Autodesk announced Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 software, its next generation civil engineering design solution. With civil engineers under tremendous pressure to deliver increasingly complex projects on time and under budget, the Civil 3D ease of use and intuitive, model-based design features can help customers increase profitability and efficiency through all stages of a project. Autodesk Civil 3D automates key design engineering tasks and presents complex concepts in lifelike 3D to help civil engineers create, manage and share accurate, high quality designs.

Civil 3D is a powerful civil engineering tool for land planning, subdivision design, parcel layout, road design, and grading. Because the software creates intelligent relationships between objects, design changes are now dynamically updated; when an engineer changes one element of a design, all related elements respond accordingly.

Because Civil 3D is built on AutoCAD software, civil engineers can immediately leverage their AutoCAD skills. Additionally, with round-trip data exchange from Autodesk Land Desktop, they can seamlessly transition projects--and realize the benefits of 3D visualization and design by gradually building Civil 3D into their workflow.

  • Solid User Interface: Civil 3D offers standard AutoCAD menu interaction, design, and layout toolbars for use with alignments, profiles, parcels, and grading, and direct interaction of graphical objects.
  • Flexible Object Styles: Civil 3D enables engineers to control object and label appearance via style settings, maintain drafting standards, and simplify the process of sharing drawings with non-Autodesk Civil 3D users.
  • Points and Surfaces: Civil 3D can create points using a variety of creation methods and collect points in logical groups based on advanced criteria. Point appearance and labeling is controlled from the Point Group feature. Civil 3D is equipped with a robust description key mechanism and can import or export including custom formats, MDB, and LandXML. Users can store and retrieve points from a project for collaborative engineering.
  • Alignments, Profiles, and Sections: Civil 3D can extract existing ground profiles from multiple surfaces and design proposed vertical alignments such as graphical layout, tabular input, and dynamic editing. Civil 3D allows engineers the ability to select sections at specific stations or at intervals along the alignment. Engineers can create section plots (single station, full section sheets) and finished drafting with dynamic annotation, control drafting standards, station offset, and grade labels.
  • Complex Corridor Modeling: Civil 3D corridor modeling is used to design model lanes, grading, side slopes, ditches, medians, and barriers to model complex roadway corridor designs. Changes made to the model-based design are dynamically updated and seen in the model, which improves design iteration time and directly affects the billable hours the engineers spend on the design. The corridor model also generates geometry, terrain models, site volumes, and visualization, which allows engineers to get crucial data from designs quickly and easily. The corridor model takes advantage of the Civil 3D style-based functionality, allowing the drafting and annotation of the design to adhere to company standards.

    Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 will be available in the United States later in the quarter. It is also planned to be available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, and Korea at a later date.

    Source: Autodesk, Sept. 7, 2004