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01 February 2007  

Bureau Service


The 2006 SAICE Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa has revealed the huge challenges facing the civil engineering industry with particular reference to the sanitation, solid waste management, roads, rail and electricity sectors.

In order to assist civil engineering consulting firms plan ahead in meeting infrastructure design deadlines, the Bureau department has introduced an on-line needs analysis tool. The questionnaire will help identify potential resource bottlenecks that may be alleviated by the introduction of an outsourcing solution.

Clients who would like to make use of this tool will need to register for the service. For more information on the Bureau outsourcing service contact Brett Pureveen on (021) 701 1850 or visit



AllyCAD Educators Training


Teachers at Oval North High School recently received their first training course on the newly compiled AllyCAD educators training manual and workbook. The textbook has been written according to the new FET school curriculum. (Click picture to enlarge).

In the picture: Technical Teachers after receiving their AllyCAD (computer aided design) Proficiency Training course. Middle Front, is Brett Murray AllyCAD Educational Trainer and assistant Happy Nyambose from Knowledge Base.



Product News 



The Selection Filters tool enables you to select specific elements within your drawing. You may select by entity type (line, arc text), by property (layer, color, text font) or even by text string. The dialog box remains open while you work in the program so that you have instant access to the Selection Filters function. The filters are applied to all selection functions. If you therefore set up the filters to select only arcs, you will find that when you 'Select All', only the arcs and circles will be selected. In a similar fashion, when you select everything within a Polygon, only the arcs and circles within that polygon with be selected.

Once selected, the group of primitives is called the selection set. It is highlighted and surrounded by handles or nodes so that you may have the option to edit, move, mirror, scale, copy, rotate or even delete within the set. Note that if a layer is locked, you won't be able to select anything on it. You can see whether a layer is locked, and unlock it, in Layer Settings in the Settings Menu. Also note that if you want to select a hatch you can go to Selection Filters in the Edit Menu and click on the Hatch button. Crosses will appear on all the hatches on your drawing.

The powerful selection filters tool provides you with the control that you need for your precision designs.



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.

East London 13- 15 Feb AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits Reece
London 9- 19 Feb Civil Designer In-House training for Mott MacDonald - Cambridge Cedric
Durban 12- 16 Feb AllyCAD training, AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits David
Botswana 9- 17 Feb Civil Designer training for Bothakgo Burrow, AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits Charles
Cape Town 6- 13 Feb Civil Designer training: Design Centre, Water, Sewer, Stormwater, Survey, Terrain and Road Solly
Polokwane 5- 7 Feb AllyCAD training Cameron
Nelspruit 8- 9 Feb AllyCAD training for Tumber Fourie Consulting Engineers Cameron
Johannesburg 13- 15 Feb AllyCAD training for Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Cameron

If you are interested in training, please contact your regional office to make your booking as the courses are extremely popular.


Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Tel: (021) 701 1850

Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe

Durban Office

Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Tel: (011) 675 3959



AllyCAD Support



086 0101 999 (South Africa only)

+27 21 7011850 (International Clients)


Best Regards,
The Knowledge Base Team


AllyCAD Tech Tip


Hiding a layer by selecting an object

The Hide Layer function enables you to switch off a layer by simply selecting an object.
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Customer Showcase


Annas Brandt
DLV Consulting

Designing A Path Of Excellence


Annas Brandt retired in 2002 from DLV Western Cape Consulting and spent about three months having leisurely breakfasts and playing golf before realising that he would much rather prefer to have his boots on. Read more..

Latest Updates


The latest updates available for download:

  • AllyCAD v3.5 PRO & SME
    Build 5 patch files (05/12/2006)
    Build 4 patch files (05/12/2006)
  • AllyCAD v3.5 Micro
    Build 5 (05/12/2006)
  • AllyCAD v3.5 Freeware
    Build 5 (05/12/2006)
  • AllyCAD v3.4 Help file Update
  • AllyCAD v3.4 HASP Driver Update

Top Civil Engineering Candidates

  Knowledge Base Recruitment


Candidate 1033

Technician with National Diploma in Civil Engineering and one years experience in site supervision, monitoring DCP tests, payment certificates and water and sewer tests. Willing to relocate.

Candidate 1035

Technician with 7 years experience in design of reinforced concrete structures, bill of quantities. Proficient in AllyCAD, Civil Designer. Willing to relocate

Candidate 1036

Structural Technician with 2 years experience in design and detail of structural drawings. Proficient in Prokon, AllyCAD, AutoCAD and Civil Designer.

Candidate 1037

Technician with 1 years experience in concrete mix design, materials testing and plant supervision. Proficient in Caddie, AutoCAD and Prokon. Willing to relocate.

Candidate 1041

Project Manager with 3 years experience in Civil Engineering related works. Managing and controlling the budget, placing material orders, monitoring materials on site. Proficient in AutoCAD.

*Please note: The overwhelming response to our Recuitment wing has led to the division branching off to become an independent company as from 1 March. ESS Recruitment t/a Engineering Staffing Solutions will operate independently from Knowledge Base. For more information email Yvonne Beebee at

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