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FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH DWG AND OTHER INDUSTRY PACKAGES

Knowledge Base is a founder member of the Open Design Alliance and, as such, our inside knowledge of the DWG drawing structure ensures high compatibility when loading and saving DWG and DXF drawing formats. In addition we also support loading of Caddie CEX, Arcview SHP, Microstation DGN and Ultimate CAD UCX files. This gives you unprecedented flexibility to source data in a variety of formats without having to worry about incompatibilities and data exchange problems.





SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN HEMISPHERE CO-ORDINATES

Projects are based on a specific hemisphere, map projection and datum / ellipsoid. Datums can be used when setting up a new project and are fully configurable. We further support both Northern and Southern hemisphere survey co-ordinates.





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USE MULTIPLE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS AS A BACKDROP TO YOUR DESIGN

Add multiple large geo-referenced images such as orthophotos or cadastral backdrops to view the spatial relationship of your design to other manmade or natural features. Redraws are handled in no time and the software supports JPEG, TIFF, BMP and most geo-referenced images as well as ER Mapper ECW and Lizardtech SID images.





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MULTIPLE VIEWS OF YOUR PROJECT PLUS DRAWING LAYOUTS (MODELSPACE/PAPERSPACE)

The Model Space (normal drawing area) can be split into multiple views allowing you to see your model from different angles on one screen. Layouts or paper space viewports can be used to create production drawings that will be updated as the model changes.





EMBEDDED DRAWINGS (XREFS)

Link an external drawing (External Reference or XRef) to the current drawing at a specific insertion point. The XRef's layers, linestyles, text styles, dimension styles and blocks will be merged into the current drawing. The XRef Manager allows you to edit the list of linked drawings. XRef's may be "loaded" and "unloaded" as necessary.





UNLIMITED DTM SIZE WITH 255 SURFACES

The 255 terrain model surfaces give you the tools to explore different design ideas and analyze what-if scenarios to help improve project performance, calculate the difference in volumes in each case and optimize costs before projects are built. Once you have finalised your design you can merge the terrace with the underlying ground profile to create a final site model quickly and easily.





SUPER FAST IMPORT OF 4 MILLION DTM POINTS PER MINUTE

Civil Designer will easily handle 95 million points and more and can import 4 million DTM points in under a minute. The software can further triangulate 6 million points in under a minute. There are very few design systems that can come close to matching this speed! In addition we have an intelligent LIDAR import function that will extract a useable DTM from millions of LIDAR points.





TRIANGULATION  

INTELLIGENT BREAK-LINE GENERATION & FAST TRIANGULATION

Intelli-Line break line generation allows you to use cheap computer time to define the model features instead of slow and painful manual breakline definition. Thereafter fill in the rest of the site in a matter of seconds. Alternatively use the lightning fast triangulation (6 million points in 1 minute) for more uniform sites.





POWERFUL DTM EDITING TOOLS

You can create a digital terrain model from the raw co-ordinates with full control over the break and feature lines on the site. If you want to remove the background clutter simply filter the points display to show only certain points and break lines. When you use the interactive graphical functions to manipulate the data the contours will be updated as you change the break or feature lines. For advanced DTM functions such as bulk earthworks and dam volumes you can add our Survey & Terrain Module.





GENERATE CONTOURS AND CALCULATE SURFACES

You can generate contours with user-defined intervals, highlighting and labels. In fact, you can even display contours of multiple surfaces simultaneously. You can also calculate the volume of a single surface or the difference in volume between any two of your 255 surfaces. You can choose to have the volumes reported in either SABS 1200 or COLTO format with user-defined depth categories, topsoil stripping and compaction or bulking factors.





CONVERT CAD LINES INTO FEATURE LINES

This function is used when you have CAD lines on top of your DTM model that you want converted to break lines. The DTM lines and points included in the model will then coincide with the CAD lines. The CAD lines could be from a drawing attached to the project or simply drafting that you have done during that session. Each CAD line on the relevant layers is then processed. The end points of the lines are then assigned an elevation by an interpolation on the surface you specified, and stored in the DTM database.





INTERFACES WITH DATA CAPTURING DEVICES & SURVEY INSTRUMENTS

The Design Centre module lets you read in and reduce survey data from various sources. We support a number of other data logging programs and total stations. Data may be allocated into one of the 255 terrain surfaces.





AUTOMATIC UPDATING OF PRODUCTION DRAWINGS

Your production drawings are now dynamically updated as you change your design. If you want to create archive copies simply use the Publish function. The Plot Expert takes all the hassle out of creating final drawings by automatically laying out the sheets with a user-defined overlap and creating a key plan of the sheets.





DRAWING TEMPLATES (SHEET FILES)

Using our drawing templates (sheet files), you can generate production drawings with detailed title blocks, north signs, grids, company logos, annotations, data lists, scale bars and much more so that your plotting requires little, if any, CAD editing. No longer do you have to cut and paste your design into your title block as our flexible sheet files allow the precise placement of all the design elements in your title block with customizable settings. Our powerful sheet files allow you to define exactly what the final production drawings should look like saving you hours of postproduction CAD editing.





AUTOMATED KEY PLAN GENERATION

If you have 100km of highway or a town layout that requires multiple sheets, Civil Designer will generate a key plan to show you where a specific drawing fits in to the whole design with a specified overlap between drawings.





ALL THE CAD FUNCTIONALITY REQUIRED TO PRODUCE FINAL DRAWINGS

All design options take place in the integrated industrial-strength production CAD. All output is directed to a CAD window for preview and enhancement. The CAD functionality allows you to add annotations or details to the final drawing. Full TrueType font support and definable line widths means that you can create professional drawings without an expensive CAD system. For more advanced CAD functions, including 3D drawing, you can add our CAD module to Design Centre.





SEAMLESS INTEGRATION AND CLASH CHECKING

You can view data from other modules on your plan display using a single interface due to the seamless nature of the software. The display is also completely configurable and may be customized to suit individual needs.



 

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