Newsletter - 08 March 2006

Company News

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please note that technical problems experienced by Eskom have contributed to widespread power interruptions across the province and Knowledge Base has been affected by numerous telephone and power blackouts.

We are currently investigating backup power solutions so that future services will remain uninterrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.


 BUY AllyCAD ON-LINE TODAY

Knowledge Base now offers the option of purchasing AllyCAD software directly from our website. You can buy AllyCAD Micro, SME and Professional via the AllyCAD shopping cart which then integrates with 2Checkout's secure credit card payment service. The service is easy and secure to use and allows you to purchase multiple copies of the software.

AllyCAD Micro is made available in a downloadable format so that you can make use of the package immediately. Other AllyCAD products are shipped to you within a 5 day delivery period by registered express mail. Click here to make an on-line purchase or contact one of our Key Account Managers for any product related enquiries.


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FORUM (YPF)

The Young Professionals Forum (YPF) started approximately a year ago and has a growing membership base of over 500 members.

Membership to the Forum is open to all Young Professionals in the Built Environment, under 35 years of age. Knowledge Base is currently an industry partner to the YPF and supports the organisation's efforts to promote Engineering initiatives to young professionals in South Africa. Please visit www.saace.co.za/YPF/ or email ypf@saace.co.za to register.

ANNUAL UPGRADE AND SUPPORT AGREEMENTS

Are you reaping the benefits of an upgrade and support agreement? There are enormous benefits in planning ahead and ensuring that you are maximizing the potential of your AllyCAD software.

With an Upgrade and Support Contract you can be sure that you will have the latest software build with all the added features and enhancements at only a fraction of the normal cost. Furthermore, you can enjoy the advantage of having a dedicated support team available to assist you every working day of the year.

Upgrade and Support Contracts are charged at 13% of the product purchase price and guarantee cutting edge software functionality, the availability of our Support Centre and the provision of a free marketing and publicity service where your project success stories are showcased in top trade journals. Support agreements therefore give you more choice and best of all, you will have immediate access to our upcoming AllyCAD 3.5 version with the latest functionality.


BUREAU IN FOCUS

The Knowledge Base Bureau is fully operational with a dedicated team of professionals that clients can outsource at any time to complete specialised projects within clearly defined timelines. The division targets companies that have limited resources and who are in need of specific services. Click here for more details.



Product News & Information

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CONSTRUCTION LINES IN AllyCAD

The art of technical drawing and illustration relies heavily on finalizing the details of the item you are drawing while you are working. With AllyCAD's construction lines the layout and the details resolve themselves in your mind and on the screen as you go along.

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

GEOMETRY

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The great thing about geometry or construction entities is that it allows for the precise layout of complex shapes. You can therefore create an outline from composite construction entities with a couple of clicks and can also convert existing entities to geometry entities. The geometry menu offers unrestricted versatility.

You can draw construction lines, arcs, circles, parallel lines and circles and even include a perpendicular bisector between two points or through a point parallel to an existing element. The program allows you to define the construction lines that can be used to draw complex shapes in conjunction with the Draw - Fill Geom Functions.

You can make geometry, switch geometry on and off and even delete geometry. Once you have deleted your geometry, the deletion is permanent. Should you need your geometry lines at a later stage, then you can temporarily switch them off by un-checking the "Show Geometry" box in Settings - View Settings. Because AllyCAD works the way you do with geometry lines, it helps the draughtsperson create the kind of designs that are unique and individual to the designer.



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 26 (31/01/2006)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 26 (31/01/2006)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 26 (31/01/2006)

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

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


TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Importing DXF/DWG Made Easier in the upcoming 3.5 version
 

In version 3.5 of AllyCAD Importing DXF/DWG files is easier with the introduction of a Wizard that assists the user during the importing process.

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

Port Elizabeth

7 - 9 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

FreeState (Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Welkom

6 - 10 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Durban

6 March

STORMWATER training

Cedric

Cape Town

7 - 10 March

Civil Designer in-house training for Kwezi V3 (Bellville)

Cedric

East London

13 - 17 March

Civil Designer training (Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road and Stormwater)

Solly

Johannesburg

13 - 17 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Pretoria

13 - 17 March

Civil Designer In-House training for Africon

Cameron

Johannesburg

23 & 24 March

Advanced Road training

Cedric

Book now! - there are still spaces available on these courses.

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

JAMES FLORENCE
Surveyor General's Office, Cape Town

 

A Passion for All He Surveys

"I have worked with many CAD programs out there. AllyCAD is streets ahead of them all. It actually works like I did when I was still using the old manual ways. I am not forced to learn a new way of working like a lot of the other software packages do." James Florence: Surveyor General's Office Cape Town.

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

Recruitment Service

 

RECRUITMENT

SHORT AND LONG TERM CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

We are currently looking to place a selection of highly competent civil engineers in a limited number of top contractual positions.

These opportunities are available to those with extensive experience in the industry and with proven expertise in the use of Civil Designer and/or AllyCAD software.

If you are interested in this exciting challenge and look forward to a lucrative career move, then please e-mail yvonne@knowbase.co.za or call us on 021-701 1850 for further details.

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

 

Candidate 631

Civil Engineering Technician (Pr Tech Eng) with 10+ years experience as a civil and structural design technician. Proficient in AllyCAD and Prokon. Willing to relocate away from the main city centres.

Candidate 454

Structural Civil Technician with 2 year's experience in the drawing of civil sections & layouts. Proficient in AllyCAD and Prokon. Seeks a position in the Gauteng region.

Candidate 329

Senior Structural Engineer (BSc Hons) with extensive experience in the design of civil and structural works. Proficient in Civil Designer and Prokon. Willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 634

Senior Roads Engineer with 5 year's experience. Seeks a position in Project Management. Will consider positions in the Western Cape only.

 


CIVIL DESIGNER - World Class Platform for Civil Engineers


SAICE MAGAZINE AWARD

Sarie Moolman (Editor of SAICE Magazine) & Vincent Bester (Knowledge Base CEO)


Last week we received a special visit from Sarie Moolman, the Editor of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) magazine to announce Knowledge Base's award as the most supportive advertiser in 2005. Knowledge Base received the award based on the amount of industry relevant civil engineering journalism featuring project success stories in AllyCAD and Civil Designer.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for making the ReKnown articles possible and for allowing us to keep the broader civil engineering community informed on infrastructural developments across all regions. The award will be presented alongside the winning entries of engineering projects at a SAICE gala event on 11 October 2006.



 

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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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