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Civil Designer 8.0 Launched

Civil Designer 8.0 has been launched and is now available.

The latest version provides enhanced 3D rendering capabilities, significantly more power and efficiency in handling massive Lidar datasets and allows for the manipulation of large CAD drawings without lagging. The new features and functionality included in the latest version are listed below.

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Now available in Version 8.0
  • It is now possible to use an 'XRef' (referenced) DTM. This allows multiple users to access the DTM file while ensuring that it can be only edited by the current owner of the drawing.
  • Drawing the DTM is now significantly faster due to the new DX render engine. 1 million points can be rendered in less than a second via the processing power of an entry level video card.
  • User defined font settings for the Output bar are now included.
  • The export DXF view is now faster (more than 5x) allowing speedy information interchange where a simple 3D DXF file is required.

  • You can automatically display symbols at low or high points along the road edge string. This is useful to determine the positions of kerb inlets, or to highlight drainage problem areas at sections of super elevation development.

  • Road components were introduced in the 2015 version and give you the flexibility to create and apply a typical cross section template and then add additional or remove existing components from individual cross sections using the Cross Section Editor or the Edge Control spreadsheet.

  • Component libraries

    In version 8.0 more components have also been added to the library giving even more versatility including a library with 7 new concrete side drains, complete with quantities and layerworks and a library with brick paving footways, complete with layerworks and quantities as shown below.

    Component libraries
  • After running the Alignment Horizontal Alignment Point Chainage function (which will give you the chainage value at any indicated point), you now have the option of inserting the calculated chainage into the index file.
  • In Road Strings, we have developed an underlying triangle mesh structure that utilizes state of the art spatial indexing and triangle connectivity strategies. This results in faster redraws of roads and intersection volume calculations as well as better validation of the translated DTM surfaces. This mesh structure enables us to develop very exciting functionality in future versions.
  • The Strings translate to DTM function has been improved and now uses the new triangle mesh structure as described above. You may translate a single road or all the visible roads in one operation.
  • The Design Criteria functionality now includes various super graphs for different e-max values.
  • The Strings translate to DTM function has been improved and now uses the new triangle mesh structure as described above.
  • Generate rendered subsurface fly-throughs by defining the fly-through altitude as a negative value. This example, set 3m below the road level, shows stormwater, sewer and water lines and manhole services.

  • Substantial speed improvements in most data handling functions. This speeds up loading large models, updating the display, selections and the analysis.
  • Added a check of the sum of rural, urban and lake percentages so that they do not exceed 100% when saving spreadsheet data.
  • Search function for nodes/links in all spreadsheets so that you can find a particular entry easily. There is also a Show option which will adjust the plan layout to the position of the selected entity.
  • The Show option in the data editors will now roll up the editor instead of moving it to the bottom left of the display.
  • Changed the Vertical Alignment Editor Smooth and Grade options to only set the fixed slope and not the fixed invert level. This allows the subsequent analysis to run without the conflicts caused by setting the fixed invert for these entities.
  • The Vertical Alignment Editor allows you to graphically select the manhole and specify the drop, soffit, invert or 1/2 pipe condition, as well as set ratio slopes.
  • Added an option to enforce maximum link slopes as specified in the link tables. This will result in the links being placed at the maximum link slope in steep areas of the site. Manhole conditions for the affected nodes will be changed to Drop.
  • Added functions to set erf connection parameters and subcatchment parameters of selected entities. This allows you to change the erf connection/subcatchment parameters of a group of selected entities to reflect local design characteristics.
  • Changed the analysis module during the check that the size of a link is not less than the incoming links so that the recalculated link is placed at the specified minimum slope for that bigger link size.

  • It is now possible to graphically Trim water pipes in a similar fashion to CAD entities. Pipes can be trimmed or split where necessary and there is also the option to automatically remove short cut-offs.
  • The Bends and Junctions analysis feature now displays angles reduced to standard values and creates a summary of all fittings grouped by types and sizes.
  • The Draw Parallel Pipes function has been updated to use the CAD dialogue bar and includes the option to draw through any CAD point or through the last point entered.
  • Import of both horizontal and vertical alignments can be completed in one step. This function also creates new pipes when necessary or updates existing ones.
  • It is now possible to export longitudinal sections of all, or just selected pipes routes, as a comma delimited file.
  • Water objects are now plotted on longitudinal section and reservoirs, pump stations, valves and other object are drawn on the longitudinal section in the proper position and scale.
  • New Air and Scour Valves option to automatically insert air and scour values in your network.

  • Standard fittings like tees, reducers and bends can now be displayed next to nodes. Fittings are updated after changes in alignment or pipe sizes.

  • CAD
  • New DX rendering engine for improved 3D rendering and image manipulation.
  • New properties bar which remembers the collapsed state of the categories.
  • New 'super' toolbar interface making all relevant tools immediately accessible.
  • Tabbed drawings.
  • Smooth double-buffered rubber banding.
  • Multiline attribute entity.
  • Speed enhancements to the modify functions via a 'selection display list'. The redraw of the selection display list is many times faster than drawing the selected entities themselves and entities are only modified when the final point in the modify function is indicated. Overall a smoother and faster experience when implementing modify changes (selecting, modifying, and updating the drawing and undo buffer). It is also possible to snap to the original (unmodified) entities in the selection set.
  • Multiline improvements include adding and removing vertices.
  • Polyline improvements include the removal of redundant vertices.
  • Spline edit functions include adding and removing spline vertices.
  • Explode proxies functionality has been added.

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