Land Desktop vs Civil 3D Training


This video lesson series shows you what Civil 3D is all about, how it differs from Land Desktop, and how best to make the move from one to the other. The lessons are taught by a practicing civil engineer with extensive experience using both programs in real-world projects.

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Lesson Highlights

  • Introduction and Overview
  • The Benefits of Civil 3D
    • Dynamic modeling
    • Quicker design alternatives (draw, then edit)
    • All project data is stored right in the drawing
    • Labels and tables update automatically
    • Standards (styles) are part of the template drawing
    • Multiple drawings can be open
  • Comparing Civil 3D vs Land Desktop
    • User Interface
    • Project settings
    • Survey features
    • Point features
    • Lines and curves
    • Surface features
    • Parcels
    • Alignments
    • Profiles
    • Assemblies and subassemblies
    • The Corridor concept and its features
    • Sections
    • Site grading features
    • Pipe features
    • Hydrology
  • Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Move (Best Practices)
    • What you can expect
    • Assigning a point person
    • Importing an LD project vs starting from scratch
    • Choosing the right job for your first project
    • Other best practices
  • Summary and Review

Requirements: Pentium or faster computer, 1280 x 960 or higher video resolution, sound card and speakers, CD-ROM drive, 256 MB RAM. Windows XP and above for most versions. Macromedia flash player 5.0 or higher.


Basic installation requires 10 MB hard drive space. Additional hard drive space is required if you choose to store the lesson files on your hard drive instead of running them from the CD-ROM. Note that lesson files can be stored on a network hard drive and shared among other registered users of the product. (A separate copy must be purchased for each computer that you wish to run the software on.)