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Newsletter - 14 June 2006

Company News

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HELP DEVELOP THE NEW CIVIL & BTECH COURSES

Knowledge Base will be participating in a Re-curriculation Workshop between 29 June and 1 July 2006 at the Tshwane University of Technology.


All industry leaders including companies that have supported the Department of Education's initiatives in sustaining quality education have been called to attend the workshop to give input on the shortcomings identified. The workshop will be aimed at building and finalizing the curriculum documents including the outcomes of the National Diploma: Engineering Civil and the B.Tech: Engineering Civil for registration on the NQF through SAQA. For more information, contact Sharon at cpd.sharon@saice.org.za



KNOWLEDGE BASE COURSE RECEIVES CPD VALIDATION

All Civil Designer and AllyCAD courses have now been validated by the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) in accordance with ECSA's CPD programme.


From 2006, Continual Professional Development (CPD) becomes compulsory for all categories of registration with ECSA including engineers, technologists and technicians. This impacts on engineering professionals specifically because over a five year period, each registered individual must achieve 25 credits in order to retain their professional registration.

The first batch of renewals will be done by ECSA in January 2007 and those registered individuals whose registration is due for renewal will have to earn 5 credits during 2006 in order to successfully maintain their registration in 2007.

If requirements are not met, then professional registration will not be renewed. This has serious implications for the sector as certain work becomes reserved for registered professionals only.

SAICE has confirmed that the Knowledge Base training courses will receive their CPD number later this month and that all courses attended by delegates since January 2006 will receive their backdated points by means of a certificate. All courses along with their associated point value will be listed on the Engineering Council of South Africa's website (www.ecsa.co.za). Once a course has received CPD status, it may be used in all engineering disciplines. For more information please contact (021) 7011850.



Product News & Information

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MAKING THE DRAWING OFFICE MANAGER WORK FOR YOU

The Drawing Office Manager helps you to track the time spent on a drawing. You can therefore carry on with your normal workload without the added hassle of having to record your hours. The program will perform this function for you and will provide you with an accurate status report.

The Drawing Office Manager is only active once you have checked the "Use Drawing Office Manager" box in the File menu under Save Options - Save Settings. Once active, this function will track the details of each drawing.

DRAWING OFFICE MANAGER

It will record a brief description of the drawing, the name of the draftsperson, the drawing department, the drawing start date and the plot date. In addition, the Entity Statistics button lists the number of primitives, objects and layers in the drawing, allowing you to access detailed information.

Drawings that have been imported from AutoCAD may make use of the 'Block Statistics' button. This option will display statistics about AutoCAD blocks that are hidden within the drawing structure.

You will therefore be able to retrieve accurate information on all your drawings quickly and effectively as the Drawing Office Manager will perform this function in a matter of seconds.



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 PRO & SME - HOTFIX
    Build 28a (07/06/2006)

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

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro - HOTFIX
    Build 28a (07/06/2006)

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

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware - HOTFIX
    Build 28a (07/06/2006)

  • 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

Mount Ayliff

12 - 15 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain and Road In-House training for Alfred Nzo Municipality

Solly

Kimberley

12 - 15 June

Civil Designer: Design Centre and Road In-House training for USTICA

Cameron

Cape Town

19 - 22 June

AllyCAD training in Cape Town

Solly

Durban

19 - 23 June

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

David

Polokwane

19 - 23 June

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

Cameron

Port Elizabeth

26 - 30 June

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

Solly

Johannesburg

26 - 29 June

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

Mel Dube

Masuku Dube Tifflin
Port Elizabeth

 

Storms River West Sewer Project

Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning 'place of abundant sparkling water'. However it was water of a different nature that the Masuku Dube Tifflin (MDT) engineers were to deal with when they took on the Storms River West sewer project. read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

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Recruitment Service



RECRUITMENT

Knowledge Base Recruitment has gained the support of civil engineering firms nationwide through its efforts to address the massive skills shortages affecting the industry and as a result of its integrity-centred conduct.


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

If you are interested in an exciting 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 790

B Eng Civil Engineer with 10+ years experience in infrastructure engineering for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Proficient in Civil Designer, AllyCAD, Caddie, PDS, WinDes and Aquanet. Seeks position in Cape Town, George or Knysna area.

Candidate 779

Senior CAD Operator with 10+ years experience using AllyCAD and AutoCAD. Township development water treatment works and rehabilitation of upgrading and reconstruction draughting.

Candidate 795

CAD Operator with 4 years experience in civil, structural, electrical draughting. Experienced in AllyCAD and Caddie. Seeks a position in the Western Cape.

Candidate 794

Civil Design Technologist with 7 + years experience in road upgrade, subdivision, storm water drainage, sanitary drainage, structural designs. Computer literate in AutoCAD currently residing in New Zealand and wanting to relocate back to South Africa within the Pretoria area.

Candidate 802

Civil Technician with 2 ˝ years experience in CAD draughting and design on Civil Designer. Seeks a position in the Gauteng or Eastern Cape region.


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. Click here to enter.


 

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/.

 


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INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT CENTRE


support@knowbase.co.za

 

086 0101 999
(South Africa only)

+27 21 7011850
(International Clients)

 


 

     
 

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