Civil Designer Quarterly Newsletter
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World Cup Edition

Growing African User Base
Africa is recognised as the continent which is experiencing one of the highest rate of returns in comparison to the rest of the world. Countries such as China have begun to sustain their growth through a "China-Africa" relationship. Africa is incredibly rich in raw materials and is in dire need of key infrastructure financing, and China is growing at an alarming rate and wants to secure energy and commodity resources at the source. The Chinese footprint spreads across the entire continent with China driving growth in 52 of 53 African countries. The key areas are Angola, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. This foreign direct investment is very promising for Africa, and sustainable growth is what is needed along with the increased importance on how our leaders capitalise on the resource-driven opportunities.

Civil Designer A number of development corridors are evolving as trade routes and the necessary associated infrastructure has now become a priority. This growth in Africa is great news for Civil Designer which is being used more and more throughout the continent. Organizations who plan to further develop and implement infrastructure projects like the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), have also decided on Civil Designer as their preferred infrastructural design software. The DBSA plans to invest a total of R30 billion within South Africa and R15 billion in the rest of Southern Africa leading up to 2014. The growth will be on the sectors and projects identified in the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa, the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and the NEPAD Short Term Action Plan for infrastructure. We have already begun training 87 DBSA candidates in the use of Civil Designer which will be an ongoing development.

With this vote of confidence and with the increased African growth, we can look forward to seeing Civil Designer being put to even greater use. Civil Designer is already being extensively used by civil engineering consultancies for major development projects in Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesothu, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Furthermore a number of Municipalities and Authorities outside of South Africa have also adopted Civil Designer as their preferred infrastructure design software including:
  • Addis Ababa Roads Authority (Ethiopia)
  • Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
  • Botswana Roads Department (Botswana)
  • Bulawayo City Council (Zimbabwe)
  • Central District Council (Botswana)
  • City of Francistown (Botswana)
  • City of Windhoek (Namibia)
  • Department of Water Affairs (Botswana)
  • Department of Local Governmant & Development (Botswana)
  • Ethiopian Roads Authority (Ethiopia)
  • Gaborone City Council (Botswana)
  • Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (Lesotho)
  • Lesotho Ministry of Works (Lesotho)
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Swaziland)
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Botswana)
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Lesotho)
  • Ministry of Public Works (Lesotho)
  • Ministry of Transport (Zimbabwe)
  • Namibian Ports Authority (Namibia)
  • Namibian Roads Authority (Namibia)
  • North East District Council (Botswana)

Why Civil Designer beats the competition
Civil Designer is a product at the forefront of civil engineering infrastructure design. With 21 years of ongoing development it simply has more advanced functionality and features than other civil packages on the market. Below are just a few reasons why Civil Designer beats the competition.

Can Handle Large Datasets as well as Huge Image Sets
Many civil packages on the market cannot handle large datasets. Some claim that they can import approximately 800 000 points in 5-6 minutes. Civil Designer however can import 1,2million points in just 1 minute and 46 seconds and can further handle up to 16 million points. As far as we know there is not another package on the market that can handle that amount of data with such ease. We have clients that have also loaded over 200 bitmaps totalling 34.4Gigabytes in just one project! Many civil packages can't even handle 10% of that before crashing.

Layer Interaction
Civil Designer allows you to switch on contours, break lines, names etc on the fly. You don't have to interrupt your workflow and go to layer manager or style settings to change your surface display.

Flexibility When Drafting
Civil Designer 2010 will allow you to work in both a 3D or 2D environment. You are not to forced to work in a 3D environment like most civil software packages. While 3D is a great new feature, it can be a pain to draft planimetrics and other items in 3D.

Many 3D packages on the market work with custom objects that need you to use specialized tools to create and edit them. In Civil Designer, you work with native CAD elements and CAD tools are available instantly. All the DTM information is stored externally while you work so there is never a problem with snapping to elevated z vertices when drafting in error.

Pipe Analysis and Design
Not only does Civil Designer analyse Sewer and Storm Water pipes, it does so with attenuation that helps you work out the optimal sizing for the pipe according to demand for a specific area. The software will further automatically show pipe day lighting, clashes and crossing services.

Road design for SA engineers
Civil Designer will perform sight analysis, speed profiles and even suggest climbing lanes when it comes to road design. Many other packages on the market do not do this! For our South African clients, the software comes shipped with South African kerbs and supplies SA TRH with customised design criteria built in.

Civil Designer 2010
Civil Designer 2010 Civil Designer 2010 has finished its in-house beta testing and has been through a thorough beta test by bringing in civil engineering students to test the software from the University of Technology (CPUT). They have standardized on Civil Designer since its early days and we have maintained a long standing mutually beneficial relationship with them and thank all those that have been involved. We believe that if a student cannot crash the program then nobody can!

Our programmers are currently implementing a few usability updates that arose from this beta phase as well as a few fixes. Following this the software will go through a final regression test to check that the previous fixes are sound as well as a component test which tests each and every individual function. At the end of the day it is very important to us to release software that is robust and of industrial strength. Official public release date looks to be in August at this stage after the mayhem of the FIFA World Cup 2010 has subsided.

Improved Documentation and Reporting Abilities
While I began mentioning a few of the improvements in our last newsletter, Civil Designer 2010 will also help you boost you productivity and improve your service delivery through high quality designs and construction drawings. We have significantly improved Civil Designer's production drawing generation abilities in the latest version:
  • Improved Production Drafting; Generate production drawings such as fully annotated section sheets, profiles, plans, and more. If the design changes, the generated production drawings will automatically be updated to reflect the change.
  • Improved Plan Production; The Sheet File Editor has been improved to enable CAD like editing. With sheet files you can create final production drawings which require little or no CAD editing. This includes complete title blocks with company logos, data lists and annotations.
  • Improved Annotation; Civil Designer's annotation is derived directly from the design. The software will update automatically when the design changes. Annotations are fully customizable.

Training Activities
If you are interested in training, please call us to discuss your training needs. All courses are CPD and ISETT SETA accredited.

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Tech Tip

View Pipe Longsection
This Tech Tip explains how to view the long section of a sewer/stormwater pipe.
View this Tech Tip.


Impala Platinum Mines Refinery Pond

Aurecon's project manager on this project, Viren Gajathar, who used the software package Civil Designer to calculate all the earthworks, is an avid user of Knowledge Base software. Read more


Buhrein Estate Development

All the road designs for the project, incorporating the proposed traffic circles, dualling, intersection improvements and extensions were done by EFG's technician Gideon Hahn, whose experience has been in the geometric design of rural and urban roads. Read more


Civil Designer saves you time by assisting you through the whole design process. A few examples of the program's intutive and time-saving design features include:
  • Sheet file customisation tools;
  • Powerful network demand functionality using number of people and per capita demand with immediate insight into pipe size requirements;
  • Dynamic earthwork design functionality with built-in design criteria and libraries;
  • Handling of large scale bitmaps and integrate CAD functionality;


Civil Designer 6.5
- Build 15 patch files (17/03/2010)
- Build 15 patch files (17/03/2010)
- Build 15 (17/03/2010)
HASP Driver Update
- (19/12/2009)


Soccer Schedule

We recently came across this World Cup schedule and thought you might appreciate it. The schedule, the teams, the groups, the cities all online and on one page! View Soccer 2010 Schedule

As you will be aware Civil Designer and AllyCAD have been extensively used in the Stadiums and all the surrounding infrastructure in South Africa. For those of you that use AllyCAD, it was great to do a Soccer City Customer Showcase on how the software was used for Soccer City which is where the final will be. Civil Designer has further been used in the surrounding infrastructure for the following Stadiums:
  • Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
  • Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth
  • Soccer City, Johannesburg
  • Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit


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. Please email for details.


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Tel: 086 0101 999 (South Africa only)
Tel: +27 21 7011850 (International)


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Till our next quarterly newsletter,

The Knowledge Base Team

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