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Newsletter - 26 July 2006

Company News

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Knowledge Base Contributes to SAACE HR Forum

SAACE has recently developed an HR Forum which supports and facilitates the role of engineering practice in the industry. Topics and issues which the forum discusses relate not only to training and development of employees but also encompass other HR issues such as BBBEE, employment equity and transformation.

The forum has become a critical resource for HR practitioners in consulting firms which assists them in interpreting legislation and changing requirements and formulating policy and developing uniform approaches to changing HR requirements.

Knowledge Base is a member of the SAACE HR Forum and will be contributing to discussions and also supporting the groups broader initiative in sustaining engineers in the industry through our in-house Bureau and Staffing Placement Service.



Product News & Information

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Layers Settings In AllyCAD

A Layer pertains to the drawing layers. Different features of the actual AllyCAD drawing can be drawn on different layers to facilitate the viewing and printing of any combination of the drawing features.

You can access the following Layer Control options from the Layer Settings dialog box:

LAYERS IN ALLYCAD

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  • Layer Name - you can type in the name of your choice. The name will be checked for incompatibility issues and be corrected automatically before it is stored.

  • Layer Visibility - you can right click with the mouse to switch the layers visibility on or off. You can also accomplish this from the icon on the file toolbar shown alongside. Another method, is to press the 'L' on your keyboard to activate the "Set Visible Layers" dialog box.

  • Layer Lock - you can freeze the layer so that one cannot edit anything on this layer.

  • Layer Magnification – Every layer can have a scale factor applied to it except the first layer, layer 0. This scaling would generally be used for scaled details or inserts.

  • Layer Highlight – This controls how layers will be highlighted on the screen. If you check the option 'Layer Highlight - none' then no layer will be highlighted.

If you draw "By Layer" you will be able to adjust the 'Layer Pen Colour' by right clicking on the layers colour. This will present you with the whole colour chart of 265 colours to choose from. You will also be able to control the layer linetype and line width. In addition, you can indicate whether you would like all the layers except the current layer that you are working on to be drawn in a dotted line type, or choose to draw each layer except the current layer in a different colour.

You can also choose whether you would like to work on all the layers or only a subset of layers. Layers can be sorted alpha-numerically and the settings can be saved and reloaded as required. Working with layers in AllyCAD is easy and you can add up to 65 000 layers making it the superior design program of choice.



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)


TECH TIP TUTORIAL

Save Default Settings and Autobackup
 

It is regarded as good practice to save your drawing or project after you have made any major changes or periodically while working. To set the Autobackup time, select the following options...
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

Bloemfontein

24 - 28 July

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

Solly

Durban

24 - 28 July

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

David

Johannesburg

24 - 27 July

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Charles

East London

31 July - 3 August

AllyCAD training

Solly

Port Elizabeth

1 - 3 August

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Durban

31 July - 4 August

Civil Designer In-House training for Ethekweni Municipality

Cedric

Polokwane

31 July - 4 August

Civil Designer In-House training for Nhlengani Consulting

Cameron

Cape Town

7 & 8 August

Advanced Road training

Solly

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Quote

 

MARIKE VREKEN

Marike Vreken Town Planners - Knysna

 

Taking That Step

The acquisition of AllyCAD and Civil Designer was one of the first investments that Marike insisted on when the company became operational. “As I worked with Knowledge Base’s programs, the other packages that I worked on seemed to pale in comparison. It is amazing how you can generate contours from orthophoto information. 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 853

Senior Technologist with BSc Honours in Transportation with 18 years experience in all stages of technical aspects of engineering from project identification to design and construction within the transportation field. Competent in Civil Designer and seeks a position in Johannesburg and the Western Cape.

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 the George area.

Candidate 844

Civil Engineer with 13 years experience in structural engineering. Design and supervision of building works. Proficient in Prokon, AutoCAD and FloorCAD.

Candidate 845

Design Engineer with Bachelor Honours in Civil and Water Engineering with 7 years experience in water and sewerage treatment processes, design and wastewater management.

Candidate 811

Civil Engineering Technician with 6 years experience in structures, roads, water reticulation and sewer engineering. Proficient in Civil Designer, AutoCAD, Prokon and Bill/Civil Soft.



 

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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AllyCAD Support

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT CENTRE


support@knowbase.co.za

 

086 0101 999
(South Africa only)

+27 21 7011850
(International Clients)

 


 

     
 

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