Ground modelling, Create Model. Added Smart Point Reduction. Ground model size can be reduced
by deducting level points selectively controlled with an adjustable vertical tolerance. Can result with considerably
Sample screenshots below of two models, both created from same data: dense level point grid and breaklines
Ground model triangles without Smart Point Reduction
Ground model triangles with Smart Point Reduction
Sections, Create section from drawing entities, Levels along a 2D Polyline. Added an output file with detailed locational information
Minor improvements and updates to section/river section routines
Translators, Micro Drainage, Pipe Network Tools:
1) Added pipe and bedding material to supported data. If present this info will be read directly from .mdx file. Long section annotation expanded to include this data.
2) Long section annotating process simplified by no longer requiring .sws of .fws files.
Added functionality to automated Tree drawing in Survey Input with new Comment Control Codes. Makes tree observations with reflectorless equipment easier:
--3 Three observations per tree with a reference to the observation station
Land Survey, Stations, .stn Station file Editor enhanced
Translators, Micro Drainage, Pipe Network Tools: Expanded pipe data manual editing and improved the .mdx file import function.
KTF licence made more flexible with added software licesing options
KTF 8.5813, 8.5713, 8.5613, 8.1813, 8.1713, 8.1513
24 January 2018
Contour labelling made to avoid overwriting the labels
Minor improvements and bug fixes
KTF 8.5812, 8.5712, 8.5612, 8.1812, 8.1712, 8.1512
6 November 2017
New platform BricsCAD V18 added (KTF 8.5812)
Added more detailed analysis to ZTV program. It is now possible to show which Targets are visible from study area by hovering pointer over the area.
Added ZTV Target Filter to Z value Analysis. Enables to show selectively which Targets are visible by coloring areas where selected Target(s) are visible from
KTF 8.5711, 8.5611, 8.1811, 8.1711, 8.1511
13 September 2017
Added an automatic visual barrier option to ZTV program. Visual barriers can now be interpolated directly from a Digital Surface Model.
Further controls added to Micro Drainage pipe layout and section annotations
KTF 8.5710, 8.5610, 8.1810, 8.1710, 8.1510
18 July 2017
River section output improvements.
General minor bug fixes
KTF 8.5709, 8.5609, 8.1809, 8.1709, 8.1509
7 June 2017
Enhanced ground modelling. Triangulation is now faster, especially with large amount of breaklines.
Ground modelling and Sectioning now use optional subfolders for storing the .kgm and .sek files to ease the file housekeeping.
Added function in Configuration Dialog to import KTF settings from previous versions
Added option to menu item Land Survey, Stations, .stn Station file Editor: Import/Export a .csv file.
Added annotation detail to menu item Translators, Micro Drainage, Pipe Network Tools: Pipe invert levels
Added functionality to Comment Control Codes:
--Z Null level; Sets the point as null level but retains it's Z value
Added option to manually enter level for picked point in menu item 3D Polylines, from Picking levels
Allow multiple OS Land Profile Plus file selection in one go when converting to XYZ format.
Added option to menu item Ground Modelling, Analysis and Colour mapping, Z value: Draw True Colour solids onto separate layers for enabling selective layer freezing etc.
New platform AutoCAD 2018 added (KTF 8.1809)
KTF 7.5760, 7.5660, 7.5560, 7.5460, 7.5360, 7.1760, 7.1560, 7.1360 and 7.1060
2 November 2016
New platform BricsCAD V17 added (KTF 7.5760)
KTF 7.5660, 7.5560, 7.5460, 7.5360, 7.1760, 7.1560, 7.1360 and 7.1060
19 September 2016
Menu item Ground Modelling, Create Model, From .xyz file Gridding enhanced. Added Z filtering for input data.
Menu item File utilities, .xyz Co-ordinate files, Merge and extract enhanced. Added Co-ordinate shift options.
Menu item Design, Strings, Gradient to 2D Polyline from Master String enhanced. Added support for specify multiple gradient chainages and also an option to include master string vertical geometry apex points to interpolated chainage points.
Added functionality to Comment Control Codes:
--B Break curve fitting; Ends and re-starts curve fitting
--J Join new polyline feature to previous polyline's last point
--H Add a point to current polyline by a number reference, before the point
--R Add a point to current polyline by a number reference, after the point
Menu item 3D Utilities, Convert 2D entities to KTF levels enhanced. Now runs faster.
KTF 7.5659, 7.5559, 7.5459, 7.5359, 7.1759, 7.1559, 7.1359 and 7.1059
11 April 2016
Micellaneous enhancements and bug fixes including:
- Large number of cross sections are now drawn faster
- Minor fixes for Move To and Linear Feature to Blocks routines
- Added support for less usual jpeg file format when extracting GPS co-ordinates
New platform AutoCAD 2017 added (KTF 7.1759)
KTF 7.5658, 7.5558, 7.5458, 7.5358, 7.1558, 7.1358, 7.1058 and 7.0058
10 February 2016
Menu item Sections, Micellaneous, Crank Decenders enhanced. Automatic option added.
Autotext shifting added to Cross Section draw routine
KTF 7.5657, 7.5557, 7.5457, 7.5357, 7.1557, 7.1357, 7.1057 and 7.0057
1 November 2015
New platform BricsCAD V16 added (KTF 7.5657)
New menu item Ground Modelling, Create model, Strata model. Creates a smooth strata model by combining sparse borehole info with more detaild surface ground model.
KTF 7.5556, 7.5456, 7.5356, 7.1556, 7.1356, 7.1056 and 7.0056
3 August 2015
Bug fix for version 7.xx55: Ground Modelling, Create section had a bug that caused a non-zero start chainage to "double" in section file.
Added water volume calculation by elevation option: Ground Modelling, Volumes.
New menu item Ground Modelling, Create model, Analysis and Colour mapping, Water volume / level graph. Draws a graph showing above functions' results
New menu item 3D Polylines, Ground model intersections. Mark where 3D Polyline(s) "break into / out of" model.
Added layer definition for draw and superimpose sections: Sections, Draw Section and Draw Cross Sections. Now the actual section line's layer can be defined without tying it to the section Box + Line structure.
Added flexible coding for Co-ordinate file input: Comment Control Codes. You can now place following commands anywhere in the comment field:
--F Start curve fitting
--S Stop curve fitting
--E End polyline
--C Close polyline
--T followed by trunk and spread diameters, e.g. --T0.15,15: Draw Tree as usual but more accurately
--A followed by trunk diameter and spread parameters, e.g. --A1.15,4,3,5,6 -> Draw 1.15m tree trunk and Asymmetric spread as splineish polyline 4m north, 3m east, 5m south and 6m west from tree
KTF 7.5555, 7.5455, 7.5355, 7.1555, 7.1355, 7.1055 and 7.0055
7 July 2015
New menu item Ground Modelling, Create model, Merge two models. Joins two models together e.g. a site survey model in the middle of a larger OS DTM model of the surrounding landscape for ZTV study.
New menu item Ground Modelling, Analysis and Colour mapping, Visual barriers from LIDAR model: Part of process to automatically add all visual barriers to a ZTV study.
Ground Modelling, Analysis and Colour mapping, ZTV: Added option to draw all visual barriers at their barrier height as Z value. (Then you can colour barriers according to their heights for example)
Ground Modelling, Analysis and Colour mapping, ZTV: Added option to draw target points as 3D Points.
Ground Modelling, Embankments: Added option for Benching.
Design, Horizontal, Extract geometry: Added option to export 2D and 3D geometry into a LandXML file.
Design, Vertical, Extract geometry: New file output option, .vta file.
3D utilities, Underground Services: Now detects service conduit clashes in 3D.
File utilities, Add Text from ASCII file into drawing: Added option to draw the text as MText or Text.
Added flexibility to enable / disable selected auto-corrections when KTF starts.
KTF 7.5554, 7.5454, 7.5354, 7.1554, 7.1354, 7.1054 and 7.0054
6 March 2015
New menu item Ground Modelling, Create model, Linear surface. Makes a ground model along a 3D Polyline
Added ISIS output when creating an EACSD, River cross section data file.
KTF 7.5553, 7.5453, 7.5353, 7.1553, 7.1353, 7.1053 and 7.0053
2 January 2015
New menu item Translators, Read GPS locations from photos. Read embedded GPS Co-ordinate information from selected .jpg images and write Co-ordinate file(s). KTF's Import .txt co-ordinate file function will optionally draw the locations into CAD and mark them with a camera symbol block that can be clicked to view the photos.
Added dynamic Z display to Interpolate Levels program. When hovering over a ground model the Z value and gradient under cursor location is shown.
Micro Drainage tools enhanced: Added support for .mdx files, Improved manhole schedules, Added option to draw pipes and backdrops when annotating network, Automated .lsc file generation for superimposing pipe runs onto sections and some other minor improvements
KTF 7.5552, 7.5452, 7.5352, 7.1552, 7.1352, 7.1252, 7.1052 and 7.0052
15 October 2014
New platform BricsCAD V15 added (KTF 7.5552)
Added areas to Polyline lengths by layer menu item
Annotating special chainages on long section: Added option to mark the special chainage IDs over the section line
KTF 7.5451, 7.5351, 7.1551, 7.1351, 7.1251, 7.1051 and 7.0051
17 September 2014
Added a new parameter to Long Section draw program: Fixed Gap before and after section data
Added functionality to River module’s EACSD output
Minor improvements in Gravity Pipe network annotations and Building face projection programs
KTF 7.5450, 7.5350, 7.1550, 7.1350, 7.1250, 7.1050 and 7.0050
10 July 2014
New menu item Design, Vertical, Gully locator. Locate a gully within a specific area by adjustable gradient tolerances to existing and / or design 3D Polylines like road channels, buildings etc.
KTF 7.5449, 7.5349, 7.1549, 7.1349, 7.1249, 7.1049 and 7.0049
28 May 2014
Added Finished Floor Level option to Levels, Levels onto 3D Polyline(s) and Ground Modelling, Interpolated Levels, Picked locations (and gradients)
New platform AutoCAD 2015 added (7.1549)
KTF 7.5448, 7.5348, 7.1348, 7.1248, 7.1048 and 7.0048
15 April 2014
New menu item Polyline utilities, Trim polyline by another polyline
New menu item Sections, Miscellaneous, Write .csv file from .sek file
River module’s EACSD output format updated to new Environment Agency version 3.2
Added precision control to Manhole Schedules
KTF 7.5447, 7.5347, 7.1347, 7.1247, 7.1047 and 7.0047
31 Jan 2014
New Co-ordinate grid output from model
New online help system replacing old one
Menu has been re-organised
New menu item Land survey, Annotate levels on elevation
KTF 7.5446, 7.5346, 7.1346, 7.1246, 7.1046 and 7.0046
21 November 2013
New platform BricsCAD V14 added (KTF 7.5446)
Shadow Flicker analysis added to ZTV.
Menu item Project building face observations enhanced to work with Point Cloud data
KTF 7.5345, 7.1345, 7.1245, 7.1045 and 7.0045
23 May 2013
New platform BricsCAD 64 bit added.
New menu item Design on Cross Sections Edit Cross Sections and View Services in a dialog.
New menu item Drape onto a sloping surface Simplified version of Drape onto Road Surface
Gradients to 3D Polylines improved to have added control for number of decimal places
Cross sections from 3D polylines improved to 1) remember the last special chainages used and 2) a "Pick <" button added.
KTF 7.5344, 7.1344, 7.1244, 7.1044 and 7.0044
28 March 2013
Added support for Windows 8 for both 32 and 64 bit platforms.
KTF 7.5343, 77.1343, 7.1243, 7.1043 and 7.0043
14 December 2012
New menu item 3D Polyline curve fit Curve fit 3D Polylines similar way as 2D Polylines.
New menu item Combine visibility models Add ZTV models together.
New menu item Drape Wind Turbine Drop a 3D block presenting a Wind Turbine onto a ground model.
Added functionality for Draw features on section Added Electric Pylon and Wind Turbine.
3D Polyline offset function improved to close the offsetted polyline when necessary.
KTF 7.5342, 7.1342, 7.1242, 7.1042 and 7.0042
17 October 2012
KTF 7.5342 to work with BricsCAD V13.
Land Survey, .dat file editor updated to use wider set of degree symbols.
ZTV 3D Polyline input as Target Points improved to read the String Names automatically from Xdata.
ZTV now shows progress bar for single point analysis too.
EA River Section output program’s cross sections viewing improved to filter out non-essential polylines.
KTF 7.1341, 7.1241, 7.1041 and 7.0041
20 July 2012
New menu item 3D Polylines, from 2D Polyline and design on section draws 3D polyline directly by picking a 2D polyline and a vertical design on a section.
Menu item Relationship from Master String to 3D Polyline enhanced to add the chainages sorted in decending offset. Helps to pinpoint the chainage where the neighboring polyline is (horizontally) closest to the main.
Menu item Ground modelling, Average level updated with a progress bar so it no longer seem to "freeze" when working on a large model.
Our contact information updated to the new office address in Henley-in-Arden and telephone number 01978 225497.
KTF 7.1339, 7.1239, 7.1039 and 7.0039
28 May 2012
KTF ported to run on a new CAD platform: AutoCAD 2013
New menu item Annotate and Enhance, Symbol features, Tree annotation annotates individual tree symbol blocks.
KTF 7.1238, 7.1038 and 7.0038
17 Febuary 2012
New menu item Translators and OS, OS, OS Open Data, Create OS Land-Form Panorama file interpolates, at user defined grid size, points onto a ground model and stores them to a OS/ESRI/Tuflow ASCII .asc file
New menu item Sections, Co-ordinates of picked location annotates spatial co-ordinates of the section chainage or offset on section drawing at picked locations.
New menu item Annotate and Enhance, Height difference from two 3D Polylines marks the level difference - usually between kerb and channel strings.
New menu item Translators and OS, LandXML, Import from LandXML as Centerline draws horizontal geometry from a LandXML file and converts it to .Hzg file format.
KTF 7.1237, 7.1037 and 7.0037
20 January 2012
KTF 7.1237 to work with Bricscad V12 (12.1.12 or later Bricscad required)
Introducing Secure Dongle, new Hardware Locks that work directly in 64 bit operating systems. No more local NLM required.
New option when importing Ground Model triangles: Lines
KTF 7.1136, 7.1036 and 7.0036
17 August 2011
Added Vertical Analysis to ZTV answering questions: Visible?, How much is visible? and How much is visible above skyline?
New function: Export cross sections to a .csv file KTF, Sections, Miscellaneous, Write .csv file from cross sections for section data spreadsheet analysis / modifications for example
New function: Convert above file to a KTF cross section file KTF, Sections, Miscellaneous, Write .sek file from .csv file to redraw / superimpose sections that have been modified
Added optional Level and Code prefix to Co-ordinate input
KTF’s Section, Ground Model and Geneal File Selection dialogues now have a "History" button that eases folder navigation
Many functions that used to seemingly "freeze" CAD while still working now don’t freeze and show progress bar
Added Client Network Licence Manager to ease NLM server changes etc. common Network Licence maintenance tasks
KTF menu improvements
KTF 7.1135, 7.1035 and 7.0035
12 May 2011
Introducing of KTF .11 in version numbering for Bricscad V11 platform
Cross sections now enabled to use Crank Decenders operation
New menu item Design, Strings, Gradient to 2D Polyline from Levels/3D Polylinesto improve ease of use when working from thresholds
New menu item Design, Schedules and analysis, From a .csv file to work like Schedules and analysis, 3D Polyline (.csv) but starting with .csv file.
Drawing 3D polylines directly from section(s) option added to program KTF, Sections, Create sections from drawing entities, Polyline(s) on Section or Cross Section(s)
Ground model creation with breaklines speed improved, can create some models in 13% of the time it took previously (in one test: 12 minutes now, over 1.5 hours before). Time improvement will vary depending on source data.
KTF 7.1034 and 7.0034
4 March 2011
Version for Bricscad V11 Pro
Local dongle recognised (no NLM required) for AutoCAD 2010, 2011 and 2012 64bit
Integrating some minor changes to pre-release "33", hence jumping from 32 to 34.
Some general enhancements added to program code to speed up ZVI / ZTV analysis.
Added Multi Core Processing to ZVI / ZTV analysis.
Added Progress Bar to ZVI / ZTV analysis and to Ground Model creation.
When selected centreline is 3D polyline Single string defined by offset and gradient, Assign by gradient to 2D polyline and Assign to 3D polyline with tolerance now give an option to accept the 3D Polyline’s levels as vertical geometry.
KTF 7.1032 and 7.0032
22 December 2010
Added decimal control for Ground Modelling, Interpolated levels, Picked points (and gradients)
Added Solar Reflection sub menu item with two functions: Draw panel and Reflection. To be used in conjunction with ZVI / ZTV analysis to see if solar reflection happens.
New special code added to KTF .txt Co-ordinate file inputTagged Information Block.
New menu item Rivers, Digitise river photo locations added. Part of functionality to export river survey data to the Environment Agency’s new EACSD format.
KTF 7.1031 and 7.0031
15 November 2010
ZVI user interface improvements.
Added an option to change the layer of found entities in Code and number search.
Number of River functions improvements.
KTF 7.1030 and 7.0030
23 August 2010
New option added to annotate the elevation of picked point on a section with a triangle for menu item Sections, Chainage and Level of picked point.
New menu item Survey, Annotate levels on elevation added. Adds elevation markers to projected building elevation.
Added a new option when analysing ZVI results with Z value colour analysis: Draw Polygons for hatching.
New menu item 3D Utilities, Draw steps added. Draws steps from one elevation to another.
Enhanced function Sections, Create sections from drawing entities, Levels projected onto 2D polyline so that the 3D polyline Draw option now draws the 3D polyline along the centreline, not just joins the inputted level points.
Eliminated the default folder change which sometimes happened when CAD performed an Autosave.
KTF 7.1029 and 7.0029
11 May 2010
New sub menu Translators and OS, OS, OS OpenData added added to support OS free downloadable content import to CAD. Initial supported formats are Street View and PANORAMA.
Added a new option to have horizontal floor level at highest elevation and horizontal roof for menu item Ground Modelling, Drape, Extrude
KTF 7.1028 and 7.0028
29 April 2010
New sub menu Help, Network Licencing added. Control and verify NLM, dynamic licence release and acquiring.
Added new dimension to menu item Land Survey, Project building face observations: Enables wall / cliff face monitoring for example.
KTF 7.1027 and 7.0027
20 April 2010
New menu item Sections, Add to section(s), Levels and 3D Polylines from plan added. Projects 3D entities next to a section line in plan view to a section drawing. A bit like house face projections but more simple.
Added new annotation option to menu item Sections, Chainage and level of picked point: Mark levels with arrows (triangle) pointing to the level
One to 1250 scalebar added
New menu item Rivers, Create drainage channel cross sections added. Works like river sections but sections are not in "reverse" as with River sections.
KTF 7.1026 and 7.0026
11 March 2010
New menu item Ground Modelling, Drape, Move to High Level added. Moves closed polylines to the highest level on the model over the polylines’ areas.
New menu item Rivers, River section input, Convert EEBY to KTF section file added. Adding flexibility to KTF with another format to import to KTF.
KTF tested to install and run on new AutoCAD 2011 platforms.
KTF 7.1025 and 7.0025
4 February 2010
New menu item Sections, Dimensions added. Easy way to inspect and annotate horizontal and vertical dimensions on sections.
KTF 7.1024 and 7.0024
22 November 2009
New menu item Sections, Volume added. Calculating volumes from cross sections with end area method. Handy for quick volumes while designing on sections and good for providing calculation details.
KTF 7.1023 and 7.0023
18 August 2009
New menu item Sections, Add to Sections, Vertex codes added. Designing and analysing roads, rivers and even landfill sites on cross sections made much easier.
Drawing cross sections has a new option: Force zero start offset and trim to size. Helps producing cross sections that comply with EA standards.
KTF 7.1022 and 7.0022
23 July 2009
KTF now runs on a new platform: Bricscad V10 Pro
Zones of Visual Influence menu item enhanced by adding Field of View analysis to help visualize the actual visibility on loaction.
Gradient annotation added to long- and cross fall analysis.
KTF 7.1021 and 7.0021
22 June 2009
Primary Support Folder introduced to help with network installations. This allows system administrators to keep survey and co-ordinate input routines’ code lookup tables etc. in one folder in the network.
Menu item Rivers, Create cross section file (.sek) modified to include 3D Polyline vertices as well as spot levels and the sections are now organised to work in a downstream direction.
Key Code web link points now to right place
KTF 7.1020 and 7.0020
14 May 2009
New menu item Bund design from volume to calculate bund parameters to accommodate a specified volume.
New menu item 2D utilities, OS Imagery to insert OS 1km. x 1km. .jpg at location defined by a picked point.
Added River function to create cross section file and .csv file from centerline, crossing 2D Polylines and spot levels.
Added Rivers menu item - Overlay design now included in Main Design.
KTF 7.1019 and 7.0019
6 May 2009
Added code lookup table facility to Create Level Data file from 3D Polylines with default codes LB, LT, DB, CLB, RT and RB for river sections.
New menu item Bed design to cross sections - adds horizontal lines to each section at a level from a Vertical alignment design and draws the embankments.
Added Invert Levels etc. to a section - new menu item Add to section. Added an option to import Invert Levels etc. from a .dat file.
New level data input format added to the Cross section data file Editor for .csv files (in order level, code, chainage, offset).
KTF 7.1018 and 7.0018
14 March 2009
KTF is now available in AutoCAD 2010 platform (version 7.1018)
New Translators menu item to extract River centreline and cross section location data.
Rapid and Multisections now include a function to select a number of individual section files and write one cross section file to enable much faster drawing outputs
6 March 2009
Sections menu item to get Invert Levels etc. from plan location and then draw on Long Section.
Installation option to make multiple shortcuts to work with two or more AutoCAD versions.
Set nominal scale factor from configuration dialogue.
New option added to swap E and N co-ordinates in LandXML conversion to .kgm model
23 December 2008
Codefind function now supports MText and filters the text more intelligently for non-numeric characters.
Z value analysis program reports volumes on different cut levels or depths.
Some horizontal geometry functions now can see in "shadow corners"
15 December 2008
ZVI visual barrier enhancement: 3D Polylines can now contain unlimited number of elements, not only one as before.
New menu item in Translators: Convert USGS SRTM BIL data into KTF readable format. That’s Space Shuttle level data, available free and covering the whole of the UK.