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Newsletter - 26 April 2006

Company News

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STELLENBOSCH FACULTY OF ENGINEERING OPEN DAY

Knowledge Base recently attended the Faculty of Engineering Open Day that was held at the University of Stellenbosch. The Open Day was held on Wednesday, 19 April with more than 50 exhibitors and demonstrations.


Kobus du Plessis, lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering and organiser of the open day for the Civil department was extremely pleased with the success of the day: "The event was attended by more than 5000 students who came from all areas, some coming from as far as Springbok" he explained.

In the spectacular water laboratory of Civil Engineering actual water problems concerning rivers and dams were simulated by means of models, allowing students to gain practical knowledge on real problems. The event was also attended by industry speakers who shared information on current issues.


The work of engineers plays an indispensable role in everyday life. To make people aware of Engineering as a career, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch aims to promote Engineering initiatives by means of events like the popular Open Day. As part of our ongoing commitment to civil engineering, Knowledge Base will continue to support events like these.


Reece Hanning with Kobus du Plessis
(Lecturer in the Faculty Civil Engineering)



Product News & Information

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Roads Design Made Easy

In the past it used to be a tedious task to translate a roads design to a DTM surface. You had to translate the cross sections and then fix up the DTM model to accurately define all the side drains and banks. In the latest version of Civil Designer, this task has been greatly simplified.

You can translate a roads model easily and accurately by selecting the 'Alignment / Horizontal / Cross Sections / Translate' option and then specifying the correct Layer and Surface. You then select the 'Roads Model' option and press OK. The program will allow you to switch on the newly created DTM surface to check the results.

Working with Cross Sections is just as easy. You can indicate features such as Fence Lines, Telephone Poles or Pipes on your Cross Section Drawings. You can also extract cross section points from a surveyed feature, plot cross sections with symbols and height the cross section points.

When extracting cross sections from a DTM feature, select the option 'Alignment / Horizontal / Cross Sections / Extract' and then choose the correct surface and layer.

CROSS SECTIONS

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Once you have checked the 'Apply DTM point filter' check box, the point filter dialog will appear. You can use the filter to specify what DTM data to use when extracting cross sections. Also specify a Section ID for the extracted cross section points. Press OK. The program will extract cross sections from break lines only in cases where the break lines are connecting to the points specified in the DTM point filter. To view the cross sections, select the option 'Section / Graphical Edit'.

Another useful function is the heighting of cross section points so that they are positioned exactly on the ground cross section. This step will however not be necessary if you want to indicate crossing pipes. To height points, select the option 'Section / Interpolate' and then specify the layer onto which the points should be raised as the Process Layer. Select the layer to be heighted as the 'Store to Layer' and press Next. Once you have checked the 'Height the entire Store to Layer' option, select Finish and check the results in the 'Section / Graphical Edit' option.

The improved functionality in Civil Designer's Roads module makes the generation of plans, long sections and cross sections easy and takes the hassle out of road design and route planning.



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 27
    Build 27 (05/04/2006)

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

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


  TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Chainage Equations
 

Chainage Equations allow you to add or subtract a constant from a certain chainage range to accommodate long and short chainages (chainage intervals longer and shorter than the actual interval used)..

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

24 - 26 April

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Nelspruit

24 - 26 April

Civil Designer training for Tumber Fourie

Cedric

Johannesburg

24 - 26 April

AllyCAD training

Cameron

Free State

2 - 5 May

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Nelspruit

10 - 12 May

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Nelspruit

8 - 12 May

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

Cedric

Johannesburg

8 - 12 May

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

Cameron

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

WATZE HEPKEMA

AFRICON NAMIBIA

 

Robert Mugabe Road Extension

"We relied quite heavily on Civil Designer to help us with our designs. It is so much easier to improve the alignments of the road according to requirements when you are working with such a program. It calculates the desired quantities quickly and accurately and this has definitely increased our confidence." read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

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/.


 

Recruitment Service

 

Short and long term contract opportunities now available:

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.

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

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

 

Candidate 752

Civil Engineering Technician with 2 years experience in roads and stormwater with project management experience. Seeks a position in a small consultancy in either Bloemfontein, Pretoria or Cape Town. Proficient in Civil Designer.

Candidate 749

Structural Engineering Design Technician with 10 years working experience. Specialising in bridges, building structures, concrete and opencast mining. Proficient in Prokon. Seeks a position in Gauteng or the Western Cape.

Candidate 718

Civil Engineering Design Technician with 6 years experience in geometric design. Seeks a position in the Western Cape. Proficient in Civil Designer.

Candidate 750

Civil Engineering Technician with 4 years design experience in municipal services and project management exposure. Competent in AllyCAD. Seeks a position in KwaZulu Natal

Candidate 753

Civil Engineering Technician with 12 years municipal design and project management experience. Proficient in Civil Designer and AllyCAD. Seeks a position in the Western Cape, but is willing to consider relocating.




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Civil Designer Modules

 

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SEWER

SURVEY & TERRAIN

MAP

STORM

ROADS

TURN

WATER

 

     
 

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