Civil Designer
Infrastructure Design

Civil Designer 2014 in Action

Civil Designer 2014 has hit the ground running. It was recently put through its paces by Senior Roads Technician Moegtaar Madatt at Mott MacDonald, and he had this to say about it:

"Civil Designer allowed us to do more than ever in a short time frame and was used to create 50km of road in one model with 47 intersections for the N2 Section 13 & 14 from Grahamstown to Fish River. The project also included various community access roads and bypass roads as well as mining plans for material sources."

Moegtaar explained that "the 50km stretch of road took about 16 hours per km including road furniture, drainage design and intersections with full specification up to the construction stage. The various elements of the design including the evaluation of the existing alignment can vary depending on the quality of the survey and usually take about 8 hours to evaluate. With the design concept of the intersection complete, the actual Civil Designer design took about 1hr per unique intersection which is very efficient."

The software was essential for the following aspects of the project:
  • Evaluation of the levels and superelevation across the fish river bridge which consists of two back to back compound curves;
  • Evaluation of the existing vertical horizontal and super elevation of the alignment in terms of the design criteria set out by various design methods (ie. the SANRAL design guidelines, G2 and TRH);
  • Evaluation of the cut and fill slopes;
  • Assessment of the design to determine suitablility of two phase construction of roads where space was confined;
  • Determining the effects of various fill slope containment proposals (ie. gabions and mechanically stabilised earth walls);
  • Platform design for mining operations;
  • Evaluating and design of crossing services (ie. pipe and box culverts in terms of drainage as well as determining drainage areas and low points to be drained.)

Download and Install Straight Away!

We are proud of the substantial positive feedback that we are receiving about the latest version of Civil Designer and so we're obviously keen to bring all our clients up to speed, and using the latest software. If you're not already using the 2014 version, download it here and get cracking!:
  Civil Designer 2014 Download

Book for the New Roads Strings Course

The Civil Designer 2014 "Roads Strings" course is a specialized one for clients that want to truly be Roads professionals in South Africa and benefit from this incredible new way of completing projects in our software.

You can literally complete a whole intersection from start to finish, and by that we mean having contractors drawings set out, in just 3 minutes or less!

Contact us for more details about the Roads Strings course.

Our Upgrade Pricing Structure

Unlike some software providers, we do not let you down once you have purchased Civil Designer. You can always upgrade your existing software without paying for a full license, no matter how long ago your Subscription has lapsed. Our pricing is geared towards assisting you to update what you need as and when you need it.

Knowledge Base will always provide the software, support and training that fits your project schedules because we believe a genuine working relationship with our clients builds real mutual success.

Design Centre - New & Improved Features

In this newsletter we include what's new and improved in the Design Centre module of Civil Designer 2014. The Design Centre module forms the heart of Civil Designer. There have been huge improvements in the other modules, especially the exciting Roads Strings, which will be covered further in upcoming newsletters.

Interact with Google Earth
A new utility can capture and georeference the active view from Google Earth. The resultant image can then be imported into the correct position in a survey drawing. This is useful for preplanning for development surveys, preliminary designs, etc. Import snap shot aerial photos and extract grid elevations of your project from Google Earth, plus then export project CAD lines (straight and polylines) from visible layer(s) to Google Earth as a KML file.

Intelligently thin out data from a LIDAR survey
Civil Designer's installation includes an intelligent external LIDAR thinning application which creates manageable point ASCII file out of hundreds of millions of surveyed LIDAR LAS or LAZ file points. This thinning process takes the height differences between points into account in order to retain vital terrain feature information.

Super Fast import of 4 million DTM points under 1 minute
Civil Designer can import many multiple DTM point files simultaneously, or one at a time, at a rate of 4 million points per minute and can handle data sets of up to 95 million points on a standard 64 bit laptop. No other design system can handle large data sets with such ease and speed on standard hardware.

Import and export LandXML terrain data for greater data portability
Civil Designer can Import and Export DTM, Roads, Sewer, Storm and Water data LandXML files.

Export to PDF
You can now export you drawings to PDF which allows you to share your designs easily.

Fast Redraw Speed
Civil Designer gives you a super fast redraw speed with speed optimization and drawing settings caching.

Drawing Management
Select and display a layout from a displayed list which makes it a lot easier to find a specific layout when there are many drawing layouts. Hot-keys 1 to 9 have been assigned to the first 9 named viewports or, if no named viewports are defined, to pre-defined zones within the paper limits on the drawing space.

Block Editor
The Block Editor allows you to easily edit block definitions or block inserts.

Database Linking
Database linking has been re-written to be easier to use. In addition, data associated with entities in SHP files can be linked and queried.

Navigation in 3D Rendered View
Navigation in 3D Render View (zoom in/out, pan and rotate) has been made easier.

Seamless Integration and Clash Checking
You can view data from other modules on your plan display using a single interface due to the seamless nature of the software. The display is also completely configurable and may be customized to suit individual needs. You can check for any service clashes and the software will show crossings of Sewer, Storm and Water pipes with Road layerworks and show pipes between Sewer Erf Connections, other services or Road layerworks.

New - YouTube Tutorial Videos

View the next Civil Designer introductory video tutorials which are available via YouTube. Click through to the Knowledge Base Channel to view others in the series.

Defining a Terrace

If you don't have access to YouTube you can download this video here.

Adding terrace banks

If you don't have access to YouTube you can download this video here.

View other Civil Designer video tutorials here >>

Training Feedback

The value of Knowledge Base training cannot be emphasized enough as a way to enhance your productivity. Our clients have had the following to say while attending our training:

I like the new version of the software. Much more user-friendly. I am happy with the manner in which the course is presented. A good learning experience.
- Reshika Ramcharan - Hatch Goba (Durban)
The software is very user friendly and easy to understand. Keep up the good work!
- Siraaj Hendrickse HHO Africa (Cape Town)
I really like that your design is linked to a CAD file, thus it is easier to develop drawing once a design is completed.
- Matlou Moshoma, Shaweni Consulting Engineers
It is a very user-friendly program. It guides you step-by-step and enables you to achieve what you want.
- Christina Nkokha, Epitome Consulting

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New Tech Tip Tutorial
As part of our valued support services, we publish regular Tech Tip tutorials in response to the more frequent support requests received. We have the following new Tech Tip Tutorial:

multiple road templates

Road Templates
This Tech Tip explains how to use multiple road templates in a single road.
Read more.

Training & User Groups
We hold regular User Group sessions to provide demonstrations and to assist clients get up to speed with our software's latest functionality. This is a great opportunity for you to increase you productivity abd ask questions related to our software. Contact us to request a User Group at your offices.

If you would like to book CPD accredited training in any of the Civil Designer modules, please click through to our training schedules or Contact us for more details.

Civil Designer Training Schedule
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DTI grant for BEE companies
The Department of Trade and Industry offers up to 90% off the cost of your software. This is offered to all enterprises that are majority black-owned in South Africa.

The maximum grant amount you can qualify for is a R100 000 towards the procurement of CIVIL DESIGNER and AllyCAD.

Additionally you can get a grant for training on the software for up to R15 000 (ex vat) per individual. While the process can take between 2 weeks up to 4 months, depending on numerous factors, we are able to lease the software out to you in that period so you can get immediate access at little cost. To qualify for this incredible opportunity your company will need to meet various requirements.

Please contact me about the DTI grant >>

Feature Focus


Your production drawings are now dynamically updated as you change your design. If you want to create archive copies simply use the Publish function. The Plot Expert takes all the hassle out of creating final drawings by automatically laying out the sheets with a user-defined overlap and creating a key plan of the sheets.



This function checks for clashes between any two services such as sewer, storm, water, roads or other services defined in the crossing services. Problem areas are displayed on the layout drawing and the longitudinal section window can be opened to display a long section of the chosen branch as well as the crossing services. You may then adjust the invert levels and slopes of the affected culverts.

Civil Designer Showcases
We are proud of our clients and would like to showcase these 2 projects in this newsletter by Naidu Consulting and SNA Civil and Structural Engineers who use our software. If you are a client and have a project(s) you would like to showcase, please email us at with information on the project and a few images.

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