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Newsletter - 30 March 2006

Company News

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SETA ACCREDITATION

Knowledge Base Training has recently been awarded Accreditation by the ISETT SETA.

In terms of the ETQA Regulations Number R1127 of 1998, the Sector Education and Training Authority, ISETT SETA is responsible for passing accreditation to companies that fall within their primary focus.

Since our core business falls within the scope of information systems (software), electronics and telecommunications technologies, Knowledge Base was passed by this SETA and has received accreditation.
For more information, contact Shantell at shantell@knowbase.co.za.


ADDRESSING THE SA SKILLS SHORTAGE

The Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre is now in a position to assist foreign candidates with the acquisition of work permits through a qualified Immigration Officer and in association with the Department of Home Affairs.

Non South African Civil Engineers and design staff will now be able to offer their services to South African Civil Engineering consulting firms for short to long term assignments. This initiative will attempt to address the South African skills shortage presently experienced in the industry.

For more information contact Yvonne Beebee on (021) 7011850 or email Yvonne@knowbase.co.za.


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FORUM (YPF)

Knowledge Base is currently an industry partner to the YPF and supports the organisation's efforts to promote Engineering initiatives to young professionals.


Get connected with the wider Civil Engineering community through the Young Professionals Forum (YPF). Visit www.saace.co.za/YPF/ or email ypf@saace.co.za to register now.



Product News & Information

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VERSATILE STRINGS

The Strings functionality in Civil Designer 6.4 has been created to be both dynamic and versatile in its operation. Strings can be used to design complicated terraces like side drain benching and graded surfaces. It is therefore ideal for designing parking areas, curved dam walls, berms and channels with complicated benching.

GRADED PARKING AREA

The dynamic character of Strings means that a change to the master string is reflected and updated in the child String. This is due to the hierarchical nature of Strings which allows a designer to change his design by simply moving a corner of the terrace, grading a string or surface, or moving the entire terrace without having to regenerate all the affected Strings. The affected Strings and toe-points will then automatically be re-calculated in a matter of seconds.

You can create a triangulated DTM surface from a series of Strings by simply running the String to DTM function. The DTM functionality in Civil Designer allows you to calculate quantities, create a contour plan and generate a 3D view. You can also modify a newly created String from both the plan and long section views quickly and with minimum effort.

Strings help you to speed up the design process so that you will be able to do so much more than before.



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 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

Geometry Lines
 

Geometry consists of construction lines and circles. These can be used as guide lines which can be traced over using the Geometry Trace-Over functions. This allows the user to determine the positions of points, line and arc intersection points and the projection of existing lines to another part of the drawing.

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

Windhoek

27 - 31 March

CIVIL DESIGNER training for Windhoek Consulting Engineers

Solly

Nelspruit

29 & 30 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Swaziland & Mpumalanga

27 - 31 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Polokwane

27 - 31 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Polokwane

27 - 31 March

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

Cameron

Windhoek

3 - 6 April

Civil Designer training for City of Windhoek

Solly

Durban

3 - 7 April

AllyCAD and MAP training for Msunduzi TLC

Cedric

Johannesburg

3 - 7 & 10 April

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

Cameron

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

Brian Cadle

Ethekwini Municipality: Roads Division

 

A Mini Lifetime

"We used Civil Designer extensively on this venture as it entailed the widening of a two-lane arterial to a four-lane arterial road… In addition to this, a survey was performed on the road as it stretched over a length of 4km. This information was vital and along with a quick-thinking program like Civil Designer, allowed us to complete the project in record time." Brian Cadle, Ethekwini Municipality: Roads Division. read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 


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

 

RECRUITMENT

SHORT AND 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.

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 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 415

CAD Operator with work experience in municipal services. Interest lies in 3D, mechanical or structural drawings. Proficient in AutoCAD.

Candidate 509

Civil Design Technician with BTech Civil Engineering (Transportation) and National Diploma Civil Engineering with 4 years experience and proficient in AutoCAD.

Candidate 702

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

Candidate 684

BSc Hon Civil Engineering currently studying MSc Structural Engineering with 6 years experience in CAD design and Structures. Non SA citizen but able to get work permit. Seeks position nationally.




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HP DesignJet 800 A1

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HP DesignJet 800 A0

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R

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

 


 

 

CIVIL DESIGNER - World Class Platform for Civil Engineers





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

 

     
 

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Developers of Professional Civil Engineering and CAD Design Solutions

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