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Tuesday, June 4, 2019


If you have the "String Add" dialog open. You can calculate new points using the Cogo routines and the new points are automatically added in order into the String - Add dialog.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Ezigrade 4.0.74

Importing Eesri shape files:

We can now import design heights as well if the shape file contains them.

Polyline shape files can now be imported. You can specify whether the lines are classified as breaklines or not.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ezigrade 4.0.74

Drain Volumes:

Are now always reported to the natural surface; even if the design was based on the design surface. In the field when building you are starting with a natural surface.

Windows Tile Vertical:

Now works. ie If you have two jobs open then this will tile them side by side.


Added documentation on how to use the grid field option. Also have added in a short tutorial example of a job where it leads to smaller volumes.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ezigrade 4.0.73

Bug when creating PDF report. Surface shots displayed could be wrong. Can happen when surfaces have been deleted. Now fixed.

Monday, May 6, 2019

ezigrade 4.0.72

We have changed the version displayed in the blog to match the version of Ezigrade as displayed by Help -> About. Previously we just numbered the blog entries sequentially. Not every change is uploaded or added to the blog.

We have improved the Field -> Grid job option. Points on triangle edges are maintained if the section links extend beyond the edges of the job. Gridding the job can result in smaller volumes as changes in the design can occur between points making up the picked up data. A tutorial coming shortly.

A function to copy section links to strings has been added back in. Mainly used by those people that make up job printouts via CDS and create acad type files.

Codes and descriptions tweaked when importing farmscan path file.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Ezigrade 4.21

Fixed bug with smoothing that appeared with the last update.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ezigrade 4.20

Archive options added. When job is saved a copy of current job is added to the Archive file. You can also add a copy at any time with a message. To restore to a previous saved position; click of File -> Restore. Select the point to restore to (each entry has a date and time an an optional message) and click OK. Cancel aborts the process.

Help file had gone missing for some time. Click on Help -> Help and compiled html help is shown. This is same help file as found on our web site.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Ezigrade 4.19

Bug fix: When deleting and adding points along a section. The design height could be left as null and can lead to missing triangles along the section join.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Ezigrade 4.18

Have extended the variable ascii routines. Can now select "tab", ''", " ", ";", or user defined as the delimiter.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ezigrade 4.17

Ezigrade now automatically ignores any drains when doing grading solutions. In dryland situations with ponding. You can often reduce earth works by first designing surface drains to access any ponding areas. You can then do the grading and the existing drains are maintained and the grading will design to the edges of the drains. The drains are assumed to act as an edge when doing the "force water to the edge" type design. In the example below one of the designed structures is a "road". Here we can tell the grading to not use this as an edge to take the water.

We have also done some more work on the intersection of drains; as seen below.

More documentation coming soon.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Our digital code signing certificate has expired. Until we get a new one you will have a screen as follows if you try to install CDS or Ezigrade.

Simply click on "More Info" and you will see the option to "Run Anyway".

If someone wants to ask Microsoft why it is impossible to install an application with an expired certicate, you get large red screen. I would love to know the answer. Rebuild it without any certificate at all then you get screen above, which most people are used to anyway! 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Ezigrade 4.16

Bug in Esri Shape file import. Problem was when data was a polygonZ and didn't include optional M measures. Now works in this case.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ezigrade 4.15

There were problems getting a valid solution for constrained grade and plane solutions joined together with hinge/hinge's.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ezigrade 4.14

Introduced a problem with "File" -> "Save As". Field sections where being doubled up.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ezigrade 4.13

Have added in and improved functions to create contour banks. Contour banks are added in for erosion control. It creates smaller runs for the water; thus reducing velocity.

We can now specify an alignment and hang contour banks left and right at appropriate distances or heights. These contour banks are created as drains/banks so existing drain functions can be used to edit and tweak the final design.

Access for the new banks menu item.

Monday, January 21, 2019


Natural volumes were not working if the road numbers were not in order. For example road 1 and 2 would give volumes but roads 1 and 14 failed. Now fixed.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Added in some point viewing and manipulation functions to Ezigrade.

Find them under Contour -> Edit Model and you will see the point table and points by polygon. Picture below shows point table docked to the left. You can highlight a line and delete a point. You can manually change height, design height or code and it is updated within the Ezigrade model.

You can now draw a polygon around a series of points and then delete them from the model.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ezigrade 4.11

(1) Streamlined the process of importing a .gps file and putting out a file compatible with farmscan.

(2) Added in an option to import AMW (Geologic) AGS file. You could always do this with the variable ascii but this is simpler for the user.