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Newsletter - 05 October 2006

Company News

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THE 70th IMESA ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION


IMESA is hosting their 70th Annual Conference and Exhibition from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 October 2006 at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus. The conference aims to address the many


challenges by transferring municipal engineering skills and improved competency in the fields of capacity building, management and technical skills related to municipal infrastructures. The conference also provides the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field of municipal engineering.

Knowledge Base Sales and Knowledge Base Recruitment will both be exhibiting and will be pleased to meet with industry partners and clients at Stands 9, 50 and 51. Clients also stand to win one of five 2 Gig flash drives, compliments of Knowledge Base.



Product News & Information

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TERRACE VOLUMES

The digital terrain modeling module in Civil Designer allows for interactive earthworks design and calculations. This module incorporates more complex survey calculations, error figures and control surveys and handles Terrain Modeling and Terrace Design with ease.

Once you have identified your terrace (with or without banks), a DTM grid is run across it and the cut-and-fill volumes are determined. If the cut-and-fill quantities do not balance, the program allows you to adjust the terrace quickly and with minimum effort. The figures for compaction and topsoil stripping can now be incorporated and a final figure is presented. The results are presented in the Output window.

In projects that consist of a large number of terraces, it is advisable to try and reduce the number of individual platforms by connecting adjacent terraces with extra design lines between them. This intervening area can then be treated as earthwork shaping and may be considered as part of a single larger terrace. The larger each perimeter, the easier and the less work there will be to balance the earthworks.

TERRACE VOLUMES

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The terrace volume calculation functions outputs details of the volumes in depth ranges. You can calculate the volumes by depth range by using either the Band method of calculation or the Prism method of calculation. The Band method subdivides the calculated volume for a particular depth into the various depth bands consisting of the actual cut or fill depth and all the preceding bands. This is in accordance with the SABS 1200 method of volume calculation. The Prism method, on the other hand, assigns the entire calculated volume for a particular depth to the depth band of the actual cut or fill depth.

The relationship between Band and Prism calculations is an interesting one in that the volume for any depth range calculated by the Prism method is equal to the sum of the volume for that depth range as well as all the preceding ranges when calculated by the Band method. The choice of calculation will merely change the way that the volume calculation is reported and results in the same overall cut and fill volumes for each method. Volumes can then be reported in either SABS 1200 or COLTO format for specified depth categories, top soil stripping and compaction or bulking factors.

This heavy weight module can handle any bulk earthworks application and there is no limit to the programs functionality. It handles anything from survey calculations, terrain modeling, terrace design, pipe long section generation and three dimensional viewing quickly and effectively.



Support & Development

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ANNUAL UPGRADE AND SUPPORT AGREEMENTS

Support Contracts are charged at 13% of the product purchase price and guarantee cutting edge software functionality, the availability of our Support Centre and the provision of a free marketing and publicity service where your project success stories are showcased in top trade journals. Support agreements therefore give you more choice and, best of all, you will have immediate access to our Civil Designer 6.4 version with the latest functionality.


LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

SHIPPING NOW: CIVIL DESIGNER 6.4

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.4 - Latest Build
    Build 2 (14/08/2006)

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Build 29 (11/07/2006)

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Help file Update (14/05/2004)

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Hasp Driver Update (18/08/2005)


Training & Visits

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CIVIL DESIGNER TRAINING CONTACT DETAILS

Training is often regarded as the cornerstone to achieving optimal results and enhanced productivity. The value of good quality training cannot be emphasized enough.


“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela


REGIONS

CONTACT DETAILS

Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Shantell
Tel: (021) 701 1850

Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe

Durban Office

Nalini
Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Barbara
Tel: (011) 675 3959



CURRENT VISITS & TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visits and training activities over the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to give us a call on (021) 701-1850. We would be happy to meet up with you to discuss your training or product needs.


 

REGIONS

DATES

ACTIVITIES

PERSONS

East London

9 - 12 Oct

Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain and Road

Solly

Cape Town

23 - 26 Oct

AllyCAD training

Solly

Johannesburg

10 & 11 Oct

Advanced Road training

Cedric

Johannesburg

16 - 20 Oct

Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Survey Terrain, Water, Sewer and Stormwater

Cameron

Johannesburg

23 Oct

Road training

Charles

Soweto

9 - 13 Oct

IMESA Conference

Charles, David, Reece, Vincent, Yvonne

Pretoria

6 & 13 Oct

In-House training for Pretoria Technicon

Cameron

Pretoria

26 Oct

In-House training for Pretoria Technicon

Charles

Pretoria

23 - 27 Oct

In-House training for Africon (PTA)

Cameron

Polokwane

16 - 20 Oct

In-House training for Africon (Polokwane)

Solly

Mpumalanga

17 - 20 Oct

In-House training in Nelspruit

Cedric

Durban

23 - 27 Oct

Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer and Stormwater

Cedric

Bloemfontein

30, 31 Oct - 3 Nov

Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Road & Advanced Road

Cedric

 

 

Best Regards,
The Knowledge Base Team
www.knowbase.co.za

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Adrian Coetzee & Johan Prins

Kwezi V3 Engineers
Cape Town

 

Meeting Cape Town’s Housing

When it comes to bulk sewer projects, the sewer design for the N2 Gateway housing project can definitely be classed in a league of its own. According to engineers Adrian Coetzee and Johan Prins from Kwezi V3 Engineers in Belville, projects like these comes but once in a lifetime.
Read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

Recruitment Service



RECRUITMENT

Knowledge Base Recruitment has gained the support of civil engineering firms nationwide through its efforts to address the massive skills shortages affecting the industry and as a result of its integrity-centered conduct.

TOP CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT
We are currently looking to place a selection of highly competent civil engineers in a limited number of top contractual positions.

If you are interested in an exciting career move, then please e-mail yvonne@knowbase.co.za or call us on 021-701 1850 for further details.

This is a random selection of our candidates for permanent placement. Send an email to the above address quoting the relevant Candidate Number for further information:


Candidate 940

Senior Roads Engineer with 5 years experience in design, construction and supervision of road works, bridge construction works, water and sanitation rehabilitation works. Seeks position in Pretoria

Candidate 936

Engineering water technician with 5 years post qualification experience. Seeks position in Pretoria as a Project Manager or Resident Engineer

Candidate 934

BSc Engineer with 6 years post graduate experience as a site/resident engineer. Seeks position in infrastructure design and seeks position in Natal.

Candidate 933

B Eng with 4 years experience as Project Engineer in the UK for road designs. Seeks a position in Bloemfontein or Western Cape.

Candidate 939

Engineering Technician with 10 years experience in route maintenance. Monitoring of maintenance contractors, potholes, guard rails, drainages subsoil and concrete, fences, firebreaks, channels, shoulders, route marking.



 

Bureau Service

Bureau assists companies to complete specialised projects on time.


Whatever the job spec, the Bureau team will take care of it. We are committed to helping you grow your business.

For more information contact Brett Pureveen on (021) 701 1850 or visit www.knowbase.co.za/bureau/.



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