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04 September 2008  

Features & Functionality 



In Civil Designer, there are 2 methods available for the calculation of contours. The default method is Quick Contours. In this method Civil Designer dynamically calculates the contours so that as you modify the breaklines or move points, the contours update automatically. The second method is Generated Contours. In this method the contours are stored in a contour file, and are not therefore updated dynamically.

The advantage of Generated Contours is the faster re-draw speed of large projects. Instead of recalculating the contours during the re-draw, the program simply reads the contour file. Generated Contours are now also stored on a per-surface basis. In this way you don't have to redo generating contours each time when contouring more than one surface. Click here to read more about the calculation of contours and here to read about the Generated Contours Enhancements.



NSTF Awards



The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) recently celebrated their tenth birthday. The occasion was marked by an awards ceremony in celebration of the various individuals and groups who were honoured for their outstanding contributions towards

scientific, engineering and technological (SET) developments during 2007. One of the awards was issued to Trac, a partner in Knowledge Base's Corporate Social Investment initiative in the provision of computer based technology and syllabus relevant content to learners and educators at minimal or no cost. The centre has been sponsored with Civil Designer and AllyCAD software as part of an ongoing outreach initiative in the promotion of Maths and Science at secondary and tertiary education level. Knowledge Base would like to congratulate Trac on their noteworthy achievement.



Consulting Engineers South Africa



Cesa (Consulting Engineers South Africa), formerly known as the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE), has undergone a rebranding process, which included a name

change, with the aim of repositioning the organisation as the 'voice' of consulting engineering in South Africa. As part of the motivation for re-branding, Felix Fongoqa, President of CESA explained that "Instead of talking within our industry to ourselves, we need to talk to a broader audience, South Africa is in a crisis, the shortage of engineers is acute, with more leaving every month." Fongoqa also stated that CESA needed to speak to government to find ways of retaining the country's intellectual capital. Most recently the association has, alongside other industry bodies, raised objections to the government's proposal to create a new super council for the Built Environment.



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, Eastern 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 in the upcoming week. 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.

Bloemfontein 8 - 12 Sept Civil Designer In-House training for the Department of Agriculture Cedric
Johannesburg 15 - 18 Sept AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits Charles
Durban 15 - 19 Sept Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer & Water training Andrew
Johannesburg 15 - 23 Sept Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer, Stormwater & Water training Cameron
Durban 16 - 19 Sept Survey, Terrain and Road In-House training for Ethekwini Water Department Cedric
United Kingdom 19 - 27 Sept AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits Reece
Durban 29 - 30 Sept Sewer In-House training for Ethekwini Water Department Cedric
Polokwane 29 - 30 Sept Design Centre In-House training for Africon Engineering International Cameron
Durban 29 - 30 Sept AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits Charles


    Best Regards,
    The Knowledge Base Team


Tech Tip


Line of Sight

The Line of Site function creates points at the intersection of a level plane at a specified elevation, with the rest of the DTM. Read more..


Click here to view other detailed Tech Tips.

Customer Quote


Peter Wium
De Villiers Sheard Consulting Engineers, Cape Town


Exploring New Avenues
"The Observatory Business Park was designed with the help of Civil Designer's Turn module. We made good use of the programs road simulation to test the project route before drafting the design. The software helped us with the preliminary designs, feasibility studies and DTM, extending into the final designs for the roads, services and pond structures during the execution of the project."

Click here to view detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.

'Lease to Own' Option


You can now own Civil Designer via a 'Lease to Own' payment option over a 12, 24 or 36 month plan. This option is available to South African clients only and is linked to the prime lending rate. If you would like to request a current 'Lease to Own' price list please email with your contact details.

Civil Designer Support


International Support Centre

South Africa: 086 0101 999
International: +27 21 7011850

Civil Designer Forum

Outsourcing Service

    The Bureau Division assists companies to complete specialised projects on time.

Outsourced projects are handled by our dedicated civil engineering support team who ensure you meet your project deadlines. Project data can be presented in any software format required. Contact for further details.

Support & Development


Annual Upgrade and Support Agreements

Support Contracts are charged at 13% of the product purchase price and guarantee latest 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.


Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.5
    Build 7 (18/08/2008)
  • Civil Designer v6.4
    Build 14 (11/06/2008)

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