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Posted: 1/1/2016 7:01:21 PM EDT
So I just downloaded the student version of Civil 3D, I want to familiarize myself.

I went off to youtube thinking there would be some basic tutorials but everything I've found has been geared toward people with some concept of what they're doing... I am not one of those people.

Can someone point me to a good getting started guide for complete noobs?
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 7:05:40 PM EDT
Take a class to learn the fundamentals.  You can learn ‘how’ to do stuff, but without the ‘why’ you’ll create a bunch of screwed up models.
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Take a class to learn the fundamentals.  You can learn ‘how’ to do stuff, but without the ‘why’ you’ll create a bunch of screwed up models.
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Not an option (time.)  Unless it's a self-paced online class.
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Not an option (time.)  Unless it's a self-paced online class.
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Take a class to learn the fundamentals.  You can learn ‘how’ to do stuff, but without the ‘why’ you’ll create a bunch of screwed up models.


Not an option (time.)  Unless it's a self-paced online class.

You could probably get the class book & tutorial files.  Just follow the lessons at your pace.  I don’t know Civil 3D, but every major cad package offers classes.  Find someone that uses that package for work, they’ll probably have class materials.
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 7:31:59 PM EDT
I know Microstation has free tutorials on their Bentley Learn site. Pretty in depth stuff.

Maybe civil 3d has something like that.
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 7:33:11 PM EDT
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Solidworks has built in tutorials if you can get a student copy for free. (there are also other ways )
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Link Posted: 1/1/2016 7:42:31 PM EDT
I second the recommendation of taking a class to learn the basics. Failing that, see if you can find someone that can give you some lessons.


Link Posted: 1/1/2016 7:44:39 PM EDT
What is your intended use?
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 7:47:23 PM EDT
You going to need Caffeine, Aspirin and several good nights sleep.
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 7:50:34 PM EDT
I've been learning lt the last couple months. Company paid for an online program that is self paced learning.
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 7:53:01 PM EDT
make use of the tutorials found in the link above, and there are plenty of basic cad instructions on youtube.

the basics need to be learned... it's not hard

a lot of tutorials follow whats written in books... so you could shop around for one and just go through it chapter by chapter

learn the use of layers while you're at it.

I got formal 2D/3D CAD training back in 2005, using AutoCAD 2004
all the basics still carry forward to the latest version.

for those lurking this thread, check out Draftsight.  a free 2D CAD program.  It handles a good majority of AutoCAD commands.
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 8:15:28 PM EDT
How much do you know about site development? Surveying?

Civil 3d is very much a specialised design tool rather than regular CAD.

I'd see if the local community college has classes...
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 8:44:06 PM EDT
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How much do you know about site development? Surveying?

Civil 3d is very much a specialised design tool rather than regular CAD.

I'd see if the local community college has classes...
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A fair amount, I work in construction administration.  I'm around civil 3D users all the time, unfortunately my employer doesn't feel like this is something I should know anything about but it's something I would like to learn more about so I've taken it upon myself.  

I'd love to take a formal class, unfortunately that's just not possible with my schedule (I am currently taking online courses for my business administration degree)

I do think I'll check the local libraries for some books.
Link Posted: 1/1/2016 8:59:39 PM EDT
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Civil 3d is very much a specialised design tool rather than regular CAD.
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Much of the basics, and especially the layout and user interface, are the same as regular CAD.

Other CAD tool tutorials and information are available online, even on YouTube.

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support#

Link Posted: 1/1/2016 9:22:35 PM EDT
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A fair amount, I work in construction administration.  I'm around civil 3D users all the time, unfortunately my employer doesn't feel like this is something I should know anything about but it's something I would like to learn more about so I've taken it upon myself.  

I'd love to take a formal class, unfortunately that's just not possible with my schedule (I am currently taking online courses for my business administration degree)

I do think I'll check the local libraries for some books.
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Originally Posted By madmacs69:
How much do you know about site development? Surveying?

Civil 3d is very much a specialised design tool rather than regular CAD.

I'd see if the local community college has classes...



A fair amount, I work in construction administration.  I'm around civil 3D users all the time, unfortunately my employer doesn't feel like this is something I should know anything about but it's something I would like to learn more about so I've taken it upon myself.  

I'd love to take a formal class, unfortunately that's just not possible with my schedule (I am currently taking online courses for my business administration degree)

I do think I'll check the local libraries for some books.


Not be a Negative Nellie, but leaning CAD from books is hard.  I'm not saying don't do it, but finding someone to show you the basics will make it MUCH easier.

Do you have any friends that use CAD and can take a couple of hours to teach you the basics?
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