Newsletter - 10th August 2005

Company News

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NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR PROGRAMMING TEAM

We are pleased to announce that our development team has gained two additional members.
 

 

2 Additional CAD Programmers

James Higgs
(Returns to us)
Keshandra Naidoo
(New programmer)



Keshandra Naidoo and James Higgs have been appointed to work as C++ Programmers. Their responsibilities include assisting with the development of the CAD module in Civil Designer; trouble shooting on previous versions of CAD and helping the Customer Support division with program related enquiries and problems. In addition to helping with CAD developments, Keshandra will also be extensively involved in Civil Designer programming.

The Knowledge Base development team is continually improving Civil Designer in order to meet your design requirements and also to keep abreast of the latest industry trends. We are committed to presenting our clients with a world-class product and aim to achieve this objective with continuous product enhancements and ongoing innovation.

 

 

 

Product News & Information

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THE MAP MODULE IN CIVIL DESIGNER

MAP is a fast and easy to use Geographic Information System that has largely been designed for local authorities, government bodies, non-government bodies and all others who need to represent physical entities with an associated database of information. In this weeks newsletter we explore how you can import various GIS and CAD related data into your existing project with minimum effort.

 

Importing from GIS

You can import a file from another GIS system by selecting Import - GIS in the File menu. This option allows you to import data into your current project from an alternative GIS source. Civil Designer supports the following GIS systems: DOS AllyMAP Boundary; DOS AllyMAP Link ID; DOS AllyMAP Segment ID; DOS AllyMAP Object, DOS AllyMAP Point, ReGIS Feature File and ArcView Shape File.

 

 

Import Theme

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In the “GIS Import Type” dialog, select the required data type and click Next to proceed. The “Import File” dialog page will now be displayed. Complete the relevant data and click Next. This will prompt the “Import Theme” page so that you can complete the relevant data before selecting the Finish button. If the name of the new theme is the same as that of an existing theme then the program will prompt you to return to the "Import Theme" page so that you can change the name of the theme.

 

Importing from CAD

You can create or update a theme with data from CAD elements as the full range of point, line and region themes will be supported. To import a CAD layer, go to File and select the "Import from CAD” dialog.

 

 

Import from CAD

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Complete the relevant data and click Next to proceed. If you choose to select a new theme, the “Create Table” dialog will be displayed. Complete the relevant data and click Next. When selecting your data options, you can choose raw data or polylines with IDs. Once the relevant data has been completed, click the Finish button.

 

This easy exchange of data allows you to use MAP as an editor for ArcView and Mapinfo users and will double up as a powerful management system that compliments any Civil Designer module. Watch out for the next Civil Designer newsletter where we will be discussing the Exporting function in the MAP module!

 

 

 

  Saving You Time and Money

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BUSINESS WARRIORS - GET YOUR PAIA DOCUMENTS

(Applicable to South African Business Owners only)

Some of you may already have heard about the Promotion of Access to Information Act, otherwise known as PAIA. But did you know, that if you do not submit a Section 51 Manual to the South African Human Rights Commission by 31 August 2005 that you could be held liable for a fine or even jailed? In order to avoid such criminal judgement, you will be expected to:

  • draft a Section 51 manual for your businesses and trusts;

  • submit this to the SA Human Rights Commission;

  • post it on your website - if you have one;

  • and submit it to any professional body that you are a member of.

Since we know how valuable time is, we have included a useful information resource in the form of Business Warriors that you could access when completing your Section 51 manual. When you join the Business Warrior community, you get advanced warning about any legislation that is likely to impact on the SME environment. You will also receive the PAIA Section 51 Manual with each registration. To join the Business Warrior community, click here.

 

 

 

Civil Designer Support & Development

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LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Build 22 (15/07/2005)

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

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

 

 

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

Johannesburg

10 – 12 Aug

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Johannesburg

15 – 19 Aug

Civil Designer training for Africon

Cameron

Durban

15 – 18 Aug

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

Cedric

Durban

15 – 19 Aug

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Durban

17 - 19 Aug

Recruitment visits

Yvonne

 

    

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Eddie Schön
Copad Engineers

EDDIE SPARKLES WITH NEW KIMBERLEY PRISON

"You are, at this moment, standing right in the middle of your own ''acres of diamonds,'' said Earl Nightingale to his audience. He was talking about finding and taking the opportunities around us. The new Kimberley prison that will house some 3000 inmates is a big project by any standards and represents a sparkling opportunity for Eddie Schön and Copad Engineers to really shine.

read showcase

 


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 121

Engineering Design Technologist with 5+ years geometric design experience. Proficient in AutoCAD and Civil Designer. Seeks a position in the Kwazulu Natal region.

Candidate 125

Senior Structural Engineering Technician with +15 years civil & structural draughting and site experience within a municipal environment. Proficient in AutoCAD and AllyCAD and seeks a position within the Western Cape.

Candidate 304

Senior Civil Technician with a ND Civil Engineering with 10 years experience in geometric design. Has had experience in project management and administration and is proficient in Civil Designer, AllyCAD and MX Roads. Seeks a position within the Kwazulu Natal Region.

Candidate 387

AutoCAD draughtsperson with 4+ years national and international working experience. Will consider positions in the Pretoria and Cape Town region.

Candidate 412

Structural Steel draughtsman with 2 + years experience on AutoCAD. Seeks as position within the Gauteng region.

Candidate 413

AutoCAD draughtsperson with 10 + years experience in roads, surveying, buildings, reinforcement, steelwork and process layouts. Seeks a position in Pretoria.

 


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Civil Designer Support

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT CENTRE


support@knowbase.co.za

 

086 0101 999
(South Africa only)

+27 21 7011850
(International Clients)

 


 

 

Civil Designer Modules

 

CIVIL DESIGNER is the leading civil engineering infrastructure design package with nine integrated modules that operate seamlessly on a single design platform. This places unequalled design functionality at your disposal without the inconvenience of transferring data between different design programs.
 


DESIGN CENTRE

CAD

SEWER

SURVEY & TERRAIN

MAP

STORM

ROADS

TURN

WATER

 

     
 

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Developers of Professional Civil Engineering and CAD Design Solutions

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