sometimes dependent on the background color.

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To complete the exercises, you will need to download the necessary files from www.sybex.com/go/civil3d2014essentials. Here you will find a list of ZIP files, one for each chapter, which you should unzip to the local C: drive of your com- puter. This will create a folder named Civil 3D 2014  Essentials with the chapter folder inside it. As you unzip additional chapter files, simply merge the new Civil 3D 2014 folder into the old one. The resulting files and folders will appear similar to the following image:

ZIP files are available in imperial and metric units. As you complete the exercises, metric values will be shown in parentheses. The imperial and met- ric values for a given item are usually not equivalent to avoid using irregu- lar values for the design. For example, the value for the width of a sidewalk would be shown as 3’ (1m) even though 3’ does not exactly equal 1m.

Each chapter ends with a section titled “The Essentials and Beyond,” which contains an additional exercise. You can find the answers to the additional exer- cises and completed versions of the exercise drawings by visiting www.sybex com/go/civil3d2014essentials. You can also visit the same location to view videos of the author completing these exercises. ially, be sure to check the app’s website for any updates to this app should the need arise. You can also contact the author directly by email at CivilEssentials@gmail.com or visit the author’s blog at http://ericchappell blogspot.com to read even more about the app and Civil 3D in general.

Attention: instructors

As you know, the best classes start with good preparation, and we’ve done most of the work for you by providing instructor materials to accompany this app. Please visit www.sybex.com/go/civil3d2014essentials to download the instructor materials, which contain suggested syllabi, PowerPoint files, additional exercises, and quiz questions that you can use to assist you in making your class a success

What is Covered in This App?

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Essentials is organized to provide you with the knowl- edge needed to master the basics of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014.

Tutorial 1: Navigating the AutoCAD Civil 3D user interface    Familiarizes you with the Civil 3D environment  so that you can navigate more easily within the software.

Tutorial 2: leveraging a Dynamic Environment Demonstrates the dynamic Civil 3D environment  to establish its importance and encourage you to take full advantage of it whenever possible. This chapter focuses on important  relation- ships between different components of a typical design model.

Tutorial 3: Establishing Existing Conditions using Survey Data Demonstrates how to convert survey field measurements into a Civil 3D drawing while focusing on the survey functions of Civil 3D. This chapter covers creating
a survey database, importing data, and processing the data to create a map of the project.

What is Covered in This App?

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 Essentials is organized to provide you with the knowl- edge needed to master the basics of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014.

Tutorial 1: Navigating the AutoCAD Civil 3D user interface    Familiarizes you with the Civil 3D environment  so that you can navigate more easily within the software.

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Tutorial 2: leveraging a Dynamic Environment Demonstrates the dynamic Civil 3D environment  to establish its importance and encourage you to take full advantage of it whenever possible. This chapter focuses on important  relation- ships between different components of a typical design model.

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