December 17, 2018  —  December 18, 2018


University of Virginia
351 McCormick Road, Thornton Hall
B Wing, 2nd Floor, Room B – 228A
Charlottesville, VA

Contact Hours



This 2 Day class is designed to give the student an introduction/refresher of Autodesk’s AutoCAD Civil 3D Familiarity and experience with AutoCAD very helpful but not necessary. Exercises will be assigned along the way with a mix of hands on and lecture of about 50/50. The class is based around a Land Development project from Survey to Construction Documents. Environmental considerations in the class will be covered.

Bring your own PC laptop with a minimum of 8 Gb RAM. Contact the instructor at chuckpietra@gmail.com for guidance on loading the software on your computer prior to class. Trial versions or free education versions are available at https://www.autodesk.com/products/civil-3d/overview.


Topics include

Day 1

  • AutoCAD Basics and its role in AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • A tour of Civil 3D and Civil Design Project Execution
  • Settings and Styles
  • Survey and Point Management
  • GIS Interoperability
  • Surfaces Creation and Related Topics ( surface hydrology )
  • Parcels and Sites

Day 2

  • Alignments Profiles and Cross Sections
  • Simple roadway design
  • Grading Fundamentals
  • Utilities Gravity and Pressure Pipes

Reports and Plotted Sheets


Charles “Chuck” A. Pietra

Chuck Pietra is Senior Technical Applications Manager for O’Brien & Gere Engineers where he heads up The Technical Application Group which manages all company technical software applications in the areas of CAD GIS environmental data management and construction management.

Chuck has been involved with the Autodesk reseller channel, and has authored several books and articles on CAD GIS and related topics. He is certified as an Autodesk Civil 3D Implementation Expert. Prior to his current position at OBG he owned his own Consulting firm which specialized in CAD and GIS implementation and training. Chuck frequently trains and guest speaks around the country.

Chuck holds a BA degree in Physics and a Master of Science in Physics both from S.U.N.Y Oswego

Who Should Attend

The class is for Civil Engineers and Designers,Civil CAD Professionals, Environmental Professionals. The student will need to bring their own PC laptop with a minimum of 8 Gb RAM.

Note to UVA ESE Students: This short course compliments and greatly extends the AutoCAD Civil 3D experience that you have gained or will gain in courses such as CE 2010, CE 3400, and CE 4991. The course is ideally suited for students wishing to gain a proficiency in AutoCAD Civil 3D to compete for internships and entry-level positions.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $250.00
Student: $250.00
State: $250.00
Private Industry: $425.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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