What do we do?

Software development

Holistic City Limited specializes in producing software for urban planning which brings together 3D design with analysis of social, environmental and economic sustainability in a single holistic city information model.

Technical consultancy

We offer training and support services to help you get the most out of our technology. This is tailored to your requirements – from training or occasional technical advice up to full model creation and management.

Why City Information Modelling?

The following six challenges informed the design and development of our city information modelling solution CityCAD. 


Analysis of operational and embodied carbon in conceptual masterplans has been an integral part of our CityCAD software since its launch over ten years ago. We can also integrate it with your own models and data.

Today, it can help you push zero-carbon design back up the priority list where it needs to be.

Pace of change

Cities must respond to an unpredictable and constantly changing environment where employment, mobility, service delivery and communications are changing rapidly.

CityCAD can help your city respond more quickly to requirements and simulate options with greater confidence.


In a globalized world people, organizations and capital are increasingly mobile, and fierce competition now exists between cities to attract them.

CityCAD’s focus on best practice design and its unique liveability analysis features can help give your city a competitive advantage.


CityCAD is a proven way of communicating complex planning issues to both technical stakeholders and non-specialist audiences. It will help you communicate a vision, predict benefits, report to elected representatives, and restore trust in the ability of a democratic planning process to deliver quality design. 


Collaboration across specialisms and sectors is essential to successful placemaking. When launched in 2008, CityCAD was the first major CAD solution to bring together spatial design, planning, environmental and financial analysis. New features in 2020 will make it easier for teams to collaborate on an urban model.

Best practice

Best practice in urban design can be elusive. CityCAD was designed from scratch as a conceptual urban modelling tool and makes it easy to sketch streets, spaces and urban blocks. Its toolset offers a short-cut to best practice as tried-and-tested urban typologies and street types are built in to the software.

Why CityCAD?

CityCAD is a proven city information modelling solution for planning policy officers who want to explore, test and communicate development options for large scale mixed-use urban masterplans.

Unlike conventional CAD and GIS software, CityCAD was created specifically for urban planning and makes it easy to create 3D models of cities using familiar building types and urban typologies.

CityCAD Workflow

1. Explore

Import base information such as DXF drawings or aerial photography, then sketch streets, spaces and buildings. Click to place objects such as local energy centres and bus stops.

2. Test

CityCAD will automatically and instantaneously analyze your model and estimate quantities such as GFA and units, allowing you to quickly test whether an idea meets your requirements.

3. Communicate

Use pre-set views to navigate through your 3D model and explain your design. You can also make changes in real time to answer 'What if?' questions and inform debate about options.

CityCAD Applications

Urban Planning

Read about how CityCAD can be used to test site capacities, layouts and environmental impacts of new mixed-use urban masterplans.


CityCAD and other tools have been used in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional academic programmes around the world.

Asset management

With our partners in the USA we have developed a ground-breaking new method of modelling complex property management scenarios over time.



A sophisticated 3D conceptual masterplanning design tool for planning policy officers and urban designers.


A quick and simple street design tool, available free of charge for creating and visualizing conceptual street cross sections and plans.

City Design Library

Search for real-world examples of streets, spaces and housing projects to quickly find relevant case studies for your project.

Contact Us

For more information about CityCAD, or if you would like to discuss your requirements, please get in touch.

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