Map Skills for Engineers Tutorials

I plan on continuing my series in practical Map 3D / GIS skills for Engineers using Civil 3D over the next few weeks and months, but I found something today that I had never noticed before. It’s included in your Civil 3D install, but just not in your standard workspace, so you might have missed it. There are a series of tutorials called “GIS Skills for Engineers” that you can use to get up to speed along with my posts.

Find you where to find it after the jump.

It’s under the Map help menu. You can either mess around with your CUI, or just switch over to the Map Workspace.


Then, pull down the help menu and notice there are different options than in the standard Civil 3D workspace help menu.


Check it out today! Also explore the Map Tutorials and other options under that help menu.



  1. John Cobb says:

    Thanks, Dana. One of the Sessions from AU 2007 about Multiple Section Plotting by Page referred to Map Book procedures that still have me baffled! If you could clear that up, say, by this afternoon, I’d be eternally grateful.

  2. There are a lot of strangely abbreviated files names under the help directory on the install drive. It’s a great place to start reading from. The geek I am – i have a shortcut icon to the Civil 3d 2008\Help directory.

  3. This is a great tip, I have looked in the “Help” drop down many times but never noticed that title.

  4. John Cobb- there was a webcast on that very subject called “Plan Production II – Using Civil 3D 2008 to Automatically Create Grading, Utility, and Cross-Section Sheets”.

    Here is the link:

  5. John Cobb says:

    Thank you Dana.
    You’re quick!

  6. John Prevette says:

    Also check out the a PDF file in the help directory called Best Practices. It contains information for best practices for managing geospatial data. The GIS Skills file is also available in PDF and may be easier to read for some.