Work from Home Strategy for the Civil Discipline

Start with Civil 3D with BIM360 Collaboration

One of the biggest challenges for any Civil 3D user is when they want to collaborate on a project with an outside source.  This is due to the data shortcut project folder being stored on a local drive or company server, which makes it difficult to share.


With the Desktop Connector, a bridge has been made with Civil 3D 2020.2 (or later) and BIM360 Design. What the desktop connector does is it allows the option for the Data shortcut working folder to be created directly in BIM360. This eliminates the need to allow users outside the company access behind your firewall to the project’s server. This also helps with workers no longer needing to VPN into the network.


  1. Civil 3D 2020.2 (2020.3 is recommended)
  2. BIM360 Design (Uses a Design license file)
  3. Autodesk Desktop Connector
  4. Utilizing Tool Palettes – Organize your block library into Tool Palettes and use a Batch File to create a local copy on your C drive. This…

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