AllyCAD and Civil Designer 2011 Build 8

To all our friends in business, we wish you a festive season over the December Holidays as you sit back, relax and look back on this year.

The Year Ahead

2011 has been challenging for many but our experience is that business is definitely starting to look up. We are looking optimistically to 2012 as this last year has seen a big improvement from 2010 which means there appears to be an increase in infrastructure spending and design work.

Looking at South Africa, actual delivery on the R802-billion public infrastructure programme could offer an important 'shock absorber' for the South African economy in the context of the slower-than-expected domestic recovery, according to Business Unity South Africa (Busa). We welcome government's acknowledgement that infrastructure spending was lagging behind budget allocations for 2011 and hopefully 2012 will be the turning point.

Civil Designer and AllyCAD leading the way forward

In terms of our software, the release and ongoing development of Civil Designer 2011 and AllyCAD 2011 have ensured that you have the best infrastructure design or CAD package at your fingertips. We have really pushed hard this year to make our software the fastest design software on the market while also being able to handle the largest designs at the same time. We are happy to say that with the last few builds of our software, we have strengthened our number 1 position. With all these improvements contributing to the 2012 version, which is already taking shape, next year looks to be an exciting one.

Build 10 to be released in January

The Civil Designer and AllyCAD build 10 update will be released in January 2012. We are excited to be including over 16 new enhancements and performance improvements to the software as well as making the program faster and more responsive.

Awards and client achievements

We would like to congratulate clients that scooped up prestigious awards. Six infrastructure projects in the city, with a combined cost of about R500 million, have bagged 15 national and international accolades and awards over the past few years. This has tied in perfectly with Cape Town being awarded the World Design Capital 2014. The projects include:
  • Hospital Bend Interchange (R263m)
  • Hospital Bend Interchange Bridges
  • Granger Bay Boulevard (R143m)
  • Lourens River Flood Alleviation (R6.5m)
  • Kuyasa Station North Precinct (R30m)
  • Buitengragt Footbridge (R27.2m)

Hospital Bend
The Anzio Road horseshoe bridge at the Hospital Bend Interchange. (Cape Times)

We also look forward to receiving SAICE's December edition of their magazine which has their awards section in. Typically nearly all winners are our clients which makes us really happy. It's great for us to see your achievements and is always a good read.

Knowledge Base Support Centre

The Civil Designer and AllyCAD Support Centre is available every week day over the December holiday period excluding SA public holidays. The support hours are 08h00 to 17h00 Central African Time (GMT + 2 hours). The Support Centre can be contacted via email at or on the following numbers:
  • 086 0101 999 (South Africa only)
  • +27 21 7011850 (International Clients)

Seasons Greetings and kind regards

The Knowledge Base Team



For those of you that have not had the chance to read up on some of our most impressive showcase stories for this year, these are the 3 last releases which were published in SAICE magazine:

Designing Road Infrastructure in Gauteng

The scope of the R375M project encompasses the construction of an additional bridge over the N14 and related access ramps between the N14 and K29...
Aphane Consulting Engineers

Developing vision

According to the Century City Urban Design Framework, the focal design feature of the development is the water system...
HHO Africa, Cape Town

Developing vision

The Cosmo City housing development project was seen as a benchmark for a new model to low cost housing that aimed to create integrated and mixed land use...
WorleyParsons RSA