Self-Learning Resources



Get started by following the Civil Designer introductory user guide videos.
If you do not own a license for Civil Designer 8.3 you can download the student version at no cost.







1. DTM BASICS
Resources
YouTube Video: DTM Basics
Download Video: DTM Basics
DataSet: DTM Basics Tutorial Files
Topics covered:
  • Start a new project
  • Import ASCII data
  • Generate a model using the triangulation option
  • Generate a model using the Intelli-Line capabilities
  • Display a site drawing as a background
  • Produce a contour drawing of the site
  •   Follow the tutorial using Civil Designer to make sure you understand the DTM Basics.


    2. PLATFORM DESIGN (USING STRINGS)
    Resources
    YouTube Video: Platform Design
    Download Video: Platform Design
    DataSet: Platform Design Data Set Files
    Topics covered:
  • Place a terrace on the ground model
  • Calculate the terrace volumes
  • Showing the terrace including cut and fill bank lines
  • Merge the terrace and the original ground model
  •   Note. For the Terrace Design in the User Guide Manual, please use this video: Terrace Design


    3. URBAN ROAD DESIGN
    Resources
    YouTube Video: Road Design
    Download Video: Road Design
    DataSet: Road Tutorial Files
    Topics covered:
  • Define a road template
  • Select a road with which to work
  • Input the horizontal alignment of a road
  • Extract cross-sections from the terrain model
  • Input the vertical alignment
  • Calculate the road levels
  • Calculate the cross-section areas
  • Calculate the volumes
  • Create cross-sections
  • Create long sections
  • Create a site plan
  •   At the of this session you should be able to create your own road.
    Note to students: The following supplementary videos will help you with road design assigments: Roads Project tutorial videos.


    4. SEWER NETWORK DESIGN
    Resources
    YouTube Video: Sewer Design
    Download Video: Sewer Design
    DataSet: Sewer Tutorial Files
    Topics covered:
  • Add a sewer data file to the project or create a new sewer data file
  • Import coordinate data containing from an ASCII file
  • Generate a manhole layout plan from the coordinate data
  • Connect the nodes by means of links
  • Edit and set the link parameters
  • Edit the link tables
  • Input inflow data
  • Run the analysis and view the results
  • Generate and view long sections
  • Calculate quantities according to SABS 1200
  • Set erf connection defaults and types
  • Graphically add erf connections
  • Run the erf connection analysis and view the results
  • Change the erf connection display settings
  • View the erf connections on the graphical vertical alignment
  • Generate a layout drawing, manhole names & link schedule
  •   You should now be able to import an existing network from a .csv file, analyse and review the results.
    Note to students: The following supplementary video will help you with foul water network design assigments: supplementary video.


    5. STORM NETWORK DESIGN (ILLUDAS)
    Resources
    YouTube Video: Storm - Illudas
    Download Video: Storm - Illudas
    DataSet: Storm Tutorial Files
    Topics covered:
  • Add STORM data to the project/ create a new STORM data file
  • Import coordinate data containing node names & coordinates
  • Generate a manhole layout plan from the coordinate data
  • Connect the nodes by means of links
  • Edit and set the link parameters
  • Input runoff data
  • Add graphical sub-catchments
  • Link sub-catchments to manholes
  • Run the analysis and view the results
  • Generate and view long sections
  • Calculate quantities according to SABS 1200
  • Generate a layout drawing, manhole names & link schedule
  •   You should now be able to import an existing network, run the analysis and review the results.


    6. WATER NETWORK DESIGN
    Resources
    YouTube Video: Water Design
    Download Video: Water Design
    DataSet: Water Tutorial Files
    Topics covered:
  • Add a WATER data set to an existing project
  • Change the WATER network display settings
  • Modify features in the WATER model
  • Analyse and view results in various formats
  • Plot long sections
  •   You should now be able to perform a water network analysis and review the results.



    FAQ

    WHAT LIMITATIONS APPLY TO THE STUDENT/ NON-COMMERCIAL VERSION?
    The Student edition has limited export functionality and a production drawing watermark to prevent commercial use.

    IS THERE A TIME LIMIT RESTRICTION?
    Theres is no time restriction.

    CAN I GET TECHNICAL SUPPORT?
    We cannot provide dedicated support to students. Our technical Support Centre, manned by industry professionals, is for the benefit of paying clients only.

    CAN MY UNIVERSITY USE THE STUDENT VERSION AS PART OF THE CURICULUM?
    Yes. If your college or educational institution would like to make use of the software as part of your civil engineering course curriculum we do request that one or more of your department educators has completed a Civil Designer training course.






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