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Newsletter - 15 March 2006

Company News

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ADDRESSING THE SA SKILLS SHORTAGE

The Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre is now in a position to assist foreign candidates with the acquisition of work permits through a qualified Immigration Officer and in association with the Department of Home Affairs.

Non South African Civil Engineers and design staff will now be able to offer their services to South African Civil Engineering consulting firms for short to long term assignments. This initiative will attempt to address the South African skills shortage presently experienced in the industry.

For more information contact Yvonne Beebee on (021) 7011850 or email Yvonee@knowbase.co.za.


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FORUM (YPF)

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


Membership to the Forum is open to all Young Professionals in the Built Environment, under 35 years of age. Knowledge Base is currently an industry partner to the YPF and supports the organisation's efforts to promote Engineering initiatives to young professionals in South Africa. 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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NEW FEATURES IN 6.4's WATER MODULE

The principle challenge of any water engineer is to maintain effectiveness by ensuring that the lowest total cost is maintained in relation to water utility. The upcoming water module in Civil Designer 6.4 has done just that by introducing new features intended to save you both time and money.

In the new version, pipes can be imported from multiple CAD layers. For each layer it is possible to specify the pipe material, class, nominal and internal diameter.

DIALOG

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The manipulation of data is also more user-friendly in 6.4 and can be edited in a spreadsheet like environment. In addition, fields that are included in the spreadsheet and their order can be freely customized. You no longer have to manually click on each entity to see the data as the data Spreadsheet function allows you to view all the data at once. All information is therefore edited and viewed in one window.

Click here to view screen shot.

Another handy feature in the new version is the addition of pumps with variable speed settings. The software will then automatically adjust the pump speed to maintain either preset delivery or preset pressure. Variable speed pumps are essentially useful in situations when for any reason elevated storage is not possible or is not economically viable to build. So the pumps have to discharge directly into the network, allowing for a much more viable cost saving alternative.

With all the functionality in the upcoming 6.4 version the program has gone one step further in making life a lot easier.



Civil Designer 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 upcoming Civil Designer 6.4 version with the latest functionality.


LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.3 - Build 26
    Build 26 (31/01/2006)

  • 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


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

East London

13 - 17 March

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

Solly

Johannesburg

13 - 17 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Pretoria

13 - 17 & 22 March

Civil Designer In-House training for Africon

Cameron

Johannesburg

23 & 24 March

Advanced Road training

Cedric

Windhoek

27 - 31 March

Civil Designer training for Windhoek Consulting Engineers

Solly

Book now! - there are still spaces available on these courses.

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Kevin Naidoo & Jermaine Maistry

Nathoo Mbenyane & Associates

 

Travelling The Road Together

"CIVIL engineers live a good life but they never get rich being a civil engineer. Our reward in this business is making a difference in people's lives and by doing so we leave behind a legacy for a better future." These words uttered by Kevin Naidoo from Nathoo Mbenyane & Associates rings true in the heart of every civil engineer. read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 


The Knowledge Base Bureau is fully operational with a dedicated team of professionals that clients can outsource at any time to complete specialised projects within clearly defined timelines. The division assists companies that have limited resources and who are in need of specific services.

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/.


 

Recruitment Service

 

RECRUITMENT

SHORT AND LONG TERM CONTRACT 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.

If you are interested in this exciting challenge and look forward to a lucrative 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 us an email and include the Candidate Number for further information:

 

Candidate 630

Junior Civil Technician with 14 months experience in township service design. Computer literate in Civil Designer and AutoCAD. Is willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 454

Structural Civil Technician with 2 year's experience in the drawing of civil sections & layouts. Proficient in AllyCAD and Prokon. Seeks a position in the Gauteng region.

Candidate 650

Civil draughtsperson (Roads) with 5 years working experience and NTC Engineering (N5). Seeks a position in Gauteng.

Candidate 685

Professional Engineer with 5 years water related design experience with BSc Engineering. Seeks a position in the Western Cape or Kwa-Zulu Natal. Proficient in Civil Designer and AllyCAD.

 


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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.
 


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MAP

STORM

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TURN

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