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ISBN-13: 978-1118016787 ISBN-10: 1118016785 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118016785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118016787
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn AutoCAD Civil 3D Quickly and Easily

This Autodesk Official Training Guide thoroughly covers the fundamentals of AutoCAD Civil 3D and teaches you everything you need to quickly become productive with the software. As you design a residential subdivision, you'll learn how to import survey data, design in 2D and 3D, add boundaries and pipe networks, create construction documents, and much more. Whether you're an aspiring civil engineer, preparing for the Civil 3D Associate or Professional Certification exams, or just brushing up on the basics, this is the fast and thorough grounding you need in AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Learn these AutoCAD Civil 3D essentials—and more:

  • Leveraging a dynamic environment to create and modify designs quickly

  • Using field-gathered survey data to map sites

  • Creating 3D models of existing terrain

  • Designing roads in 3D using alignments, profiles, and corridors

  • Using parcels to generate dynamic lot layouts

  • Creating detailed models of underground pipe networks

  • Reshaping the ground in 3D with grading tools and design surfaces

  • Leveraging automation to produce final construction documents quickly

Learn how to create features like this pond using dynamic 3D models

Use powerful tools to create pipe system designs that are labeled on the fly

This striking Essentials book features:

  • Chapter-opening learning objectives

  • Step-by-step tutorials

  • Four-color screenshots and illustrations

  • Concise chapter summaries and additional suggested practice exercises

  • Downloadable exercise files

About the Author

Eric Chappell, E.I.T., is a Civil 3D consultant and award-winning instructor with more than 20 years of experience in the civil engineering field. He has been using (and training others to use) Civil 3D since its inception. Eric has very close ties to the software development team and Civil 3D community, has worked with Autodesk numerous times, and is a highly rated Autodesk University speaker.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to any new Civil 3D user.
Jon
The beauty of this book is that you can read a chapter and get through the problems in 1-3 hours.
Barry Munson
The material was explained well and the examples easy to follow and informative.
Civil 3D Master

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ChristopherF on June 27, 2011
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The Essentials book provides for a good introductory overview of the product and the terminology used in land development projects. The book does this by taking the reader through a generic subdivision design. While not all of the steps are covered, the book does cover the major steps required in modeling a project in Civil 3D. The prose of the book is easy to read and nearly all of the steps required to do the basics are included.

If you are a seasoned user of Civil 3D then this book may not be for you, but if you are just getting out of college or high school and are looking to start a career in land development as an engineer or designer then this book would be a great starting point. It provides enough of the basics to not look totally clueless and many of the gaps in knowledge will probably be picked up with work experience of those around you. I see the book as a great way to get some preliminary knowledge before going on to more formalized training. If I was just starting out I'd read this book, get some on the job experience and then go for a three day Civil 3D training course. That way you'd have knowledge on knowing what questions to ask to fill in the gaps in your knowledge. (I received a free copy of the book from the publisher).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Civil 3D Master on July 13, 2011
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This book is well written for the novice Civil 3D user. The material was explained well and the examples easy to follow and informative. I would absolutely recommend this book for the novice 3D user. For anyone that is an advanced user, this book will not improve your skills very much. There were a few tips and procedures that the advanced user may find helpful. The book is titled "essentials" and that is exactly what it provides - ESSENTIAL steps, advice and explanations for using the program. Even for an advanced user this book is a good reference. I wish this book had been available when I first started with Civil 3D.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Asrat Lule, PE, CFM. on June 24, 2012
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It is an excellent book. Not only does it train you the Essentials of AutoCAD Civil 3D, it goes to the basic principles of Civil Engineering and teaches you Land Development Design in particular.

At the beginning of every chapter, it introduces the subject matter using simple day-to-day related analogies to teach the reader the basics and then builds on that.

Accompanying the book are very well prepared drawings covering/illustrating every section in every chapter which the reader can freely download. Hands on tutorials have been provided at the end of every section where the reader can actually exercise using Civil 3D and recap what has been learnt in that particular section. The hands on exercises are so rigorous that they guide the reader through every step and every click in order to complete the task using AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Furthermore, side notes have been provided to explain to the reader some important notations and to keep the reader well aware of how things should be done.

Additional exercises have been provided at the end of every chapter in order to recap what has been learnt in the chapter.

Moreover the reader can approach Eric who is readily available to provide his prompt help as required.

Overall it is a very useful and handy reference for AutoCAD Civil 3D. I strongly recommend the book to anyone who wants to learn Civil 3D.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Munson on March 19, 2012
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As others have said this is a good book for beginners in Civil 3D. I found few errors and the example problems worked flawlessly. I purchased another very thick Civil 3D "Bible" and tried to work through the examples, but it would take months to get through. The beauty of this book is that you can read a chapter and get through the problems in 1-3 hours. Within a week or 2, you are done and have a good overview of much of the functionality of Civil 3D. In fact, I found reading the chapter first then going back to work the problems to be a time saver. My recommendation would be to purchase this book and a thorough reference to turn to when you have a specific task or problem not covered in the essentials book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TCARCAMO on August 20, 2012
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For those learning civil 3d for the first time and for those looking for more advance design, this books is a great stepping stone. This book will guide you through step by step procedures on how to create pipe networks, street corridors, parcels, grading , subdivision design, points, surface and much more. On top of that, the books also includes data set drawings files for your practice exercise drawings. The book is very user friendly and will definitely help cad managers in their company training. This book should be on all techs and specially cad managers desk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon on June 29, 2012
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I am a engineering student fixing to graduate with little to no CAD experience other than Bentley Software. This book has got me started in the right direction in learning Autodesk. The tutorials that build off one another are excellent. I would recommend this book to any new Civil 3D user.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Jaye on August 21, 2012
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The Civil 3D Essentials for 2013 is a great instructional tool for those who have limited or no experience with the Civil 3D interface. I'm a CAD teacher and not a trained civil engineer or surveyor so this book has been really good at bridging my understanding to the discipline as well as the software. It is very easy to follow with great datasets to corresepond to the tutorials in the book. Worth the purchase.
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More About the Author

Eric Chappell, E.I.T., is a Civil 3D consultant and award-winning instructor with more than 20 years of experience in the civil engineering field. He has been providing consulting, training, and support for Civil 3D since its inception. He has written countless articles, whitepapers, books, and other consulting and training materials that have benefited students, users, trainers, and even Autodesk employees. Eric has very close ties to the software development team and Civil 3D community and has worked with Autodesk numerous times. He is a highly rated Autodesk University speaker and contributes regularly to his popular Eric Chappell's Blog (ericchappell.blogspot.com)

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