A required, 3-credit program course.

Introduction to civil engineering drawing with AutoCAD® and AutoCAD Civil 3D®. Maps; surveys; drawing scales and conventions; site contours, profiles, and models; site plans; utilities; topographic models; site excavation; retaining walls; grading for highways; and subdivision plans.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Draw, label, and explain property boundary lines of prescribed lengths and directions in either bearing or azimuth formats.
  2. Given point descriptions, draw and label contour lines that indicate topography in land drawings, and “read” contour lines to explain land forms.
  3. Manipulate contour lines in topographic drawings to represent excavations for level building areas or level or inclined driveways and roads with specific or maximum embankment angles.
  4. Use the Autodesk Civil 3D® computer program (or similar program) to set up projects and drawings, place and label points in drawings, import points from datasets, create and manage point groups, create and label property boundary lines, generate and edit contour lines, and display and manipulate 3D models of land surfaces.
  5. Roughly define the terms, concepts, and standards associated with the topics of the course.
  6. Report to a workplace regularly and punctually, engage effectively and congenially with peers and supervisors, work from written as well as oral instructions, use assigned time efficiently for productive work, and meet production deadlines.
  7. Demonstrate oral and written communication, computation, and problem-solving skills appropriate to the level of the coursework.


Site Shape Descriptions -- Bearings and Azimuths
Contours and Profiles
Topographic Models
Drawing Scales and Conventions
Excavation for Building Construction and Access
Designing with Retaining Walls
Subdivision Plans
Highway Layout and Excavation
AutoCAD® Civil 3D software
Surface Analyses

  1. Prerequisites: AEC 110, AEC 114, and MATH 53/55/107/140/placement in MATH 205
  2. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  3. Roughly one hour of lecture/demonstration and six hours of lab per week.
  4. The course is typically offered only in the spring term.
  5. Besides a textbook, students need to purchase a flash drive for storing drawing files.
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