Civil 3D Implementation Project

Civil 3D is a software tool that will be used in road survey, design and construction projects for the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The ministry’s Civil 3D project team has been working closely with internal and external stakeholders with the goal of moving to Civil 3D for the ministry’s survey, design and construction processes and the eventual retirement of the CAiCE software package.

The ministry has also updated its survey capabilities with new hardware and software in conjunction with the move to Civil 3D. The project team has been evaluating existing standards and processes in order to leverage the capabilities of the new survey software and Civil 3D into updated workflows, standards, requirements and deliverables.

The project deliverables and anticipated timelines are as follows:


The ministry is currently accepting deliverables created using Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D on releases 2014 through 2016. The technical package provided by the ministry may be compatible with a wider range of releases but all work should be submitted using an approved release for deliverables. Please be sure to confirm this information with your ministry representative and be sure to comply with applicable contract requirements.

Training Information

Starting in April 2017, video training titles will be available through an external site. Additional information is available in this document: Implementation Project Training.

Technical Package Delivered – July 2016

An initial Civil 3D technical package was delivered in July 2016. This package included a customization component and a documentation component:

  • Custom drawing templates
  • Custom subassemblies based on the BC Supplement to TAC requirements
  • Custom applications and macros
  • Custom tool palettes and menu/ribbon
  • Documentation for usage and installation of the customization components
  • Documentation for project delivery and project organization requirements

A provisional Section 1280 for the BC Supplement to TAC was prepared for initial release. The Civil 3D Survey, Design and Construction Terms of Reference. The TOR includes Civil 3D project delivery requirements and guidelines for project organization, including folder structure and file naming requirements.

All of the above is available from this web page.

Transition Period – July 2016 – April 2017

The ministry will be transitioning to Civil 3D during the period ending April 30, 2017. It is anticipated that the ministry Field Services Division will be ready to accept Civil 3D design projects for construction supervision by the end of the transition period.

Transition Period – Project Approval

Design projects to be completed by private sector consultants prior to April 30 may be submitted in the Civil 3D format provided approval has been received through the designated ministry project contact. The ministry will seek input from all internal stakeholders and consider the requirement for construction supervision and the timing for construction when granting approval.

For internal projects, ministry project and design managers will coordinate approval for the use of Civil 3D.  Ministry design staff will be encouraged to use Civil 3D for approved projects as soon as they have received training. Design staff that are experienced with Civil 3D may start on approved projects as soon as the package has been delivered.

Transition Period – Goals

To facilitate the move from where we are now to 100% delivery utilizing Civil 3D, the project team will focus on the following objectives:

  • Ministry Staff Training: Formal classroom training for ministry staff in the survey, design and construction supervision disciplines is scheduled to begin in September, 2016. Shorter seminar style presentations will be available for management and staff where detailed technical knowledge is not a requirement for their job functions.
  • Private Sector Training: Seminars will be made available for private sector design consultants with a focus on the use of ministry customizations (subassemblies), standards and delivery requirements. Where consultants are looking for more comprehensive training, the ministry will support this by making all in-house developed training materials accessible through training partners.
  • Technical Support: On-going technical support will cover all aspects of survey, design modeling, drawing production and construction supervision. This will be coordinated through the contact person listed on this web page.
  • Online Support: The project team will look into an online discussion forum where staff and consultants can interact within specific sub-groups to submit questions, ideas and comments.

The project team will continue to add to and refine the customization component and the documentation component of the technical package delivered in 2016.

Transition Complete - May 2017

This is the target date for completion of the transition to Civil 3D. It is expected that the ministry Field Services group will be ready to use Civil 3D as part of the construction supervision process by this date. This will allow the ministry to tender and supervise construction projects that were designed in Civil 3D.

Ministry and consultant designers will no longer be required to hand off their designs in CAiCE format. However, the transition period could extend beyond this date for projects that were started and/or would preferably be completed with CAiCE.