Newsletter - 26 January 2006

Company News

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NEW BUREAU DIVISION IN FULL SWING

2006 kicks off with a bang as we introduce our brand new Bureau division set to take engineering design solutions to an exciting new level.

The Bureau consists of a specialised team of professionals that clients can outsource at any time to complete specified projects within clearly defined timelines.

Primary areas of expertise within the Bureau include:

  • The output of designs;
  • A top class drafting service;
  • Sheet file creation;
  • Data capture and
  • Assisting with various GIS related projects.

The Bureau aims to provide a vital service to civil engineers, town planners, surveyors and environmental consultants, and targets companies that have a need for additional resources and manpower. Whatever your needs, the Bureau will supply the task team to help you meet your deadline!

Visit www.knowbase.co.za and access the services menu for more information on the Bureau or contact us on:

Email:bureau@knowbase.co.za
Telephone:   +27 21 701-1850 (International Clients)
0860 101 999 (South Africa only - charged at local call rates)
Fax:+27 21 701-1822


NEW CUSTOMER FORUM WEBSITE

Did you know that Knowledge Base has created a brand new software forum where you can discuss various online topics regarding Knowledge Base Software with the rest of the civil engineering community?

Registration is quick and easy. Simply visit our Forum site by accessing the Knowledge Base website on www.knowbase.co.za and then go to the services menu. Alternatively, click here and register now.

Forum members are allowed the unique opportunity of conversing with other like-minded users as well as various Knowledge Base Software Experts. In addition to this, the service is user-friendly with over twenty topics to choose from and best of all; your comments are viewed immediately so you can be assured of a speedy response.

We have created the platform so that you can bring your Knowledge Base comments, suggestions and questions to the fore.

Should you have any further suggestions on the forum, then please feel free to post them directly on the forum at www.knowbase.co.za/forums/.

 

Product News & Information

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CHECKING FOR BLIND RISES & CLIMBING LANE PLACEMENT

The powerful Roads module in Civil Designer allows you to calculate the areas along the road alignment where the driver cannot see the specified object over a specified minimum site distance.

Once you have completed your road design, the program will perform this calculation in a matter of seconds allowing you to check for blind rises and the placement of climbing lanes.

BLIND RISES

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The program automatically performs sight distance checking in both horizontal and vertical planes and will use the batter cross sections for sight checking. If the offset of the toe points are less than the specified road reserve, then the program will include ground points beyond the toe point and up to the road reserve width when doing sight distance checking.

The distance from the driver to the object will always be measured along the horizontal alignment while the sight line from the driver to the object will be taken as a straight line. With the three dimensional iteration in Civil Designer, checking Site Distances is quick, easy and effortless.



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 25 (10/10/2005)

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

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


TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Creating Sheet Files
 

This Tech Tip explains how to create and modify sheet files. There are various ways to create a new sheet file in CIVIL DESIGNER. The Sheet File Editor (SFE) is available on the Plot menu. You can easily modify one of the sheet files that are shipped with CIVIL DESIGNER.

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

Port Elizabeth

23 - 27 Jan

CIVIL Designer training for Sigodi Marah Martin

Solly

East London

24 & 25 Jan

ALLYCAD and CIVIL Designer client visits

Reece & Yolanda

Port Elizabeth

25 & 26 Jan

ALLYCAD and CIVIL Designer client visits

Reece & Yolanda

Durban

23 - 27 Jan

ALLYCAD and CIVIL Designer client visits

David

Pretoria

25 - 27 Jan

CIVIL Designer training for Africon

Cameron

Cape Town

30 Jan - 3 Feb

CIVIL Designer training for Kwezi V3

Solly

Durban

30 Jan - 3 Feb

ALLYCAD and CIVIL Designer client visits

Charles

Durban

30 Jan - 1 Feb

CIVIL Designer training for Nathoo Mbenyane

Cedric

Johannesburg

30 Jan - 2 Feb

ALLYCAD training

Cameron

 


 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

KWEZI MPUHLU
Operations Manager for MBSA Consulting

 

Reknown: "Ambition Is Not Enough"
"What I particularly like about Civil Designer is that you get everything you need in one package. We use the program for existing roads projects and tender for new road upgrades every three weeks. The surveys for road projects are done externally and the information is then used to determine the correct alignments for new access roads. We are currently working on a 10km road upgrade valued at R3 million, a project which will be child's play for a program like Civil Designer.”
 

 


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 630

Junior Civil Technician with 14 months experience in township service design. Computer literate in Civil Designer and AutoCAD. Is willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 629

Civil Technician with experience in building services design- rainwater, sewer and water supply and project management. Has had international exposure. Proficient in Civil Designer and AllyCAD. Seeks a position in the Kwazulu Natal region.

Candidate 628

Engineering Technician with 10+ years experience water and sewer planning, design, construction and maintenance. Proficient in AllyCAD and AutoCAD. Seeks a position in Nelspruit only.

 


CIVIL DESIGNER - World Class Platform for Civil Engineers


 

HP Plotters

 

Buy your Plotter from the People who know how to use & Install them

 

HP DesignJet 500 A1

R

22,303

HP DesignJet 500 A0

R

31,668

HP DesignJet 800 A1

R

36,018

HP DesignJet 800 A0

R

54,027

HP DesignJet 1050C+

R

63,392

HP DesignJet 4500

R

114,537

HP DesignJet 5500 42"

R

93,647

HP DesignJet 5500 60"

R

136,869

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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