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Newsletter - 24 May 2006

Company News

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Civil Designer & AllyCAD Student Awards

The annual merit award ceremonies recently took place at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). These awards were issued to students who performed exceptional work in the 2005 academic year and who produced top-class Civil Engineering designs.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Surveying at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, held their annual prize giving ceremony on Wednesday 17 May 2006 and the following prizes were awarded:


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Mr A.J. Carstens and C. Coetzee (left) received a joint award for the Best Civil Designer Project. Mr M.H. Fakier (right) received the award for the Best AllyCAD project (1st Year). Congratulating them is Reece Hanning. Receiving the best student in Computer Applications 3, is Mr D. Wolters who received the award in absentia.

The award ceremony was attended by various industry representatives who amongst others included prominent members of SAICE, SAFCEC and SAGI. We are pleased to acknowledge the achievements and success of these emerging young professionals and congratulate them on their outstanding academic achievements.



Product News & Information

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New and Improved Features in Civil Designer 6.4

The final testing phase before the release of Civil Designer 6.4 is currently in progress and users can look forward to more than 168 new enhancements to the existing features, offering engineers and designers an impressive array of design and business benefits.

Some of the impressive enhancements in the Water module include multiple pipe layer functionality which allows the capture of pipe layer data according to dimension and material. You can also define and sort your data in a spreadsheet format for improved data presentation.

In the Roads module, an improved Design criteria function warns the user when transition curves are needed on a Horizontal alignment and will suggest transition curve lengths. There is also a Translate Road feature that has been added to the Translate Cross section function, allowing the user to accurately translate his design cross sections to a DTM surface.

Cross Sections

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Noticeable improvements in the Sewer module include erf-connection functionality. Users can now graphically insert erf connections using the familiar Sewer user interface while the program automatically indicates the lowest point on each erf. The Erf connection database can then be analyzed to report results and warn the user where erf-connections are unable to drain to the main line.

Each module in the new version has been meticulously revamped according to current project developments and in response to requests from the user community. The new features and enhancements will therefore help to increase productivity and optimise design performance.




Civil Designer 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 upcoming Civil Designer 6.4 version with the latest functionality.


LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.3 - Build 28
    Build 28 (10/05/2006)

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

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


TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Dongle Management
 

Civil Designer's modules can be utilised efficiently and effectively without the need to buy new dongles by simply distributing the module usage. While the Design Centre module is a prerequisite for every user, a network dongle allows your staff to use different Civil Designer modules simultaneously.

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

East London

22 - 25 May

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Water and Sewer training

Solly

Durban

22 - 29 May

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

Cedric

Johannesburg

22 - 29 May

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

Cameron

Durban

29 May - 2 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Cape Town

5 - 9 June

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

Solly

Johannesburg

5 & 6 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece & Yolanda

Johannesburg

5 - 8 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Johannesburg

5 - 12 June

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

Cameron

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

ANDRE DELPORT
Vela VKE Consulting
Mossel Bay

 

Developments in Uniondale

"The great thing about projects of this nature is that you can rely on a program like Civil Designer to help you out. It has everything that you need in one package and best of all, after only one training session I was able to complete this high level project within the required deadline...” read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

Recruitment Service



RECRUITMENT

Knowledge Base Recruitment strives to support the design and civil engineering industry in the face of the massive skills shortages affecting the market.

Our efforts to effectively address this problem have been welcomed and given us the support of civil engineering firms nationwide, making us the number one preferred service provider in the country.

CANDIDATE REFERRAL CHALLENGE


  Knowledge Base Recruitment is offering an incentive to reach job seekers in the civil engineering and design disciplines.

With the 'Candidate Referral Challenge' you stand the chance to win an iPod Nano.

All you have to do to participate is refer other prospective job seekers who reside in and outside of South Africa for permanent placement.

If there is a match that leads to a placement, the prize is yours complements of the Knowledge Base Recruitment team. Click here to enter.


TOP CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT

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

 

Candidate 634

Senior Engineer - Infrastructure with 5 years experience in transportation networks. Holds B.Comm in Town and Regional Planning. Seeks a position in the Western Cape.

Candidate 702

Senior Engineer BEng (Hons) Transportation. Proficient in Civil Designer. Seeks position in the Western Cape.

Candidate 690

Senior CAD Draughtsperson with experience in water retaining structures, pipelines and pump stations. Proficient in AutoCAD. Seeks a position in the Gauteng region.

Candidate 375

Design Draughtsperson with 8 years experience in infrastructure (roads, water, sewer) design. Proficient in Civil Designer and AllyCAD. Willing to relocate to the Gauteng region.

Candidate 767

Structural & Civil Engineering Technician with 4+ years experience in design, draughting and detailing of structural concrete and steel projects. Proficient in AutoCAD and Prokon. Willing to relocate nationally.



 

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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Civil Designer Modules

 

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SURVEY & TERRAIN

MAP

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TURN

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