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Newsletter - 11 Aug 2006

Company News

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AllyCAD IN MUNICIPALITY DRIVE

Knowledge Base have donated student copies of AllyCAD to assist with a large capacity development project in local government.

In this initiative, 83 students, 37 graduates and 39 retired engineers have been placed in more than 50 municipalities to address service delivery. Many municipalities have no technical software and limited records, which makes planning, design and decisions on operations and maintenance particularly difficult.


Armed with AllyCAD, students and graduates will be drawing their designs and gathering existing drawings from Consulting Engineers with a view to adding service details such as house connections, as well as drawing assets such as treatment works, road networks and so forth where drawings have been lost.


This will allow students and graduates to become CAD proficient while at the same time helping municipalities to improve their records. Knowledge Base's donation forms part of a broader initiative to try and address skills shortages in the Civil Engineering sector.



AllyCAD FOR THE KZN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Knowledge Base has been invited by the KwaZulu Natal Department of Education to discuss the software requirements for Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology subjects of the FET band across schools in the KZN region.


It is proposed that 600 educators be trained in the use of CAD software for these subjects as part of the DOE's skills development programme for educators. As a result, Knowledge Base has agreed to support the programme by making their AllyCAD software available for this purpose.
Knowledge Base will be presenting a series of training demonstrations at the KZN Department of Education head office on Monday 14 August.



Product News & Information

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TEXT DIMENSIONS IN ALLYCAD

Moving dimension text is easy in AllyCAD. Simply select the dimension by dragging a selection box around it with your cursor, or by using the ‘Edit – Select by Polygon’ function. Once the dimension has been selected, you may switch into ‘Node Mode’ by clicking on the Nodes icon in the Toolbar.

Three nodes will appear on the dimension, one at each of the dimensioned points and one at the dimension text position. The dimension text position will become black or highlighted when you clock on the node at the dimension text position.

DIMENSIONS

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The highlighted node will allow you to nudge it accurately to a new position by simply pressing the arrow key pointing in the direction you would like to move the node to.

The program will now prompt you to specify how far you would like to move the text. Type a distance and press ‘Enter’. The dimension text will be moved up by the amount specified and the witness lines will be adjusted accordingly. You can also move the text by dragging the highlighted node to a new position.

Dimension text may not be centred due to trailing blanks and dimensions that are centred on a tolerance sign. To remove trailing blanks, use the ‘Edit Dimension Properties’ command in the ‘Annotate – Edit Dimensions’ menu to edit the dimension text. Once the text appears in the Control Bar you can ensure that there are no blanks before or after it.

Mechanical dimensions such as 34 +/-2 are centred on the tolerance sign (plus or minus). This may make the dimension appear off centre in certain cases. To correct this, use the ‘Modify – Stretch’ function to move the dimension text for quick and easy adjusting.

This along with many other options allow you to maximise your use of dimensions and provide the versatility you require.



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

Durban

14 August

AllyCAD presentation to Kwazulu Natal Dept of Education

David, Yolanda, Reece, Cedric

Durban/Richards Bay/ Port Shepstone

15 - 18 August

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Johannesburg

14 - 21 August

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

Charles

Johannesburg

21 August

Civil Designer training: Water

Cameron

Cape Town

21 - 24 August

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

Solly

East London

22 - 24 August

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

Reece

Nelspruit

23 - 25 August

AllyCAD and Civil Designer client visits

David

Durban

21 - 24 August

AllyCAD training

Cedric

Johannesburg

23 - 25 August

AllyCAD training

Cameron

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

 

 

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

 


 

Customer Showcase

 

WALTER MERCUUR

Western Cape Education Department

 

STARTING AT GRASSROOTS LEVEL

One of the subjects that lie very close to the heart of Walter Mercuur is the level of education that will ultimately affect the quality of tomorrow's engineers. With the change in the Curriculum Statement some two years ago, the subject components for Civil Technology and Engineering Graphics & Design have undergone a major transformation which has led to some extensive curriculum planning in the Western Cape. read more

 


Click here to view Detailed Customer Showcases from our clients.


 

Bureau Service

Bureau assists companies to complete specialised projects on time.


 

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.

UK INTERVIEWS SOON

For one day only Knowledge Base Recruitment will be conducting interviews in the UK in order to fast track the entry of foreign professionals into South Africa. Interviews will be conducted on
01 September 2006.

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 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 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 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 810

Civil Design Engineer with 22 years experience in design of roads, stormwater drainage, reinforced concrete and steel. Proficient in Civil Designer, AllyCAD and Prokon. Is willing to relocate.

Candidate 844

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



 

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