Newsletter - 1st Sept 2005

Company News

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

The annual Graduate Fair of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology will be held on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September at the Major Sports Hall (Bellville Campus). We will be exhibiting at this year's fair and will be showcasing our AllyCAD and Civil Designer software to students who wish to pursue a career in design.

As part of our ongoing social responsibility programme, we will be donating copies of the AllyCAD student version to the campus library. This will allow students who do not have access to the Internet to access the program for educational purposes. We have also recently become one of the companies that offer co-operative placement in the civil engineering field. Students have since been interviewed for 2005.

Details of the Exhibition:

  • 7 September 2005 from 09:00 till 17:30

  • 8 September 2005 from 09:00 till 17:30

 

 

Product News & Information

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GEOMETRY AND CONSTRUCTION LINES IN ALLYCAD

Geometry lines are a superset of construction lines. They allow you to define the layout, position lines and arcs tangential to each other and defines the basic layout of the drawing elements. You can therefore simply fill in with solid lines to create the objects.

With AllyCAD’s construction lines you can resolve the layout and details of the drawing in your mind and on the screen as you go along. In addition, the useful geometry lines allow you to draw the way you would draw naturally.

 

 

Geometry & Construction lines

 

Geometry has the following properties:

  • It has no end points and continues into infinity.

  • It is not printed or plotted.

  • It is common to all layers.

There are also many geometric constructions available:

  • Intersecting horizontal and vertical geometry lines (cross).

  • Line at a defined angle.

  • Line through two points.

  • Line parallel to an existing line or circle.

  • Circle.

  • Up to five concentric circles.

  • Circle tangent to two lines.

  • Circle tangent to a line and a circle.

  • Circle tangent to two circles.

  • Circle tangent to three lines.

  • Circle through a point and tangent to a line.

  • Circle through a point and tangent to a circle.

  • Circle through three points.

  • Line tangent to a circle.

  • Line tangent to two circles.

  • Line that is a perpendicular bisector of two points or a line.

The Geometry menu is versatile and easy to use with loads of functionality. You can project solid lines and arcs to geometry lines and circles by making use of the ‘Make Geometry’ function. This duplicating function is especially useful for projecting lines into another part of the drawing, or for finding the intersection between projected lines and arcs.

Geometry may also be deleted or may be switched on or off at will. To switch geometry off, go to the Settings Menu and select ‘Show Geometry’ under ‘View Settings’. The message Don’t Draw Geometry’ will appear briefly on the screen. You can switch it on again by selecting ‘Geometry - Geometry On/Off’. The message ‘Draw Geometry’ will appear briefly on the screen. To delete geometry, go to ‘Geometry EI’ to delete a single geometry line or circle or go to ‘Delete All Geometry’ to delete all the geometry. Once you have deleted your geometry, the action is permanent and the information cannot be restored.

When you save your drawing, the geometry is not automatically stored. In order to set it so that your geometry automatically stores with each save, go to ‘File – Save Options’ and check the ‘Save Geometry’ box in the ‘Save Settings’ option before saving. Once this option has been checked, your geometry will be saved in a file with the same name as your drawing, but the extension will show .geo instead of .drg. Alternatively, you can save your geometry using the ‘File – Save Options – Save Geometry’ option.

Geometry is represented by construction lines and circles which can be used as guide lines for tracing over, for determining the positions of points, for determining line and arc intersection points and for projecting existing lines to another part of the drawing. Geometry entities are therefore necessary to allow for the precise layout of complex shapes quickly and effectively.
 

 

 

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 23 (26/08/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 23 (26/08/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 23 (26/08/2005)

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

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

 

TECH TIP RECAP

This week we are doing a Tech Tip Tutorial recap how to import and export DWG / DXF files, as this is a common question from our clients:

 

T10003

How to import drawings from AutoCAD in DWG or DXF format

T10006

How to export drawings from AllyCAD to AutoCAD DXF/DWG format

 

 

 

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

Bellville

7 & 8 Sept

Career Exhibition – CPUT

Reece
Yolanda

Johannesburg

8 & 9 Sept

Dept of Education meeting

Cedric
Reece

Johannesburg

5 – 9 Sept

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Johannesburg

13 – 15 Sept

AllyCAD training

Cameron

 


 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

Werner Mayer
Mayer Engineering


“I have not used my drawing board since I've purchased the software (AllyCAD). It certainly has been one of my best investments in a very long time.” Werner Mayer, Owner of Mayer Engineering.

 


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 within 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 and 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 a 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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086 0101 999
(South Africa only)

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(International Clients)

 


 

 

 

 

 

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