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Newsletter - 18 May 2006

Company News


AllyCAD & Civil Designer Student Awards

The annual merit award ceremonies recently took place at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). These awards were issued to students who performed exceptional work in the 2005 academic year and who produced top-class Civil Engineering designs.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Surveying at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, held their annual prize giving ceremony on Wednesday 17 May 2006 and the following prizes were awarded:

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Mr A.J. Carstens and C. Coetzee (left) received a joint award for the Best Civil Designer Project. Mr M.H. Fakier (right) received the award for the Best AllyCAD project (1st Year). Congratulating them is Reece Hanning.

The award ceremony was attended by various industry representatives who amongst others included prominent members of SAICE, SAFCEC and SAGI. We are pleased to acknowledge the achievements and success of these emerging young professionals and congratulate them on their outstanding academic achievements.

Product News & Information


Bitmap Handling

Bitmap handling has just become easier with the 'Batch Load Bitmaps' functionality. With this function, you can load bitmaps of supported types from a selected directory. This makes for easier file management as you will be able to store all your maps, aerial photographs, scanned in pictures of components and even your company logo in a single directory.

The most frequently encountered file types that the program supports includes JPEG, TIFF, BMP, ECW and MrSID. In order to facilitate the automatic placement of these bitmaps, a world file of the same name as the bitmap must exist in the same folder. AllyCAD supports the following standard world files: LOG; TFW; SDW and HGR geo-referenced bitmaps. For Southern Hemisphere drawings, the sign of the co-ordinates in the world file will automatically be reversed.


You can access the function in the File menu by selecting the 'Load - Batch Load Bitmaps option. AllyCAD handles very large bitmaps and after the initial time pre-processing when you load a new bitmap, the program will allow you to load, zoom and pan to the largest bitmap within a few seconds. You can also annotate the bitmap or trace over it to build up your drawing. This new feature in the upcoming version will allow you to display multiple large bitmaps from a specified directory allowing for improved performance in record time.

AllyCAD Support & Development



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.


Here are the latest downloads available on the updates page:

  • AllyCAD v3.4 PRO & SME
    Build 28 (10/05/2006)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 28 (10/05/2006)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 28 (10/05/2006)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Help file Update

  • AllyCAD v3.4 HASP Driver Update

Training & Visits



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.




Western Cape, East Cape, Namibia & International

Cape Town
(Head Office)

Tel: (021) 701 1850

Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga & Zimbabwe

Durban Office

Tel: (031) 566 3323

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province & Botswana

Johannesburg Office

Tel: (011) 675 3959


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.







17 & 18 May

Advanced Road training


East London

22 - 25 May

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Water and Sewer training



22 - 29 May

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer & Stormwater and Water training



22 - 29 May

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road, Sewer and Stormwater training



29 May - 2 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits


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



Best Regards,
The Knowledge Base Team



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Young Engineers


Young Professionals Forum, South Africa.

YPF seeks to promote Civil Engineering initiatives in the Built Environment to young professionals. Knowledge Base supports this iniative. Read more..


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Recruitment Service


Short and long term contract opportunities now available:

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 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 363

Civil Engineering Technician with 2 years experience in water (pipelines, bulkwater connections) and structural designs. Proficient in AllyCAD and Civil Designer. Seeks a position in KwaZulu Natal. Not willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 718

Civil Engineering Design Technician with 6 years experience in geometric design. Seeks a position in the Western Cape. Proficient in Civil Designer.

Candidate 375

Design Draughtsperson with 8 years experience in infrastructure (roads, water, sewer) design. Proficient in Civil Designer and AllyCAD. Willing to relocate to Gauteng.

Candidate 766

Resident Engineer with 19 years post qualification experience on structures, roads and services. Seeks a position in Gauteng but is willing to consider relocating to the Western Cape. Pr Tech (ECSA) registration pending.

Candidate 702

Senior Engineer BEng (Hons) Transportation. Proficient in Civil Designer. Seeks position in the Western Cape.




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