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Using Civil 3D in a co-authoring environment

Published on October 13, 2020

Since we know that you only have Civil 3D available to you, the diagram below describes the part of the process that is relevant to you. 

  • The first thing that must happen is someone from IT needs to make sure the design team has the Autodesk software licenses they need and access to the network where all the files will be shared. Click the blue box below to learn more about how to set this up.
  • Once the design teams have access to Civil 3D remotely, they can start co-authoring models by using Data Shortcuts through your network (click the green box to learn how). 
  • Then you can coordinate and review the project with the team using shared views and marking-up views (click the tasks in the pink box to learn how to do that).
  • When you have the design right where you want it, you can document the design (click the yellow box to learn how to do this).

Click on each box in the diagram for detailed instructions, or read more below the diagram.


Make sure you have the tools you need Worksharing or using data shortcuts through the Cloud Share views Markup views Document the design IT Readiness: There are three parts to making sure the design team has the tools they need. First, you need to have the software downloaded. Next, you must ensure that the software can access a license. Finally, your network must be set up so that everyone on the design team has access to the design files. Learn more

Model Co-authoring: There is a trick to allowing everyone to work in one design without overwriting what someone else has done. That is in using Data Shortcuts to access parts of the model someone else is responsible for. Learn more

Design Coordination and Review: When you need to communicate with design team members that are not local to you, sharing views is an ideal way to do that. Learn how

This is especially helpful if they do not have access to the Civil 3D software. You will create 3D shared views where the user can investigate the model in the Autodesk Viewer. Learn how

Documentation: When you have the design right where you want it, you can document the design. Taking advantage of Sheet Set Manager can speed up the creation of plan and profile sheets. Learn how

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