NEWSLETTER - 02 FEBRUARY 2005


 

COMPANY INFO

 

KNOWLEDGE BASE RESPONDS TO TSUNAMI CALL FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING AID

The Tsunami crisis on 26 December 2004 caused large-scale destruction never seen in the history of natural disasters. Many countries in the North Indian Oceans were affected, leaving hundreds of thousands of families without food, shelter and clothing. Towns and villages they called home were erased from the map.

 

After liaising with the Tsunami Global Relief co-ordinators in Johannesburg, Knowledge Base Software have made a very special offer that will lend assistance to the South African Engineers who have volunteered their services and expertise in the infrastructural rehabilitation and redevelopment of affected countries.

 

We have targeted over a million rands worth of support that we would like to contribute to Tsunami Relief. After years of developing Civil Designer and AllyCAD, both world-class packages used by thousands of long-standing clients around the globe, we are very pleased to be offering our software at no charge to assist with the reconstruction process.

 

Our decision to supply completely integrated Civil Engineering software will be backed by our Support Centre who will assist the Tsunami Relief Project Engineers to resolve software related queries and also assist in technical problem solving. In this way our qualified and highly skilled professionals will work alongside the Tsunami Engineering team to resolve critical issues, but will operate from our offices in South Africa.

 

Knowledge Base Managing Director, Vincent Bester has met with Dawie Botha, Executive Director of the South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) on 13 January 2005 to formalise the arrangement.

 

 

PRODUCT INFO

   

TURN MODULE ADD ON FOR ALLYCAD

The Turn module is a special add on feature that runs in AllyCAD. It simulates the low speed turning manoeuvres of a range of vehicles from cars through to trailers and semi-trailers, as well as user-defined vehicles along a specified tracking path.

 

This module has been created for optimum ease of use and is used extensively in a number of projects to design roundabouts, intersections, parking areas, loading bays and warehouses. You simply draw or select the vehicle path, choose the vehicle for simulation, and then specify either a forward or a reverse run to create the track or swept path envelope.
 

 

CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

The program is equipped with fully user configurable vehicle libraries. These include the TRH 17 vehicle library, an aircraft library and a custom vehicle library. The custom vehicle library offers many options such as the new minibus taxi, refuse vehicles as well as forklifts. In addition to the existing options, you can also create new libraries and add your own vehicles to the library by simply entering the dimensions for the new vehicle into a graphical vehicle dimension dialog.

 

You can create minimum turning envelopes by indicating a start position and the initial direction of movement. You then drag the entire envelope to check critical sections of intersections, traffic circles and parking areas.

 

Besides simulating the swept or track path of a vehicle in a forward or reverse direction, additional points within or beyond the vehicle’s body can also be tracked using the Cargo Point Tracking function. This function allows you to track the position of cranes, side mirrors or cargo extremes along a track path.

 

Once the simulation is run, you can place a vehicle profile, complete with dimensions, by selecting a toolbar button and indicating the position of the profile graphically. Output graphs, which are displayed for every simulation, can then be used to determine how close the design vehicle is to any point along the path at its maximum steering angles.

 

Look out for subsequent Tech Tips for more information on this exciting feature.
 

 

ALLYCAD SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT

 

HOW TO USE DIFFERENT DRAWING SCALES IN A DRAWING

This Tech Tip explains how to use different drawing scales in a drawing. AllyCAD has a drawing scale that is set via the Settings Menu ► Drawing Settings. All scales in the drawing are based on this scale. To create different scales, a magnification factor is applied to the layer...

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DO YOU WANT TO SEND IN A REQUEST FOR A TECH TIP?

If there is a specific area in AllyCAD that you would like us to provide a Tech Tip on, then please let us know. Send your request to support@knowbase.co.za and indicate the subject heading as "Tech Tip Request".

 

Note: We will attempt to create Tech Tips for all responses, but this may be a timeous process depending on the amount of requests that we receive. Should you require an immediate response, then please liaise with our Support Centre telephonically or via e-mail.

 

 

LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • AllyCAD v3.4 PRO & SME
    Build 15 (28/01/2005)
  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 15 (28/01/2005)
  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 15 (28/01/2005)
  • AllyCAD Help file Update
    (14/05/2004)
  • AllyCAD v3.3 PRO & SME
    Build 33 (31/05/2004)

 

TRAINING AND VISITS

 

ALLYCAD TRAINING CONTACT DETAILS

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

 

REGIONS

CONTACT

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 AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Our Customer Consultants will be involved in the following visitations 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.

 

REGION

DATE

ACTIVITY

PERSON/S

Durban

31 Jan - 3 Feb

AllyCAD training

Cedric

Durban

31 Jan - 4 Feb

Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits

Charles, Reece, Yolanda, Dawid

East London

31 Jan - 2 Feb

Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits

Reece, Yolanda, James

Johannesburg

7 - 11 Feb

Civil Designer training for Jeffares & Green  (Sunninghill)

Cameron

Johannesburg

7 - 14 Feb

Civil Designer and AllyCAD client visits

Vincent, Paul

 

 

 

Best Regards,

The Knowledge Base Team

www.knowbase.co.za

 

 

 

Works Like You Do

  

KNOWLEDGE BASE RECRUITMENT SERVICE

 

RECRUITMENT

 

If you’re looking for the best possible candidate with the right skills and technical abilities for the job, then look no further than the Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre. We specialise in the sourcing of top quality candidates for the Civil Engineering and CAD Design industries and offer you a personalized service built on complete trust, confidentiality and good faith.

 

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

 

Candidate 120

Structural Technician with experience in the design of reinforced concrete and bridge structures. Computer knowledge includes AllyCAD, AutoCAD and Civil Designer. He will consider position within the Gauteng or Western Cape regions.

 
Candidate 148

Civil Technician currently involved in geometric design. Obtained ND in Civil Engineering in 2003. Computer knowledge includes: AllyCAD, Civil Designer and Microstation. She is currently based in Cape Town but is willing to relocate to Gauteng.

 
Candidate 154

 Technician currently studying towards his B.Tech Civil Engineering. Has 1 years experience in geometric design. Computer knowledge includes: Civil Designer, Prokon, Caddie and AutoCAD. Would like a Cape Town based position.

 
Candidate 156

Engineer – Currently involved in wastewater treatment and water services design. Has obtained his Honours in Water Engineering and seeks a position to specialize in this field of Engineering. Computer knowledge includes: Civil Designer, AllyCAD and Caddie. Will consider positions within the Eastern Cape or Gauteng.

 
Candidate 206

Masters in Electrical Engineering with experience as a Plant and Sales Engineer. Seeks a permanent position within the Western Cape.

 


For more information, please visit our Knowledge Base website or contact our Recruitment Specialist Yvonne Beebee at:

recruitment@knowbase.co.za

Telephone (021) 7011850.

 

  

CUSTOMER SHOWCASE


 

THE HORIZON RIPE WITH OPPORTUNITY

Paul Silayi radiates enthusiasm as he bounces down the passage, his face beaming with a confident smile. He is passionate about engineering and enjoys using engineering software, Civil Designer and AllyCAD. "At the last company I worked for, we received a job with a very tight deadline. I was adamant that the only way that I was going to meet the deadline was if we used this amazing software. They bought the program, I met the deadline, and today they are still using the package," he laughs.

 

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(South Africa only)

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