Course info
Jan 26, 2018
1h 39m

Civil 3D points can help you tackle and solve many engineering problems. In this course, Getting Started Using Points in Civil 3D, you will see how to import points, manipulate points, and use points to create design elements. First, you will be introduced to points and what they represent in Civil 3D. Next, you will go over how point styles control the display of the marker in Civil 3D as well as, seeing how AutoCAD Civil 3D transparent commands are used to specify point locations within a larger operation, such as the creation of an alignment or a parcel lot line. Finally, you will use description keys to automatically control some drawing point properties, such as the appearance of a point in the drawing, when you create or import points. When you are finished with this course, you will be better equipped to use points in Civil 3D. Software required: Civil 3D 2018.

About the author
About the author

Sam Lucido presents workshops on CAD standards, tools, and productivity techniques to managers and users by holding hands on labs as well as live presentations. He has over 25 years of CAD experience involving production design, drafting, user support, and standards coordination. Sam is an Autodesk Expert Elite Member and Top Rated Speaker at Autodesk University.


Hello everyone, my name is Sam Lucido and welcome to my course Getting Started with Points in Civil 3D.

I am a Senior CAD Designer and CAD Services Manager with over 20 years of experience using AutoCAD and Civil 3D in the Engineering Design Services Industry. I am an AutoCAD Certified professional and Expert Elite member. I also write CAD related articles for AUGIWorld and various online publications.

If you are still manually entering points and survey data based on an excel spreadsheet or text files then you might be doing more typing than you need to. This course getting started with Points in C3D is the perfect course for you.

In this course, we will learn how to use points in Civil 3D to leverage your data to their fullest, which will eliminate all manual input of data with fast and easy point importing and development for various civil engineering projects.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include:

  • Overview of Points including AutoCAD and COGO points.
  • Point Marker and Label Styles
  • Point Groups and Creation Tools
  • Importing and Exporting Points
  • Using Description Keys to define Point Data and extracting Point Reports.

While working through this Civil 3D course on Points, you'll not only know how to use points to tackle and solve many civil engineering problems you will also understand the concept of point data and the formats which you receive. By the end of this course you will have a good understanding of points in Civil 3D and how to use points effectively to get the most out of your design.

Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with the basics of AutoCAD Civil 3D, more specifically using Prospector, Creating and editing styles, and entering data in Civil 3D. A good understanding of general AutoCAD and Civil 3D commands is essential.

I am excited to explore points in Civil 3D with you and hope you join me with this course on Getting Started with Points at Pluralsight.