Knowledge Base 2009 Review

N3 North and South freeway and bridge widening (JHB)


N1 North and South freeway and bridge widening (JHB)


Nelspruit Stadium Infrastructure


and MANY More

 With over 80% of all South African Municipalities and Consulting Engineering Firms using our software, you can rest assured that you are using the South African design standard. Thank you for your loyal support. Together we can build a better South Africa for all.

Gearing Towards 2010 and Beyond

Every year it seems as if events build up momentum until the IMESA expo and then taper off to the annual "shut-down" over the December holiday period. Consultants are wrapping up work before they go on leave and generally everyone seems to put off making important decisions until the New Year filled with new enthusiasms and the spirit of new beginnings. So perhaps it is appropriate at this time to reflect on what this year has brought us.

It has been a stormy year, perhaps more so than any year since 1994. The change of political guard basically brought the country to a standstill with the old guard clearing out their desks from about February, and the new guard only really getting down to business a month or so ago. If it weren't for the massive infrastructure expenditure relating to the 2010 World Cup, the civil engineering industry would have been in the doldrums.

Thus it was very reassuring for me to see all the old faces - and some new faces - at IMESA this year. Despite all the chaos and mayhem around us, despite political uncertainty and the further uncertainty of when the financial meltdown will pass and banks will open their purses again, we all made every effort to carry on and maintain normality. And nowhere was that more apparent than at IMESA. As engineers we remain keen to take on and solve our country's infrastructure problems.

Here at Knowledge Base it has been an equally challenging year, but one that has been very rewarding. Our client base has been growing steadily despite the massive downturn in private developments, with an increase in sales to new clients of 32% and in maintenance contracts of over 15%. I see that as confirmation that we are doing something right and delivering a product and a service that works for you.

Recently the Development Bank of South Africa, in conjunction with the South African Association of Consulting Engineers, did an intensive evaluation of all the infrastructure design software available in South Africa for implementation in 113 municipalities. At the end of this process the DBSA/SAACE panel chose AllyCAD and Civil Designer. The general consensus was that no other program offers the depth of design features that are available in the AllyCAD/Civil Designer system.

In fact, our software has been right there working for our clients on all the major infrastructure projects including the Gautrain, the World Cup stadiums (including Soccer City, Cape Town Stadium and Moses Mabhiba Stadium), the East London IDZ, the Coega development zone, the Koeberg and Allendale interchanges, King Shaka International Airport and virtually every other important highway, road and town infrastructure project. Looking back over the last 10 years, AllyCAD and Civil Designer have clearly become the software of choice for designers who want to get the job done with the minimum of fuss.

We have also finally released AllyCAD 2010, which has been re-written from the ground up to give you full DWG compatibility while still retaining all the ease of use that make AllyCAD users so fiercely loyal to the product. This step is vital in the development of Civil Designer 2010, as our next generation modules will run on our own graphics platform as well as on AutoCAD. This will allow you to choose the platform which represents the optimal fit for your organization, while still retaining the heavyweight design functionality that has made Civil Designer the de facto standard in infrastructure design in Southern Africa.

So, as this year draws to its close, I thank all of you for your loyal support. You will continue to have my full and serious commitment that we will help you complete your projects on time by giving you the tools to do the job through our software, support and training. We are continually striving to improve our service to you.

We hope that you have a great rest with family and friends. We here at Knowledge Base will be open throughout the holiday season to offer you support if you happen to be working.

 Vincent Bester
 CEO - Knowledge Base Software (Pty) Ltd

R21 / N1 interchange freeway alignment & widening (Pretoria)


Lynwood interchange freeway alignment & widening (Pretoria)


The N4 Nelspruit Northern Bypass


and MANY More


2009 Review