Newsletter - 22 February 2006

Company News

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please note that technical problems experienced by Eskom have contributed to widespread power interruptions across the province and Knowledge Base has been affected by numerous telephone and power blackouts.

We are currently investigating backup power solutions so that future services will remain uninterrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.


2005 SAICE MAGAZINE AWARD



Sarie Moolman (Editor of SAICE Magazine) & Vincent Bester (Knowledge Base CEO)

Last week we received a special visit from Sarie Moolman, the Editor of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) magazine to announce Knowledge Base's award as the most supportive advertiser in 2005. Knowledge Base received the award based on the amount of industry relevant civil engineering journalism featuring project success stories in Civil Designer and AllyCAD.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for making the ReKnown articles possible and for allowing us to keep the broader civil engineering community informed on infrastructural developments across all regions.


BUREAU IN FOCUS

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 targets 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 on this value added service, contact Brett Pureveen on (021) 701 1850 or visit www.knowbase.co.za/bureau/.


SHORT & LONG TERM CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

We are currently looking to place a selection of highly competent civil engineers in a limited number of top contractual positions. These opportunities are available to those with extensive experience in the industry and with proven expertise in the use of Civil Designer and/or AllyCAD software. Contract positions range from short to long-term assignments and offer candidates the unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic and stimulating environment.

If you are interested in this exciting challenge and look forward to a lucrative career move, then please e-mail Yvonne Beebee at yvonne@knowbase.co.za or call us on 021-701 1850 for further details.



YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FORUM (YPF

The Young Professionals Forum (YPF) started approximately a year ago and has a growing membership base of over 500 members.


Membership to the Forum is open to all Young Professionals in the Built Environment, under 35 years of age. Knowledge Base is currently an industry partner to the YPF and supports the organisation's efforts to promote Engineering initiatives to young professionals in South Africa. For more information on this initiative, please visit www.saace.co.za/YPF/ or email ypf@saace.co.za to register now.



Product News & Information

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SEWER FUNCTIONALITY IN 6.4

The Sewer module in Civil Designer 6.4. makes provision for erf connection functionality. You can now graphically insert erf connections using the familiar Sewer interface while the program automatically indicates the lowest point on each erf. To enter the erf connections, select the "Graphical - Add Erf Connection" option. You can use any of the snap modes to indicate the position of the new erf connection. Erf Connections settings allow you to define the pen, line width and line type for the erf connection, the text pen, text size in points and text placement settings for the erf connection annotations, as well as which annotations must be displayed.

The Erf connection database can then be analysed to report results and warn you where erf-connections are unable to drain to the main line. You can alter the sewer network graphically in the Vertical Alignment while the erf connections are displayed. Erf connections can also be displayed on the plan layout and Long section drawings.

ERF CONNECTION DATA

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Erf Connections are calculated according to the parameters specified in the Erf Connection Data and Erf Connection types dialogs. Here you can edit erf connections, erf details, view link details and the results summary by selecting the "Edit - Erf Connection data" or by using the "Graphical - Edit Erf Connection" to edit the connection. To display the results of your erf connections, go to the View Erf Connections option.

The Sewer Erf Connection and Design module in Civil Designer allows you to check that all your erven or residential properties will be able to drain successfully to your designed Sewer network. The program will calculate the maximum or highest allowable invert level of the sewer at the connection point and the required minimum invert level of the erf or property connection according to the specified design perameters in a matter of seconds. And because the design is controlled by a number of parameters that you set, the facility enables tailor made designs according to your own requirements or that of the local authorities or councils. We are pleased to announce that the latest Sewer version offers top-class functionality like never before!



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 26
    Build 26 (31/01/2006)

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

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


TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Importing DXF/DWG Made Easier in version 6.4
 

In version 6.4 of Civil Designer Importing DXF/DWG files is easier with the introduction of a Wizard that assists the user during the importing process.

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

Durban,
Port Shepstone,
PMB,
Richards Bay

20 - 24 Feb

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Port Elizabeth

7 - 9 Mar

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

FreeState (Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Welkom

6 - 10 Mar

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Johannesburg

6 - 10 Mar

Civil Designer training (Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Water, Sewer & Stormwater)

Cameron

* Book now! - there are still spaces available on this course.

 


 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

VICTOR RIEGER
Windhoek Consulting Engineers

 

The Land Of Engineering Opportunities

”I enjoy working with Civil Designer. It has simplified our lives to such an extent that we no longer have to spend long hours trying to create a drawing when the program performs this operation in a matter of seconds. It has definitely increased our productivity and we are always assured of high quality work and a professional presentation.”

 


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 631

Civil Engineering Technician (Pr Tech Eng) with 10+ years experience as a civil and structural design technician. Proficient in AllyCAD and Prokon. Willing to relocate away from the main city centres.

Candidate 454

Structural Civil Technician with 2 year's experience in the drawing of civil sections & layouts. Proficient in AllyCAD and Prokon. Seeks a position in the Gauteng region.

Candidate 329

Senior Structural Engineer (BSc Hons) with extensive experience in the design of civil and structural works. Proficient in Civil Designer and Prokon. Willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 634

Senior Roads Engineer with 5 year's experience. Seeks a position in Project Management. Will consider positions in the Western Cape only.

 


CIVIL DESIGNER - World Class Platform for Civil Engineers


 

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R

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HP DesignJet 500 A0

R

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HP DesignJet 800 A1

R

33,600

HP DesignJet 800 A0

R

50,400

HP DesignJet 1050C+

R

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HP DesignJet 4500

R

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HP DesignJet 5500 42"

R

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HP DesignJet 5500 60"

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* Price includes a 3 year extended warranty.

Visit www.knowbase.co.za to view detailed specifications. All prices  include VAT and may change without prior notice.

 


 

Civil Designer Support

 

 

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

 

     
 

Knowledge Base Software
Developers of Professional Civil Engineering and CAD Design Solutions

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