Civil 3D Technology Certificate
The Civil 3D Technology Certificate Program focuses on the specific technologies appropriate to developing and refurbishing of project sites and our infrastructure system.
Students are exposed to public 3D/virtual databases and learn about 3D data management and project file sharing through web-based technologies such as project FTP, MILCON, and city/state/national databases.
In our hands-on, real-world, project-based classes, you will develop excellent Civil 3D skills and problem-solving strategies.
Please call us – 619-758-9300 – to discuss your interest in the Certificate Program
The Civil 3D Technology Certificate Program focuses on the specific technologies appropriate to current and projected skill set requirements for the development and refurbishing of our infrastructure system and also towards site development.
- Total of 270 instruction hours
- Complete in as few as 7 months
- Career Opportunities in Civil Engineering, Drafting, Transportation and Utilities, Project Management, and more.
- Please CLICK HERE to see a PDF with career options for the Certificate Program
- A Certificate Program designed to work with you and your schedule
- Self-paced online learning environment as well as optional, onsite courses (when available).
- Active Instructor in each course available to respond to any questions
- Eighteen-day courses with quizzes, midterm and final submissions
- Please CLICK HERE to see a PDF with complete details about the Certificate Program
All courses in the Civil 3D Technology Certificate Program are real-world, project-based. You will engage with your instructor and your classmates on a very regular basis. VDCI is known for our strong student-instructor engagement.
Courses in the Certificate Program
(210 Clock Hours required from these courses)
Introduction to AutoCAD (30 Clock Hours) – Familiarizes students with basic AutoCAD commands while developing a floor plan for a single family residential home.
Create drafting symbols, kitchen and bath fixtures, a floor plan and integrate all information into one deliverable sheet file. Distinguish the differences required to generate drawings for use as annotation and real-world model components. Create and insert blocks and externally reference files, and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets. Master file management, drafting on layers, integrating drawing component files and plotting while creating on the class residential project.
Intermediate AutoCAD (30 Clock Hours) – Developing and assembling a set of 2D design construction documents.
Create an abbreviated set of construction documents including floor plan, foundation plan, electrical plan and building elevations for a small residential project. Create and insert blocks, externally reference files and determine the appropriate times to apply those skill sets to optimize project efficiency. Demonstrate layer and file management, external file referencing, use of model/layout environments and user coordinate systems. Apply intermediate-level skills including layer management, user coordinate system development, creating sheet layout environments and plotting.
Introduction to Civil 3D (30 Clock Hours) - Applying Civil 3D for Surveying and Mapping Projects.
The goal of this course is for students to become familiar with the surveying and mapping elements and commands in the Civil 3D environment. Students will l earn about survey and COGO points, point marker and label styles, point groups, linework code sets, figure prefix databases, survey imports, parcels, sites, parcel labels, TIN surfaces, surface labels, and surface analysis.
Intermediate Civil 3D (30 Clock Hours) - Applying Civil 3D for Transportation Design
The goal of this course is for students to become familiar with the transportation design elements and commands in the Civil 3D environment. Students will learn about alignments, surface profiles, design profiles and view windows, assemblies, corridors, intersections, sample lines, cross sections, and 3D visualization.
Civil 3D Construction Documents (30 Clock Hours) - Using major Civil3D design elements
The goal of this course is for students to become familiar with the land development design elements and commands in the Civil 3D environment. Students will l earn about drawing template files, data shortcuts, feature lines, grading groups, pipe networks, pressure networks, and paper space.
Certificate Completion Practical (60 Clock Hours)– Applying skill sets learned from all of your previous courses, and integrating them into one project, where you and your instructor design your Certificate Completion Practical.
Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the acquired software and workflow skills through previous classes. Create a completed project of the student’s own design or selected design to highlight the skills that the student has acquired through required and elective courses. Participate in a design and documentation process without the aid of direct tutorial videos. Research construction document standards, construction systems, and design methodologies to influence the use of software and workflow.
(60 Clock Hours required from these courses)
You can select from a large number of elective courses:
AutoCAD Construction Documents 1 - Recommended - (30 Clock Hours) – Creating a floor plan, multi-scale plan, roof plan and building elevations for a one-story residence.
Create titleblock and titleblock/drawing label components for a professional office to facilitate development of deliverable sheet files. Create floor plan, enlarged plan, roof plan and building elevation of a moderately complex residential project. Includes the development of floor plan, roof plan and elevation notes. Successfully integrate referenced files to create construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentation. Apply intermediate-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting. Organize deliverable sheet set to conform to the National CAD Standards.
AutoCAD Construction Documents 2 (30 Clock Hours) – Creating a site an architectural site plan, a title sheet, develop building elevations, building and wall sections, interior elevations and schedules.
Create building elevations, building sections, wall sections; modify detail drawings; create metes and bounds (Civil) drawing; create relevant deliverable sheet files for a moderately complex residential project. Includes the development of title sheet and appropriate general and keynote legends. Successfully integrate referenced files to create construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentations. Apply intermediate/advanced-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting. Organize deliverable sheet set to conform to the National CAD Standards.
CAD Detailing (20 Clock Hours) – Developing architectural details using the two dominant methods utilized within architectural and engineering firms.
Create detail drawings pertinent to the course project. Create relevant deliverable sheet files. Integrate referenced files to create details for construction documents. Demonstrate layer and file management, use of model/layout environments and multi-scale drawing presentations. Apply intermediate/advanced-level skills to create sheet layout environments and plotting.
CAD & Project Management (20 Clock Hours) – Teaches people important skill sets to help them succeed as CAD and Project Managers.
Demonstrate understanding of the technical and managerial skills required to succeed as a CAD and Project Manager. Organize the AutoCAD User Interface to optimize productivity and standards for an office. Use office standard file naming and file organization. Master an understanding of the National CAD Standards. Convert “an inherited CAD project” into a format which supports the National CAD Standards and Office CAD Standards.
Introduction to Revit (20 Clock Hours) – Designing 3D models that simultaneously document the project in schedules and 2D architectural drawings.
Explore the Building Information Modeling (BIM) interface. Design a 3D building model to explain how information is inter-related throughout the BIM model. Integrate building components into a 3D model and develop construction document sheets from that model. Develop a project which includes stairs and “feature architectural designs” to strengthen BIM modeling skill sets.
Intermediate Revit (20 Clock Hours) – Utilizing the family editor to create 2D and 3D components, refining graphics, and construction documentation.
Integrate DWG files to create Revit details and plan views for subsequent sheet layout. Tag elements for cost estimation and material take-offs. Create 3D parametric families and show alternate views of 3D objects in plan and elevation views. Build customized door, window, and materials schedules. Explore BIM management by creating an abbreviated set of construction documents.
Blueprint Reading for ResidentialConstruction - Recommended - (10 Clock Hours) – Utilizes lectures, hands-on demonstrations and lab exercises to familiarize participants with the art of blueprint reading.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of Construction Documents (blueprints) for a Custom Residential and a Mixed-Use Commercial project. Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents. Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits. Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents.
Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - An indepth study of architectural, civil, engineering, interior and other construction documents for a mixed-use commercial project.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of commercial project Construction Documents (blueprints) for a large Mixed-Use project (hotel, parking and retail). Analyze different drawings and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents. Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits. Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Documents. Gain experience understanding how 3D model presentations within a set of construction documents makes the construction documents easier to understand the project.
Construction Estimating - Recommended - (20 Clock Hours) - Starting at the very beginning, you will learn about the types of estimates and how an estimate is organized. You will learn the purposes for construction estimating, the estimating tools used and the skills required for construction estimating.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the construction drawings and a quantity-takeoff cost estimate. Analyze the components of a construction cost estimate and learn how a quantity-takeoff cost estimate is created. Master an understanding of quantity surveying, estimating takeoffs and pricing estimated quantities. Recognize the need for thoroughness and attention to detail when preparing construction cost estimates.
Overview, Site Utilities, Earthwork, Foundations (10 Clock Hours) – Learn about the roles played by the design & construction team. Learn how the site is prepared, the types of equipment used, different types of soil conditions & why various building foundations are used.
Interiors and Finish Site Work (10 Clock Hours) – Learn about walltypes, interior partitions, drywall and drywall finishes and construction sequencing. Learn about construction sequences for curbs, asphalt paving & landscaping.
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & AV-Tel-Data (20 Clock Hours) – This course is an in-depth study about MEP and building systems, including thermal comfort, indoor air quality, HVAC controls & how plumbing, electrical & emergency distribution systems function.
All elective course options can be found in the VDCI School Catalog
How to Enroll
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All online courses have an 18-day duration. Please CLICK HERE to see the course calendar.
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Get Autodesk Certified
The Civil 3D Technology Certificate prepares you for:
- The Autodesk Civil 3D Certification Exam
|Tuition||$4,725.00||Prorated upon withdrawal. Refer to refund provision within this agreement.|
|Registration Fee||Non Refundable. Not included in the Tuition. Billed separately from Tuition.|
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|Textbooks (optional||Textbooks are not required. Estimated price based on elective courses. Textbook prices fluctuate depending on recent book editions and pricing changes by publishers.|
|Student Tuition Recovery Fund Fee||Non refundable ($2.50 for every $1,000.00 rounded to the nearest $1,000). Applies to California residents only.|
|ESTIMATED DUE FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM*||The estimated amount due to complete the Program.|