AutoCAD Basics (Revised)


This revised half day (4+ hour) course is intended to provide local agency staff with no or limited AutoCAD® Civil 3D 2018-20 (C3D) experience with the background to perform daily drafting and analysis tasks common to the profession.  The class will teach the basic concepts together with applications in day-to-day tasks common to county engineering in as concrete a way as possible. To this end the class will be focused on contextualizing the software knowledge inside of example workflows.

Training laptops will be provided for participants to concurrently use alongside the instructor (or participants may bring their own (if AutoCAD 2019 or 2018 is installed)).  Depending on the number of attendees, training laptops will be assigned to pairs of participants.

Who Should Attend?

Staff and personnel with limited or no AutoCAD® experience. This training is intended as an introductory/refresher course intended to cover basic CAD subjects primarily for new agency staff and others who are interested in the content.

**Please be advised that per Iowa engineers and continuing education requirements under 193C-7.4(542B, 272C) “Professional Development Guidelines”, Section 7.4(4) is “Exclusions”, which indicates that “Basic CAD and fundamental computer application courses” are excluded from allowable continuing education.**

Tentative Agenda

8:30 a.m. Check-in

9:00 a.m. 

Session 1: Laying out the Basics

  • Navigating the Graphic User Interface
  • Model space vs. paper space
  • Understanding Layers
  • Import survey points function
  • Importing external references and data shortcuts

10:45 a.m. – Break

  • Modifying surface styles
  • Creating and modifying feature lines
  • Creating surfaces from feature lines
  • Analyze earthwork cut/fill

12:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided) / Break

12:30 p.m.  Session 2: Overview of Civil 3D Objects and Plan Production

  • Introduction to Alignments
  • Introduction to Profiles
  • Introduction to Assemblies

1:30 p.m. – Break

  • Introduction to Corridors
  • Creating surfaces from corridors
  • Introduction to Plotting

2:30 p.m. Questions and Answers / Adjourn


For More Information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact David Veneziano at 515-294-5480 or