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Newsletter - 4th August 2005

Company News

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NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR PROGRAMMING TEAM

We are pleased to announce that the CAD development team has gained two additional members.
 

 

2 Additional CAD Programmers

James Higgs
(Returns to us)
Keshandra Naidoo
(New programmer)



Keshandra Naidoo and James Higgs have been appointed to work as C++ Programmers. Their responsibilities include assisting with the development of new AllyCAD versions; trouble shooting on previous versions of CAD and helping the Customer Support division with CAD related enquiries and problems. In addition to performing CAD duties, Keshandra will also help with the development of Civil Designer.

Our Knowledge Base development team is continually improving AllyCAD in order to meet your design requirements. We are committed to presenting our clients with a world-class product and aim to achieve this objective with ongoing product enhancements and continuous innovation.

 

 

 

Product News & Information

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THE DRAWING OFFICE MANAGER

In today’s newsletter, we explore the Drawing Office Manager in greater detail. The Drawing Office Manager is a handy feature in AllyCAD that project managers may find particularly useful. This tool allows you to keep a record of all details that pertain to a drawing and affords greater control in project costing and budgetary management.

You can access the Drawing Office Manager feature by selecting ‘File Menu, Save Options, Save Settings’ and checking the option marked ‘Use Drawing Office Manager’. Once checked, this option allows you to keep a record of each drawing, its description, the draftsperson drawing it, the department it is being drawn in, the paper size, scale and units used, the number of hours spent on the drawing, the date it was last updated and plotted etc.


 

Drawing Description Dialogue Box


 


 

This information is stored in an ASCII file called DRGOFFMG.TXT, which resides in your AllyCAD User folder. If you therefore log on as Guest, the file will be stored in the \AllyCAD34\Users\Guest folder. The information will be updated each time you save your drawing and may be loaded into any database that reads a comma delimited ASCII file. The content may also be edited in any text editor such as Notepad or Wordpad.

Each record in the file refers to a particular drawing and is stored on a single line, with fields separated by commas. Refer to Tech Tip
T10023 for a more detailed explanation of the records.

The Drawing Office Manager allows vital drawing information to be recorded and stored so that you can generate project management reports and statistics in record time!

 

 

 

  Saving You Time and Money

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BUSINESS WARRIORS - GET YOUR PAIA DOCUMENTS

(Applicable to South African Business Owners only)

Some of you may already have heard about the Promotion of Access to Information Act, otherwise known as PAIA. But did you know, that if you do not submit a Section 51 Manual to the South African Human Rights Commission by 31 August 2005 that you could be held liable for a fine or even jailed? In order to avoid such criminal judgement, you will be expected to:

  • draft a Section 51 manual for your businesses and trusts;

  • submit this to the SA Human Rights Commission;

  • post it on your website - if you have one;

  • and submit it to any professional body that you are a member of.

Since we know how valuable time is, we have included a useful information resource in the form of Business Warriors that you could access when completing your Section 51 manual. When you join the Business Warrior community, you get advanced warning about any legislation that is likely to impact on the SME environment. You will also receive the PAIA Section 51 Manual with each registration. To join the Business Warrior community, click here.

 

 

 

AllyCAD Support & Development

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LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • AllyCAD v3.4 PRO & SME
    Build 22 (15/07/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 22 (15/07/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 22 (15/07/2005)

  • AllyCAD Help file Update
    (14/05/2004)

  • AllyCAD v3.3 PRO & SME
    Build 33 (31/05/2004)

 

  TECH TIP TUTORIAL

How to Load Bitmaps

 

This Tech Tip explains how to load bitmaps. AllyCAD can load many different types of images...

 

To increase the redraw speed of large bitmaps, AllyCAD creates a tiled bitmap file, this file has the same name as the original bitmap, but with a BBF file extension. The creation and location of the tiled file can be modified...


View Tech Tip

 

 

 

Training & Visits

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ALLYCAD 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

Johannesburg

10 – 12 Aug

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Durban

15 – 19 Aug

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

Chris McKay
SKC Engineers


“Of course, once the Windows version of AllyCAD was released, our work has become even easier. The time savings are incredible. The range and depth of functionality is enormous, in fact I believe that AllyCAD is restricted at times by the available hardware! I have often wondered if anyone has ever used AllyCAD to its full capability."

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

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.

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

 

Candidate 121

Engineering Design Technologist with 5+ years geometric design experience. Proficient in AutoCAD and Civil Designer. Seeks a position in the Kwazulu Natal region.

Candidate 125

Senior Structural Engineering Technician with +15 years civil & structural draughting and site experience within a municipal environment. Proficient in AutoCAD and AllyCAD and seeks a position within the Western Cape.

Candidate 304

Senior Civil Technician with a ND Civil Engineering with 10 years experience in geometric design. Has had experience in project management and administration and is proficient in Civil Designer, AllyCAD and MX Roads. Seeks a position within the Kwazulu Natal Region.

Candidate 387

AutoCAD draughtsperson with 4+ years national and international working experience. Will consider positions in the Pretoria and Cape Town region.

Candidate 412

Structural Steel draughtsman with 2 + years experience on AutoCAD. Seeks as position within the Gauteng region.

Candidate 413

AutoCAD draughtsperson with 10 + years experience in roads, surveying, buildings, reinforcement, steelwork and process layouts. Seeks a position in Pretoria.

 


 

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HP DesignJet 5500 60"

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AllyCAD Support

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT CENTRE


support@knowbase.co.za

 

086 0101 999
(South Africa only)

+27 21 7011850
(International Clients)

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Developers of Professional Civil Engineering and CAD Design Solutions

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