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Newsletter - 31 May 2006

Company News

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KNOWLEDGE BASE INTERVIEW ON ECTV

On Friday 26 May, Knowledge Base contributed to a panel discussion hosted by Johan van Schalkwyk from the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE). The topic examined was the contribution of Technology in the Civil Engineering industry.


Vincent Bester participated in the discussion forum alongside other experts in the industry and was given the opportunity to explain the role of AllyCAD and Civil Designer in the design and execution of engineering projects. The SAACE Engineering and Construction Channel (ECTV) was launched in February and was designed to meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of engineers in category one of the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA) policy on CPD.

Viewership of the channel is on a subscription basis with programme five currently under way. Members can tune in to the programme at 20:30pm on Wednesday 7th June to view the Knowledge Base CEO, Vincent Bester, discussing the contribution of Technology in the Civil Engineering industry.

For more information contact Life Long Learning Solutions on
(012) 997 6531/2.


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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FULL RANGE OF PENS FOR PEN MAPPINGS

Pen Mappings allow you to use a printer such as an inkjet or laser printer as though it were a pen plotter. It does this by allowing you to map each colour on the screen to a different line width on the printer. Previously, the pens listed on the left hand side of the box were numbered from 0 to 15, but in the new version pen mappings encompass the full range of pens rather than just the first 15.

You now have a greater selection of pens available to you when assigning a width. The pen’s number appears in the Edit part of the dialog box. You can now type in the width which is measured in mm in the white part of the dialog box and then continue onto another pen that you would like to assign a width to.

PEN WIDTH MAPPINGS

Pen mappings only affect lines without a specified line width. For example, say you map the red pen to print at 0.3 mm. If there is a red line on the drawing that you have given a width of 0.7 mm using the Line Defaults dialog box, then that red line will print at 0.7 mm even though you have mapped the red pen to print at 0.3 mm.

This function is very useful for thickening dimension witness lines which often print very faintly on modern high resolution inkjet printers. To thicken witness lines, set aside one colour and draw all your witness lines in that colour. Then map that colour to the desired thickness. Having the full range of pens available when altering pen mappings gives you greater choice and increases the versatility of the program.



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 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
    (14/05/2004)

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


TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Batch converting drawings
 

The process of converting drawings from AllyCAD to AutoCAD DXF/DWG has been made easier with the file converter function in the General Toolkit.

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

Durban

29 May - 2 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Cape Town

5 - 9 June

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

Solly

Johannesburg

5 & 6 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece & Yolanda

Johannesburg

5 - 8 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Johannesburg

5 - 12 June

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

Cameron

Mount Ayliff

12 - 15 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain and Road for Alfred Nzo Municipality

Solly

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

Yvette Rundle

Kwezi V3 Engineers
East London

 

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Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

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Bureau Service

Bureau assists companies to complete specialised projects on time.


For more information contact Brett Pureveen on (021) 701 1850 or visit www.knowbase.co.za/bureau/.



Recruitment Service



RECRUITMENT

Knowledge Base Recruitment strives to support the design and civil engineering industry in the face of the massive skills shortages affecting the market.

Our efforts to effectively address this problem have been welcomed and given us the support of civil engineering firms nationwide, making us the number one preferred service provider in the country.

CANDIDATE REFERRAL CHALLENGE


  Knowledge Base Recruitment is offering an incentive to reach job seekers in the civil engineering and design disciplines.

With the 'Candidate Referral Challenge' you stand the chance to win an iPod Nano.

All you have to do to participate is refer other prospective job seekers who reside in and outside of South Africa for permanent placement.

If there is a match that leads to a placement, the prize is yours complements of the Knowledge Base Recruitment team. Click here to enter.


TOP CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT

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

 

Candidate 634

Senior Engineer - Infrastructure with 5 years experience in transportation networks. Holds B.Comm in Town and Regional Planning. Seeks a position in the Western Cape.

Candidate 702

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

Candidate 690

Senior CAD Draughtsperson with experience in water retaining structures, pipelines and pump stations. Proficient in AutoCAD. Seeks a position in the Gauteng region.

Candidate 375

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

Candidate 767

Structural & Civil Engineering Technician with 4+ years experience in design, draughting and detailing of structural concrete and steel projects. Proficient in AutoCAD and Prokon. Willing to relocate nationally.

Candidate 790

BSc in Civil Engineering with 10+ years in infrastructure related projects (residential, commercial, industrial) - surface water, file water drainage, bulk supply and reticulation and geometric design. Proficient in MX Roads, Windes, Civil Designer and AllyCAD. Seeks position in George, Knysna or Cape Town.


 


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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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