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How AutoCAD Design And Drawing Help In Civil Design Engineering?

Author : Richard Bothom

Civil design and engineering is the most purposeful engineering domain that involves planning, designing, construction and maintenance of various structures like resident homes, apartments, building, roads, bridges, flyovers and many more. The civil engineering team consists of civil engineers, surveyors, building designers and CAD technicians to analyze, design and commission the structure within given time and budget.

Before the invent of sophisticated CAD tools drafters were working on sketches or existing paper drawings to prepare specifications and construction drawings as per needs. This process was taking a lot of time and to revise the design one need to create new drawings every time a change is required. Modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Drafting techniques have paved the way for faster commissioning of civil projects by allowing complete digitization of drawings and make them editable for the designer. Today CAD design and drafting has become an essential ingredient of the civil engineering industry. Engineers can now come out with efficient, cost-effective and less time consuming designs that can be analyzed with shared 3D model as per the requirement.

The civil engineer can prepare accurate 2D drawings for custom 3D models using CAD software like AutoCAD, StaddPro, Tekla and Revit. 3D models, renderings and visualizations help prepare effective and dynamic civil design with accuracy. Revisions in the 3D design can be done on the fly and can help avoid costly errors as observed with previous 2D design process. 3D CAD tools are becoming increasingly popular today and can play a vital role in the success of your project.

Integration of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design with present CAD platform makes it more productive and result-driven. For an example, Building Informational Modeling (BIM) is a new feature that allows simultaneous documentation of design specifications and drawings in accordance with physical and functional characteristics of a building or structure. 3D & 4D BIM modeling improves design quality, reduces data loss and the changes can be updated effortlessly. BIM has redefined 3D drafting and is perceived as a powerful tool for the entire residential structural design or civil building design project.

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Richard Bothom is Residential Structural Design engineer at OSD – a Structural Engineering consultant offering full range of structural services including Structural design analysis, Shop drawings and review services at affordable rates. Contact us at

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