Civil Designer
Infrastructure Design

Raising the Bar in Infrastructure Design

Many of our clients were interested to read, in a previous newsletter, how a senior Roads Technician at Mott MacDonald used Civil Designer 2014 to create 50km of road in one model with 47 intersections. In this edition, we're proud to include another account of just how Civil Designer has raised the bar in infrastructure design:

Windfarm Access Roads Project
Civil Designer 2014 was recently put to the test by Infrastructure Technologist Adnan Petersen and Oryan Africa at Gibb Engineering and Architecture, and they had this to say about it:

Windfarm project"The latest Civil Designer 2014 allowed the completion of preliminary quantities on 97.1km of gravel access roads on various Windfarm projects. The project also included modelling of all intersections, lay-by areas and platforms at designated points along the routes."

They explained that "the modelling of the 97.1km stretch of road took a 2 man team only 3 days to complete. This included the setting up and preparation for the new 'String Roads Regression' extraction. The various elements of the design including the evaluation of the vertical grade for the special vehicles traversing on the access roads varied depending on the quality of the survey and usually took about 3 hrs to evaluate. By applying a typical design intersection template, and using the new tool available, Civil Designer took about 2 hrs to create all 36 intersections per Windfarm, which was amazing."

The software was essential for the following aspects of the project:
  • Evaluation of the existing natural ground levels and applying vertical, horizontal and super elevation of the alignment in terms of the design criteria set out by the requirements of the specialised vehicles traversing there on;
  • Evaluation of the cut and fill slopes;
  • Assessment of the design to determine suitablility of alignment where design criteria's were unable to be met;
  • Platform design incorporated in the road alignment;
  • Determining and Evaluating Cut and Fill Quantities, Un-Adjusted and Adjusted;

New Roads Strings Functionality

Civil Designer 2014 continues to break new ground with its optimised Roads functionality. This month we are pleased to include the following video on YouTube which demonstrates a road widening with intersection design completed in a matter of minutes.

Road Strings
Click here to view the video demo

What's New in the Survey & Terrain module

Strings Based Earthworks Design
Civil Designer's strings based earthworks design functionality now supports child strings on both side of the master string, for more flexibility in the design of complex platforms.

Survey Point Screening
Civil Designer's Manual and Automatic Screening functionality allows the intelligent reduction of the number of points in a large data sets by, specifiable height tolerances and point proximities.

Raw Survey Point Name Classification
This feature is particularly useful when working with DTM data from LiDAR surveys. Civil Designer will sequentially name points with optional feature line between renamed points to allow easy classification of raw survey data. Survey points can also automatically be named within a specified distance from CAD lines, arcs or polylines, in order to identify features such as road centre lines, road edges, shoulder break point lines, toe lines etc.

Faster triangulation algorithm also handles larger data sets
Intelli-Line break line generation allows you to use cheap computer time to define the model features by survey point names, instead of slow and painful manual breakline definition. Thereafter fill in the rest of the site in a matter of seconds. Alternatively use the lightning fast triangulation (3 million points in 100 seconds) for more uniform sites.

Convert multiple 3D polylines to DTM
Civil Designer will create DTM points using the z-coordinates of 3D polylines. If you have a 3D drawing, it is no longer necessary to process each polyline one by one. You can simply select multiple entities, or process an entire CAD layer.

Powerful DTM
Civil Designer's DTM engine is the strongest in the industry. You won't experience issues with modelling & breaklines changing for no reason from the original validated DTM after importing. We can further handle 95 million points with ease. DTM redraws have been optimised to be super fast and there has been an increase in 20% redraw speed in the latest version.

Fast Accurate DTM Line Model Creation
Civil Designer will now create an accurate DTM model with break or feature lines from a CAD drawing and an associated survey. The new model is generated from only the survey points at the beginning and end of each CAD line and is stored in its' own new destination surface.

Convert 2D CAD lines to 3D CAD Lines
Civil Designer will now convert 2D CAD lines to 3D CAD Lines by draping the original CAD lines on associated DTM surface to determine the new third dimension's elevations.

Supports ASCII, Booker, Logger, WILD, GeoDos, Ceaser and Sokkia
We support many different data formats (field books) that can be imported into Civil Designer. Terrain point co-ordinates may also be exported to total stations or to WILD equipment. All ASCII file imports have been made super fast and multiple ASCII files can be imported into the DTM in one operation.

Feature Focus - STORM

The Illudas Time-Area method is used for the estimation of runoff from a uniformly distributed design storm. The results correspond satisfactorily with observed runoff events for the method to be an accurate and useful design tool. The Rational Method is implemented as described in the National Transport Commission Road Drainage Manual, with an additional option to specify specific point rainfall for each subcatchment.

The EPA Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) is a dynamic rainfall-runoff simulation model used for single event or long-term (continuous) simulation of runoff quantity and quality from primarily urban areas. The runoff component of SWMM operates on a collection of subcatchment areas that receive precipitation and generate runoff and pollutant loads. The routing portion of SWMM transports this runoff through a system of pipes, channels, storage/treatment devices, pumps, and regulators. SWMM tracks the quantity and quality of runoff generated within each subcatchment, and the flow rate, flow depth, and quality of water in each pipe and channel during a simulation period comprised of multiple time steps.


CPD & SETA Accredited Training

Our training programs across all the Civil Designer modules enhance your productivity and add value because:
  • They have been designed according to the requirements of our clients who handle large scale projects and face tight deadlines;
  • They are CPD and SETA accredited;
  • Delegates have ample opportunity to practice;
  • We have nationwide, experienced and qualified trainers;
If you would like to book CPD accredited training in any of the Civil Designer modules, please view the Civil Designer Training Schedule

Training Reminder to clients: Come on the new Roads Strings course and increase your productivity. If you have already been on our Roads training course for either the 2011 / 2012 / 2013 versions, you can simply come on the 2nd day of the NEW Road's course which covers Road Strings only. If you have not yet been trained on the later versions, then come for the full 2 days of the course. We can also customize courses around projects you are working on!

We look forward to sharing more news, information and software tips with you in our next quarterly newsletter. For any feedback, enquiries or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Knowledge Base Team

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New Support Ticket Service
Support Ticket Log a support ticket on our ticketing service at any time and we will respond as soon as a consultant is available.

New Tech Tip Tutorial
Road Template Features

Road Template Features

This Tech Tip explains how to add or create features that can be added to road templates. Read more.

User Group Presentations
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 and ask questions related to our software.

Email us to request a User Group at your offices.

True Engineering Software
Civil Designer provides the means both to complete designs in record speed, while at the same time allowing the engineer to intervene in the design process as much as they wish.

On-going client feedback and our client User Groups sessions continue to confirm that this combination of time-saving tools with design autonomy is exactly what professional consulting engineers require.

Upgrade Pricing
Unlike some software providers, we do not let you down once you have purchased Civil Designer and we do not suddenly hike our prices on the back of international trading conditions! 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.

You will never get an email from us announcing that we are about to permanently retire your existing software!

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.

Please contact me about renewing my software updates subscription >>

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 >>
Latest Updates
Civil Designer 2014 LATEST BUILD
- Build 2 (2014/09/02)

Civil Designer 2014 Build 2 HOTFIX
- Sewer, Storm, Water Hotfix (2014/09/11)

- Driver Update (2014/08)

Civil Designer Showcases
We are always pleased to showcase client achievements and this month include an infrastructure project by Royal HaskoningDHV.

Rehabilitation Harvey Road