Newsletter - 16 November 2005

Company News

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NEW EMPLOYER SERVICE

The Knowledge Base Recruitment website provides an information service that allows interested candidates to browse for current civil engineering and CAD operating positions in the market. It also provides information to our clients regarding our comprehensive recruitment service.

As a result of the tremendous success of this offering, we have since introduced the NEW Employer Service that allows prospective employers to search for candidates based on their geographical location, skills and competencies. Employers have access to our Knowledge Base Recruitment database of candidates that we have interviewed and approved.

The Recruitment website ensures strict confidentiality in order to protect the candidate's privacy. The candidate information for public viewing on the website includes a short summary of their skills as well as the qualifications that have been obtained. For detailed information regarding current and previous work experience, interested parties will need to contact the Recruitment Centre directly.

Please contact Yvonne Beebee at recruitment@knowbase.co.za for further information on this exciting offering!

 

Product News & Information

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TERRACE VOLUMES

The digital terrain modeling module in Civil Designer allows for interactive earthworks design and calculations. This module incorporates more complex survey calculations, error figures and control surveys and handles Terrain Modeling and Terrace Design with ease.

Once you have identified your terrace (with or without banks), a DTM grid is run across it and the cut-and-fill volumes are determined. If the cut-and-fill quantities do not balance, the program allows you to adjust the terrace quickly and with minimum effort. The figures for compaction and topsoil stripping can now be incorporated and a final figure is presented. The results are presented in the Output window.

In projects that consist of a large number of terraces, it is advisable to try and reduce the number of individual platforms by connecting adjacent terraces with extra design lines between them. This intervening area can then be treated as earthwork shaping and may be considered as part of a single larger terrace. The larger each perimeter, the easier and the less work there will be to balance the earthworks.


TERRACE VOLUMES

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The terrace volume calculation functions outputs details of the volumes in depth ranges. You can calculate the volumes by depth range by using either the Band method of calculation or the Prism method of calculation. The Band method subdivides the calculated volume for a particular depth into the various depth bands consisting of the actual cut or fill depth and all the preceding bands. This is in accordance with the SABS 1200 method of volume calculation. The Prism method on the other hand, assigns the entire calculated volume for a particular depth to the depth band of the actual cut or fill depth.

The relationship between Band and Prism calculations is an interesting one in that the volume for any depth range calculated by the Prism method is equal to the sum of the volume for that depth range as well as all the preceding ranges when calculated by the Band method. The choice of calculation will merely change the way that the volume calculation is reported and results in the same overall cut and fill volumes for each method. Volumes can then be reported in either SABS 1200 or COLTO format for specified depth categories, top soil stripping and compaction or bulking factors.

This heavy weight module can handle any bulk earthworks application and there is no limit to the programs functionality. It handles anything from survey calculations, terrain modeling, terrace design, pipe long section generation and three dimensional viewing quickly and effectively.

 

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 25 (10/10/2005)

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

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


  TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Calculating Layerwork Volumes
 

This Tech Tip explains how to calculate layerwork volumes. The first step is to solidify the layerworks, this function converts the layerworks in the road template into road layers.

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


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

15 – 17 Nov

AllyCAD training

Cameron

PMB

17 & 18 Nov

Road training for SNA

Cedric

Johannesburg

14 - 18 Nov

Visiting AllyCAD and Civil Designer clients

Charles

East London

15 – 17 Nov

Visiting AllyCAD and Civil Designer clients

Reece

Cape Town

17 & 18 Nov

Practical Selling Skills course

David

Cape Town

16 - 18 Nov

AllyCAD training

Solly

Durban

21 – 25 Nov

Visiting AllyCAD and Civil Designer clients

David

Cape Town

21 - 25 Nov

Customised Civil Designer training

Cedric

Namibia

21 - 25 Nov

Civil Designer training in Windhoek (Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer & Stormwater)

Solly

 


 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

Marthinus Retief
Liebenberg & Stander

 

The Mfuleni Bulk Earthworks Project
“The information was transferred into Civil Designer where a model of the bulk earthworks platform was created with the use of the Survey & Terrain module. The program allowed me to create contours and move points around.. I found the quick contour function to be especially helpful during this phase.”
 

 


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 493

Civil & Structural Technologist with 5 years experience - civil design and site experience (Roads, Stormwater & Sewer). Computer literate in Civil Designer, AllyCAD, AutoCAD & Modelmaker. Would like to secure a position within the KwaZulu Natal region.

Candidate 415

CAD Operator with work experience in municipal services. Interest lies in 3D, mechanical or structural drawings. Proficient in AutoCAD.

Candidate 372

Civil Site Technician (Roads) with 3 years working experience. Seeks a position in the Western Cape or Gauteng region.

Candidate 506

Civil Technician with 5 years experience in structural design and supervision of civil engineering projects. Currently holds the position of Projects manager. Proficient in AutoCAD, Microstation, Caddie and Prokon. Seeks a position in the Gauteng region.

Candidate 495

Junior Civil Technician - Geotechnical. Proficient in Civil Designer, AllyCAD & AutoCAD. Seeks a position within the Western Cape region.

 


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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

 

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