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Bring Your Civil 3D Data to Life With Civil View in 3ds Max Design 2013

What is Civil View? Importing Civil 3D Geometry Draping the Aerial Image Creating Bridges Road Markings Streetlights and Signs Traffic Adding Cameras Rendering Output Animation Example Questions

Civil View is a plug-in developed for Civil 3D and 3ds Max Design. The plug-in allows Civil 3D data to be imported into 3ds Max Design for the creation of realistic renderings and animations.

What is Civil View?

Civil data is first exported from Civil 3D in a .vsp3d file format. The vsp data is then imported into 3ds Max Design. The import panel allows for the control of what data the user wants to import from the vsp file.

Importing Civil 3D Geometry

Civil View allows for the import of aerial image data along with its accompanying world file.

Draping the Aerial Image

Bridges are created in Civil View as swept 3D objects. Easy to use tools within the Civil View interface make this a seamless process.

Creating Bridges

The addition of road markings also takes place within the Civil View plug-in. Many different types of road markings are available.

Road Markings

A wide range of streetlights and signs are available within the Civil View plug-in. Streetlights and signs give that added touch of photorealism.

Streetlights and Signs

Civil View allows users to quickly add a wide range of vehicles to the scene. Within a few minutes two-way traffic can be inserted and animated.


Civil View allows the user to create cameras that animate themselves driving down your roadways. Path constraint animations have never been easier to created thanks to Civil View.

Adding Cameras

3ds Max Design 2013 can create a wide range of rendering output. Animations can be rendered as Windows movie files or to single rendered images which can be composited into an animation at a later date.

Rendering Output

Below is an example of a sample animation rendered with the help of Civil View 2013.

Animation Example

The Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2013 trial version is available for download at the following web site:

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Large scenes and complex data sets (typically more than 1,000 objects or 100,000 polygons):

3ds Max Design 2013 System Requirements

64-bit version of 3ds Max 2013 and 3ds Max Design 2013 software requires a system with the following hardware: Intel 64 or AMD64 processor with SSE2 technology3 8 GB RAM 8 GB swap space4 Direct3D 10, Direct3D 9, or OpenGL-capable graphics card 1 GB or higher video card memory Three-button mouse with mouse driver software 3 GB free hard drive space DVD-ROM drive6