Newsletter - 9th March 2005


Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre Goes “LIVE”


The Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre (KBR) has gone “live”. Job seekers in the technical field may now add their CV’s online to the KBR database, which once approved, will be uploaded onto the website. Potential candidates will also be able to search the website/database for current jobs available, while employers can check online for new recruits.


KBR serves to provide support to the civil engineering consulting firms and strives to secure the future of Civil Engineering. Essentially, it aims to bridge the gap between the employer and technical staff.


Industry sectors that are targeted include middle to senior level engineers, designers, architects, electrical engineers, quantity surveyors, GIS operators, natural scientists, engineering geologists and town planners. The Centre draws on a database of top personnel who are available for both permanent and contract positions in South Africa. There is also a special emphasis on graduate recruitment.


Most of the universities and technikons are existing users of Civil Designer and AllyCAD. This means that we are able to source some of the best graduates from the engineering and design faculties. Our relationship with tertiary institutions is largely contained in our social responsibility plan that prescribes the use of our software at a heavily discounted rate. In terms of secondary institutions however, the use of our AllyCAD software bears no cost. We supply annual prize sponsorship to the best achiever and offer certificates, trophies and cash incentives with the primary aim of promoting design excellence.


KBR online applications will pave the way for professional personnel in the engineering and design fields so that they can take advantage of exciting career opportunities on offer.


For more information, contact Yvonne Beebee at:


or visit the Recruitment section in our website:




Service Clashes


One of the most useful features of Civil Designer is that you can calculate where services may clash or where these clashes are within a certain distance of each other. This can be done in a matter of seconds, allowing you to continue with your work uninterrupted.


The Service Clashes dialog box allow you to check for clashes between any two services such as sewer, storm, water or roads. The second service must however be part of the project. The drop down list contained in the dialog box contains a full set of services that you can choose from. Once you have selected two services for testing, you can specify the clearance required between the services. You then click on the Check button and sit back as the analysis begins. Checking for service clashes is done quickly and efficiently, and there is minimal effort.


As a clash is found, the details will be displayed on the table. In order to view the position of the clash, you simply right click on the table. The Design Centre display will then be changed to position the clash on the centre of the screen.


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With Civil Designer you don’t have to spend long hours checking for clashes between services. The program will do all this for you while you spend your valuable time to optimize your design and increase productivity.















We took the decision about a year ago to acquire the Civil Designer suite of computer software. The integrated, user-friendly package encompasses all the major disciplines from Sewer through to Roads and has the ability to detect service clashes. We are currently in the process of standardizing our office on Civil Designer and have since requested all designs to be submitted in this format,

Dirk Reed, Acting Chief Engineer City of Windhoek.




Send in a Request For a Tech Tip


If there is a specific area in CIVIL DESIGNER that you would like us to provide a Tech Tip on, then please let us know. Send your request to and indicate the subject heading as "Tech Tip Request".


Note: We will attempt to create Tech Tips for all responses, but this may be a timeous process depending on the amount of requests that we receive. Should you require an immediate response, then please liaise with our Support Centre telephonically or via e-mail.


Latest Updates From the Development Team


Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.3 
    Build 18 (11/03/2005)

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

  • Civil Designer v6.2
    Build 33 (31/05/2004)



CIVIL DESIGNER Training Contact Details


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




Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Tel: (021) 701 1850

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

Durban Office

Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Tel: (011) 675 3959


Current Visits and Training Activities

Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visitations 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.






14 – 16 Mar

AllyCAD training



14 – 18 Mar

Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits

Charles & Reece

Port Elizabeth

14 – 17 Mar

Civil Designer training






Best Regards,

The Knowledge Base Team


















Never a Dull Moment

“There is never a dull moment here,” says Dirk Reed, Acting Chief Engineer at the Roads & Stormwater department of the City of Windhoek. “Each day presents a unique set of challenges that constantly tests your planning and people management skills.” Dirk’s role is extremely varied. He is responsible for the supervision of the Roads & Stormwater Division and oversees all geometric road designs.

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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 120

Structural Technician with experience in the design of reinforced concrete and bridge structures. Computer knowledge includes AllyCAD, AutoCAD and Civil Designer. Candidate will consider positions in the Western Cape.

Candidate 154

Technician currently studying towards his B.Tech Civil Engineering. Has 1 years geometric design experience. Computer knowledge includes Civil Designer, Prokon, Caddie and AutoCAD. Would like a Cape Town based position.

Candidate 103

CAD Draughtsperson. Solid experience in structural and civil draughting on AutoCAD. Seeks a position within the Gauteng region.

Candidate 188

Engineering Technician – Currently studying towards his B.Tech Civil Engineering. Experienced in aspects of controlling, supervising and implementing the construction of concrete structures and the design of civil services. Computer knowledge includes Caddie, AutoCAD & Microstation.


For more information, please visit our Knowledge Base website or contact our Recruitment Specialist Yvonne Beebee at:

Telephone (021) 7011850.




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