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Newsletter - 31 August 2006

Company News

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ROADS FOR THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE


The 3rd IRF/SARF Regional Conference for Africa will be taking place on the 11th – 13th September 2006 at the ICC in Durban. The conference is being jointly hosted by the International Road Federation (IRF)


based in Geneva Switzerland, and the South African Road Federation (SARF), and its relevance to Africa’s development and future wellbeing cannot be overstated.

As the leading global organization devoted to the promotion of roads and the roads sector worldwide, the IRF is represented in more than 80 countries. Every four years it holds an international conference on a different continent to address regional road issues pertinent to that continent. This year it’s Africa’s turn, and during the week beginning September 11 some of the world’s leading authorities and decision makers on road development will focus their attention on equipping Africa with a much improved road network.

Knowledge Base looks forward to meeting you there, come and introduce yourself to us at Stand 25.



KNOWLEDGE BASE EXHIBITS AT THE CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (CPUT)


Knowledge Base will be exhibiting at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's Graduate Careers Exhibition which will be held on the 6th and 7th September at the Cape Town Campus. Students interested in pursuing a career in design can benefit from interactive demonstrations showcasing our Civil Designer and AllyCAD software.

As part of our social responsibility plan, we supply our software to all tertiary institutions at a heavily discounted rate. In addition, we also supply annual prize sponsorships to top achievers and encourage design excellence. Today, more than 95% of all South African Technikons have incorporated the programs with great success into their engineering curriculum.

We look forward to meeting all the engineering graduates at stand number 22 for an in-depth discussion on the career opportunities in this exciting field.



Product News & Information

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Pipe Sizing

The Knowledge Base software develoment team are proud to have developed a new add-on Pipe Sizing module which integrates with the existing Water Module. Following extensive research into the various methodologies surrounding this field including Linear programming, enumeration and genetic optimisation methods, the software team have been able to demonstrate the superior efficiency and accuracy of simple sizing and simulated annealing methodology.

Simulated annealing is a multivariable optimization technique based on the Monte Carlo method used in statistical mechanical studies of condensed systems. It follows by drawing an analogy between energy minimization in physical systems and costs minimization in design applications.

PIPE SIZING

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The simple sizing and simulated annealing functionality provide a pipe sizing tool which meets the objective of providing a world class pipe sizing tool and once again asserts Civil Designer as the champion integrated solution.

The Water Module add-on tool will also include reservoir optimisation making it excellent value for money and will be available on request as from the end of September. Please contact one of our sales representatives for further information on pricing and an in-depth discussion on this value added service.



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 Civil Designer 6.4 version with the latest functionality.


LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

SHIPPING NOW: CIVIL DESIGNER 6.4

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • Civil Designer v6.4 - Latest Build
    Build 2 (14/08/2006)

  • Civil Designer v6.3
    Build 29 (11/07/2006)

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

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


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


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

30 & 31 August

In-House training for Hemsley & Kotze

Solly

Cape Town

4 - 7 Sept

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Water and Sewer training

Solly

Cape Town

8 Sept

Advanced Road Q & A Session

Solly

Cape Town

6 & 7 Sept

Graduate Career Exhibition at Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Rod/Sharon/ Reece

Johannesburg

30 Aug - 4 Sept

Civil Designer: Survey, Terrain, Sewer, Stormwater and Water training

Cameron

Johannesburg

4 - 8 Sept

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Johannesburg

5 - 7 Sept

In-House training for Ndodana Consulting Engineers

Cameron

Johannesburg

8 Sept

In-House training for Pretoria Technicon

Charles

Durban

4 - 7 Sept

In-House training for Ethekweni Municipality

Cedric

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Johan du Preez
FST Consulting Engineers
East London

 

Bulk Water Services for Rural Eastern Cape

FST Consulting Engineers first opened its doors to the East London community some ten years ago with a strong focus on the infrastructural development of water sanitation, solid waste, roads and township sectors. This multidisciplinary company has a staff complement of over 35 talented members and believes in developing the skills of the team by encouraging an environment that supports on-the-job training in every project. read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

Recruitment Service



RECRUITMENT

Knowledge Base Recruitment has gained the support of civil engineering firms nationwide through its efforts to address the massive skills shortages affecting the industry and as a result of its integrity-centered conduct.

UK INTERVIEWS

On the 1st, 4th and 5th of September 2006 only, Knowledge Base Recruitment will be conducting interviews in London in order to fast track the entry of foreign professionals into South Africa.


TOP CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT
We are currently looking to place a selection of highly competent civil engineers in a limited number of top contractual positions.

If you are interested in an exciting 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 an email to the above address quoting the relevant Candidate Number for further information:


Candidate 780

National Diploma Civil Engineer with 8 months design experience in structural drawing detail concrete re-inforcement and 1 year in design of sewer and water projects. Is willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 802

Civil Technician with 2˝ years experience in CAD draughting and design on Civil Designer. Seeks a position in the Gauteng or Eastern Cape region.

Candidate 853

Senior Technologist with BSc Honours in Transportation with 18 years experience in all stages of technical aspects of engineering from project identification to design and construction within the transportation field. Competent in Civil Designer and seeks a position in Johannesburg and the Western Cape.

Candidate 766

Resident Engineer with 19 years post qualification experience on structures, roads and services. Seeks a position in Gauteng but is willing to consider relocating to the Western Cape. Pr Tech (ECSA) registration pending.

Candidate 752

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



 

Bureau Service

Bureau assists companies to complete specialised projects on time.


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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MAP

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ROADS

TURN

WATER

 

     
 

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