Managing Data in Prospector | Managing Civil 3D

Our Consulting and Services Manager, Shawn Herring, wrote an article for this month's issue of AUGI World. Below is a portion of the article:

As we all know, there is a ton of data to manage when it comes to Civil 3D. Not just data, but files, best practices, styles, folder structure, etc., etc., etc.! At times it can be a bit overwhelming, especially if there has been no management over these items in the past. But for those looking to get a better handle on things, I’ve outlined several of the topics I’d make sure to spend a bit more time getting up to speed on. There are obviously many more things that help in project management, but these are some of the things I see being underutilized.


Did you know you can create folders within Prospector for things like alignments, surfaces, and pipe networks? This can be extremely helpful when managing large projects.

Take surfaces for example, on large projects you probably end up with several surfaces that represent an overall finished grade surface, or several surfaces to build your existing ground surface.

This can get a bit messy and confusing at times, as shown below in this simple example. Right-click on Surfaces, and simply select NEW FOLDER to make your life easier!

Surfaces in Autodesk Civil 3D

I typically leave 2 surfaces outside of the folders; one for my existing ground, and one for my overall finished grade. Once you’ve created the folders, simply drag and drop your surfaces in the correct folder.

Surfaces in Autodesk Civil 3D

To learn more about managing data in Civil 3D, click here.