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17 May 2007  

CIB World Congress 2007


Knowledge Base attended the Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) World Congress 2007 this week at the ICC Cape Town. Between 300 and 350 delegates, consisting largely of international decision-makers, attended the Congress and some 270 papers were presented.

The theme 'Construction for Development' focused on the important role that construction plays in the development of nations and brought fresh insight into effective techniques and best practice methodolgies. A number of papers brought attention to the increasing importance of integrated approaches in infrastructural design both in terms of project role players and in terms of the technolgy and tools implemented. Mr Peter Barrak was elected as the new ICB president at the presidential address on 15 May.



Product News 



Civil Designer users can now look forward to even greater functionality in the upcoming 6.5 version. New enhancements in the Roads module include a Kerb Editor which will allow you to incorporate kerbs in cross sections and also allow you to calculate the kerb quantities. You can build up your own library of kerbs, or use the existing kerb library that is supplied with the program.

The user friendly Kerb Editor defines and edits kerb geometry and formulae that will be used to calculate quantities. With this new function, the generation of kerbs on cross section plots can be done in a matter of seconds.



Standardising With Civil Designer


On Friday 11 May the Knowledge Base team met with top PD Naidoo & Associates management to discuss the benefits of standardising on Civil Designer. The company has 10 national and four international offices specialising in engineering activities ranging from civil and structural, electrical and mechanical, traffic, transportation and roads

to water, management services, mining and industrial, geotechnical and other related services. Seen in the picture is Charles Scott (Knowledge Base), Kevin Pillay (COO PDNA) Andre Wessels (Reg. Director PDNA), Reece Hanning (Knowledge Base) and Fazel Seedat (Assoc. Director PDNA).



GAMA Conference 2007


Knowledge Base co-sponsored and was represented at the 14th Group Africa Member Associations (GAMA) Conference which took place on 14 - 17 May at Gaborone, Botswana. With the theme 'Engineering Services, Value for Money', this year's conference was hosted by the Association of Consulting Engineers

Botswana (ACEB) and focused on the relationship between consulting engineers and procuring entities, innovation and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Knowledge Base was pleased to support the event as it assisted with an improved understanding of pertinent issues facing African Consulting Engineers.



Civil Designer Training Opportunities


If you are interested in training, please contact your regional office to make your booking as the courses are extremely popular.


Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Tel: (021) 701 1850

Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe

Durban Office

Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Tel: (011) 675 3959



Visits & Training Activities


Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visits and training activities in the upcoming week. 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.

Kuruman 14 - 18 May Civil Designer In-House training for Ga-Segonyana Municipality Solly
Durban 14 - 18 May Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Water, Sewer and Stormwater Cedric
Johannesburg 21 - 25 May AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits Charles, Brett P
Port Elizabeth 21 May Water In-House training for TECDEC Solly
Bethlehem 21 - 25 May Civil Designer In-House training for Dept of Agriculture Cedric
Port Elizabeth 22 May Water In-House training for Kwezi V3 (PE) Solly
Nelspruit 23 - 25 May AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits David, Dawid
Port Elizabeth 28 - 31 May AllyCAD In-House training for National Ports Authority (PE) Solly
Durban 28 - 31 May Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain and Road Cedric
Johannesburg 28 May - 1 June Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road and Sewer Cameron

    Best Regards,
    The Knowledge Base Team


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Tracking water courses using Flow Directions in Survey & Terrain.
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Customer Showcase


Edwin van Rensburg
Lidwala Consulting Engineers,



YOU will find one of the most beautiful sites in the Cedar Creek estate situated within the greater Cedar Lakes environment. This breathtaking area with elevations of up to 60 metres has amazing views that stretch as far as the eye can see. To Edwin van Rensburg from Lidwala Consulting Engineers this site would be any resident's dream but proved to be one of the most challenging terrains to work on..
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Civil Designer Support


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South Africa: 086 0101 999
International: +27 21 7011850

Support & Development


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.


Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.4
    Build 9 (14/05/2007)
  • Civil Designer v6.4
    Build 4 (05/12/2006)
  • Civil Designer v6.4
    Hasp Driver Update (13/02/2007)

Bureau Service


The Bureau assists companies to complete specialised projects on time.


The Bureau department is currently handling a number of outsourced infrastructural design tasks ranging from data capture and drafting through to GIS related assignments and is available to assist with additional projects.

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