Workshop #1   8:30 am – 12 pm (BACK)
Wednesday, September 23

Basic AutoCAD Applications for Stream Restoration Design (using AutoCAD® Civil 3D®)

Nathan Ober, PG
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Bridgeport, WV

Materials that students need to bring:  Students may bring a laptop with AutoCAD® Civil 3D® to work along (optional).

Materials student will receive: Raw data for AutoCAD and readings will be handed out at the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Import geomorphic point data into AutoCAD and create an existing base surface.
  2. Export point data and surface data from AutoCAD to HEC-RAS and RIVERMorph and/or Microsoft Excel.
  3. Create a proposed alignment, profile, and cross sections.
  4. If time allows we will create a three-dimensional (3D) design corridor.

Workshop Description:

AutoCAD® Civil 3D® is a civil engineering design software that allows a stream restoration designer to create and evaluate 2D and 3D designs.  Some example stream restoration capabilities embedded in the software include: the ability to create grading plans, balance earthwork volumes, choose a priority level (I-IV) for design, reduce impacts to sensitive areas, and create construction layout files.  When used properly the software will dynamically and inherently link the three components (pattern, profile, and dimension) of a stream allowing a designer to make iterative changes with instantaneous and accurate three-dimensional updates.

During this workshop we will focus on the basic tools and applications in AutoCAD® Civil 3D® to analyze geomorphic data and to create a proposed alignment, profile, and cross sections.  Some example data will be provided for students that want to work along on their own laptops; however, it is not required.  This is an introduction to AutoCAD, however, if time is available we will create a corridor and 3D stream design