Monday, June 27, 2011

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012–Essentials

It’s about two months after the release of Civil 3D 2012 and that means is about time for the Autodesk Official Training Guides to come out. As with last year Sybex, through Wiley Publishing, is providing this service for Autodesk. This year Eric Chappell is the author for the introductory book for Civil 3D.

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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