Civil Designer - Civil Infrastructure Design

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Tech Tip: Technical
tips and hints..

Training: Enhance
your Design skills..

Product: Latest
Civil Designer news..

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08 February 2007  

Industry News


Many of our South African engineers abroad will find Civil Designer in use by top consultancies like the UK based Mott Macdonald. Mott Macdonald is

the second largest engineering consultancy in the world with a geographical network that spans across Africa, Asia Pacific, Asia Subcontinent, Australasia, Central & South America, Europe, the Middle East and North America. The company has 150 companies, site and associate offices and has over 10 000 staff members that work in over 100 countries globally. Knowledge Base Trainer Cedric McKenzie will be in Cambridge between 12 and 16 February to train the company in Civil Designer's Design Centre, Survey & Terrain and Roads modules.



Civil Designer Training Opportunities


If you are interested in training, please contact your regional office to make your booking as the courses are extremely popular.


Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Tel: (021) 701 1850

Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe

Durban Office

Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Tel: (011) 675 3959



Visits & Training Activities


Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visits and training activities over the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to give us a call on (021) 701-1850. We would be happy to meet up with you to discuss your training or product needs.

Umtata & East London 12 - 14 Feb AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits Reece & Yolanda
London 12 - 16 Feb Civil Designer In-House training for Mott MacDonald - Cambridge Cedric
Durban 12 - 16 Feb AllyCAD training, AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits David
Botswana 9 - 17 Feb Civil Designer training for Bothakgo Burrow, AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits Charles
Cape Town 9, 12 & 13 Feb Civil Designer training: Sewer, Stormwater, Survey, Terrain and Road Solly
Nelspruit 8 & 9 Feb AllyCAD training for Tumber Fourie Consulting Engineers Cameron
Johannesburg 13 - 15 Feb AllyCAD training for Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Cameron


Product News 



Information about pipe services is contained in multiple databases which can be created in the Water module. You can add a database, remove a database from a list and also edit the

database settings such as the database name and file path using the 'Edit Database' name dialog. You can also import ASCII data and drawing entities into the Pipe Database spreadsheet. Information in these databases is used to indicate crossing positions of the pipes/cables on the Road, Sewer, Storm and Water Long Sections as well as the Road Vertical Alignment view. The databases can also be used when running the Pipe Clashes routine.



Bureau Department 


The 2006 SAICE Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa has revealed the huge challenges facing the civil engineering industry with particular reference to the sanitation, solid waste management, roads, rail and electricity sectors. In order to assist clients, the Bureau division offers a secure outsourcing solution when completing specialised projects on time. The service is also backed by an on-line Needs Analysis Tool that will help clients identify potential resource bottlenecks that hamper service delivery.

Clients who would like to use this tool will need to register for the service. For more information on the Bureau contact Brett Pureveen on (021) 701 1850 or visit



Civil Designer Support & Development



Support Contracts are charged at 13% of the product purchase price and guarantee cutting edge software functionality, the availability of our Support Centre and the provision of a free marketing and publicity service where your project success stories are showcased in top trade journals. Support agreements therefore give you more choice and best of all, you will have immediate access to our upcoming versions with the latest functionality.



Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.4
    Build 5 (05/12/2006)
  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Build 29 (11/07/2006)
  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Help file Update (14/05/2004)
  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Hasp Driver Update (18/08/2005)

    Best Regards,
    The Knowledge Base Team


Tech Tip


The Pipe Database

The Pipe Database Function can be used to indicate crossing positions and to check for pipe clashes. Read more


Click here to view other detailed Tech Tips.

Customer Quote


Deon Viljoen,
SMV Consulting Engineers, Midrand

Amidst Political Change


"We used Civil Designer quite extensively when planning the services for a development in Boksburg and it is great that you can switch from one module to the next. We used the Sewer, Roads and Stormwater modules to complete this project and it was an absolute pleasure to work with the software.."

Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.

Top Civil Engineering Candidates

  Knowledge Base Recruitment

We are currently looking to place a selection of highly competent civil engineers in a limited number of top contractual positions.

Candidate 1033

Technician with National Diploma in Civil Engineering and one years experience in site supervision, monitoring DCP tests, payment certificates and water and sewer tests. Willing to relocate.

Candidate 1035

Technician with 7 years experience in design of reinforced concrete structures, bill of quantities. Proficient in AllyCAD, Civil Designer. Willing to relocate

Candidate 1036

Structural Technician with 2 years experience in design and detail of structural drawings. Proficient in Prokon, AllyCAD, AutoCAD and Civil Designer.

Candidate 1037

Technician with 1 years experience in concrete mix design, materials testing and plant supervision. Proficient in Caddie, AutoCAD and Prokon. Willing to relocate.

Candidate 1041

Project Manager with 3 years experience in Civil Engineering related works. Managing and controlling the budget, placing material orders, monitoring materials on site. Proficient in AutoCAD.

*Please note: The overwhelming response to our Recuitment wing has led to the division branching off to become an independent company as from 1 March. ESS Recruitment t/a Engineering Staffing Solutions will operate independently from Knowledge Base. For more information email Yvonne Beebee at

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