The simple goal of Civil Essentials is to automate the design and drafting process of site, municipal and transportation projects. Civil Essentials adds new functionallity to autodesk Land Desktop / Civil 3D or automates a process into 1 step from a number of steps.
Civil Essentials is made up of four suites. Survey Tools enhances both the download from the data collector at the beginning of the project and the uploading of alignments and points to the data collector. Site Tools enhances site design, mass grading, earth volumes and plan preparation for sites and subdivisions. Road Tools enhaces the design and drafting of alignments, profiles and sections, with options for creating Road Reports. Pipe Tools automates underground services drafting.
The software is intended for the designer. Civil Essentials adds tools to aid in the design and the drafting is a by-product of that design rather than a separate function. This drafting as a by-product concept is fundamental. The design process is often iterative with frequent re-designs over the life of the project. Civil Essentials facilitates this process, minimizing the need to produce finished drawings until the final design has been established.