NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 10th 2005


 

COMPANY NEWS

 

We’ve incorporated a special visit from our programmers in the last round of scheduled client visits. We trust that you have enjoyed meeting the team and that some of your technical questions have been answered.

 

The programmers conducted the following demonstrations during regional visits:

  • New ‘Strings’ functionality in Civil Designer – presented by Alasdair Craig in Johannesburg.
  • Sewer functionality in Civil Designer – presented by Johan Swart in Port Elizabeth.
  • Roads functionality in Civil Designer – presented by Dawid du Toit in Durban.
  • AllyCAD functionality – presented by James Fife in East London.

In addition to this, the Namibian region can look forward to meeting the Support Manager Brett Pureveen later this month where he will address software related queries and also assist in technical problem solving.

 

 

PRODUCT NEWS

   

CREATING A DTM FROM A COORDINATED DRAWING

 

With Civil Designer 6.3, there are three different ways of performing this function. You may create a DTM from a coordinated drawing by:

  • Extracting DXF
  • Extracting Text
  • Converting a Polyline to DTM

Extracting DXF

 

This procedure takes any points, lines, polyline structures or text that may be converted to a floating point number in a DXF file and then converts them to Civil Designer readable ASCII. The program prompts you to name and save the ASCII file on your hard drive so that this may be imported and viewed in 3-D format.

 

Civil Designer reads the lines and polyline structures and then prompts you to indicate whether you prefer these to be processed as feature lines or break lines.

 

Extracting Text

 

The ‘extracting text’ routine converts numeric text on any layer or combination of layers in the currently loaded drawing to DTM points. The location of the text items forms the X and Y co-ordinates of the new points while the value of the text string (which must be numeric) forms the elevations of the new points.

 

 

Converting a Polyline to DTM

 

With this procedure you can create DTM points from the vertices of a CAD polyline. The points have a user-assigned surface, height and line. This function may best be used to convert contours on a drawing to a DTM.

 

These three functions have the advantage of creating a three-dimensional site DTM from a drawing that has XY co-ordinates and Z heights and allow you to remain ahead of the pack with increased functionality. You can switch on the contour display or slope shading. When a design module needs an elevation it simply queries the DTM with minimal effort.

 

 

With Civil Designer all your design tasks with be faster and easier and you will be able to do so much more than before!

 

Watch out for subsequent Tech Tips for more information on creating a DTM from a coordinated drawing.

 

 

CIVIL DESIGNER SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

 

  SEWER AND STORMWATER TECH TIP

How to add a pump station to a Sewer or Stormwater network.

This tech tip explains how to add a pump station to a Sewer or Stormwater network. The first step is to create the pump file that will be added to the network. (For the purpose of this example a pump station will be added to a sewer network, the same steps are followed for stormwater.)...

View Tech Tip

 

DO YOU WANT TO 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 support@knowbase.co.za 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 15 (28/01/2005)

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

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

     

TRAINING AND VISITS

 

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.


 

REGIONS

CONTACT

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 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.
 

REGION

DATE

ACTIVITY

PERSON/S

Johannesburg 7 – 14 Feb Civil Designer training for Jeffares & Green (Sunninghill) Cameron
Johannesburg 7 – 14 Feb Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits Vincent, Paul
Johannesburg 9 & 10 Feb Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits and recruitment Vincent, Yvonne
Port Elizabeth 7 – 10 Feb Civil Designer (Design Centre, Survey, Terrain and Road) training Solly
Mpumalanga 14 – 18 Feb Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits Charles

 

 

 

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The Knowledge Base Team

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KNOWLEDGE BASE 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 and offer you a personalized service built on complete trust, confidentiality and good faith.

 

This is a random selection of some 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. He will consider position within the Gauteng or Western Cape regions.

 
Candidate 148

Civil Technician currently involved in geometric design. Obtained ND in Civil Engineering in 2003. Computer knowledge includes: AllyCAD, Civil Designer and Microstation. She is currently based in Cape Town but is willing to relocate to Gauteng.

 
Candidate 154

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

 
Candidate 206

Masters in Electrical Engineering with experience as a Plant and Sales Engineer. Seeks a permanent position within the Western Cape.

 


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

recruitment@knowbase.co.za

Telephone (021) 7011850.


 

 

CUSTOMER SHOWCASE


The Horizon Ripe With Opportunity

Paul Silayi radiates enthusiasm as he bounces down the passage, his face beaming with a confident smile. He is passionate about engineering and enjoys using engineering software, Civil Designer and AllyCAD. "At the last company I worked for, we received a job with a very tight deadline. I was adamant that the only way that I was going to meet the deadline was if we used this amazing software. They bought the program, I met the deadline, and today they are still using the package," he laughs.

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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


Visit our CIVIL DESIGNER website or contact one of our Customer Solutions consultants for more detailed information about these modules.
 

 

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