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Newsletter - 19 July 2006

Company News

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KNOWLEDGE BASE PENDING BBBEE STATUS


An integral part of the Government's Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Initiative is the balanced scorecard which measures a companies' empowerment progress in the categories of:


  • Ownership;
  • Management;
  • Employment Equity;
  • Skills Development;
  • Procurement;
  • Enterprise Development and
  • Corporate Social Investment.

As a service provider that prides itself on being at the forefront of business, we are currently in the process of developing our own BBBEE score card for the Group. We have employed the services of Labour Aid (Pty) Ltd who will be evaluating us against specific focus areas and allocating a score to the Knowledge Base Group. Once allocated, the score will be valid for the 2006/2007 year and will allow clients to receive additional points in the procurement category when applying for their rating score cards.

Knowledge Base has always been committed to Engineering as a practice and has contributed to skills development in the form of our corporate social responsibility investment in the education sector. As part of our social responsibility plan, we supply our software to all tertiary institutions at a heavily discounted rate. Today, more than 95% of all South African Technikons have incorporated our software with great success into their engineering curriculum. We are also assisting the Department of Education with the implementation of CAD by offering our software at no cost to all secondary schools nationally and train all educators at a heavily discounted rate.

Our BBBEE score card rating will be communicated to our clients over the next two months once it has been awarded. For more information, contact Yolanda Desai on (021) 7011850.


Product News & Information

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Checking Sight Distances

Civil Designer's Roads Module allows you to calculate the areas along a road alignment where the driver cannot see a specified object over a specified minimum sight distance. These areas will be marked in the specified pen colour on either the Vertical, or Horizontal alignment.

Civil Designer uses a complex 3D iteration taking the horizontal and vertical alignments as well as the road profile into account. If the offset of the toe points is less than the specified road reserve, then the program will include ground points beyond the toe point and up to the road reserve width.

The Sight Distance Check

click to see full image

Vertical sight failure will occur if a driver is unable to see the object over the minimum sight distance because of a vertical curve, or when cut banks or other road profile features restrict his vision.

The 'no sight' envelopes will be drawn in either the Design Centre window, or the Vertical Alignment window in the selected pen colour. Horizontal failure will be indicated by a dotted line and Vertical failure will be indicated by a solid line. The envelopes will be printed in the output window and you can also transfer the results of sight distance checking to a CAD layer, allowing complete flexibility and even greater functionality.



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 v6.3
    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

Save Default Settings and Autobackup
 

It is regarded as good practice to save your drawing or project after you have made any major changes or periodically while working. To set the Autobackup time, select the following options...

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

Johannesburg

17 - 24 July

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

Cameron

Bloemfontein

24 - 28 July

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

Solly

Durban

24 - 28 July

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road & Water

David

Johannesburg

24 - 27 July

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

East London

31 July - 3 August

AllyCAD training

Solly

Port Elizabeth

1 - 3 August

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Durban

31 July - 4 August

Civil Designer In-House training for Ethekweni Municipality

Cedric

Polokwane

31 July - 4 August

Civil Designer In-House training for Nhlengani Consulting

Cameron

Cape Town

7 & 8 August

Advanced Road training

Solly

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

Dees Naidoo
D.G. Naidoo & Associates
Durban

 

Sporting a New Look

“We use Civil Designer to plan the landfill sites and also to design the access roads. I am very happy with the program... I am pleased to have trained the Technikon’s Head of Faculty on this amazing software and would recommend it to anyone."
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.


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 853

Senior Technologist with BSc Honours in Transportation with 18 years experience in all stages of technical aspects of engineering from project identification to design and construction within the transportation field. Competent in Civil Designer and seeks a position in Johannesburg and the Western Cape.

Candidate 790

B Eng Civil Engineer with 10+ years experience in infrastructure engineering for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Proficient in Civil Designer, AllyCAD, Caddie, PDS, WinDes and Aquanet. Seeks position in the George area.

Candidate 844

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

Candidate 845

Design Engineer with Bachelor Honours in Civil and Water Engineering with 7 years experience in water and sewerage treatment processes, design and wastewater management.

Candidate 811

Civil Engineering Technician with 6 years experience in structures, roads, water reticulation and sewer engineering. Proficient in Civil Designer, AutoCAD, Prokon and Bill/Civil Soft.



 

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. 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/.



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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.
 


DESIGN CENTRE

CAD

SEWER

SURVEY & TERRAIN

MAP

STORM

ROADS

TURN

WATER

 

     
 

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