Here's to a Great 2011

Well 2011 is here and already it feels like business in the industry is picking up. I trust you have enjoyed a good break over the Xmas holidays and are ready for all the opportunities that the new year will bring. For most of you that have gotten your hands on Civil Designer 2011, we are very happy to hear the positive feedback from our conversion courses with regards to the new software. It makes us feel that all the late hours, extra time and effort that we have put into the new version has been worth it. Civil Designer 2011 is after all a big step up from Civil Designer 6.5

The demand for large scale infrastructure development in short time-frames was very much the tone for civil engineering consultancies leading up to, and during 2010. South Africa proved that it can deliver, but in the process, moved the benchmark of infrastructure project turn-around time. 2011 marks a new chapter where the demands of fast-tracking, shorter learning curves and the flexibility required for 'just-in-time' construction have become the norm.
READ MORE ABOUT FAST TRACK PROJECTS HERE >>

Well Done to our Clients in 2010

We were further delighted and wish to congratulate clients of ours who own copies of Civil Designer and whose civil engineering projects received awards for 2010. Well done on your achievements! Civil Engineers are after all one of the backbones of society and we should be proud of our achievements. Below is a list of clients that we know of that received acknowledgements or awards from SAICE. We would further like to thank SAICE for producing such an informative magazine (Civil Engineering) and publishing such interesting stories on engineers' achievements.

Port of Ngqura *
• Transnet Ltd
  (National Ports
  Authority)
  • Mott McDonald
  • Goba
  • Grinaker

Soccer City *
• PDNA Consulting Engineers
• Grinaker



Cape Town Stadium *
• City of Cape Town
• BKS
• ILISO Consulting
• Goba
• KFD Wilkinson
    • GIBB
    • Murray & Roberts
    • WBHO
    • Group 5

Gautrain Viaduct V5c *
• Aurecon

Moses Mabhiba Stadium *
• Ethekwini
  Municipality
  • Group 5
  • WBHO



Storms River Mouth Foot Bridges *
• Aurecon

King Shaka International Airport *
• BKS
• PDNA
• Goba
  • Group 5
  • WBHO



White Bridge to Knysna Upgrade *
• Provincial Administration Western Cape
• Dept of Transport and Public Works

Bethlehem Hydro *
• Aurecon

Lynnwood Glen Pedestrian/Pipe Bridge *
• DEC  • Civil Concepts

  Nelson Mandela Stadium *
• Nelson Mandela
   Bay Municipality
  • Grinaker
  • BKS



Sedgefield Water Augmentation Plan *
• Knysna Municipality
• SSI Engineers

Durban Harbour Entrance Widening *
• Transnet Capital Projects
• Transnet National Ports Authority
• Mott MacDonald
• Goba
• Group 5

Mgeni Viaduct *
• SSI Engineers



Cape Town International Airport *
• KV3
• KFD Wilkinson
• Airports Company of South Africa

Hospital Bend *
• City of Cape Town
• BKS



Khangela Bridge and Roads Project *
• Transnet National Ports Authority

Cunene River Bridge, Xangongo *
• Aurecon
• BKS

Ozwathini Water Supply Scheme *
• SSI Engineers

Meydan Development, Dubai *
• Aurecon

* Technical Excellence   |   * International Projects   |   * Community-Based Projects



Focus on Civil Designer 2011 - Improved Productivity

In this newsletter we have picked just a few features of Civil Designer 2011 that make a direct impact on your productivity and help you to deliver results in the shortest time possible:

SUPER FAST IMPORT OF 1,3 MILLION DTM POINTS IN UNDER A MINUTE
Civil Designer will easily handle 16 million points and more and can import 1,3 million DTM points in under a minute. There are very few design programmes that can come close to matching this speed!

AUTOMATIC UPDATING OF PRODUCTION DRAWINGS
Your production drawings are now dynamically updated as you change your design. Using the new powerful sheet file concept, you can generate production drawings with detailed title blocks, north signs, grids, scale bars and much more so that your plotting requires little, if any, CAD editing. The sheet files can be created or edited using normal CAD functions in a vastly improved Sheet File Editor.

The Plot Expert takes all the hassle out of creating final drawings. No longer do you have to cut and paste your design into your title block. Our flexible sheet files allow the precise placement of all the design elements in your title block with customizable settings.

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.

Civil Designer 2011 Conversion Course

BOOK YOUR COURSE NOW
We have put together a 2 day Conversion Course to get you up to speed with Civil Designer 2011. The conversion course training will run from now till the 28th February 2011 at a cost of just R4800 for existing clients that are up to date with their subscriptions. We also offer in-house training conducted at your premises. Make sure you are ready to tackle this year's challenges head on with the power of Civil Designer 2011 and book your seat for the Conversion Course.

To book your seat or enquire about training please contact one of our offices. We look forward to your call.

 REGIONS  OFFICE  CONTACT
Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International Cape Town
(Head Office)
Shantell
Tel: (021) 701 1850
Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe Durban Nalini
Tel: (031) 566 3323
Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana Johannesburg Barbara
Tel: (011) 675 3959


Update Your Subscription and Receive 2011

Make sure your subscriptions are up to date so that you receive Civil Designer 2011. If you are not up to date and want to receive the latest major release, please get in touch with us at info@knowbase.co.za

Questions from the Civil Designer Forum

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CIVIL DESIGNER 2011 AND 6.5
Question: The Sewer module in Civil Designer 6.5 only has the node data function incorporating the various elements of a sewer network. You could change the design data for your sewer pipes with the node data function only. In the 2011 version, the Sewer module now has the link data and node data functions. Why has this been done?

Answer: The Sewer and Storm database format was changed to enable improved compatibility with the SWMM interface for the Storm module. The old structure had the limitation that there could only be one pipe flowing out of a node. With the new structure we can have multiple outflowing pipes from a node for the SWMM analysis. The old structure was also a large stumbling block for new users to understand that a node and link is one entity. The model is now closer to reality with a node and a pipe being separate but connected entities.

Question: In Civil Designer 6.5 the design modules worked on CDP's. In Civil Designer 2011 it is different and you create a project then link your different design files. The drawing therefore becomes the main project file. Why has this been done?

Answer: All the settings that used to be stored in the CDP file, are now stored in the drawing’s dictionary. Your normal cadastral details will be stored in the same drawing file. Your data files (DTM, Sewer Storm, Water and Roads) are still kept as separate files as in 6.5, but instead of linking the project together with the CDP file it is now all linked together by the drawing. This allows us to display your design data as proxy graphics if you load a Civil Designer drawing (project) using AllyCAD, or any other CAD system (via DWG). It also makes it easier for us to handle and for you to distribute as there is one less file to be concerned about.


Till our next quarterly newsletter,

The Knowledge Base Team


 

NEW TECH TIP TUTORIAL


Customising the Toolbars

CUSTOMISING THE TOOLBARS
This Tech Tip explains how to use the Toolbar Editor. The Toolbars in Civil Designer 2011 can be customised to suite a users' specific work environment. READ MORE > >


NEW CUSTOMER SHOWCASE


New generation infrastructure

NEW GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE
According to Meyer, the functionality of Civil Designer, has been an invaluable tool. It also helped streamline the data exchange process because it was used across the consulting spectrum on the project.

"HHO use Civil Designer and so do we. What that means for us is that if they push out a design, we can work with it, generate information and send it back in the same format. Having all the data on the same platform, makes the process more streamline."
READ MORE > >


ENGINEERING NEWS PUBLICATION


CIVIL DESIGNER 2011

CIVIL DESIGNER 2011
Civil Designer 2011, which replaces the Civil Designer 6.5 software platform, is a fully fledged, fully integrated civil engineering infrastructure design system, with a platform that functions in a graphical environment, says Knowledge Base CEO Vincent Bester.

Published in Engineering News - February 2011 issue. READ MORE > >


LATEST UPDATES


Civil Designer 2011 (Build 4) is available. Please make sure you download the latest build from our Updates page.

Civil Designer 2011
- Release 4 Patch File (21/01/2011)
Help Documentation - LATEST BUILD
- (21/01/2011)


CLIENT ACHIEVEMENTS




KOEBERG INTERCHANGE UPGRADE
"Whilst smaller precast concrete U-beams have been cast on other contracts, the ones used for the Koeberg interchange are the largest yet to be cast in South Africa."

HHO Africa – Published by SAICE: Civil Engineering Magazine - October 2010 issue. VIEW ARTICLE > >




THE PORT OF NGQURA
The Port of Ngqura is a new deepwater port located on South Africa's east coast. The port started operations on 4 October 2009 and consists of two container berths, with a further two due for completion in May 2011.

Joint venture between Hatch, Mott McDonald & Goba - SAICE August 2010 issue.
VIEW ARTICLE > >




IMPALA PLATINUM REFINERY POND
"Viren, who used the software package Civil Designer to calculate all the earthworks, is an avid user of Knowledge Base software."

Aurecon – Published by SAICE: Civil Engineering Magazine - July 2010 issue.
VIEW ARTICLE > >


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