Civil engineering projects require a high level of specificity, design, and planning. When engineers use software to create and analyze highways and other critical infrastructure, not only do they need robust tools, they also require a collaborative platform that can improve productivity and project delivery. For all those benefits and more, engineers often turn to AutoCAD Civil 3D. But in order to maximize their use of Civil 3D, users need computing hardware that can optimize software performance.

AutoCAD Civil 3D is a popular Autodesk product geared toward the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professional market, but focused specifically on civil engineers. Civil 3D builds on the basic 2D drafting and drawing functions available in AutoCAD by providing the ability to model 3D designs, conduct analysis, document data, and manage projects. Civil 3D is a leading building information modeling (BIM) solution for infrastructure and civil design, and many of its features are focused on those applications. For example, projects are classified under one of three domains: land development, water, and transportation. While the 3D modeling capabilities are a highlight of Civil 3D, the solution is as well-regarded for its facilitation of project management and delivery. Civil engineers can use the software to automate certain time-consuming tasks, share data, and improve team coordination.

3D Modeling

With the variety of projects for which engineers can use Civil 3D (roads, highways, highway exchanges, bridges, pipelines, ports, dams, canals and more), the range of the software’s design and modeling is equally enticing. Create and edit surfaces, measure cutting and filing materials (like pavement needed for a highway), grade slopes, simulate water, create waterway corridors, and define break lines and contours.

Getting the most out of Civil 3D, however, requires a workstation designed to drive performance—and not just any system will work. Civil 3D is most effective when supported by a high-frequency workstation with fewer cores. An ideal option to supply Civil 3D with the power needed to manipulate and interact with large data sets is the APEXX S3 workstation optimized for Civil 3D. APEXX S3, equipped with an eight-core Intel® Core™ i7 or i9 processor overclocked to 5.1GHz and featuring NVIDIA® Quadro™ graphics, provides outstanding performance in Civil 3D.


Analyzing projects is just as important as modeling them, and Civil 3D excels in this category as well. Engineers can annotate and see changes reflected across visualizations in real time, import survey data to adjust their designs, and utilize geospatial analysis and sanitary analysis to assess projects. High-frequency workstations are critical for these simulation applications, so one of the best computers for AutoCAD Civil 3D is APEXX X3 featuring an Intel® Core™ i9 processor.

On the Go

As a civil engineer, you’re often in the field, surveying infrastructure projects, so you need a mobile workstation that can keep pace and support Civil 3D. You have options, but the system proven to be among the best laptops for AutoCAD Civil 3D is GoBOXX MXL featuring an 8th generation, desktop-class Intel® Core i7 processor, NVIDIA® graphics, and up to 64GB of memory.

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