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Newsletter - 16 August 2006

Company News

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CIVIL DESIGNER FOR UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH


In keeping abreast of current industry standards, the University of Stellenbosch has recently decided to incorporate Civil Designer as their medium of choice when executing their Civil Engineering course. The civil programme covers subjects from the traditional civil engineering disciplines, such as Water Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation as well as Geotechnical Engineering. There is also a special focus in the areas of water resources, transportation, pavement engineering and reliability analysis.


Students were introduced to the program by means of an interactive technical demonstration which was held on Tuesday 8 August.

Seen in the picture is David Bredenkamp from Knowledge Base (left) and Professor Kim Jenkins of the University of Stellenbosch - Civil Engineering Faculty.



ROADS FOR THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE


The 3rd IRF/SARF Regional Conference for Africa will be taking place on the 11th – 13th September 2006 at the ICC in Durban. The conference is being jointly hosted by the International Road Federation (IRF)


based in Geneva Switzerland, and the South African Road Federation (SARF), and its relevance to Africa’s development and future wellbeing cannot be overstated.

As the leading global organization devoted to the promotion of roads and the roads sector worldwide, the IRF is represented in more than 80 countries. Every four years it holds an international conference on a different continent to address regional road issues pertinent to that continent. This year it’s Africa’s turn, and during the week beginning September 11 some of the world’s leading authorities and decision makers on road development will focus their attention on equipping Africa with a much improved road network.

Knowledge Base looks forward to meeting you there, come and introduce yourself to us at Stand 24.



Product News & Information

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Translating a roads design to a DTM surface

A roads model can be translated easily and accurately by selecting the 'Alignment / Horizontal / Cross Sections / Translate' option and then specifying the correct Layer and Surface. You then select the 'Roads Model' option and press OK. The program will allow you to switch on the newly created DTM surface to check the results.

Working with Cross Sections is just as easy. You can indicate features such as Fence Lines, Telephone Poles or Pipes on your Cross Section Drawings. You can also extract cross section points from a surveyed feature, plot cross sections with symbols and height the cross section points.

When extracting cross sections from a DTM feature, select the option 'Alignment / Horizontal / Cross Sections / Extract' and then choose the correct surface and layer.

CROSS SECTIONS

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Once you have checked the 'Apply DTM point filter' check box, the point filter dialog will appear. You can use the filter to specify what DTM data to use when extracting cross sections. Also specify a Section ID for the extracted cross section points. Press OK. The program will extract cross sections from break lines only in cases where the break lines are connecting to the points specified in the DTM point filter. To view the cross sections, select the option 'Section / Graphical Edit'.

The improved functionality in Civil Designer's Roads module makes the generation of plans, long sections and cross sections easy and takes the hassle out of road design and route planning.



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 Civil Designer 6.4 version with the latest functionality.


LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

SHIPPING NOW: CIVIL DESIGNER 6.4

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.4 - Latest Build
    Build 2 (14/08/2006)

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Build 29 (11/07/2006)

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

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Hasp Driver Update (18/08/2005)


TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Geometry Lines
 

Geometry consists of construction lines and circles. These can be used as guide lines which can be traced over using the Geometry Trace-Over functions. This allows the user to determine the positions of points, line and arc intersection points and the projection of existing lines to another part of the drawing.

View Tech Tip



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


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

Durban/Richards Bay/ Port Shepstone

15 - 18 August

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Free State

18 August

AllyCAD Presentation to Free State Dept of Education

Yolanda, Cedric

Johannesburg

14 - 21 August

Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer & Stormwater

Charles

Johannesburg

21 August

Civil Designer training: Water

Cameron

Cape Town

21 - 24 August

Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain and Road training

Solly

East London

22 - 24 August

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Nelspruit

23 - 25 August

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Durban

21 - 24 August

AllyCAD training

Cedric

Johannesburg

23 - 25 August

AllyCAD training

Cameron

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

Rudi Beeslaar
Ninham Shand
Harrismith

 

FREE STATE DEVELOPMENTS

“We used Civil Designer to design the horizontal and vertical alignments and found the program especially useful in calculating the cut and fill volumes in the development of the road. I have worked with the software since the days of Stardust and the program has just grown from strength to strength”
read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

Recruitment Service



RECRUITMENT

Knowledge Base Recruitment has gained the support of civil engineering firms nationwide through its efforts to address the massive skills shortages affecting the industry and as a result of its integrity-centered conduct.

UK INTERVIEWS SOON

For one day only Knowledge Base Recruitment will be conducting interviews in the UK in order to fast track the entry of foreign professionals into South Africa. Interviews will be conducted on
01 September 2006.


TOP CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT
We are currently looking to place a selection of highly competent civil engineers in a limited number of top contractual positions.

If you are interested in an exciting 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 an email to the above address quoting the relevant Candidate Number for further information:


Candidate 704

Civil Engineering Technician with 2+ years experience in civil design (roads, stormwater, sewer). Experienced in Civil Designer and AutoCAD. Seeks a position in the Eastern Cape.

Candidate 879

Structural Technician with 4 years as a reinforced concrete and structural steel designer. Currently studying toward his BTech in structural engineering. Seeks a position in Gauteng. Proficient in AutoCAD, Prokon and Rebarmate.

Candidate 880

BSc Civil Engineer seeks a position within general project managment, planning, design and operation and maintenance of urban and rural water supply systems, strong team leadership skills on large international projects. Seeks a position in Bloemfontein.

Candidate 363

Civil Engineering Technician with 2 years experience on water (pipelines, bulkwater connections) and structural designs. Proficient in AllyCAD and Civil Designer. Seeks a position in KwaZulu Natal. Not willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 844

Civil Engineer with 13 years experience in structural engineering. Design and supervision of building works. Proficient in Prokon, AutoCAD and FloorCAD.



 

Bureau Service

Bureau assists companies to complete specialised projects on time.


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. This 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/.



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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

 

     
 

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