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Newsletter - 22 March 2006

Company News

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ADDRESSING THE SA SKILLS SHORTAGE

The Knowledge Base Recruitment Centre is now in a position to assist foreign candidates with the acquisition of work permits through a qualified Immigration Officer and in association with the Department of Home Affairs.

Non South African Civil Engineers and design staff will now be able to offer their services to South African Civil Engineering consulting firms for short to long term assignments. This initiative will attempt to address the South African skills shortage presently experienced in the industry.

For more information contact Yvonne Beebee on (021) 7011850 or email Yvonne@knowbase.co.za.


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. For more information on this initiative, please visit www.saace.co.za/YPF/ or email ypf@saace.co.za to register now.



Product News & Information

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THE SURVEY TOOLKIT IN 3.5

The Survey Toolkit in AllyCAD 3.5 now has the added benefit of Sectional plans. In the next version, the program has a new suite of functions that caters for the preparation of sectional plans.

Just like SG diagrams and general plans that are required to register single or multiple erven and farms respectively, Sectional Plans are the plans that are required to register the units of a sectional title scheme in the Deeds office. There are various types of “sheets” that collectively make up the sectional plan.

SECTIONAL PLANS

The new suite of functions in AllyCAD allows you to generate all the obligatory sheets quickly and effectively. It works in a similar way to the existing SG functionality where default settings are made in a setup dialog and custom functions applied to a pre-existing base layout plan to create new CAD drawings. Tracing figures are also used to capture boundary information but differ from the existing toolkit functionality in the fact that data for each sectional title unit gets stored for the generation of sheets and users can interact with this information.

The new functionality will benefit land surveyors almost exclusively and may even appeal to architects who may need to draw certain sheets. The upcoming version in AllyCAD is better than ever and has even more functionality than before.



AllyCAD Support & Development

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ANNUAL UPGRADE AND SUPPORT AGREEMENTS

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.


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)


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

23 & 24 March

Advanced Road training

Cedric

Windhoek

27 - 31 March

Civil Designer training for Windhoek Consulting Engineers

Solly

Nelspruit

29 & 30 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Swaziland & Mpumalanga

27 - 31 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Polokwane

27 - 31 March

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Polokwane

27 - 31 March

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

Cameron

Windhoek

3 - 6 April

Civil Designer training for City of Windhoek

Solly

Bethlehem

3 - 7 April

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

Cedric

Johannesburg

3 - 7 April

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

Cameron

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Nono Mginywa
Masuku Dube Tifflin

 

THE FIRST LADY

Nosimphiwe "Nono" Mginywa became the first black woman to do the Roads Advanced Training course in 2005 and surprised every male student with an impressive performance. It was also her keen interest in road design that led her to the doors of Masuku Dube Tifflin in Port Elizabeth, allowing her to expand her knowledge as a Civil Technician. read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 


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 assists companies that have limited resources and who are in need of specific services.

Whatever the job spec, the Bureau team will take care of it. We are committed to helping you grow your business. For more information contact Brett Pureveen on (021) 701 1850 or visit www.knowbase.co.za/bureau/.


 

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 630

Junior Civil Technician with 14 months experience in township service design. Computer literate in Civil Designer and AutoCAD. Is willing to relocate nationally.

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 509

Civil Design Technician with BTech Civil Engineering (Transportation) and National Diploma Civil Engineering with 4 years experience and proficient in AutoCAD.

Candidate 650

Civil draughtsperson (Roads) with 5 years working experience and NTC Engineering (N5). Seeks a position in Gauteng.

Candidate 685

Professional Engineer with 5 years water related design experience with BSc Engineering. Seeks a position in the Western Cape or Kwa-Zulu Natal. Proficient in Civil Designer and AllyCAD.

 


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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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