Newsletter - 09 November 2005

Company News

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TRAINING GRANT ASSISTS BEE COMPANIES

Many of our BEE clients are unaware that they can apply to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for a cash grant to help with business development services aimed at improving core competencies. AllyCAD and Civil Designer software and product training is a business development service that allows our clients to remain at the forefront of business and the cash grant could go a long way in helping to alleviate the costs.

The Black Business Supplier Development Programme (BBSDP) is a 80:20 cost-sharing cash grant incentive scheme that offers support to black-owned enterprises in South Africa. The scheme provides such companies with access to business development services in order to assist them in improving their core competencies, upgrading managerial capabilities and restructuring to become more competitive.

Companies that qualify for the grant are majority black-owned (fifty one per cent or more) with a significant representation of black managers on their management team. The maximum annual turnover of companies that qualify for BBSDP grants will however be limited to R12 million per annum and they should have a minimum trading history of one year. Companies that apply for the grant will also be required to comply with commercial regulatory requirements applicable to their areas of business, e.g. registration with CIPRO and SARS.

The maximum grant that a single company can qualify for, is limited to R100 000. A company can apply for multiple projects provided that the cumulative grant does not exceed R100 000. All fees related to the rendering of business development services including travel and subsistence costs will qualify for cost sharing assistance. Costs for the acquisition of printed materials and software that constitute an integral component of the implementation of a project, will also qualify provided they do not exceed fifty per cent of the total cost of the project.

Visit www.dti.gov.za for further information on the Black Business Supplier Development Programme (BBSDP).
To download the BBSDP application form, Click here.


NEW EMPLOYER SERVICE

The Knowledge Base Recruitment website provides an information service that allows interested candidates to browse for current civil engineering and CAD operating positions in the market. It also provides information to our clients regarding our comprehensive recruitment service.

As a result of the tremendous success of this offering, we have since introduced the NEW Employer Service which allows prospective employers to search for candidates based on their geographical location, skills and competencies. Employers have access to our  Knowledge Base Recruitment database of candidates that we have interviewed and approved.

The Recruitment website ensures strict confidentiality in order to protect the candidate's privacy. The candidate information for public viewing on the website includes a short summary of their skills as well as the qualifications that have been obtained. For detailed information regarding current and previous work experience, interested parties will need to contact the Recruitment Centre directly.

Please contact Yvonne Beebee at recruitment@knowbase.co.za for further information on this exciting offering!


 

Product News & Information

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ALLYCAD GOES HATCHING!

In today’s newsletter, we revisit the ever popular topic of hatching.

Hatching allows you to fill a specified area in a shape with your chosen pattern. You can therefore add detail to specific entities in a drawing for identification purposes.

An appropriate pattern may be chosen from the list of hatch pattern names. Alternatively, if you are not sure what the hatch pattern looks like, you can click on the PreView button. A sample of each hatch pattern will appear on the screen. Once you have selected your choice, click on the one you want to use.

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To alter an existing hatch, go to the Annotate Menu. You can alter the hatch pattern of a hatch, the hatch scale, hatch pen and /or the hatch perimeter. When you select “Alter Existing Hatch” the perimeters of all the hatched areas will start to flash. To change the hatched area, click on the perimeter of the hatched area. The ‘Hatch’ or ‘Solid Fill’ dialog box will appear so that you can choose a new hatch pattern, scale, perimeter or colour.

Hatched and solid fills can significantly slow down redraws. It is therefore a good idea to set Hatch to ‘Draw’ in the ‘View Settings’ dialog, to ‘None’. This means that hatches will not be drawn on redraws. If you want to see your hatches, you can display them when you want to by using the ‘Draw All Hatch’ function in the Annotate Menu.

The Hatching function is easy to use and allows for a great deal of flexibility. You can convert a hatch to the lines it comprises, change hatch pattern colours and change the default hatch pen colours.

For more information on Hatching, see Tech Tip Tutorial T10019 on our website www.allycad.com.

 

 

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 25 (10/10/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 25 (10/10/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 25 (10/10/2005)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Help file Update
    (14/05/2004)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 HASP Driver Update
    (18/08/2005)

 

SEND IN A TECH TIP REQUEST

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 time consuming 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.

 

 

 

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

15 – 27 Nov

AllyCAD training

Cameron

Johannesburg

15 – 27 Nov

AllyCAD training

Cameron

PMB

15 – 27 Nov

Road training for SNA

Cedric

Johannesburg

15 – 27 Nov

AllyCAD training

Cameron

PMB

15 – 27 Nov

Road training for SNA

Cedric

Johannesburg

15 – 27 Nov

AllyCAD training

Cameron

PMB

15 – 27 Nov

Road training for SNA

Cedric

 

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Marike Vreken
Marike Vreken Town Planners

TAKING THAT STEP

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you boldly decide to step into the unknown and try something different. For Marike Vreken, this bold move happened in June 2004 when she resigned from VPM Planning to start up her own company, Marike Vreken Town Planners.

 

read more

 


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 493

Civil & Structural Technologist with 5 years experience - civil design and site experience (Roads, Stormwater & Sewer). Computer literate in Civil Designer, AllyCAD, AutoCAD & Modelmaker. Would like to secure a position within the KwaZulu Natal region.

Candidate 415

CAD Operator with work experience in municipal services. Interest lies in 3D, mechanical or structural drawings. Proficient in AutoCAD.

Candidate 372

Civil Site Technician (Roads) with 3 years working experience. Seeks a position in the Western Cape or Gauteng region.

Candidate 506

Civil Technician with 5 years experience in structural design and supervision of civil engineering projects. Currently holds the position of Projects manager. Proficient in AutoCAD, Microstation, CAddie and Prokon. Seeks a position in the Gauteng region.

Candidate 495

Junior Civil Technician - Geotechnical. Proficient in Civil Designer, AllyCAD & AutoCAD. Seeks a position within the Western Cape region.

 


 

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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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