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Points are fundamental elements in Autodesk Civil 3D. You can use points in land development projects to identify locations in existing terrain and design features.

Points are clearly numbered and named. Each point has properties that can include information such as northing, easting, height, and description. A point displayed in a drawing can have additional properties that control its appearance, such as a point style, a point label style, and a layer.

A point can be included in an Autodesk Civil 3D project so that it can be accessed by multiple users, or it can be located outside of a project in a single drawing. For more information on the differences between project and drawing points, see About Managing Points.

The points created in Autodesk Civil 3D are called Coordinate Points (COGO points). They are very different from AutoCAD point nodes. AutoCAD point nodes contain only coordinate data (XYZ values). In addition to the coordinate data, coordinate points have properties, including the point number, the point name, a short description (field) and a detailed (extended) description. Unlike AutoCAD point nodes, which are in a single drawing, coordinate points in a project can be stored outside of a drawing and used by multiple users. In Autodesk Civil 3D, the term point refers to a coordinate point, not an AutoCAD point node.

Display and label points

To control the appearance of a point symbol in a drawing, either select a preset point symbol or create a point symbol.

Examples of point label styles

When creating points in a drawing, you can automatically label points using predefined labeling criteria.

Editing of points

Use the point editor to edit the point properties. You can also use AutoCAD commands to graphically manipulate points.

Creating points

There are a number of point creation commands that you can use to create points. You can also create points by importing point data from a file.

When creating or importing points, you can use description keys to control the appearance of a point in the drawing based on its brief description (field).

Manage and organize points

You can group related points into point groups based on a number of criteria. Use these point groups to control the appearance of points in a drawing, to create surfaces, or to export selected points to a file.

Use a project to manage and protect the items needed for a design project. If you use a project as the location for the project points, other users can view and copy the points, but not necessarily change them.

Points workflow

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