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Civil Site Design v16.1 Out Now!

Civil Site Design V16.1 is now available for download via the Civil Survey Solutions Subscription Portal!

This release is jam-packed with plenty of new exciting tools such as Model Viewer and a new cross section plotting engine.

In Civil Site Design V16.1, you can fully realise your design in a rendered 3D model – updating as design changes are made and incorporating site distance analysis. In addition, this new release includes significant improvements to plan production outputs, multi user design project collaboration, software update notification via a welcome screen and more.

New Features Video – 

Model Viewer Learning Videos (13 videos) – 



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Model Viewer – Adding Labels

The Add Labels command allows users to add their own labels to Model Viewer. These labels can be used to display general notes or even design data. Design data that is added to the label will dynamically update when changes are made to the design. These labels can be styled by the user via the Label Styles command.

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Model Viewer – Import 3d Models

Using the Import Objects command, users can import 3d models into Model Viewer such as cars, trees, and street lighting. Currently, Model Viewer supports the import of OBJ files. The best way to find models for Model Viewer is by scouring the SketchUp 3D Warehouse and using Sketch Up Pro to export the model out as an OBJ file.


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Model Viewer – Sight Distance Analysis

Model Viewer contains tools to calculate sight distances both along a road and at intersections to ensure that minimum design standards are met. Users can create their own sight criteria styles where parameters such as eye height, target height, and minimum sight distance lengths are specified.

At any stage, the designer can select a road to drive along in Model Viewer. Parameters such as speed, eye height and eye offset can be specified. These parameters can be adjusted whilst the drive is playing. An AVI file of the drive can also be outputted.


Sight Distance

Intersection Check

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Model Viewer – Design Styles & Material Groups

Design Styles

The Design Styles command is used to create and edit design styles, which are required for the display of design surfaces in Model Viewer. Design Styles allow the user to assign materials to code combinations that make up a design surface model. A design surface is created using either the Auto Model, Model Builder or Grading commands within Civil Site Design.

A design surface model is made up of triangles and each point on a triangle is named with a code. For example, a triangle to form part of kerb and channel may consist of the three codes INV, INV, and TK – this is known as a code combination. Using the Design Style dialog, the user can assign materials to each of the code combinations that make up a design surface model.

Material Groups

All materials (textures) that can be assigned to surfaces in Model Viewer are managed via the Material Groups dialog. Here, users can add new material groups and specify the scale and transparency value of each material. The user is also required to specify a colour for each material group, which is used when the shaded visual style is displayed.

Material groups are utilised in two areas of the software; when creating a design style and when styling a non-design surface. A non-design surface is either the specified base surface or an AutoCAD Civil3D surface. When creating a design style, the user is required to specify a material group for each code combination (design triangle).

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Model Viewer Introduction

In preparation for the release of Civil Site Design V16.1, we will be uploading some new features videos over the coming weeks.

Below are two introductory videos on the new Model Viewer command.

Model Viewer provides a spatially accurate, fully rendered, model of your surfaces and designs, updating as you make design changes and including analysis for sight distance.  This is a full 3D environment with zoom, pan and orbit navigation.  Any alignment can be immediately driven to assess visual and design outcomes.  Sight distance analysis accounts for all surfaces, design features and objects in assessing whether adequate sight distance is provided for each road and intersection.

Part 1

Part 2