Civil Designer 2011
Civil Designer 2011

At long last the wait is over and Civil Designer 2011 is in sight as we near the end of our thorough Beta testing phase. I am very proud to announce the forthcoming release of Civil Designer 2011 at the IMESA Conference in East London at the end of October.

We apologize for the delay, we know it has been a long one, and we know how eager many of you have been to get the new version, but we pride ourselves in releasing robust software that can grow with the times. Creating a solid engine that is very powerful and built to last for the future is not something that can be done quickly if one is going to do it right!

Civil Designer 2011's robust platform will put the ultimate design solution at your fingertips, bringing you all the advanced functionality that you expect from a fully fledged, fully integrated civil engineering infrastructure design system.

Vincent Bester
The Design Centre module has been completely rewritten to be fully compatible with the latest DWG file format so that you can share your data with users around the globe. The digital terrain modeling component has been optimized to import 1,2million points in under 2 minutes and can handle more than 16 million points. No other package can handle large data sets and multiple aerial photographs with such ease and speed.

Add to that our powerful sheet files that allow you to define exactly what the final drawing must look like and then goes on to automate the production of drawings that update automatically when the design changes, and you have an extremely powerful engineering system at your fingertips.

Naturally, we have retained all the advanced features and functionality which has led to Civil Designer being described as the only truly integrated infrastructure design system with a powerful toolset that makes it stand out from other software products which are basically CAD programs with just some design elements. These design tools support local design standards and make your life easier on a regular basis.

Civil Designer does far more than insert infrastructure elements. For example, if we look at the Sewer and Storm modules, not only does the software calculate inflows, but it does so with attenuation which works out the optimal sizing and levels of the culverts.

Similarly, the Water module will automatically assign demands for each node proportionally to the lengths of the adjoining pipes and informs you of where pipes need to be resized.

The services database can be used to indicate crossing positions of pipes/cables on long sections as well as the vertical alignment view. With advanced interactive functionality that points out issues in your design such as pipe day lighting, clashes and crossing services, you can focus on the design itself and not be worried that something will be overlooked such as a critical clash in services.

The Roads module has been used to design dual carriageway roads of over 250km in length. It has also been used to design split horizontal and vertical alignments where roads have been built through difficult terrain.

It will perform sight distance analysis and calculate speed profiles to determine climbing and auxiliary lanes. Other design elements include dynamic earthwork design, TRH17 alignment and super-elevation criteria, TRH4 pavements, kerb libraries, regression analysis and rendered 3D drives.

The means to instantly switch between plan view, long section and cross sections with extensive layout customization options eliminates the need for post-production CAD work altogether and results in faster and more efficient delivery. It is now possible to generate final drawings from your design with just a couple of clicks, and these layouts will update automatically as your design changes.

Many other packages on the market do not offer anything close to this level of advanced functionality! But above all, we have ensured that the system remains easy to use, giving you absolute control over every aspect of your design.

It really is important to look at the big picture when assessing what software package you should be using. Is your chosen system developed according to local design standards? Is there someone who can help you quickly when you experience difficulties?

You see, our programmers are not situated in some office shut off to what is happening in the real world, but interact with our clients, sales, training and support staff on a daily basis. We even get them to do a day of support here and there to have them liaise directly with you and to give them a better idea of your needs.

Our close relationship with you is essential in developing a civil engineering infrastructure design system with innovative functions with real benefits that impact directly on your productivity.

Our support is regarded as the best in the industry. My attitude to support is quite simple. If you have a problem then we have a problem and we will do everything we can to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

South Africa is the birth place of Civil Designer and something to be proud of. We have an unbeatable track record in Africa, and have become the industry standard in infrastructure design with over 80% of consulting engineers as clients. This we achieved not by spending huge amounts on marketing, but by giving you a reliable design tool that you can trust and which is backed by an elite hard working team of programmers, sales and support staff that listen to you.

Following IMESA we will be dispatching Civil Designer 2011 to all our global users over a 60 day period. We will make sure that all users that are up to date with their Subscription (previously known as Maintenance or Upgrade & Support Contract) will have Civil Designer 2011 on their desk when they return to their office in the New Year.

With Civil Designer 2011 focusing on all the design aspects and supporting calculations, backed by an advanced toolset far beyond what the competition can offer, it is the only choice for civil engineers who need to maximize their productivity and drive service delivery.