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Mark Chapman, High Cross Forecourt Canopies, UK


CAD Draughtsman Mark Chapman knew from an early age that he wanted to be a design technician. The idea was first realised during his experience as a sheet metal worker apprentice. This was also the turning point in Mark's career and he subsequently enrolled for a CAD draughting qualification to further his skills as a technician. Read More..

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Institute for Structural Engineering Open Day

The Institute for Structural Engineering will be supporting the annual open day of the University of Stellenbosch. The Open Day will take place on 19 April at the University of Stellenbosch's Civil Engineering

Department. During this event, school learners will be exposed to the world of engineering. The Institute also participates in the Faculty's annual Winter Week from 27 June to 4 July where school leavers will be introduced to all aspects of engineering as a profession. Knowledge Base will be supporting the Open Day and will showcase their latest AllyCAD design features and functionality.

Training the Trainer in KZN

The recent AllyCAD Educational Training session was conducted at New West Secondary School and hosted various educators ranging from Amanzimtoti to Richards Bay in Kwa-Zulu Natal. These schools will be incorporating AllyCAD into their educational curriculum and received

orientation into the software's capabilities. Educational Trainer Brett Murray reports an overwhelmingly positive response by the educators. Further training sessions will be conducted in the KZN region until all educators are proficient in training the next generation of engineers.


AllyCAD Training

All AllyCAD training courses are accredited with the South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) to receive Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points. In addition to the current courses on offer, Knowledge Base will also provide a series of online training courses in 2008 which will be evaluated by the Institute and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD weighting.


Drawing Structural Steel Sections in the Structural Toolkit

The Structural Toolkit allows the user to draw hot rolled and cold rolled steel sections. Once the sheet size, drawing scale, pen and annotation defaults have been set, AllyCAD provides options for the rapid drawing of I sections, H sections, Channels, Angles and Plate girders as hot rolled sections and Angles, Channels, Lipped zeds and Top hats as cold rolled steel sections.

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28 February 2008


Drawing a Building Grid

Using the Structural Toolkit to Draw a Building Grid

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Version Restriction Support
Freeware150kbWeb Tutorials
Micro300kbEmail Support
SME900kbFull Support
ProUnlimitedFull Support

Note: Micro, SME and Pro all include free version upgrades for first year of ownership.

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International Links

•  Institution of Civil Engineering UK

•  Civil Engineering Quick Reference

South African Links

•  South African Institution of
    Structural Engineering

•  South African Institute of

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