First publishedin World Highways
Bentley Systems claims that its OpenRoads ConceptStation modelling package allows highway engineering professionals to quickly build conceptual road and bridge models. The software allows rapid conceptual and preliminary design, using information obtained through point clouds, reality meshes, GIS, and other sources.
OpenRoads ConceptStation combines engineering drawing tools and project costs to improve decision-making in the design phase. Benefits include increasing design productivity, identifying potential high-risk items, and minimising development costs. Once the optimal design is identified, the user can upload the model to OpenRoads and OpenBridge to streamline highway and bridge design. OpenRoads ConceptStation models can be brought forward for detailed design work into OpenRoads Designer, ensuring that both the work and the data already generated is used as the project moves from concept through construction.
The package allows GeoCoordination services to find, download, import, and georeference contextual information to support 3D design modeling workflows, including point clouds, 3D reality meshes, terrain data, images, and GIS information. Engineering sketching tools can be used to create 3D models rapidly, and to design roads, bridges, ramps, guardrails, retaining walls, and other infrastructure designs. It offers automated generation of costs for the design, allowing engineers and planners to identify high-cost items or potential risks in the project, extract quantities, and analyse project costs. Integration of Bentley’s LumenRT visualisation and reality modelling software means that the user can produce real-time, realistic scenes without the need for intensive and lengthy pre-rendering. And the integration of PTV VISSIM also allows users to incorporate traffic analysis and planning for OpenRoads conceptual or detailed design.