This online course, part of Minnesota LTAP's new Roadway Design Using AutoCAD and Civil 3D training series, teaches students how to use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software to design a simple series of roadways.

During the course, each student will complete the layout of a two-lane roadway, as well as a subdivision with streets and lots. Students will also learn how to plot to scale in layout space. Real survey data for a two-lane county road will be used, and students will design their road using current Minnesota Department of Transportation standards and typical subdivision guidelines. 

The course will provide an introduction to Civil 3D, the civil CADD software. Before taking this course, students should have a basic knowledge of AutoCAD software and an existing understanding of road design principles and practices.

Course Format

The 10-week course includes weekly two-hour live virtual classroom sessions, led by the course instructor. It also includes weekly office hours, giving students time to ask questions. Students are encouraged to participate in the live weekly sessions, but they will also be recorded and posted in the online course platform. Those not able to attend the live lecture must view the recorded version within the same week.

In addition to the weekly lectures, the course includes AutoCAD and Civil 3D lab assignments that will be completed both during and outside of class as needed. Students are expected to complete reading assignments prior to each classroom session to maximize the value of the discussion. All assignments will be turned in by email to the instructor. Access to working versions of AutoCAD and Civil 3D software is required.

Course Dates & Times

Not currently scheduled.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe how Civil 3D works in an AutoCAD drafting environment.
  • Import survey data.
  • Create a base 3D surface and topographic map from the survey data.
  • Create a horizontal alignment.
  • Create a vertical alignment and profile.
  • Create subassemblies and assemblies for use in cross-section development.
  • Create a corridor and cross sections.
  • Plot their civil construction drawings to scale.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who would like to learn how to use computer software to draft or design civil projects. Students should have a basic knowledge of AutoCAD and an existing understanding of road design principles and practices before taking this course.

Course Instructor

Ann Johnson, PE, is a University of Minnesota faculty director of the Construction Management degree program and a workshop and course instructor for Minnesota LTAP and the Center for Transportation Studies, also at the University of Minnesota. She is a professional engineer registered in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has also served as a teaching specialist in the University's civil engineering department for many years, teaching CADD, highway design, AutoCAD, and surveying. Before teaching at the University, she taught full time at Dunwoody Technical College in Minneapolis and at St. Paul Technical College. In addition, Ann teaches courses in highway design and construction materials for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Aggregate Ready Mix Association. She owns and operates a consulting business, Professional Engineering Services, where she focuses on writing and teaching and employs several people to conduct construction monitoring and testing and plan preparation. Ann has written more than 20 publications and presentations on road design and maintenance. She holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and an MS in civil engineering with a pavement emphasis from the University of Minnesota.

Accessing the Course

This training is offered via the course management system Canvas. Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation. To access the course, please visit Canvas and login with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.

If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact Katherine Stanley at sell0146@umn.edu for assistance.

Technical Requirements

Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.

In addition, access to working versions of AutoCAD and Civil 3D software is required to complete the coursework.

Credit

To the best of our knowledge, this course meets the continuing education requirements for 20.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and 2.0 CEUs.

Sponsors

This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.