Technical Support Services

If you have struck a problem, check out the Knowledge Base

Do you have the latest version of the software?

The latest version of APSDS is 5.0i (7 April 2016).

Downloads:

APSDS 5.0 software

APSDS 5.0 User Manual

Technical Support Overview

Mincad Systems is committed to a high level of customer communication and feedback. Your ideas and comments help us to continue to provide the highest quality support in the business. As Australia’s leading supplier of pavement design software we take pride in the relationships we have with our customers. We welcome your comments, criticisms, bug reports and suggestions for future releases of CIRCLY, APSDS and HIPAVE. We consider your feedback to be an important part of the continued success of our products, so please let us know what’s on your mind.  We provide free technical support to users who have a current Annual Licence. This support includes assistance in the use of our software and in getting any bugs you may find in our software fixed. It does not include tutoring in how to design pavements or how to use Microsoft Windows. Registered users are notified of important updates by email and the latest version can be downloaded from our website at any time. We have set a high quality standard for our technical support. We aim to solve problems in days or weeks, not months. Our technical support resources include an Internet electronic mail system, World Wide Web site, newsletters, product brochures, and new releases. Our web site has product patch files, new product announcements, lists of previously resolved problems, and general technical information.

How Mincad Fixes Bugs

We are committed to delivering products of the highest quality. As with any major software release, some bugs may be found after a product is released. We are committed to proactively address quality concerns, and therefore have developed a software update procedure to distribute bug fixes as quickly and easily as possible. We maintain a bug reporting and prioritized resolution system. We give a bug a priority based on its severity. The definition of any bug’s severity is determined by whether it directly affects your ability to solve a problem. If a bug keeps you from being able to solve a problem, it receives the highest priority. If you report a bug that does not keep you from solving a problem, it receives a lower priority. Also, if we can provide a workaround to the bug, it receives a lower priority.

How to contact us

Our preferred method of contact is Email. From time to time we receive email which we are unable to reply to, due to problems with the senders email address, server etc. For this reason it is important that you also include your phone and address details in all correspondence. Make sure you also include the version of CIRCLY, APSDS or HIPAVE you are using, the version of Windows and any hardware details you feel may be relevant. Remember if you’re going to call, we’re in Australia and your probably not. Our office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST). We are often here after hours, but if not, please leave a message and we will get back to you. So please allow for the time difference if calling from outside Australia. If you’re calling from the US call later in the day, and from UK or Europe early in the morning. Before contacting us, we suggest you jot down the following to help us process your report.

  • your software licence number so that we may locate your record in our customer database. (you can find this on your hardware lock)
  • The version number and date of CIRCLY, APSDS or HIPAVE that you are using (the version details appear on the screen when you start the program, or can be accessed via Help/About)
  • The type of hardware that you are using
  • The operating system that you are using
  • The exact wording of any messages that appeared on your screen (or a screendump)
  • What happened and what you were doing when the problem occurred
  • How you tried to solve the problem