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Newsletter - 12 July 2006

Company News

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E-Learning with AllyCAD

The next phase of AllyCAD's incorporation into schools is under way in the Western Cape. At the orientation workshops recently held across all seven EMDC's, teachers and educational heads were introduced to the newly created AllyCAD E-Learning Centre for educational support.

The site boasts interactive E-Learning tools including eleven theoretical modules which have been developed in association with the Department of Education and in accordance with the Engineering Graphics & Design and Civil Technology Curriculums for FET's.


In addition, we have also provided an interactive training video which allows the learner to progress through various AllyCAD topics and includes self assessment tests. Results are assessed online and automatically communicated to the relevant educator in question.


Other features include an online learner and educator forum which allows the FET community to interact with each other and also connect to the broader AllyCAD professional community. We are also in the process of launching the AllyCAD Learner News and Educator Newswire so that everyone is kept abreast of industry developments affecting education.

The AllyCAD E-Learning Centre will provide the kind of support and resources necessary to make the AllyCAD learning process a fun and productive experience for all. This initiative will be developed further over the next few weeks based on the feedback received from various educators in the industry.

Product News & Information

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DWG/DXF CONVERSION SETTINGS

Sometimes we need to share information with other users and CAD systems using the DWG or DXF Formats. In AllyCAD you can change the settings for importing from and exporting to these systems by customizing the settings in order to create a more uniform approach.

To do this, select Settings > DXF/DWG Conversions and set all required fonts for importing and exporting DWG and DXF drawings. You can add to this dialog at any time. Select 'From DXF/DWG' if you are bringing in a DXF or DWG and want to correctly map the fonts to a compatible AllyCAD Font. Alternatively, select 'To DXF/DWG' if you are going to save a DXF or DWG and want to correctly map the fonts from AllyCAD to AutoCAD.

DXF/DWG CONVERSIONS

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The most common problem with data transfer to or from DXF and DWG formats is the text not converting correctly. This is in part due to the fact that each system use their own font shape and style settings. Set all 'From DXF/DWG' font settings to a font that would look similar to the clients hard or paper copy, and all 'To DXF/DWG' settings to a font that your client has requested or informed you that he uses. Select the target DXF/DWG version by clicking on the radio button alongside the version.



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 29 (11/07/2006)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Micro
    Build 29 (11/07/2006)

  • AllyCAD v3.4 Freeware
    Build 29 (11/07/2006)

  • 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

10 - 13 Jul

Civil Designer In-House training for Alfred Nzo Municipality

Solly

Kimberley/ Bloemfontein

10 - 14 Jul

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Johannesburg

10 - 14 Jul

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

Bloemfontein

12 - 14 Jul

Civil Designer In-House training for MPS

Cameron

Johannesburg

17 - 24 Jul

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

Cameron

Bloemfontein

24 - 28 Jul

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

Solly

Durban

24 - 28 Jul

Civil Designer: Design Centre, Survey, Terrain, Road & Water

David

Johannesburg

24 - 27 Jul

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

East London

31 Jul - 3 Aug

AllyCAD training

Solly

Port Elizabeth

1 - 3 Aug

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Durban

31 Jul - 4 Aug

Civil Designer In-House training for Ethekweni Municipality

Cedric

Polokwane

31 Jul - 4 Aug

Civil Designer In-House training for Nhlengani Consulting

Cameron

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

JANA VAN DER MERWE

YPF Chairman

 

FLYING THE FLAG FOR YPF

The Young Professionals Forum (YPF) emerged two years ago with two crucial objectives: to attract young people to the engineering profession and to create an adequate support system so that engineers remain in the industry. These were the objectives that were placed on Jana van der Merwe’s shoulders when she first assumed her chairman’s role of the body in 2005. 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-centered 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 an email to the above address quoting the relevant Candidate Number for further information:


Candidate 752

Civil Engineering Technician with 2 years experience and exposure in roads, stormwater and project management. Seeks a position in a small consultancy in either Bloemfontein, Pretoria or Cape Town. Proficient in Civil Designer.

Candidate 750

Civil Engineering Technician with 4 years design experience in municipal services and project management exposure. Competent in AllyCAD. Seeks a position in KwaZulu Natal.

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 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 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.



 

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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