2012 off to a Flying Start
Well 2012 is here and we are off to a flying start. As 2012 gains momentum it is greatly satisfying to see the advantages of Civil Designer being put to great use in so many important projects. We trust you have enjoyed a good break over the Christmas holidays and are ready for all the opportunities that this year will bring. It's already got a much better feel to it than 2011. With a greater focus on service delivery and infrastructure, there should be a significant increase in new and upcoming projects.

Clients' Achievements in 2011
SAICE DEC 2011 We are delighted to congratulate clients of ours who own copies of Civil Designer and whose civil engineering projects received awards for 2011. Well done on your achievements! Civil Engineers are after all one of the backbones of society and we should all be proud. Below is a list of clients that we know of that have received acknowledgements or awards from SAICE. We would further like to thank SAICE for producing such an informative magazine (Civil Engineering).

2010 Durban

2010 City of Durban
eThekwini Municipality, SSI Engineers
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Blackburn Bridge

Blackburn Pedestrian Bridge
SSI Engineers
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Buitengragt Pedestrian Bridge

Buitengragt Pedestrian Bridge
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Gautrain Rapid Rail Link

Gautrain Rapid Rail Link
HHO Africa, Gauteng
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Granger Bay Boulevard

Granger Bay Boulevard
City of Cape Town, Aurecon
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Vilakazi Street Precinct Upgrade

Vilakazi Precinct
Goba Consulting Engineers
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N2 Interchange

N2 Interchange
Goba Consulting Engineers, BKS, PDNA
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Warwick Triangle Viaduct

Warwick Triangle Viaductt
eThekwini Municipality, SSI, Goba
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Civil Designer experiences increased growth
Not only is Civil Designer experiencing increased market growth from new clients and those switching over to Civil Designer from other software, we have also had a huge influx of clients that have previously fallen behind in their subscriptions for the last 3 years coming back on board to get hold of the latest version.

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. For those of you that are up to date in your subscriptions this year, look forward to receiving 2013 when it is released later on in the year. Donít get caught out by falling behind in your subscriptions and having to pay more to get back on board.

Build 10 Released in January
Along with our continual speed and robust improvements of the software, we have also added the following enhancements to the latest Build:

  • Use previously entered block attribute values as defaults when inserting a block multiple times.
  • Added "Draw frame" option to OLE Frame entity. Added "scale" property to OLE Frame properties.
  • Upgraded Table Styles dialog to allow editing of Table grid visibility.
  • The undo/redo system can be disabled to increase function speed in many instances. The option can be set under System Settings.
  • Added "Simple Annotation Scaling" checkbox to View Settings (Visibility), to allow user to enable/disable simple annotative scaling.
  • Added ability to set annotation scales to multiple selected entities.
  • ArcView SHP files determined to be in Geo coordinates can now be imported in LO coordinates.
  • Enabled chaining/running for ordinate dimension to easily line-up successive dimensions.
  • Reduced memory usage when saving large drawings to DWG.
  • Added Windows 7 style taskbar button progress replication.
  • Auto-scale determination of terrain slopes in Display Settings given a maximum of 200.0 to indicate an extraordinary steep slope.
  • Road LandXML export change to one road per Alignments element to make the export compatible with more software vendors.
  • Synchronise roads display settings with the viewport visible layers in the layouts.
  • Storm analysis will now allow zero slopes for the open channel side slopes to allow for rectangular open channels.
  • Add depth guide lines to graphical vertical alignment as in water.
  • Import and Export Shape files to and from Civil Designer

Update to build 10 here: http://www.civildesigner.com/Downloads/Updates.asp

Training: Conversion Course & Group Offer

With all the proposed infrastructure spend for 2012, now is the time to invest in your software expertise and efficiency. Make sure you are ready to tackle this year's challenges head on with the power of the latest Civil Designer and book your seat for the Conversion Course. We look forward to your call.

We are doing an end of financial year special from January 2012 to February 2012. If you book 8 people on training we will give you a 20% discount off the total cost! That amounts to a huge saving to ensure that your team is ready to tackle 2012. Make sure you get hold of us soon to take up this offer so that we can slot you in. This offer is valid for training at one of our venues or at your office.

Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International Cape Town
(Head Office)
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

Forum Focus
We have had many positive responses indicating that our Civil Designer forum is a great channel for gaining support by those that have used it. We would still like to see more clients benefiting from this valuable service. Our developers check it often in addition to our support staff and we find that as the forum grows we have a few users with a wealth of knowledge who enjoy passing this on to others. So save the URL in your web browser favourites and register if you are not already a member: click here.

Till our next quarterly newsletter,

The Knowledge Base Team



Increasing the speed when using Large Data Sets

This Tech Tip explains how to show road banks in the 2011 version, and the difference in comparison with the 6.5 version.

Increasing the speed when using Large Data Sets

This Tech Tip will explain various was to speed up Civil Designer when using large data sets. READ MORE > >


Civil Designer 2011 (Build 10) is available. Please make sure you download the latest build from our Updates page.

Civil Designer 2011
- Build 10 (2012/01/10).
- Help Documentation (2012/01/10)

It's fast, user friendly and saves time. I love it. :-) M.C. Mathibela, Dept of Agriculture (Free State)
Civil Designer saves lots of time - is very quick and more advanced. Nokonwaba Andiswa Sifumba, Goba (Pty) Ltd (Durban)
I enjoyed the design applications and the output presentation of the design analysis was interesting. Bandile Gqweta, Amathole District Municipality
This new version is more user friendly. Graeme Warrin, HHO Africa (Cape Town)
I enjoy the advanced features it contains. It is also user friendly, which makes it more easy to work on. Cedric Ramabulana, Transnet National Ports Authority (EL)
The custom course was perfect. Mogamat Sardieq Slamdien, PD Naidoo & Associates. Consulting Eng.(Pty) Ltd
Civil Designer is an easy program to use for drafting and designing. Nosimphiwe Bloko, Gibb (Pty) Ltd (Port Elizabeth)
I enjoyed its efficiency and user friendliness. Mthuthuzeli Gqokoma, Jeffares & Green (Port Elizabeth)
The course was very helpful. I've learnt a lot and looking forward to learning the other modules. Ntombizodumo Javu, Element Consulting Engineers (EL)
Excellent changes. I need to work through to appreciate the conversion. Yoganothan Govender, Ethekwini Municipality
The ability to produce drawings quickly without a lot of work is good. Ayanda Damane, Buffalo City
The course was very helpful. I've learnt a lot and looking forward to learning the other modules. Ntombizodumo Javu, Element Consulting Engineers (EL)
I am happy with everything. Lesty Ramashapa, WorleyParsons RSA (Pty) Ltd (PTA)


The BATCHDWGFOLDER command allows you to convert all AllyCAD DR4 files in a folder into DWG drawing format. You can specify which DWG file format you wish to convert to, and whether you wish to convert survey coordinate drawings by negating the coordinates or by twisting 180 degrees.

MODULE FOCUS: Survey & Terrain 

Our digital terrain modeling program that provides interactive and dynamic strings-based earthworks design and calculations. It incorporates complex survey calculations, error figures, control surveys and bulk earthworks as well as giving you powerful survey reduction routines.
  • Multiple terraces with cut/fill optimization and dynamic update
  • SABS1200 volumes in depth increments
  • Catchment area and drainage flow path analysis
  • Rendered 3D views, image overlays, contours & fly-through
  • Convert polylines to DTM points
  • Trench volume calculator
  • Dam water volume calculated with one click
  • Extract long and cross sections along any alignment
  • Crossing services displayed on plan, long and cross sections
  • Survey calculations, error figures and control surveys
  • Powerful survey reduction routines
  • Helmert and Geo-Topo transformations
  • And so much more...

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