Civil Designer Quarterly Newsletter


EXCEPTIONAL ENGINEERS GO BEYOND EXPECTATIONS  
WELCOME TO THE CIVIL DESIGNER NEWSLETTER

While the global economy is facing tough times, we are encouraged by the fact that provision has been made for South Africa's ongoing infrastructure development. The 2009 Budget made a further R6.4-billion available for public transport, roads and rail networks and R5.3-billion for municipal infrastructure and bulk water systems. Investment in transport-related infrastructure projects is estimated to total R50,9-billion over the next three years.

That's good news for all us involved in infrastructure and with CIVIL DESIGNER being the number one choice in South Africa, we are looking forward to an exciting, busy and pro-active 2009.

This year it's also our 20th Birthday, which we celebrate in June, and it gives us great satisfaction to look back and see how we have continued to grow from strength to strength over the years.
 


CLAIM BACK 90% OF YOUR SOFTWARE COST
Yes that's right, the Department of Trade and Industry are offering to contribute up to 90% of the cost of your software. This is offered to all enterprises that are majority black-owned in South Africa. The scheme further provides such companies with access to business development services that assist them to improve their core competencies, upgrade managerial capabilities and restructure their processes to become more competitive. Not a bad deal at all!

The maximum grant amount you can qualify for is a R100 000 towards the procurement of CIVIL DESIGNER and AllyCAD software. Additionally you can get a grant for training on the software for up to R15 000 (ex vat) per individual. To date 15 of our customers have benefitted from this system. While the process can take between 2 weeks up to 6 months, depending on numerous factors, we are able to lease the software out to you in that period so you can get immediate access at little cost. To qualify for this incredible opportunity your company will need to meet the following requirements:
  • Enterprises that are majority black owned and have a significant representation of black managers on their management team.
  • Enterprises with a maximum annual turnover of R12 million per annum.
  • Must have a minimum trading history of one year.
Please contact us for information about applying for the grant.


GOOD FOR A LAUGH
By Roger Penwill.

CAD joke


FORUM FOCUS
We have had many positive responses indicating that our Civil Designer forum is a great channel for gaining support by those that have used it. Our developers check it often in addition to our support staff and we find that as the forum grows we have a few users with a wealth of knowledge who enjoy passing this on to others. So save the URL in your web browser favourites and register if you are not already a member: click here.


CPD POINTS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN ENGINEERS
We have just reapplied for our Continual Professional Development (CPD) points and have had this extended till January 1st 2012 with the Engineering Council of South Africa. So for all you engineers, technologists and technicians who wish to acquire and retain your professional registration status, you will continue to aquire the following CPD points by doing one of our training courses.

COURSE CPD POINTS
Water 1
Advanced Roads 2
Design Centre 2
Map 1
Roads 1
Sewer 1
Stormwater 1
Survey & Terrain 1


SEWER SYSTEM PLANNING & DESIGN COURSE
Stellenbosch University is offering a 3 day short course (3 CPD point weighting) in Sewer System Planning and Design. The post-graduate course will take place 22-24 June 2009 and will focus on piped waterborne systems, the latest technology, modelling, hydraulics, pumps and practical challenges. One of our top Civil Designer clients will be speaking at this event on the Cape Town Gateway Sewer Project. For more information refer to www.civeng.sun.ac.za.


VISITS & TRAINING ACTIVITIES
Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following upcoming visits and training activities. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your training or product needs. Please call us on (021) 701-1850. All courses are CPD and ISETT SETA accredited.

REGIONS DATES ACTIVITIES PERSONS
Johannesburg 16-24 Mar Training: Design Centre, Survey + Terrain, Roads, Water, Sewer, Stormwater Cameron
Nelspruit 30 Mar
-3 Apr
Training: Design Centre, Survey + Terrain, Roads, Water Cedric
Bloemfontein 23-27 Mar Client visits Cedric
Johannesburg 23-27 Mar Client visits Charles
East London 2-3 Apr Training: Advanced Roads Andrew
Bloemfontein 24-26 Mar Training: Design Centre, Water Cedric
Johannesburg 20-24 Apr Client visits Charles
Windhoek 20-24 Apr Training: Design Centre, Survey + Terrain, Roads, Water Andrew
Port Elizabeth 4-8 May Training: Design Centre, Survey + Terrain, Roads, Water Andrew
Johannesburg 18-26 May Training: Design Centre, Survey + Terrain, Roads, Water, Sewer, Stormwater Cameron
Johannesburg 11-15 May Client visits Charles
Durban 25-29 May Client visits Charles


REGIONS OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS
INTERNATIONAL, Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia 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


TECH TIP

Tech Tip Modifying the Single Carriageway Long Section Sheetfile

This Tech Tip explains how to change the way the single carriageway long section sheetfile plots. Click here


CUSTOMER SHOWCASE

Garth Gademan Garth Gademan,
SSI Consulting Engineers,
Cape Town

January 2009 signaled Garth Gademan's tenth year at SSI Consulting Engineers. He first became a member of the team after completing his degree at the University of Natal funded by a student bursary from the company. Read more..

LATEST UPDATES

CIVIL DESIGNER 6.5
 Build 11 patch files (17/02/2009)
NETWORK SERVER
 Build 11 patch files (17/02/2009)
NETWORK CLIENT
 Build 11 (17/02/2009)
HASP Driver Update
 (14/10/2008)

'LEASE TO OWN' OPTION

You can now own Civil Designer via a 'Lease to Own' payment option over a 12, 24 or 36 month plan. This option is available to South African clients only and is linked to the prime lending rate. Please email info@civildesigner.com.

SUPPORT

Click here to access the Support Forum
Click here to email the Support Centre

Tel: 086 0101 999 (South Africa only)
Tel: +27 21 7011850 (International)

OUTSOURCING

The Outsourcing Centre offers a dedicated engineering support team who handle infrastructural design tasks ranging from data capture and drafting through to GIS related assignments. The team is available to assist with project deadlines and data can be presented in any format required. Contact bureau@knowbase.co.za for further details.
 

 
Thank you for your continued support and we hope that 2009 is a great year for you. Till our next quarterly newsletter,

The Knowledge Base Team


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