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AutoCAD Civil 3D

AutoCAD Civil 3D

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  • Latest Version

    AutoCAD Civil 3D 2025.0.1 LATEST

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    Sophia Jones

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    Windows 7 64 / Windows 8 64 / Windows 10 64 / Windows 11

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AutoCAD Civil 3D software is a leading civil engineering design program for Windows PC, provides project teams with more comprehensive surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution that enables them to complete land development, transportation, and environmental projects faster and with improved accuracy.

AutoCAD Civil 3D by Autodesk provides the tools needed to create coordinated, reliable design information; optimize designs with analysis, simulation, and visualization; and deliver higher-quality documentation and digital models for construction and operations. The model-centric technology at the core of AutoCAD Civil 3D for Windows 11/10 helps to keep the design, analysis, and documentation coordinated so you can minimize errors and omissions, accelerate decision making, and shorten production time, helping to gain a competitive advantage for your organization.
  • Accelerate design and documentation
  • Advance design automation
  • Improve collaboration and coordination
Perform faster design iterations with an intelligent, 3D model-based application that dynamically updates related design elements when changes are made! Design and layout intersections, roundabouts, and corridors, parcels, pipes, and grading with specific tools and customizable design standards. Access and use geospatial data, including LiDAR, and perform analysis to help evaluate existing conditions. Conduct interactive 3D simulations and visualizations to better evaluate project performance and help to communicate design intent and much more!

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Relative elevation feature lines
Obtain feature lines from a surface or relative to a surface, so feature lines update with changes to the surface.

Dynamic offset profiles
Create dynamic offset profiles using a default cross slope. Modify them by editing the profile properties.

Connected alignments
Create a new dynamically linked alignment and profile that transitions between 2 intersecting alignments and their profiles.

Pipe sizing and analysis
Resize pipes and reset inverts, and compute the energy and hydraulic grade lines according to HEC-22 2009 standards.

Plan and profile sheet generation
Create a plan/plan and profile/profile sheets by including multiple plan or profile views on a single sheet.

Label property set data
Add custom data to Civil3D object labels by using property sets.

Traverse editor
Create points, lines, and curves representing traverse legs and sideshots using COGO input and editing tools.

Corridor overlap resolution (bowties)
Resolve corridor bowties in daylighting conditions.

Key Features

Design and Drafting Tools: It provides a wide range of design and drafting tools tailored to civil engineering needs. Users can easily create accurate and dynamic 2D and 3D drawings of complex structures, grading, and transportation systems.

Civil Design Workflows: The software streamlines the civil design process by offering specialized tools for road design, grading, land development, and pipe network design. This enables engineers to efficiently plan, design, and document their projects.

Geospatial Data Integration: It allows users to incorporate geospatial data from various sources, such as GIS data and aerial imagery, into their designs. This helps in creating context-rich models for better decision-making.

Dynamic Surface Modeling: The software includes robust surface modeling capabilities, making it easy to create and analyze digital terrain models (DTMs). Users can perform cut and fill analysis, volume calculations, and visualize the earthwork changes in real-time.

Collaboration and Data Sharing: It promotes collaboration among team members by supporting the exchange of data in commonly used formats like DWG, DGN, and LandXML. It also integrates with Autodesk's cloud-based collaboration platform, BIM 360, for seamless teamwork.

Documentation and Reporting: Engineers can generate detailed construction documents, cross-sections, and plan/profile sheets directly from their designs. The software helps automate the production of drawings, reducing errors and saving time.

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What`s New
  • Corridor Workflows
  • Miscellaneous Enhancements
  • Dynamo for Civil 3D
  • API Enhancements
  • ArcGIS Workflows
  • Project Explorer
  • Collaboration for Civil 3D
User Interface

It boasts a familiar and user-friendly interface for anyone experienced with AutoCAD products. It features tool palettes, command line access, and a ribbon-style toolbar, making it easy to access the software's extensive functionality. The interface is highly customizable, allowing users to create a workspace that suits their specific needs.

Installation and Setup

Installing the program is a straightforward process. Autodesk provides detailed installation instructions and offers various licensing options, including subscription-based models. System requirements may vary depending on the version, but a capable PC with a dedicated graphics card is recommended for optimal performance.

How to Use

Creating a New Project: Start by creating a new project or opening an existing one. Define the coordinate system, units, and other project-specific settings.

Design and Drafting: Utilize the extensive set of tools for designing roads, grading, and other civil engineering elements. Take advantage of dynamic feedback to refine your designs.

Terrain Modeling: Build and analyze digital terrain models, compute earthwork quantities, and perform cut and fill analysis.

Collaboration: Share your project with team members or consultants, and collaborate in real-time using BIM 360 integration or traditional file sharing methods.

Documentation: Generate construction documents, plan/profile sheets, and reports to document your design for construction and regulatory purposes.

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Is AutoCAD Civil 3D compatible with AutoCAD?
Yes, AutoCAD Civil 3D is fully compatible with AutoCAD. It incorporates all AutoCAD functionalities and extends them with civil engineering-specific tools.

Can I import GIS data into AutoCAD Civil 3D?
Yes, you can import GIS data into the software to enhance your designs with geospatial information.

Is there a Mac version of AutoCAD Civil 3D?
Unfortunately, AutoCAD Civil 3D is only available for Windows, but you can run it on a Mac using virtualization software or Boot Camp.

Can I collaborate with team members who don't have AutoCAD Civil 3D?
Yes, you can share your designs in common formats like DWG, which can be viewed and edited by users without Civil 3D app. Autodesk also offers free viewers for easy access.

Is there a mobile version of AutoCAD Civil 3D?
While there isn't a mobile version of the program, Autodesk offers mobile apps like AutoCAD 360 for viewing and annotating designs on the go.


Bentley Civil Products: Bentley Systems offers a range of civil engineering software solutions, including MicroStation and OpenRoads, which compete with AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Civil 3D Alternatives: Depending on your needs, alternatives like Civil Designer, Carlson Civil Suite, and BricsCAD BIM may be worth considering.


Pricing for this program varies depending on the licensing model, edition, and region. Autodesk typically offers monthly, annual, or multi-year subscription plans. For accurate pricing information, it's best to visit Autodesk's official website or contact their sales team.
  • FLEX (New) 100 tokens - 11 days over 1 year is $300
  • $340/month for 1 user
  • $2,705/year for 1 user
System Requirements

AutoCAD Civil 3D's system requirements may change with each new version, but a general baseline includes a Windows operating system (64-bit), a multi-core processor, at least 8GB of RAM, and a dedicated graphics card with DirectX 11 support. Users should refer to Autodesk's official website for detailed system requirements specific to their version.

  • Comprehensive suite of civil engineering design tools
  • Seamless integration with AutoCAD
  • Efficient terrain modeling and analysis capabilities
  • Robust collaboration features with BIM 360
  • Extensive documentation and reporting options
  • Steeper learning curve for beginners
  • High system requirements for optimal performance
  • Licensing costs can be significant for smaller firms

AutoCAD Civil 3D is an indispensable tool for civil engineering professionals, offering a wide array of features and capabilities tailored to the industry's unique needs. While it may have a learning curve, its efficiency, compatibility with AutoCAD, and powerful design tools make it a top choice for civil engineering projects of all sizes. However, potential users should carefully consider their budget and hardware capabilities to ensure a seamless experience with this software.

Note: 30 days trial version.

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2025.0.1 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2025.0.1
The Autodesk Civil 3D 2025.0.1 Update fixes the following issues:
- Fixed a stability issue that could occur with large surface geometry and DWG inconsistencies when saving during snapshot operations

Data Shortcuts:
- Fixed a stability issue that could occur when using Undo on a promotion of a data shortcut reference in a large surface

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2024.3
New in Corridor Workflows:
- Learn about enhancements to corridor workflows.

Miscellaneous Enhancements:
- Learn about additional new enhancements.

New in Dynamo for Civil 3D
- Learn about enhancements to Dynamo for Civil 3D.

API Enhancements
- Learn about enhancements to the API.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2024.2
New in ArcGIS Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to ArcGIS workflows.

New in Project Explorer
- Learn about enhancements to Project Explorer.

New in Collaboration for Civil 3D
- Learn about enhancements to Collaboration for Civil 3D workflows.

API Enhancements
- Learn about enhancements to the API.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2024.1
New in Subassembly Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to subassembly workflows.

New in Corridor Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to corridor workflows.

New in ArcGIS Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to ArcGIS workflows.

New in Pressure Networks
- Learn about enhancements to pressure networks.

New in Gravity Networks
- Learn about enhancements to gravity networks.

New in Project Explorer
- Learn about enhancements to Project Explorer.

New in Rail Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to rail workflows.

New in Surface Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to surface workflows.

API Enhancements
- Learn about enhancements to the API.

New in Dynamo for Civil 3D
- Learn about enhancements to Dynamo for Civil 3D.

Autodesk Assistant
- A new AI-guided assistant is available in Civil 3D 2024 with the installation of the AutoCAD 2024.1 Update.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2024
New in Subassembly Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to subassembly workflows.

New in Corridor Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to corridor workflows.

New in ArcGIS Workflows
- Learn about enhancements to ArcGIS workflows.

New in Pressure Networks
- Learn about enhancements to pressure networks.

New in Project Explorer
- Learn about enhancements to Project Explorer.

API Enhancements
- Learn about enhancements to the API.

New in Dynamo for Civil 3D
- Learn about enhancements to Dynamo for Civil 3D.

New in Grading Optimization
- Learn about enhancements to Grading Optimization.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2022.0.1
- The Autodesk Civil 3D 2022.0.1 Update fixes a stability issue that would occur when deleting parcel segments and then using the UNDO and PURGE commands

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2021
New features:
Design Efficiency Updates:
Use new and enhanced pressure network commands to create and edit path-based pressure networks:
- Add path-based pressure network pipe runs by selecting locations to define the path, or by selecting existing objects or parts in the drawing. When you grip edit pipe runs to change their locations and update the pressure network path, the parts remain connected and the fittings are updated using available part sizes in the current parts list.
- Add pipe runs to an existing pressure network. A path-based pressure network can contain multiple pipe runs. When creating a pipe run, you can optionally create a surface profile for the pipe run to follow.
- Add bends automatically when creating pipe runs
- Add branch fittings to create intersecting pipe runs, automatically using the nearest fitting size from the current parts list
- Add and remove bends, automatically adding or removing points of intersection and fittings
- Break or merge pipe runs
- Use the new Pipe Run Profile Settings dialog box to control how a pipe run follows a surface or a surface profile and to add the pressure network to a new or existing profile view

Collaboration and Data Exchange Updates:
Use workflows between Civil 3D and InfraWorks to add bridges to your corridor designs. If the bridges are changed and republished from InfraWorks, you can reload them into your drawing:
- A roadway designer can design an alignment or a corridor in Civil 3D and then a bridge designer can bring the alignment or corridor into InfraWorks and add a bridge
- When the bridge is completed in InfraWorks, the bridge designer can publish the bridge to an IMX dataset which the road designer can bring into Civil 3D
- When you open an InfraWorks dataset in Civil 3D that contains bridges, bridge objects are created in the drawing
- The appearance of bridges in plan view is controlled using the Bridges to Civil 3D layer settings, which you can set up from the Configure InfraWorks - Civil 3D Exchange Settings dialog box
- You can project bridges to profile view to create general arrangement sheets. When projected to profile views, the appearance of the bridges is controlled using bridge projection styles
- If the bridge dataset is republished from InfraWorks, a message will be displayed in Civil 3D and you can reload the dataset into your drawing

Interoperability between Civil 3D and InfraWorks for corridors has been enhanced:
- You can now create corridor component roads in InfraWorks from Civil 3D corridors. A corridor component road represents the designed corridor in Civil 3D and is read-only in InfraWorks.
- When you bring a Civil 3D corridor into InfraWorks as a corridor component road, geometry for the shapes and links is created in the InfraWorks model. You can use the Component Mapping dialog box in InfraWorks to specify how the shapes and links are mapped to materials.
- Options are now available in the Refine Selection Set dialog box to select InfraWorks tunnels and generic objects. InfraWorks tunnels are now brought into Civil 3D as mesh objects. Property set data is now created in Civil 3D for InfraWorks tunnels and generic objects.
- The Publish to ArcGIS command and the Export to FGDB command now include the ability to output object properties as ArcGIS attribute information
- Project data for use with Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D can be stored on the Europe data center

Other Updates:
- The installation for Dynamo for Autodesk Civil 3D is now integrated into the installation for Civil 3D
- Support for the Oregon Coordinate Reference System (OCRS) has been added

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2020.2
Autodesk Civil 3D 2020.2 provides support for Autodesk Collaboration for Civil 3D, including automatic file locking and unlocking for the documents in the BIM 360 project. To work in a BIM 360 project, you can use the same workflows in Civil 3D that you use to work locally or on a LAN, but instead of saving documents locally, you'll use a Desktop Connector-enabled connected drive to work with the documents in BIM 360. Share documents in BIM 360:

- Access your BIM 360 accounts and projects directly in Autodesk Civil 3D 2020.2 using a Desktop Connector-enabled drive
- Save and upload Civil 3D drawings to BIM 360 to share with project team members
- Use automatic file locking capabilities to avoid editing conflicts. A document is automatically locked when you open it so only you can edit it, and it is automatically unlocked when you close it

Collaborate on data shortcut projects in BIM 360:
- Use familiar commands and workflows to create and work with data shortcut projects in BIM 360
- Check for updates of referenced files in the current drawing by using the Check Reference Status command

Access documents in your BIM 360 projects from the updated Start tab:
- Use the new BIM 360 page on the Start tab in Civil 3D to access the documents in your BIM 360 projects
- Access recently-used documents on the Recent page

- Fixed an issue in which corridor point labels were not created correctly for data referenced corridors
- To display the correct label content for a data referenced corridor, apply the corridor assembly to all of the stations to be labeled in the data shortcut source drawing. Apply the assembly at the same stations as the sample lines that are created on the data referenced corridor. You can apply the assembly to additional stations using the EditCorrRegionFreq command. After applying the assembly to the stations in the source drawing and the data shortcut references are synchronized, the labels on the data referenced corridors will update with the correct values

Data Shortcuts:
- Fixed an issue in which you could not upload drawings and their references if the drawings contained nested xrefs or data shortcut references
- Fixed an issue that caused a delay to occur in some circumstances when creating data shortcuts

ESRI ArcGIS Data Workflows:
- Fixed an issue in the German version of Civil 3D in which the Save Back button was not displayed correctly
- Updated two warning messages for clarity
- Fixed an issue in which an empty dialog box opened when a layer with an empty portal URL was selected to import
- Fixed an issue in which the automatic configuration settings for using a proxy server to access the internet prevented the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS, Save Back, and Publish to ArcGIS commands from running as expected

- Fixed an issue in which Civil 3D would close unexpectedly when running a command if the STARTUP system variable was set to 2
- Fixed an issue in which drawings that contained xrefs from Civil 3D releases prior to 2018 were unintentionally upgraded when uploaded to BIM 360
- Fixed an issue in which an expression in a child label style's Rotation Angle field was removed after applying a reference template

Object Enabler
- Fixed an issue in which an AutoCAD block could not be inserted into a drawing when using AutoCAD with the Civil 3D Object Enabler or when running Civil 3D as AutoCAD

Pipe Networks:
- Fixed an issue in which specifying a Runoff Coefficient of 1.0 would prevent a gravity network analysis from completing successfully
- Fixed an issue in which structures created with Inventor and the Infrastructure Parts Editor did not appear correctly in profile views when the structure style used the Display as Boundary option on the Profile tab
- Fixed an issue where the style, rules, and other settings could not be changed in a parts list for the null structure
- Fixed an issue in which grip editing a pipe would disconnect it from an attached structure

Pressure Networks
- Fixed an issue in which fitting and appurtenance labels showed question marks for the station value if < none > was specified for the label’s reference alignment

- Fixed an issue in which a surface was displayed as filled when the surface style was set to display only the border and the View Style setting was set to Shaded

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2020.1
Design Efficiency Updates:
- Create, edit, and export rail lines using the following commands on the Rail ribbon tab
You can create dynamic 3D polylines or feature lines from a rail alignment that represent the left, center, and right rail lines:
- The rail lines are created with common stationing based on a specified tolerance or interval, and they dynamically adjust to modifications to the parent rail alignment, profile, and cant
- Rail line station data can be exported to a CSV file for design validation and for use in other applications

- French and German design rules are now available for rail platform edge creation. When you are creating a rail platform edge, you can select France_Metric.json or Germany_Metric.json as the design rule file to use. For more information, see Create/Edit Platform Edge Dialog Box
- The rail turnout catalog has been extended to include French turnouts based on SNCF standards

Autodesk Subassembly Composer:
- Fixed an issue in which superelevation of subassemblies created from the Subassembly Composer was not incorporated into a corridor
- Improved performance when opening rail subassembly PKT files that use cant

- Fixed an issue in which rehab corridor terminology was translated inconsistently

Data Shortcuts:
- Fixed an issue in which you could not close the folder selection dialog box when renaming the existing working folder
- Fixed an issue in which data shortcut references would not synchronize correctly
- Fixed an issue in which a data shortcut could be created from an unsaved drawing, which would result in a data shortcut without a source object

Esri ArcGIS Data Workflows:
- Improved stability when selecting a feature line that was imported from ArcGIS as a corridor baseline
- Fixed an issue in which a feature line imported from ArcGIS with the same geometry and name as an existing feature line was not renamed

Export Civil 3D Drawing:
- Fixed an issue in which multileaders did not explode properly when using the Export Civil 3D Drawing command and exporting to the AutoCAD 2010 drawing version or an earlier drawing version

Feature Lines:
- Fixed an issue in which the elevation of a feature line was set to zero when using the AUDIT command
- Fixed an issue in which deleting a curve from a feature line would cause the resulting vertices to have incorrect elevations
- Note: The AutoCAD 2020.1 Update contains a fix for an issue in which feature line glyphs would not appear after using the LAYISO command to isolate a layer in Civil 3D

Interoperability with Autodesk InfraWorks:
- Fixed an issue in which a curb and gutter component would be in the wrong orientation when brought into Civil 3D from InfraWorks

- Fixed an issue that caused alignments to be added to sites when they were imported from a LandXML file

- Fixed an issue in which the AutoCAD 2018 version of DXF was missing from the application menu
- Improved stability when performing a mapcheck analysis on a parcel with curved edges
- Fixed an issue in which frozen layers were improperly displayed in shared views
- Fixed an issue where in some environments, applying customization files caused Civil 3D to close unexpectedly on startup

Pipe Networks:
- Fixed an issue in which pipes and structures used the units specified in the pipe network feature settings instead of the units specified in the pipe and structure feature settings
- Fixed an issue in which a pipe centerline that was referenced into a drawing using an xref was displayed using the color of the xref layer
- Fixed an issue where pipe networks that used a style in which only the centerline was displayed in plan view were not visible when the visual style for the drawing was set to Conceptual
- Fixed an issue in which spanning pipe labels could not be moved to new locations along pipes in a plan view
- Fixed an issue in which inlet dimensions were not displayed in a gravity network analysis report

- Fixed an issue in which the point data in a .csv file parsed incorrectly during the point import process when the data contained user defined properties
- Fixed an issue in which the COGO points referenced into a drawing with an xref would update every time the drawing was opened
- Fixed an issue that caused properties on the Query Builder tab of the Point Group Properties dialog box to change after attaching an external reference

Pressure Networks:
- Fixed an issue in which replacement parts were not applied properly when swapping pressure parts and an error would be displayed
- Fixed an issue in which pressure network parts were removed unexpectedly from a profile view after using the Delete Part command. This issue would occur in cases where an alignment had been created from the pressure network in the opposite direction of the pressure network
- Fixed an issue in which the location of a pressure network fitting in profile view was incorrect
- Fixed an issue in which the last pressure network fitting was not included when creating an alignment from a pressure network
- Fixed an issue in which a pressure pipe drawn off the end of an existing pipe in profile view using the Profile Layout Tools was added to the opposite end of the existing pipe
- Fixed an issue in which a curved pipe in a pressure network appeared straight in plan view after using the Follow Surface command and then grip editing the pipe in profile view
- Fixed an issue in which changing the reference alignment of a pressure network did not update the pressure network labels
- Fixed an issue in which you could not set the pressure network catalog after applying a custom user profile
- Fixed an issue in which plug and cap fittings were not displayed correctly in a profile view
- Fixed an issue in which pressure pipe fittings on a frozen layer were improperly displayed after using the REGEN command
- Fixed an issue in which pressure pipe fittings were improperly scaled in a profile view when opened in an object-enabled AutoCAD session

Reference Templates:
- Fixed an issue in which the saved path of a reference template could not be changed
- Fixed an issue in which the Plotted Unit Display Type and Driving Direction in the Ambient Settings were not referenced into a host drawing from a reference template
- Fixed an issue with reference templates in which the Blocks check box on the Other Resource tab could not be cleared when there were no blocks in the collection
- Improved stability when using the preview pane in the Attach Referenced Template dialog box
- Fixed an issue in which grading criteria sets were not displayed in the Attach Referenced Template dialog box
- Fixed an issue in which an attached reference template would overwrite the units in a drawing

- Fixed an issue for volume surface elevation analysis in which an incorrect volume surface was reported when the maximum elevation range was greater than the surface maximum elevation but less than 0
- Fixed an issue where the volume of a volume surface shown in a surface elevation legend table did not match the volume shown in the surface properties
- Fixed an issue where the volume of a volume surface shown in a surface elevation legend table was incorrect when the elevation analysis contained a range with a negative elevation value

- Fixed an issue in which survey figure data imported incompletely
- Fixed an issue where accessing survey figure properties in model space from within a locked layout viewport would cause the viewport scale to change
- Fixed an issue in which you could not select a network path as the working folder for a survey database

Traverse Editor:
- Fixed an issue in which side shots were incorrectly included in a traverse after performing an adjustment

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2020
Dynamo for Civil 3D:
- Use Dynamo for programming and design automation. Define scripts and routines in a visual environment to design and expedite workflows

Storm and sanitary analysis:
- Set individual tailwater conditions for each designed storm, use dimensionless Hydrographs per sub-basin, and use new storage chambers by ADS

Gravity network analysis:
- Use the updated Analyze Gravity Network dialog to analyze a pipe network and apply the results

User interface:
- Discover the updated interface, optimized for display on high-resolution monitors. Use more intuitive command definitions to easily interact with Civil 3D

Civil 3D 2019.2
Crossings in profile view:
- Place a marker and label where alignments and feature lines cross a profile

Rail platform edge tool:
- Select the controlling alignment, station locations, and type of rail platform. Platform feature lines update automatically with alignment revisions

Transparent commands:
- Place geometry elements relative to another object with precision through transparent commands

Civil 3D 2019.1
Link topography from Civil 3D to Revit:
- Publish surfaces from Civil 3D to BIM 360 using Autodesk Desktop Connector. Then, reference the topography in Revit

New features for rail design:
- Rail subassemblies supporting cant for XML and offset alignments can improve the track corridor modeling process

Curves and transition spirals alignment:
- Quick center line alignment now enhanced for complex geometry. You can also create a best fit profile above or below existing grade

Optimized performance for DREF elements:
- Streamline your projects with efficiency features, including automatic alerts and updates following DREF elements modifications

Civil 3D 2019
- Offset profiles are more accurate with support for vertical curves

- Expanded corridor capabilities with more than 60 additional subassemblies

- Represent 3D solid objects more accurately with more control over visual properties

Pressure pipes:
- Meet more design standards with additional fittings and appurtenances