AutoCAD Map 3D training
AutoCAD Map 3D Essentials training

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Key details

Key details

AutoCAD Map 3D training course for beginners, teaching how to create, manage and analyse mapping and geospatial data.

The AutoCAD Map 3D toolset provides a platform for creating and managing spatial data. AutoCAD Map 3D bridges the gap between CAD and GIS, enabling you to integrate geospatial functions in a single environment for more efficient workflows.

Our AutoCAD Map 3D Essentials course provides a thorough grounding in the application and its key features, including geospatial. The topics covered include:

  • Working with the AutoCAD Map 3D user interface.
  • Linking and managing drawing-based attribute data.
  • Using object classification.
  • Importing and exporting drawing-based data.
  • Working with raster images and source drawings.
  • Stylising drawings.
  • Plotting maps.
  • Establishing a geospatial environment, and using Map 3D’s geospatial features to create, manage and analyse geospatial data.

This course is ideal for newcomers to AutoCAD Map 3D and novice Map 3D users.

AutoCAD Map 3D Essentials training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) AutoCAD Map 3D courses. We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK. Please contact us for a quote.

The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in AutoCAD Map 3D.

Note: If you don’t need to cover the geospatial elements, we can offer you a cut-down 2 day version of this course.

Accredited AutoCAD Map 3D training

Armada is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our AutoCAD Map 3D courses are accredited by Autodesk.

Map 3D courses are hosted by Philip Madeley, an Autodesk Certified Instructor, industry expert and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

How will I learn?

AutoCAD Map 3D training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running AutoCAD Map 3D.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for AutoCAD Map 3D, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited AutoCAD Map 3D training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following AutoCAD Map 3D training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their AutoCAD Map 3D trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates must have a working knowledge of an Autodesk CAD application, such as AutoCAD or Revit. If you don’t have this knowledge, we recommend you attending AutoCAD Essentials training first.

AutoCAD Map 3D version

Training can be based on any recent version of AutoCAD Map 3D to suit you.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for AutoCAD Map 3D training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request AutoCAD Map 3D Essentials course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request AutoCAD Map 3D Essentials course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Philip Madeley

Civil 3D trainer Philip Madeley

AutoCAD Map 3D courses are hosted by Philip Madeley.

Philip is a time-served Civil Engineering Surveyor. He has over 35 years’ experience of working with maps, survey data and surface models, and he’s been a member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors for 30 years, 18 as a Fellow.

For the last 20 years, Philip has concentrated on delivering training and providing consultancy in civil engineering design systems. He is a long-standing Autodesk-accredited instructor who focuses on GIS applications, primarily Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D and InfraWorks.

Philip’s approach to training is practical. He loves to utilise his knowledge and experience to show delegates how they can make best use of the software on their own projects.

Away from training, Philip’s interests are photography, and watching rugby and cricket. He also does voluntary work, and describes himself as an all-round lover of life.

Course content

Course content

Getting Started

  • The AutoCAD Map 3D
    user interface
  • Drawing settings
  • Coordinate systems

Linking and Managing Drawing-Based Attribute Data

  • Object data:
    • Creating and attaching object data
    • Editing and managing object data
    • Creating dynamic annotation
  • Database-linked data:
    • Connecting to a database
    • Defining a link template
    • Linking records to objects
    • Querying from the database
    • Using database information in a drawing

Using Object Classification

  • Setting up an object classification
  • Classifying, selecting, and creating classified objects

Importing and Exporting Drawing-Based Data

  • Importing and exporting GIS data, e.g. ESRI, MapInfo, etc.

Working with Raster Images

  • Inserting raster images
  • Managing raster images through an attached drawing
  • Modifying raster image properties and behaviour

Source Drawings

  • Working with source drawings:
    • Attaching source drawings
    • Drawing aliases
  • Using source drawing queries:
    • Defining property and location queries
    • Defining data queries
    • Compound queries
    • Altering properties during queries
    • Using the query library
    • Saving back new and queried objects

Drawing Presentation

  • Stylising Drawings:
    • About the Display Manager
    • Creating display maps
    • Creating thematic maps
  • Plotting maps:
    • Map books
    • Drawing output formats

Establishing a Geospatial Environment

  • Connecting to a feature source
  • Working with point data
  • Using coordinate systems
  • Query features on connect

Managing Features

  • Using bulk copy
  • Using joins with feature sources
  • Using buffers
  • Using calculated properties
  • Adding geospatial data validation
  • Using overlay analysis

Stylising Features

  • Stylising features
  • Enhanced feature styles


  • Using workflow designer for overlay analysis

Editing Features

  • Editing feature attributes and geometry
  • Working with DEM files
  • Moving Data Between DWG™ objects and FDO features
  • Merging and splitting features

Job Processes

  • Updating parcels with a newly subdivided zoning area
  • Creating a map using cartographic standards
  • Sharing geospatial data with a third party

Remote training is available for our most popular courses. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Live online training.