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Generate comprehensive and more accurate designs

Get your projects off the ground quickly with tools to help you prepare and shape ground surfaces for roadway, subdivision, and other site projects.

Site design

What you can do with Civil 3D

  • Survey

    Download, create, analyze, and adjust survey data. Streamline the transfer of field-captured data to and from the office. (video: 11 sec.)

  • Terrain modeling

    Create comprehensive digital models of ground topography for studies such as land-use feasibility, transportation system planning, and water flow simulations. (video: 14 sec.)

  • Corridor modeling

    Create dynamic and data-rich corridor models for designs such as residential roads, curbs, and sidewalks, swales within a subdivision, and parking lot design. (video: 10 sec.)

  • Vehicle tracking

    Use swept path analysis to speed planning and evaluate safety standards compliance. Animate vehicle paths with 2D or 3D animations using multiple camera angles. (video: 20 sec.)

  • Stormwater and sanitary sewer

    Model storm and sanitary sewer systems. Analyze networks to resize pipes, reset inverts, and compute energy and hydraulic grade lines according to HEC-22 standards.

  • Stormwater analysis

    Integrate stormwater and wastewater analysis during planning and design of urban drainage systems, storm and sanitary sewers. (video: 39 sec.)

  • Pressurized utilities

    Lay out horizontal and vertical 3D design of pressure networks. Model deflected-curve pipe segments, and use design and depth checks to meet project standards. (video: 11 sec.)

  • Design automation

    Use a visual programming application to generate scripts that automate repetitive and complex tasks. Save these scripts in a library and reuse them as needed. (video: 1:49 min.)

  • Materials and quantities

    Use materials and sectional or profile information to create reports for volumes along an alignment, comparing design and existing ground surfaces, and quantity takeoff. (video: 13 sec.)

Workflows and use cases

  • Civil 3D + ReCap + InfraWorks

    Leverage conceptual designs to improve site project layout, site grading, and drainage design. (video 1:49 min.)

  • Civil 3D + Revit + InfraWorks + Navisworks

    Share coordinate systems to improve coordination between architects and civil engineers. (video 1:59 min.)

  • Keys to effective context modeling

    The aggregation of LiDAR, drone data, GIS, and other data sources is critical to generating a real-world context model of your project.

See how people are using Civil 3D for site design

Model of greenfield site development created for township in Kuala Lumpur WDI STUDIOS


Modeling civil works faster, cheaper

WDI Studios had just 3 weeks to interpret raw survey data, model civil works, and visualize improvements to reduce site development costs.

Image courtesy of WDI Studios

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