Newsletter - February 23rd 2005



SETA Accreditation


Knowledge Base is currently in the process of having their Civil Designer and AllyCAD training courses accredited through the Sector Education and Training Authority, ISETT SETA.



This process may take between three to four months, but it is expected that approval will be awarded in June / July 2005.


More about our Training:


Knowledge Base has three training facilities with a competent and dedicated training team. These centres are located in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.


Teaching methods include one-on-one tuition in a class of not more than 8 delegates to facilitate greater interaction between the delegate and the trainer. Multiple groups may however be trained using multiple instructors.


All instructors adopt a learner-centred approach during training sessions - one of the most effective ways of helping delegates to achieve desired outcomes. In addition, instruction has been designed to orientate and equip delegates with the necessary skills to contribute to improved work efficiency through enhanced application of the software.


We also offer focused in-house “project training” where tuition is conducted on your premises and where specific trouble shooting areas within your organisation are addressed. This method of instruction allows the delegate to explore the programs full capabilities within the context of existing in-house projects.


Should you require more information on any of our training courses, then please feel free to contact one of the training co-ordinators who will be happy to assist you.


Happy Training!


Watch this space for more news on the status of our accreditation approval.





CIVIL DESIGNER: Your One-Stop Civil Engineering Design Shop


To many civil engineers, Civil Designer is the one-stop civil engineering design solution. The secret to the programs versatility resides in its integrated infrastructure design approach, allowing users to receive the best of both design worlds.


You do not only receive a heavyweight infrastructure design program that offers complete integration of specialised software and CAD based draughting, there is also seamless interaction between the design modules. This allows you to complete projects quicker and easier and leads to increased productivity while still maintaining high design standards.


The software operates on a common user interface, thereby leading to a shorter learning curve. You may therefore switch between different elements of the design within a single framework.


A robust integrated infrastructure design system has comprehensive design capabilities for every aspect of infrastructure design. Users are able to interact with the program and may configure the design standard to suit their individual needs. You are therefore in full control of the design at all times.


The graphics of the program are compatible with industry standards and embrace the principle of WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). Users may view the dynamic spatial relationship between the various design elements and may incorporate bitmap images and aerial photographs as a backdrop to the design.


With an integrated approach designers are able to create construction drawings with minimum effort.

  • Civil Designer is the only truly integrated infrastructure design solution for civil engineers. This means that you can benefit from the ability to easily switch between modules while still working under a single world-class platform.

  • It provides comprehensive design functionality making it much more than just a draughting tool.

  • Civil Designer is compatible with all other popular CAD systems. It is also compatible with GIS software such as ArcView and MapInfo.

  • The program handles Southern and Northern hemisphere survey co-ordinates.

  • With Civil Designer's CAD capabilities, you do not have to tie up an expensive CAD workstation to complete your design.

The ease-of-use, robust nature and impressive functionality, all integrated on a single platform, continues to result in Civil Designer being the preferred choice for thousands of civil engineers around the world.





  Survey & Terrain Tech Tip

How to Use Difference Contours to Show Cut and Fill

This Tech Tip explains how to use difference contours to show cut and fill. In our example, we have 2 DTM surfaces. Surface 1 is the ground surface (grey) and surface 2 (blue) is the proposed terrace...

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Send in a Request For a Tech Tip

If there is a specific area in CIVIL DESIGNER that you would like us to provide a Tech Tip on, then please let us know. Send your request to and indicate the subject heading as "Tech Tip Request".


Note: We will attempt to create Tech Tips for all responses, but this may be a timeous process depending on the amount of requests that we receive. Should you require an immediate response, then please liaise with our Support Centre telephonically or via e-mail.



Latest Updates From the Development Team


Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Build 16 (18/02/2005)
  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Updated Water Help file (14/05/2004)
  • Civil Designer v6.2
    Build 33 (31/05/2004)



CIVIL DESIGNER Training Contact Details


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


Current Visits and Training Activities

Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visitations 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.






21 - 25 Feb

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



21 - 24 Feb

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


Port Elizabeth

21 - 25 Feb

Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road & AllyCAD Pro for ECPW


Cape Town

28 Feb - 3 Mar

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



28 Feb - 3 Mar

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



28 Feb - 2 Mar

Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits

Brett & Reece


28 Feb - 4 Mar

Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits

Johan & Paul

Cape Town

7 - 10 Mar

Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Sewer, Stormwater and Water



There are still some openings in our Cape Town region for Civil Designer training scheduled for 7 - 10 March 2005. Contact Shantell Ruthenberg on (021) 701-1850 to secure your booking now!


Best Regards,

The Knowledge Base Team






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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 and offer you a personalized service built on complete trust, confidentiality and good faith.


This is a random selection of some of our candidates. Send us an email and include the Candidate Number for further information.


Candidate 107

Engineering Technician based in the Gauteng area. Experience in Civil Designer, AllyCAD, Trimble GPS and various total stations.

Candidate 150

Senior Civil Engineering Technician with 18 years experience in roads, civil and infrastructure design with international exposure. Experience on Civil Designer, AutoCAD and MX Roads.

Candidate 155

Engineering Technologist with experience in structural analysis and design of reinforced concrete. Experience with AutoCAD and Rebarmate. Seeks a position in the Gauteng area.

Candidate 196

Senior Civil Engineering Technician with 16 years experience in roads, civil and infrastructure design with international exposure. Computer knowledge includes Civil Designer, AutoCAD and Caddie.

Candidate 207
Civil Engineering Technician with 9 years experience on Civil Designer and AllyCAD. Experience in Survey + Terrain, Roads and Water. Seeks a permanent position within the Eastern Cape.


For more information, please visit our Knowledge Base website or contact our Recruitment Specialist Yvonne Beebee at:

Telephone (021) 7011850.




Fully Integrated

Civil Engineering Software




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.










Visit our CIVIL DESIGNER website or contact one of our Customer Solutions consultants for more detailed information about these modules.




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