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

During the course, each student will complete the layout of a two-lane roadway. 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 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 course starts with an instructor-led live orientation session followed by a weekly two-hour pre-recorded lecture and self-paced classroom lesson, and a weekly live instructor-led discussion session.

The self-paced lesson will be accessible each Monday of the assigned teaching week followed by a live, instructor-led discussion session each Friday of the same week. Students are encouraged to attend the discussion sessions to hear a recap of the week’s lesson, get help with their assignments and ask questions.

In addition to the weekly lectures, the course includes Civil 3D assignments that must be completed during the same week as the lesson. Students are expected to watch the weekly recorded sessions prior to each Friday live session to maximize the value of the meeting. All assignments will be turned in by email to the instructor. Access to your own or your agency's Civil 3D software (any version) is required.


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 course instructor for Minnesota LTAP and the Center for Transportation Studies, at the University of Minnesota. She is a professional engineer registered in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has served as a teaching specialist in the University's civil engineering department for many years, teaching CADD, highway design, AutoCAD, and surveying. 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.

Course Access and Technical Requirements

This training is offered via the course management system Canvas. For more information about Canvas, accessing the course, and technical requirements, please visit the course web page.



This course 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.

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Section Title
Introduction to Civil 3D Practical Application
Online, instructor led
Sep 09, 2024 to Nov 15, 2024
Course Fee(s)
150.00 $150.00
Section Details

Course Dates and Times

  • Live Instructor-led course orientation: September 10, 2024, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central
  • Weekly self-paced lectures starting September 9, 2024
  • Live instructor-led discussion sessions: Fridays, September 13, 2024, through November 15, 2024, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Central

Access to working versions of AutoCAD and Civil 3D software is required. For more information or with questions about the course, please contact Natalie Niskanen at niskanen@umn.edu.

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