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Civil Designer 2011
Civil Designer's robust platform puts 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.
Designed for infrastructure services
Civil Designer is far more than an advanced tool for drawing infrastructure. It is first and foremost a design platform that functions in a graphical environment. At all times you have full control, supported by all the information you require to make informed decisions and deliver the optimum design.
Platforms and bulk earthworks are a snap in the Terrain module with cut/fill optimization and SABS 1200 volumes. Drainage flow paths and dam holding volumes are also useful tools.
Both the Sewer and Storm modules take into account the hydraulic and geometric relationship between different branches in the network to calculate optimal culvert sizes, levels and slopes based on your design criteria.
The Sewer module will also calculate the position and level of erf connections as well as the inflow into the network based on the inflow classes including population based attenuation with infiltration as a percentage of inflow or per length of culvert.
Runoff events can be simulated in the Storm module using the Illudas, Rational or SWMM models with comprehensive dual runoff modelling with partial or total flow capture, local storage at inlets, overflows to other nodes and a full reservoir routing analysis available to attenuate runoff.
Similarly, the Water module will automatically assign demands for each node proportionally to the lengths of the adjoining pipes and even draw information from external consumption and tariff tables. The ability to simulate multiple reservoirs, pump stations with up to 8 parallel pumps with pressure, level or time-based control, and an extensive list of control valves allows you to design complex fluid handling networks.
The services database can be used to indicate the positions of crossing pipes/cables/services on long sections, layout plans as well as the vertical alignment control window. This allows you to avoid potential clashes early on in your design.
The Roads module has been extensively used to design single and dual carriageway roads of over 250km in length. The ability to split horizontal and vertical alignments and profiles with intelligent batter selection based on cut depth or fill height allows you to design roads through extremely difficult terrain. It also performs sight distance analysis and calculates speed profiles to determine climbing and auxiliary lanes. Other design elements include TRH17 alignment and super-elevation criteria, TRH4 pavements and SABS927 kerb libraries.
New powerful 3D CAD engine
Civil Designer 2011 runs on a new graphics platform that includes numerous improvements in addition to allowing you to work in either a 3D or 2D environment. It is much more powerful than the widely respected Civil Designer 6.5 offering you even greater productivity. So look forward to the following benefits:
Full compatibility with DWG, DXF and DGN
Civil Designer runs on our new titanium strength 3D CAD platform that is fully compatible with DWG, DXF, DGN and other drawing formats. Line styles, hatching, fonts, inserts, Xrefs, paper space, model space, live layouts and viewports will all be handled without problems. In addition we also support Caddie CEX, Arcview SHP and Ultimate Cad UCX files.
More powerful DTM
The digital terrain modelling component has been optimized to import 1,3million points in under a minute and can handle more than 16 million points. No other design system can handle large data sets with such ease and speed.
Huge data and image handling ability
Civil Designer is renowned for supporting multiple large bitmaps such as aerial survey photographs or ortho-photos as backdrops to your design. High-level presentations are handled professionally, as bitmaps, 3D views and 3D drive-through's give you the edge on your competition.
Sheet files save you hours of work
Our powerful sheet files allow you to define exactly what the final production drawings should look like saving you hours of post-production CAD editing. Sheet files can include other drawings, complete title blocks with company logos, data lists and annotations. The improved Sheetfile Editor makes it easy to create and edit these sophisticated drawing templates.
Production drawings update on the fly
Our system will also automatically generate all your final plans as dynamically updating layouts which will reflect all drafting and design changes instantly so that your design and production drawings are always in sync.
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.
Every aspect of Civil Designer is designed to get the job done easier and faster, and to make you more productive.
The heavyweight design functionality combined with the ability to track the spatial relationship between design elements and identify issues in your design such as pipe day lighting and clashes with crossing services allows you to focus on the design itself.
But above all, we have ensured that the system remains easy to use and extremely robust, giving you absolute control over every aspect of your design, the way it should be!
With over 21 years of ongoing development based on feedback from top engineering firms and municipalities, Civil Designer is the South African standard for infrastructure design with unbeatable local support and training that sets us apart from all others in the industry.
Our Promise To You
Civil Designer 2011 provides you with an advanced toolset for all aspects of infrastructure design backed by extensive supporting calculations. This functionality, which is far superior to any other design system, makes it the only choice for civil engineers who need to maximize their productivity and drive service delivery.
Our close relationship with you sets us apart from the competition and is essential in developing a civil engineering infrastructure design system with innovative functions and real benefits that impact directly on your productivity.
Our support is regarded as the best in the industry. Our attitude to support is quite simple. We know that time is money, and if you have a problem then we have a problem. We will do everything we can to help you resolve the matter as soon as possible.
The South African Infrastructure Design Standard
Civil Designer is the software of choice for over 80% of infrastructure designers in Southern Africa. It has been used extensively by both large and small engineering consultancies in upgrading South Africa in general as well as for the 2010 World Cup including the following projects:
And virtually every other important highway, road and town infrastructure project.
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