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Advancing Civil Infrastructure Design Workflows

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This benchmarking study discusses the workflow between AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks 360 and how they are being used alongside one another in daily practice. Our reviewers use the software on a daily basis, producing work for civil engineering projects and pushing the software through its paces on a wide variety of projects.

Learning Objectives

When combined with AutoCAD Civil 3D, InfraWorks 360 delivered significant time savings in preliminary design and early detailed design processes. Reviewers were able to quickly produce intelligent design models as well as well as high quality visuals of their project in the context of real world surroundings.

Our reviewers also pointed to the ability to easily interface with stakeholders as a key benefit of incorporating InfraWorks 360 in their workflows. The ability to bring up data for a project site and to optioneer design alternatives early on in the process, even during meetings, was a compounding time saver as it sped the time to design consensus.

Each reviewer pursued their own individualized workflows and each was dealing with different geographies with different climate and code requirements. Despite these differences, they each saw time savings and improvements to the quality of their designs when combining AutoCAD Civil3D and InfraWorks 360.

AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk’s civil design software, remains the primary tool for the completion of detailed design and documentation. In addition, its ability to support 2D and 3D processes provides the means to bridge CAD-based workflows while navigating new BIM approaches to project delivery.

This third-party assessment of how AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks 360 together impact civil engineering workflows was commissioned by Autodesk. The editorial team at Informed Infrastructure solicited reviewers immersed in the software on a daily basis, coordinating their review of the software with project scenarios that mimic how they use these tools every day and then summarizing that input in the following report.

This report is not a comparison test. The report details the evolution of the software, efficiency improvements inherent with software that focuses on workflows, and the time savings that can be achieved across many functions and design progressions. The comparison is meant to illustrate how these software packages work in tandem on preliminary and detailed design, and to convey time savings and the elimination of tedium. Performance improvements are relayed here, but no effort was made to standardize computer hardware or the size and complexity of these project scenarios, so results on time savings vary, and some fluctuation on projects may be experienced.


This Professional Development Section provides an opportunity to earn continuing-education credit without cost. Take a look at the learning objectives, read this sponsored article, and complete the quiz at

Answers to the quiz will automatically be calculated. If eight or more of the questions are answered correctly, participants can immediately download a certificate of completion and be awarded 1.0 professional-development hours (equivalent to 0.1 continuing-education units in most states).

V1 Media is an approved provider of the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). It is up to each licensee to determine if this credit meets their governing board’s registration requirements.

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