Digging Into AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 – Level 1



This introductory Civil 3D book takes you through a complete project while you learn the software fundamentals. All our books are exercise based, with step-by-step procedures for many common tasks, ideal for self-paced learning. The author, Rick Ellis is a skilled instructor with direct industry and classroom experience.

You will learn the best procedures for many common tasks, including working with:

  • Styles
  • GIS Data
  • Raster Images
  • Points
  • Surfaces
  • Parcels
  • Alignment
  • Profiles
  • Corridors
  • Sections
  • Grading
  • Volumes

One of the most important features in Civil 3D is Styles. Styles control the display, labeling, and in some cases the geometric properties of Civil 3D objects. This book exposes you to many different object and label styles as you work through the project, teaching you the concepts within the context of an ordinary workflow.

Since many of you are transitioning from Land Desktop, many tips are included to make this process easier.

This is an update to our popular Level 1 book for Civil 3D 2007. It uses the same dataset and project, however, there are many reasons that you will want to have this new version of the book for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008. We are confident that you will find it a valuable resource as you work with Civil 3D.

Top 5 reasons to upgrade if you have our 2007 book:
1. Updated screen captures and steps for the 2008 changes to the interface
2. Updated exercises for critical changes to 2008 processes and functionality:

  • Styles
  • Points
  • Point Groups
  • Contour Labeling
  • Profiles

3. New descriptions and explanations in all chapters to help you understand why not just how
4. More screen captures to help you quickly and easily understand complex topics
5. New exercises to explore topics not covered in the 2007 book:

  • Creating a Parcel Area Table
  • Creating Multiple Profile Views
  • Editing a Corridor to Update Volumes

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Features and Benefits of all Cadapult books:

  • Lessons build upon one another using a contiguous dataset, providing consistency through the entire book
  • Skills learned through easy-to-follow, step-by-step procedures
  • Sequential exercises that follow one logical, real-world example project
  • Flexible datasets allow you to “skip ahead” to a relevant lesson, or use as an on-demand reference guide
  • Detailed explanations and chapter summaries facilitate learning and retention
  • Written by instructors with decades of industry and teaching experience
  • Tested and refined in classrooms with a broad cross-section of students

This books is 384 pages, organized into 9 chapters.

Author: Rick Ellis

ISBN 0-9740814-8-5

Meet the Author

Rick Ellis of CADapult Software SolutionsRick Ellis, president of Cadapult Software Solutions, Inc, provides training and consulting services to clients around the country helping them get the most out of their design software investment.

Rick specializes in AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Land Desktop, and AutoCAD Raster Design.

He is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network. He is the author of several books including “Digging Into AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010”, “Digging Deeper Into AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008”, “Digging Into Autodesk Land Desktop 2006” and “Digging Into AutoCAD Map 3D 2010”, co-author of “Introducing Autodesk Civil 3D”, a select author for CAD Digest, and an instructor for the AUGI training program.





Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6.5 × 1 in