Architectural Workflow with Civil 3D

Reasons for this: Civil 3D has better tools for generating Roads and Footpaths. The roads and footpaths are better integrated into the surface model.

How can Civil 3D help your architectural workflow.  

In our previous video on AEC collection, we highlighted 6 of the 17 software packages, which includes: Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCad, Infraworks, Navisworks Manage and Recap Pro. 

One suggested workflow is to do the following:

Infraworks for context model;

Civil 3D for Site works; 

Revit Architecture, Structural and MEP for the Building Model. 

They are then linked into Navisworks for Review. 

This method is used by Building Contractors for construction and Model Reviews. (Part of the BIM Workflow) 

If your workflow calls for a hands on approach between building model and the site model, you may want to consider the flowing method: 

The site model from the offset is managed by Civil 3D. 

Here you can work with a Points Database or Survey file. 

If you are using BIM 360 from Autodesk you have an easier workflow (less steps) 

Your surface model can be generated from Civil 3D and Linked to Revit through the import toposurface button from the import files ribbon. 

There is also a tool to better manage shared coordinates between the two programs. (the current practice is for the Design Technology or BIM managers to be handle project and site setups.) 

Roads and footpaths can be generated in Civil 3D by creating a line in Revit to define the location and extent of the road or footpath, exported back to Civil 3D and generated there, then updated back into Revit.

Reasons for this: 

Civil 3D has better tools for generating Roads and Footpaths. 

The roads and footpaths are better integrated into the surface model. 

Revit does not have a comprehensive toolset for modeling topography. Especially for applying a neater way of making roads and paths. 

With the amount of pressure and stress on project teams in the construction industry, we are always looking for a more streamline method. 

If you like to investigate the above method further you will need the following: 

  • AEC Collection 
  • BIM 360 account (a trial version is available) 
  • Autodesk Desktop Connector (Free from Autodesk) To connect between Revit and Civil 3D 

We also recommend Eric Chappell’s Autodesk Civil 3D 2021 Essentials on Linkedin Learning. 

You can also contact us if you have further questions. 

Architectural Workflow with Civil 3D

A look at how Civil 3D can be part of your Architectural workflow. Architects need the modelled context for their buildings. Often Civil engineers and landscape architects only provide 2D context. Architects then must model this data themselves. Civil 3D will make modelling this context so much easier and with AEC Collections those tools are included. 

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