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GRAITEC strengthens its North American position by acquiring CIVILDESIGN INC., a key Canadian Civil engineering software provider

Bievres, France, June 20th, 2007 - GRAITEC, a major software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions for civil engineering has acquired CivilDesign Inc., a leading structural design solution provider in Canada. GRAITEC intends to integrate CivilDesign's innovative structural analysis solution into its own high-end detailing tools, which are already successfully sold in the Americas by its offices located in Montreal and Dallas or soon to be introduced on the North-American market. Through this acquisition, GRAITEC will soon be able to offer its customers and prospects a complete and fully localized software suite for the North-American Construction industry.

Established in 1994 by Denis Lefebvre, CivilDesign Inc. has specialized in the development of structural and civil engineering applications. CivilDesign Inc. also provides consulting services in modeling, structural, dynamic and seismic analyses, bridge design, tower design and industrial racking to name a few. Moreover, CivilDesign Inc. offers development services. Using its core technology, CivilDesign Inc. develops customized applications including management systems, numerical modeling, graphical interfaces, etc.

VisualDesign™ is the company's most advanced solution dedicated to structural analysis and design for the construction and civil engineering industry in Canada. The suite is composed of 12 modules working on a single Microsoft Windows platform and covers 2D/3D modeling and analysis of a large variety of structures, from bridges and culverts to buildings and towers. VisualDesign™ includes a comprehensive database of shapes in the following materials: steel, composite, wood, reinforced and prestressed concrete. VisualDesign™ supports all types of state-of-the-art analyses: static, dynamic, seismic, moving load, foundations and bridge evaluation. All modules integrate the latest Canadian and American standards.

CivilDesign Inc., a very profitable company, has 11 employees and reported revenues of more than 1,10 M$CAN for the last fiscal year. The company emphasized R&D investments in building an extensive prestressed and reinforced concrete database as well as in developing cutting-edge seismic features and bridge design modules. In 2000, in recognition of its efforts, CivilDesign Inc. received the OIQ (Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec) Prix Méritas Award for the excellence of VisualDesign™.

GRAITEC has a clear strategy to provide its American clients with a complete software suite, from structural analysis/design to steel/concrete detailing. In the last two years, GRAITEC has been successfully selling Advance Steel, its high-end steel detailing solution, in Canada and in the USA through its wholly owned subsidiary in Montreal. Advance Concrete, GRAITEC's concrete detailing solution will be introduced on the North-American market in the 4th Quarter. All the expertise acquired on the European market to synchronize data between GRAITEC's CAD and analysis/design solutions will be dedicated to the rapid integration of CivilDesign's structural analysis solution into its detailing tools.

To ensure a smooth transition, CivilDesign Inc. and GRAITEC Inc. will remain as separate entities for a certain period. Initially, they will act as business contributors to each other's solutions. This approach will evolve into a tighter partnership over time.

Francis Guillemard, CEO and founder of GRAITEC, comments, "CivilDesign Inc. will be a unique source of expertise in American standards analyses, which is of great interest to our customers in the Americas as well as to major customers in the Middle East, Asia and Europe with international operations. For over a decade, GRAITEC has been investing in structural analysis/design and CAD software integration technologies. We will use this valuable expertise in the rapid integration of VisualDesign™ analysis software into our detailing solutions."

Denis Lefebvre, Managing Director and founder of CivilDesign Inc., added, "Entering the GRAITEC Group gives us access to major R&D resources and a team of 80 people dedicated to the development of structural analysis and detailing software. The synergies between CivilDesign Inc. and GRAITEC will allow us to soon offer our clients a modular end-to-end solution, from structural analysis to detailing. Being part of a global organization will also help us boost our sales outside Canada and will open up international career opportunities for our employees."

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Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is a major software developer for CAD and structural design solutions for civil engineering. Used by more than 10 000 customers worldwide, GRAITEC software has helped in creating outstanding projects: Cour Défense tower (France), Stade De France stadium (France), Cairo Subway (Egypt), etc.

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