Newsletter - 08 February 2006

Company News

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ATTENTION:
SHORT TO LONG TERM CONTRACTUAL OPPORTUNITIES

We are currently looking to place a selection of highly competent civil engineers in a limited number of top contractual positions. These opportunities are available to those with extensive experience in the industry and with proven expertise in the use of Civil Designer and/or AllyCAD software. Contract positions range from short to long-term assignments and offer candidates the unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic and stimulating environment.

If you are interested in this exciting challenge and look forward to a lucrative career move, then please e-mail Yvonne Beebee at yvonne@knowbase.co.za or call us on 021-701 1850 for further details.



TRAINING IN FOCUS

Last month, Knowledge Base paid a surprise visit to the training delegates of Sigodi Marah Martin in Port Elizabeth during their five day Civil Designer Training course. This training course was customised to suit the company's specific needs and focused on individual aspects of the software. The training was conducted by Solly Solomon.

Seen in the picture from left to right is Solly Solomon (Knowledge Base Trainer), Gwarega Dambudzo (Regional Manager for Sigodi Marah Martin), Reece Hanning (Knowledge Base Sales) and Andre Scheepers (Office Manager for Sigodi Marah Martin).


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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FORUM (YPF)

The Young Professionals Forum (YPF) started approximately a year ago and has a growing membership base of over 500 members.

This division of the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) aims to encourage and develop young engineers who are interested in ensuring the sustainability and promotion of the profession in terms of the built environment. Membership to the Forum is voluntary and restricted to professionals under the age of 35 years who are employed by SAACE member firms.

Knowledge Base is currently an industry partner to the YPF and supports the organisation's efforts in the promotion of Civil Engineering initiatives to young professionals in South Africa.

Should you meet the above membership requirements, then we encourage you to join this dynamic body in order to secure the future of young civil engineers. For more information on this initiative, please visit www.saace.co.za/YPF/ or email ypf@saace.co.za to register now.


Product News & Information

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DRIVING BETTER AND FASTER ROADS

A substantial percentage of South Africa's roads have been designed with the use of Civil Designer's Roads module. The Roads module has been developed to design any kind of road imaginable, from urban and rural roads, freeways, airports, railways and even dams.

With the upcoming 6.4 Roads module you can look forward to increased functionality with over 50 new enhancements, making it better and even more versatile than ever before.


Cross Sections

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Among the many enhancements, the most noticeable are:

  • A revised Design Criteria that will warn the user when transition curves are needed on a Horizontal alignment. The program will also offer suggestions on the transition curve lengths.

  • The user will have a choice to model Vertical curves as parabolas or as circular curves.

  • A Translate Road feature has been added to the Translate Cross section function. This will allow the user to accurately translate his design cross sections to a DTM surface without having to manually alter the DTM model at template changes afterwards.

  • The module has special surveyed features such as fence lines that can be extracted from the DTM onto cross sections by specifying a filter. These features can then automatically be indicated onto cross section drawings with the use of user defined CAD symbols.

  • A Pipe Database function has been added to 6.4. This will allow the user to specify any additional services, or culverts that cross the road. The program will then indicate wherever these pipes are crossing toe road alignment, together with pipes from the Sewer, Storm and Water Modules, on Long Section plots and in the Vertical Alignment Editor.

The new version will benefit both road designers and transportation engineers alike and will continue to provide the kind of resource that consultants can rely on when completing demanding infrastructure projects within tight deadlines.



Civil Designer Support & Development

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NEW CUSTOMER FORUM WEBSITE

Have your say on Civil Designer software issues on the Knowledge Base Forum website. We look forward to your views, suggestions and thoughts and invite comments from the broader civil engineering community to start talking on the Forum today.

Visit the Forum by accessing the Knowledge Base website on www.knowbase.co.za and go to the services menu. Alternatively, click here to enter the site.



LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Build 25 (10/10/2005)

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

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Updated Hasp Device Driver (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


If you are interested in training, please contact your regional office to make your booking as the courses are extremely popular.

 

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

Bloemfontein,
Bethlehem,
Kroonstad,
Maseru

6 - 10 Feb

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Johannesburg

6 - 10 Feb

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

Cameron

Cape Town

13 - 17 Feb

Civil Designer training (Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road and Stormwater)*

Solly

Durban,
Port Shepstone,
PMB & Richards Bay

20 - 24 Feb

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Durban

20 - 23 Feb

AllyCAD training*

Cedric

Durban

27 Feb - 6 Mar

Civil Designer training (Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road and Stormwater)*

Cedric

East London

27 Feb - 3 Mar

Civil Designer training (Design Centre, Water,Sewer)*

Solly

* Book now! - there are still spaces available on this course.

 


 

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Andre Delport
Vela VKE Consulting Engineers

 

DEVELOPMENTS IN UNIONDALE

Ralph Waldo Emerson must have had André Delport in mind when he said, "nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." André's many accomplishments at Vela VKE Engineers in Mosselbay have certainly been great and he has greeted each new challenge with never-ending enthusiasm. read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

Recruitment Service

 

RECRUITMENT

If you’re looking for the best possible candidate with the right skills and technical abilities for the job, then look no further than the Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre. We specialise in the sourcing of top quality candidates for the Civil Engineering and CAD Design industries.

This is a random selection of our candidates. Send us an email and include the Candidate Number for further information.

 

Candidate 491

Civil and Structural Technician with 4+ years Consulting experience. Computer literate in Civil Designer, AutoCAD and Prokon. Is willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 631

Civil Engineering Technician (Pr Tech Eng) with 10+ years experience as a civil and structural design technician. Proficient in AllyCAD and Prokon. Willing to relocate away from the main city centres.

Candidate 541

Assistant Resident Engineer (Structures) with BSc Civil Engineering and 30+ years experience in road and bridge rehabilitation. Seeks a position in Durban.

Candidate 527

CAD Operator/Draughtsperson with 2 years draughting experience using AutoCAD 2002 for civil (roads) and structural design. Seeks a position in the Gauteng/Kwazulu Natal Region. Has limited exposure to Civil Designer.

 


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