Civil 3D

Civil 3D

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AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Anthony  A.
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"Great Design Program"

What do you like best?

Customer service, product updates and support, easy to use, easy to modify the user interface, easy to make custom, routines, useful third party add-ons, great map features

What do you dislike?

can be glitchy at some times, layer control doesn't always work, no glossary to explain error messages, difficult to trouble-shoot for the average user, help could have more trouble-shooting tips and brake down the processes on editing styles

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are looking for a program that allows you to combine different file types from different design programs in one place to produce sets of detailed construction plans this is the product for you. It also allows for a lot of user customization and has a store full of useful third party add on's created within the AutoCAD Civil 3d program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

streamlines setting up and completing detailed sets of construction plans

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AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Julio A R.
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"The recommendations I can give to others regarding the use of autocad civil 3d is the assurance of t"

What do you like best?

What I like the most about Autocad civil 3d is the approach of the projects from the topography, earthworks, parcelling, spaces for roads, housing and urbanization pipes, which greatly accelerates project execution times and reduces budget margins close to zero, everything in this program, excellent

What do you dislike?

There are very few things that I do not like about the Autocad civil 3d, among them are the large number of pre-established layers for the execution of projects, however they are editable, for this we must be very attentive to the work being done

Recommendations to others considering the product

First, the recommendations I can give to others regarding the use of autocad civil 3d is the assurance of the specifications that are introduced in the terrain model, because when having a terrain with faults in the survey, there will be a problem in the result of urban project planning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

se han resuelto problemas en cuanto a las superficies de las parcelas de una urbanización para 40 viviendas, lo cual incluye las parcelas, vialidad y aceras, en venezuela. también se efectuó los perfiles para el trazado de una tubería de 72 pulgadas en un complejo hidroeléctrico en ecuador. se realizó una evaluación de sedimentación en canales de navegación en aguas bajas en ríos con temporadas de aguas bajas, lo cual incide en el dragado de los canales navegables. se utiliza constantemente la herramienta de gota de agua para determinar la descarga del agua en pendientes

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AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Nathan W.
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"My experience has been smooth overall, but has some limitations. "

What do you like best?

I like how easy civil 3d is to use. While there are seemingly an unlimited number of commands, they are simplified by allowing the user to type them into the command bar instead of searching endlessly through a menu. I am able to complete very complicated design and analysis all in one program thanks to the advanced computing of Civil3d.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how often the program seems to crash for my coworkers and I. It is almost daily that the program crashes without warning, risking losing work. This could be due to my computer, but it seems to happen to all of my coworkers and our machines. The issue isn't the crashing as much as it is the "fatal error" without warning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend that you asses if you really need Civil3d or if you can get by with regular autocad.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design for roads, developments, commercial sites, and small residential jobs. I also use the program to generate traffic diagrams and I love how seamlessly Civil3d integrates with Microsoft Excel to allow me to connect my data across different programs.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"AutoCAD Civil 3D"

What do you like best?

I like how much flexibility there is with how the user can accomplish things in general. There are multiple ways to do pretty much everything, and I am able to find what works best for me.

What do you dislike?

One thing in particular - you can't "demote" a data referenced object after promoting it. When I right-click on a data referenced object, "synchronize" is right next to "promote," and I have accidentally promoted objects with no way of undoing. Aside from that, there are some processes that could be programmed in a more intuitive way. I've also encountered some glitches that require me to close a drawing and re-open it, which wastes several minutes each time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I generate civil engineering design plans - utilities, drainage, etc. The obvious benefit is not having to draw everything by hand anymore. Civil 3D and MicroStation are the industry standard at this point.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Civil Engineering
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"Only in the Name: Civil3D"

What do you like best?

AutoCAD has more superior on annotation function than other major CAD software.

What do you dislike?

Most of big companies are using it on the cloud and Civil3D is not design for the cloud. It need to be changed. In addition, AutoCAD Help is so not get to the point. For example, Google search is more easier than searching help in AutoCAD Help. It is like going inside of the maze. Autodesk knows what Civil Engineer does (You know the civil engineer's work flow), why CAD Help show how to do Profile, how to do grading, how to do surface, etc... Most importantly, even the professional Civl3D instructors who we hired to train us also lost in the process (steps).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use AutoCAD Civil 3D to design subway train line, tunnel and underground train station. The benefit is Civil 3D get along with Revit which is our Architect use.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Alex F.
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"Robust but Buggy"

What do you like best?

The versatility of the software is fantastic. You can have one file with multiple alignments, grading groups, drawings.

What do you dislike?

The setup of multiple sheets (pertaining to alignments) is convoluted and very painful. Point clouds are a fantastic addition to the program but when building large surfaces the program thins the data and doesn't use all the points. I don't mind this as using all the points would be taxing on a PC and make a file unusable, my problem is that it does this without telling the user. All that I'd like to see is a little warning triangle pop up on my screen telling me that the surface is large and not all points will be used. Or give me the option to force to use all the points.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Formal training is most definitely required for this product. It has a very steep learning curve which can't be reached without a fair amount of training.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Industry standard for civil engineering. Most of our clients and contractors know Civil3D and we are able to exchange files with little difficulty.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by John T K.
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"Civil 3D Tool"

What do you like best?

This is a great tool for anyone looking to get into Surveying/Engineering or further their design skills and shorten the design time with association of AutoCad Civil 3D software tools. Revisions are made quick, easy and efficiently. Examples like changing an alignment of a road, storm structure or any other alignment allows the profile to change along with the modifications made. If you have structures, corridors and labels associated they too will be adjusted as well. If you are looking for a great efficient and effective software for surveying and/or engineering, this is the one for you.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately there are no such thing as a perfect tool/software and there are some down sides. The complexity of the software, things get embedded deep and are sometimes hard to find or remember where to find them for customization. Preferences there will always be, so if you are looking for a specific style or setup, I would suggest hiring an expert or get additional training in customizing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Like anything new or different there is a learning curve, so I would recommend training or training software, find as many support groups. Especially sign up with Lynn Allen's blog, she is the AutoCAD Guru.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You have always heard the phrase, "Time is Money" and that is so true to any and all businesses. So, this is the effectiveness and more efficiently building and creation of the dynamics of AutoCAD Civil 3D objects. You are able to achieve the surveying/ engineering plans within half the time it take just using any old 2D CAD software. AutoCAD has made my life less stressful and more effective with great advancements in my career.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Saad S.
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"Short, fast and to the point. "

What do you like best?

Its best for all trades from Civil, Landscape, MEPs, you name it because it has many different options for users to use. Some of the best options is that it is simple to use and easily to learn.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is that its hard to get family like Revit and have objects that are ready made to place on the drawings. You have to go towards something like Revit which has actually doors and window sizes so you can visualize your building more clearly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating floor plans for hotels, libraries, and also floor plan for schools. I've realized Civil 3D is not universal but the fact that its under AutoDesk allows it to be compatible with all of AutoDesk other products. That's the beauty of it if you cant get certain things in one software you can get it in another and transfer it.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Chad V.
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"Civil 3D Review"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of use of the tools provided. It makes it very easy to draw shapes, lines, circles. The help option is very useful for executing a command that one maybe unsure of.

What do you dislike?

The commonality of some of the work spaces. It's very easy to be working and forget what workspace you are in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure your compute is a 32-bit machine at minimume. It requires a lot to run. Also can be tricky if working between previous versions of Civil 3D to most current version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to draw lines, check asbuilts, track vehicle/aircraft movements.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Trey G.
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"Not a Fan"

What do you like best?

The grading tool is about it, other than it beat drawing with pencil. I'll never be convinced that C3D is a better product Carlson.

What do you dislike?

Not enough characters, not much I like about the software. The surfaces are cumbersome and are difficult to use, especially when doing earthwork. No tool to use dview twist easier. No reason to use UCS if in Civil/Survey business except for very special cases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at Carlson, better product and easier to use. If you really use the product to do more than draw lines and circles, honestly think there are better options for civil design and surveying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The only benefit is not doing drawings by hand. I'm not at all a fan of Civil 3D and wouldn't use it if company used another software package,

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Fernando F.
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"Road design using Civil3D"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that Civil 3D is constantly updating and bringing new tools and capabilities. It's used world wide and their user base is huge. It has a great variety of tools to get your job done.

What do you dislike?

I still dislike a bit the corridor modelling. I think it's still a bit rigid. You need an alignment, a profile and an assembly to create a corridor but after built, I'd like to see more flexibility in individual corridor feature lines manipulation and fine tunning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Worldwide used. Almost an industry standard. Lots of training and support available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work for a municipality and we are constantly challenged to creat cost-effective designs in constraint locations. Civil 3D has helped me achieving such designs.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Addie M.
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"Great program for students to learn engineering designing "

What do you like best?

I enjoy the ease of sketching designs and having them transferred to professional documents. The shortcuts are very clear and the help section can go into depth when you are struggling. The dark background and ability to change line colors can help ones eyes.

What do you dislike?

The part I find myself and fellow classmates struggling with most is getting the font to change and to the correct size.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for civil design. Can be designed in 2D or 3D and the program will help whichever route you take.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A nice platform for infrastructure design. Can benefit all in a Project to visually understand the design from Engineer to field.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Jake P.
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"Bread-and-Butter for Transportation Engineering"

What do you like best?

For most civil engineering projects, AutoCAD Civil 3D is a number one choice for alignment design, corridor modeling, quantity calculation, sheet plotting, and many more. I have not lived the days when drafting was done by hand, and I almost take for granted how easy and money-saving this software is for engineers. The recent version of the software has had positive improvements such as highlighting objects as you hover over them, showing dimensions of the objects when you lock into the pick box, etc.

What do you dislike?

The software itself and the file can be very large in size, so it may get unstable and crash at times. Civil 3D has become better at saving the latest copy of the working file in the event of a crash, but still can improve more.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are in this business, there is no other software that matches this capability. Even if you are not in this line of work but curious about drafting and 3D modeling, this is a great software to try out. With some online tutorials, you can learn this software quickly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an engineering consultant, I provide engineering services and solutions for my clients in both private and public sectors. I use Civil 3D for the entirety of the roadway design projects. It is one of the few programs that I always have turned on when I am working. This software literally makes my work possible.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Good product, but a little moody"

What do you like best?

I really like the dynamic objects and the method used for changing styles. The GIS capabilities are excellent.

What do you dislike?

This application lacks major development for nearly a decade. It is very difficult to manage from an IT/Support side. Installations are a bear, and the uninstalls are a hot mess. This application does not differentiate Feet from Survey Feet, and mixing units is a disaster. The idea of each file being its own "island" is 3 decades old, and the recent "improvements" to this end are meek.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This application solves the usual issues of needing to create projects. It's sister application, Infraworks, is showing greater potential to this end. It is obvious that Infraworks gets the development time.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Design
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"I have worked with AutoCAD Civil 3D since 2009, for land surveying functions."

What do you like best?

At first, this software was actually dangerous for land surveyors to use, and the developers heard about it. Autodesk has done a fantastic job of adapting their product to the needs of surveyors and civil engineers so that it is beneficial to both design and survey.

What do you dislike?

The more automated survey functions become, I fear the less skilled surveyors will become, thus devaluing the profession.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have an IT staff that understands it fully and can set up the standard templates to make it work as effectively as possible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to use this software in a way that minimizes 'maptraps' and other forms of error in land survey drafting. That is a great benefit.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Scott G.
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"President"

What do you like best?

Ability to customize everything with styles. Also can change the user interface and create new commands.

What do you dislike?

Ability to customize everything takes a long time to learn and implement. I do not think I will ever complete this task. I am always changing or revising something.

Recommendations to others considering the product

TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN HOW TO CUSTOMIZE

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Create a Record of Survey with all the record and measured dimensions on all Lot lines can create a migraine. With Civil 3D and a lot of up front customization, each Record of Survey is produced is very short order.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Environmental Services
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"Autocad Civil 3d - Modern Software for modern needs"

What do you like best?

I love that autocad civil 3d has a very intuitive and easy to use design, all while appearing very modern. Some other softwares look outdated and are not nearly as intuitive. I also really like the compatibility with many different file types and the fact that you can export your drawings to many different file types as well.

What do you dislike?

I think sometimes civil 3d could make it a little easier to link files with geographic information, as I sometimes have trouble lining up my drawings geographically and it can take some time to figure out where the issues lie.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you take advantage of the many online resources that exist to help in guiding you through the software as well as troubleshooting. The various forums often have answers from Autocad engineers and software developers that are up to date with the latest software versions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mapping of natural resources.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Civil Engineering
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"Powerful, but Complicated"

What do you like best?

This program is very powerful and is great for numerous applications. I use it to create building plans and topographic surveys, as well as to perform various calculations in a more timely manner than calculating by hand. An example would be the calculation of volume between the existing topography of a site and the designed topography. The detail that creating a surface can get into is quite extensive, which makes it powerful, but also makes it difficult and time-consuming to troubleshoot errors.

What do you dislike?

My issue with this program is that it can be very complicated to figure out and often times is slow. It needs to be reworked for usability, intuitiveness, and efficiency.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get Microstation, much easier workflow.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to create building plans and topographic surveys, as well as to perform various calculations. Often times, it is significanty more efficient than calculating by hand.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Mike H.
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"Huge capability and an industry leader, but needs time to be learnt!"

What do you like best?

The wide-ranging ability to digitally create anything in 3d form, but not losing the capacity for intricate detailing. Bringing in survey data is very easy and allows you to quickly model real surfaces.

What do you dislike?

The scrollbar on almost every sub-menu is tiny and very hard to use as it does not respond to arrow keys! The program is not always intuitive (typing the name of an instruction can be a guessing game) and often there are too many ways of doing the same task with different names!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Invest in certified training. This is not MS Office and will not be learnt overnight with the aid of the internet. That said, there are very good resources online on the Autodesk website for tutorials and help, but these work best as a complement to existing knowledge and training, not as an introduction.

If you do not need to work in 3D, then Civils 3D may be more than you need, and it is likely that both in terms of pricing and ease of operability, it would be more beneficial to select a simpler AutoCAD package.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed Civils 3D for two main problems. Firstly to visualise renewable energy projects in 3D in photomontages - a task well served by other programs for conventional wind and solar technologies, but not for more complex installations such as green gas or battery storage. Secondly, we needed to arrange infrastructure at the micro-scale (less than 1m) amongst civil engineering features such as drainage, holding ponds, earthworks and road layouts. All these civil aspects needed modelling in 3D and were subject to constant changes that affected the infrastructure pieces. Civils 3D allowed us to deal with both these problems as well as realise additional benefits such as earthworks volume calculations, surface rendering, Highways gradient and turning radius checks.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Civil Engineering
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"easy to use for the inexperienced CAD user"

What do you like best?

When I started using Autodesk products 15 years ago, I knew nothing about CAD. It has been easy to use to return to when I take breaks from using the software as well. Updates to make it more compatible with ArcGIS products is a bonus.

What do you dislike?

I would like a way to easily export all the layers involved in an MXD to their own shapefiles quickly - not just what has been selected or turned on/off, but to easily say "export all lines to shapefiles according to their Layer name. So linework on a Roads layer would be exported to a Roads.shp, etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ease in measuring lines and providing a drawing with specific dimensions.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Michal K.
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"Constant Fatal Error"

What do you like best?

Its cheaper than Bentley equivalent. Its very complex and dynamic tool. I like integrity with AutoCAD. You can easily use CAD environment within Civil without additional hassle. In latest version I like ribbon the best. However i got use to type in commands - it's much quicker this way. Its a great tool to work on different aspects of civil design. From surfaces to cross sections - easily manage any sort of sketch out of it.

What do you dislike?

Due to its dynamic nature it also has a lot of flaws. Fatal Error is very common. I can't say for sure for latest versions, but it was the main reason I never considered picking it up as a main tool and went with Bentley instead, BUT! now with Openroads it will be very similar workflow and I think it might be step back for Inroads in future design thus making Civil more likely pick in a market again. I really don'r like when after an error pops out most of the recent work is probably lost in like 50% of cases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For large scale design consider dividing it to manageable chunks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's hard to describe problem solving where this software wasn't picked because exactly of that it gave us additional problems to solve. Sometimes errors were appearing in exactly the same spots and it was impossible to move on rather than make things in CAD. We have the software installed optionally, so we can operate on imported files.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Aaron P.
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"Absolutely love the efficiency of the tools within Civil 3D "

What do you like best?

Civil 3D is by far the most efficient and productive civil engineering and land surveying software available. With its ability to update 3D objects once one of its counterparts are revised, makes life a lot easier. For example if a roadway alignment changes, the user can make the alterations to the alignment and its profile, corridor and any other associated 3D object will adjust a well. Even the annotation! The “Field to Finish” survey feature is a time savers as well. Once you have the survey data base setup, you can import your field points and the program draws the line work for you using survey figures. The survey figures can be used as line work in your drawing and break lines for your surface. I could go on and on about all the great productive and time saving feature included in Civil 3D.

What do you dislike?

As much as I love Civil 3D there are always improvements to be made. Creating custom subassemblies can be overwhelming and the initial setup of styles and templates does take some time. Pipe Networks and Pressure Pipe Networks are constraining. The generic parts and pipes that come with the program are not always what the local agency or client are looking for. There are work arounds though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Commit to it and you will never look back.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As-built drawings are more efficiently created with the dynamic of Civil 3D objects. Time is money and being able to create civil engineering and land survey plans within more than half the time it used to take is a huge benefit. Keep up the great work Autodesk.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Jeremy J.
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"AutoCAD Civil 3D"

What do you like best?

Corridor Modeling is among the top on my list. It is very intuitive and fairly easy to debug. The dynamic abilities between corridors and displaying cross sections makes for clean construction documents without a massive headache of having to label everything. It generates a surface for you that does not require very much maintenance.

What do you dislike?

Pipe networks are finicky. There a whole bunch of issues associated with Pipe Networks that starts with displaying pipes in profiles. It is not the most intuitive and changing pipe slopes is a long difficult process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is lag time with doing certain functions so a strong processor should be sought after to handle the work load for Civil 3D.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving business problems associated with plan review and approval. The tools we have with Civil 3D allow for shorter analyst time charged to projects while maintaining the consistency across construction plans. The result is shorter reviews and expedited construction.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by KaDe K.
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"Excellent, full-featured civil engineering software"

What do you like best?

Civil 3D's annotation and labeling tools are the best in the industry! Additionally, the relationships that are automatically built between the various object types (surfaces, alignments, pipes, corridors, cross sections, etc...) significantly reduce the amount of work needed to create a plan set. It is relatively easy to transition AutoCAD users to Civil 3D since it is built on the AutoCAD platform.

What do you dislike?

The eTransmit tool needs to be updated for use with Civil 3D, it doesn't always handle data shortcuts and files with issues properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend hands-on training with the software, along with an expert mentor working with your employee on specific project needs as you ramp up. I also recommend that you have at least two people in your organization that can "manage" the implementation of the software, including managing the Civil 3D styles and template.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Civil 3D reduces the amount of time needed for drafting and design on Civil Engineering projects. The amount of time needed on design iterations is drastically reduced.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Jason H.
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"Cadd Manager C3D review"

What do you like best?

I like the dynamic abilities of the software. Everything is linked and if one object changes everything associated to that object updates as well. The Flexibility of to have so many people working on a project at the same time. I like that it is incorporated into AutoCAD.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that it is a graphics, memory and processor hog. If you have a larger drawing it can boy down the machine. Autodesk 360 interferes with some of our networking software. I has a steep learning curve even if you have used Land development Desktop for years. It take time to lean how to set it up to use the software efficiently.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use an outside consultant for the transition. Follow the recommendations as much as possible. Leaning the tools, and having training guides on hand helps. Practice, Practice, Practice. Only use the tools necessary to get the job done. Some of the tools can be overkill for smaller projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping files sizes down and separating things civil 3d objects into smaller chunks of data utilizing more external references and data shortcuts. We are working on our drawing structure and file management. The smaller the drawing size the better the software works.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Archie D.
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"This review focuses on Civil 3D from a geo-technical aspect rather than a Land Development aspect."

What do you like best?

AutoDesk products are the most used and are the most taught in schools. This means that people are more likely to be trained on an AutoDesk product. Also, Civil 3D is an extension of basic AutoCAD so all of the commands used for AutoCAD work in Civil 3D. This means that it is easy for users to migrate to Civil 3D if they have experience with basic AutoCAD.

What do you dislike?

Yearly releases mean that AutoDesk products frequently have bugs, many of which appear after a new release that were not there in previous years. Stability is an issue I experience nearly every day. I crash at least once a day. AutoDesk does have support for us, but many times issues are not resolved unless a new release fixes the issue. I often wish that they release new products every 2-5 years with annual patches to fix existing issues as opposed to a new paid release annually.

Also, working in the geo-technical field we are forced to take the tools of Civil 3D and use them creatively for our purposes. Typically Civil 3D is made for land development and corridor designs. In our field of gypsum stacks and coal ash piles, corridor tools are rarely used as intended, but instead used as target surfaces at specific grades for example. Complaints about better geo-technical support has been voiced many times to AutoDesk but rarely do we see an improvement. The 2016 release has added a geo-technical module that helps with boring logs, but it is very limited in ability to customize the styles that it produces.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Civil 3D is a great product due to being so widely used. Importing and exporting to other programs is usually able to be done so that your clients should be able to accept your files and work with them no matter the software they use. Pricing might be a bit excessive, especially for smaller firms due to the annual releases. To stay up-to-date with the newest, most efficient tools it could cost you yearly. Subscription plans are available though.

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After learning how to adapt the tools in Civil 3D to use in the geo-technical field it has sped up production of projects immensely. After having a design model created and then modified, all plan views cross sections, and profile design line-work update automatically. Once that happens the user only needs update labels and hatches.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Purva G.
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"Autocad a civil drafting software"

What do you like best?

Autocad is best software used for engineering drawing. Its a drafting softing for machine and building design. Time saving and can give very minute details can make layers. Make corrections and changes in design easily.Make tables in that . It also has truss and few designs built in already.

What do you dislike?

Not available easily i feel. We cant copy paste in autocad software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am student so all my engineering drawings are done on autocad it saves lot of time instead of drawing on paper. In my internship i have used this software too.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Justin R.
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"Great program for Civil Design"

What do you like best?

I really like all of the tools to create Civil engineering plans. The dynamic typing of different commands is great.

What do you dislike?

I wish sometimes it were a little easier to learn because there are so many options.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take time to get to know the different commands way to accomplish the same goal. Learn from others and their tips and tricks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps me create Civil Engineering plans for clients.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Gerald H.
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"Civil 3D is a valuable tool for the Civil Engineering Industry"

What do you like best?

the 3D surface modeling, how the Civil 3D objects are dynamic (real-time) in relationship with alignments and their associated profiles.

What do you dislike?

the time spent getting all the settings, styles and templates setup to work in it, however, you only need to do that one time. Also, the frequent crashes and lockups that usually happens at the most inopportune times during your design. Make sure you have the best system you can get to run this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you research on what you need to get the settings, styles and templates in order to get your company productive. the time spent ahead of time will ease your use once you are working in the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Once we have transitioned from Land Development Desktop to Civil 3D, the time to do frequent design changes have drastically reduced due to using the Civil 3D functionality.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Rachel Y.
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"Easy to use but crashes often"

What do you like best?

I like that it is user friendly and most commands are common sense. I also like that it is very simple to create alignments and profiles.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that it crashes often and it doesn't save automatically, so you may need to start over.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend using this product if you cannot get Microstation and Inroads. This product crashes frequently so make sure to save your work often!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits of Civil 3D is that it has the same features as Inroads but on a different platform.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Kevin K.
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"Extensive user for site development projects"

What do you like best?

It's powerful tools for grading, site modeling, and earthwork.

What do you dislike?

It has it's moments where it will lock up and crash.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Whether a site is feasible to be developed and show through 3D modeling how the end product will look. The 3D modeling gives the designer assurance of their work by being able to visualize what is shown on plan view.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Paul M.
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"Easy and Fun"

What do you like best?

How easy and quick it is to create a surface and sections, it recognises most point clouds and is easy to convert these into surfaces. Also the ease of creating junctions and roundabouts now since they added in the tools to do so saves so much time.

What do you dislike?

There's not much I don't like about civil 3d at all but if there was one thing I could improve it would be the integration with revit, if it was more straight forward and seamless it would be perfect.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You wont regret it, its so easy to use and dynamic so that its easy to amend as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We produce sections daily for ground investigations and improvements. plus designing railway bridges is a breeze with civil 3d

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Construction
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"Make Designing Easier"

What do you like best?

Ease to use , it makes designing work easier and can easily make revision to your plans if you are looking for a great product to use for your surveying / engineering designs this suits for you.

What do you dislike?

Lock of flexibility to rotate and twist the view easily its hard to navigate and also Maybe the availability of blocks , inserting or finding readily made items can make it more convenient .

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a better experience in 3D making this not suits your need, but if you attend some training to use this product it may help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefits of this products are to view details in meeting easily and can make plans look more easier.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Anthony S.
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"Civil 3D overcomes them all"

What do you like best?

With Civil 3D, the user has the capabilities to be as accurate as possible or as preliminary as possible. Civil 3D makes a world of difference designing multiple assets from above and below ground infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

Civil 3D tends to hold more data that it can handle. It is capable of handling large data sets but in portions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend Civil 3D as an end user. The capabilities of it translate to many other assets for many uses outside of BIM.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Civil 3D, design time is cut in half preventing rework and also streamlining any design changes that come up. With its accuracy, it also is a dynamic aid for stakeholders.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Joseph A.
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"Highly functional"

What do you like best?

I like that you can treat it as a regular CAD with polylines and "dumb" objects but you also have the capability to do pipe networks, surfaces, corridors, intersections, etc...

What do you dislike?

It has not updated much since I started using it and a lot of the same errors are still there. It also has a tendency to crash often when using the smart features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it mostly for grading a construction site. I love how easy and visually appealing AutoCAD makes it.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by John K.
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"AutoCAD Civil 3D an essential tool"

What do you like best?

Dynamics this is the main reason, everything is in real time, so you make a slight or a large change, everything is updated.

What do you dislike?

There are a few things, but which software doesn't. have a down side. If I had one to choose, it would be stability issues that tend to be the biggest and this changes with every new version that comes out. I think AutoDesk needs to concentrate on these types of issues and have fewer new releases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Setting, styles and implementation, and of course having someone keeping it updated with the current installs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving time is the number one thing, able to make changes are a lot less effortless.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Civil Engineering
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"Excellent software, greatley recomended"

What do you like best?

The great thing about this software is that you are able to switch between paperspace and modelspace very eisily.

What do you dislike?

The main problem i have encountered with Civil 3D is that Batch Plot is far too complicated to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For anyone struggling to work out how to use Civil 3D, make good use of all the online training provided.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In Civil 3D it is really easy to add multiple x-ref's upon eachother in the same drawing.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Mining & Metals
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"Powerful Program for All Civil Projects"

What do you like best?

I appreciate the tools they've provided to easily change and adjust alignments and profiles. Once you figure out the styles for one feature, many of the other features will feel similar. I also enjoyed working with surface tools and adjusting existing surfaces is a lot easier.

What do you dislike?

I do wish they fix some of the crashing issues in the program. Sometimes the drawing can get really bogged down by blocks and Civil3D has no tools to pinpoint these troublesome blocks/shapes/features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently involved in designing roads and civil3d makes adjusting the alignment and corridor extremely simple and intuitive.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Brad C.
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"Use AutoCAD for about an average of 40 hours per week"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to use. It is very intuitive and user friendly. It doesn't take long to acclimated with how it operates. I used Microstation for a little while, and AutoCAD is just much faster and more efficient.

What do you dislike?

There are a couple things that I dislike. I do not like how hard it is to add hatching. A lot of times it locks up and does not hatch the appropriate areas. I also do not like how I cant change my pointer type. I would like to be able to make my drag window a line rather than a crossing box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely go with autocad over other software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create construction plans. AutoCAD makes it very fast. I have realized that you can do all modeling and hydro modeling without the use of other software. It makes it possible to produce quality plans with little overhead. I like the compatibility of being able to open multiple file types.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Adam K.
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"Civil 3D for Land Development & Pipelines"

What do you like best?

Civil 3D has many great tools for site design and grading that other software packages don't offer. I am also a fan of the command line-based input as opposed to having an icon for everything.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really stands out in my mind as in need of improvement. I wish that CAD standards could be easier to enforce.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I prefer C3D over Microstation for certainly any site project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Civil 3D to speed up many workflows including sewer layouts, quantity takeoffs, and pipeline design.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Ricardo P.
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"Easy workflow, dynamic modeling and robust formatting tools"

What do you like best?

What I like best in Civil3D is how easy it is to design in the program. As an AutoCAD user I found the workflow of Civil3D to be easy to follow. The organization of the menus and toolspace are all set up to help you follow a path in your design. The pipe network tools and pressure networks are very cool too and they do have a large learning curve but once you get it, it's a peace of cake.

What do you dislike?

Without a doubt what I dislike the most about Autodesk progams is how bloated they are and how they bring my system to a crawl. There must be a better way to process data, Bentley does a great job of reducing the use of computer resources in their programs. I think if Autodesk nails this, they will be superior by far from all other drafting and designing software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend jumping into Civil 3D as soon as possible if you are considering to use it. The old Land Desktop layout and user experience has been turned upside down and improved on in every aspect. The grading tools, alignment and profile tools and even the point tools have all been made easier to use, have been made dynamic and Autodesk has created an environment where all your associates can easily share data and see live updates on designs. There are improvements that can be made, but some are AutoCAD and some are Civil 3D. If you are planning to purchase a license, I recommend the 2015 as it is, in my opinion, the most stable AutoCAD I've seen in some time. Don't get 2010- 2013, they crash often and don't have the pressure networks fully worked out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to make it easier to increase our productivity/efficiency within our company.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Mikhail P.
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"Used this product to produce a 3D model of a project site, generate cut/fill volumes edits"

What do you like best?

This product is exceptional in streamlining the ability to make changes and edits to a model/drawing. The changes take effect in real time to all displays of the site. The product works fast and efficient, and once learned, commands and rendering features are very helpful in improving work efficiency. it is reverse compatible and works well with any AutoCAD based drawing.

What do you dislike?

It is somewhat difficult to use. Requires much time and training to become efficient with it. There could be a better platform to improve user friendliness so that issues in use wouldn't be as prevalent. It takes time to get used to the platform and how to generate different types of layouts. Each project will take a different approach to establishing a model to work with. There are a host of options which is good, but its difficult to navigate through. A beginner will find this product very difficult to use. There needs to be more of a pictured library/option set for a the user to understand what each option will do and in order for them to gain the true value of the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It will take some training but once learned it is beneficial to almost any project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

An experienced user can save much time using this product and much more information can be obtained from it over the use of regular AutoCAD. Project Managers can see great deal of savings, and efficiency having their projects modeled with this program.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by David D.
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"Powerful program, training needed, can do almost anything"

What do you like best?

For just about any problem, drawing, figure that I have had to produce, there is always a way to do it with Civil 3d. The best thing is that if you get stuck, you can google your issue and 9 out of 10 times find a quick answer. This is how I started with volume calculations. Now I feel like I could do them in my sleep. Tons of functionality and you can use data from many different software programs and sources.

What do you dislike?

I would say the ribbon. I started with toolbars and using the "Microsoft Ribbon" is kind of the standard in most software packages. It seems like you have to do 2-3 clicks instead of 1 to start using a tool. That and the fact that the program is massive and you really need to get some decent training to take full advantage of the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For anything in the Civil or Environmental side of Engineering, this product is a must have. It is the standard in the industry and that won't be changing anytime soon.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to create just about every kind of volume, surface, figure, sheet that I need too. We are able to trust the data and use them in many of the reports we generate.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User
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"Easy Engineering Program"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the functionality of it all. It's easy and simple to understand.

What do you dislike?

How many features that are unused. There are too many.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch many tutorials on Current updates as Civil 3D is always coming out with new features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Typically I am using Civil 3D to cleanup issues that surveyors make. Such as incorrect block references.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Michael B.
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"Powerful design tools"

What do you like best?

Civil 3D is very powerful software that allows us to design and present complex civil engineering projects. It is much more user friendly than other suites like Microstation and is customizable. Our firm has built a number of custom functions into the program. It allows for collaboration on large construction plan sets and has great tools to keep them organized.

What do you dislike?

It can often be a large program that takes a lot of computational power to run, which can make it bog down or run slowly at times. Typical operations often lag or take time to load which can be tedious.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We design water and wastewater utilities for both private and public clients. Using this software has allowed us to produce more accurate and reliable plans for our clients. It has helped us organize, archive, and reproduce our work in an efficient, time saving way.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Civil Engineering
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"AutoCAD Civil 3D "

What do you like best?

A great way of developing civil site designs! It is pretty user friendly and has all the tools needed for design development.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes crashes for unknown reasons. The commands are not always easy to find if its a new command to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving design needs with this program. It has helping with timely completions of projects.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Civil Engineering
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"IMMERSED IN CIVIL 3D"

What do you like best?

I like the versatility of the product and I'm always learning after even 19 years working here.

What do you dislike?

I dislike others' inability to see the grasp the software's abilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn all you can from as many sources as possible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using this software I help solve land development survey of engineering problems. Civil 3d produces objects that are interactive with each other. A change in one can project through to another.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Ruiqing (Ray) P.
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"Used for earthworks quantity take offs foundations"

What do you like best?

The ability to represent foundations and excavations on topographical drawings allows a great ability to accurately quantify the necessary quantities for construction.

What do you dislike?

The program is a little obtuse without very detailed and specific training. Very difficult to "get up and go"

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that your organization implements a robust training program for the end users of the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The tool is used to accurately perform foundation and excavation take offs. It allows for easier visualization for the work which allows for better execution planning.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"AutoCAD is a highly commanded for design and drafting's work "

What do you like best?

I really like the functionality and commands of the software. An usr can improve project performance, maintain consistent data, follow standard processes, and respond faster to change.

What do you dislike?

Nothing much to say about the dislikes of software

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend any engineer to use AutoCAD civil 3d software to work on civil, structural design and drafting projects to simplify the work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

AutoCAD Civil 3D helped us to resolve the civil and structural design and draftings work, mechanical drawings, and structural drawings from complex sketches, notes, layout.

AutoCAD Civil 3D review by Gary B.
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"AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 review"

What do you like best?

The program is very intuitive meaning buttons and ocmmands make sense. There are usually multiple ways to do a task and when I can't figure out something, usually a quick search online will net an an easy to apply answer. The problem is generally a lack of knowledge which is better than knowing how to do something but having to fight the program to get it to do what you want.

What do you dislike?

I wish I didn't have to go to the net to solve problems. The program should include detailed instrucitons on commands and not rely on outside education to teach users how to accomplish difficult tasks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's much better than the competition. If you have the choice, use Autodesk product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use the program for civil projects mainly, road creation, surface manipulation, creating plan and profiles for pipeline. Lately I've just been using some of the more basic features and the program performs very quickly.

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