OpenRoads Designer

OpenRoads Designer introduces a new comprehensive modeling environment to provide construction-driven engineering to help accelerate project delivery of road networks, unifying design and construction processes from concept to completion.
The application provides complete detailed design capabilities for surveying, drainage, subsurface utilities, and roadway design.
OpenRoads Designer, you can:


  • Assemble context data rapidly from a variety of sources, such as point clouds, 3D reality meshes, terrain data, images, and geospatial information to bring real-world settings to your project.  
  • Achieve exponential modeling performance gains with the model-centric production of design deliverables. 
  • Enable users to share project information across teams, locations, and disciplines with precision and security. 
  • Use Catalog Services to manage and deliver functional components for consistent generative design across the engineering workgroup. 
  • Access Documentation Center to produce multi-discipline documentation for all work on assets across the project. 
  • Share realistic visualizations with the public and stakeholders to gather feedback, improve public engagements, and speed project approvals.

OpenRoads Designer Capabilities


Access manufactured components
  • Access the Component Center, a set of cloud services enabling faster access and more consistent use of manufactured components and organization or project-specific content and standards. Use the parametric components in specific applications and industries across multidiscipline project teams, while supporting knowledge sharing between personnel and enabling the persistence of component information across the asset lifecycle.
Automate drawing production
  • Automate the production of high-quality drawings, including multidiscipline documentation sets, which are consistent across the entire project. Get a live view of the project in sheet orientation. As the design changes, so will the sheets. Make edits directly in the design model and the application will update the sheets.
Create horizontal and vertical alignments
  • Use object-oriented coordinate geometry and alignment design capabilities that provide intelligent updating as you quickly create precision horizontal and vertical alignments. Use elevation profiles to display surface information as well as vertical alignments associated with horizontal alignments.
Create profiles and cross sections
  • ​Create profiles and cross sections from any point within the design. View updates on the fly as the design is modified with dynamic cross sections. You can see the ground changing to reflect design edits. Include surface features, corridor components, and notations such as construction limits or stationing.
Design and analyze corridors
  • Use immersive corridor modeling capabilities that support complex modeling and file federation demands required by BIM Level 2 and beyond. Streamline the complex development of every aspect of the roadway in a single, parametric presentation. You can move rapidly along a corridor at controlled intervals, viewing and dynamically designing all roadway components in concert.
Geospatially locate projects
  • Integrate geospatial information from hundreds of supported coordinate systems into your designs. Access data from OGC Web Map Servers, use real-time GPS data, and create and reference geospatial PDFs.
Integrate point clouds
  • ​Easily incorporate a wide range and scale of point-cloud data into the design environment. You can visualize, render, and measure point-cloud data to improve your understanding of existing conditions, and speed dimensioning and modeling.
Integrate raster imagery
  • ​Easily incorporate raster imagery of all types, including aerial and satellite imagery and scanned documents. Choose from dozens of supported file formats including Google Earth KML, CALS, BMP, TIF, GeoTIFF, JPG and many more.
Integrate reality meshes
  • ​Incorporate precise photo-textured 3D reality meshes created with ContextCapture software into your designs. These highly realistic models can be used directly in the design environment as the basis for your design and construction modeling for faster and better quality models.
Model and analyze terrain
  • Create intelligent models containing not only terrain data but also roadway or site features. You can use features to visually distinguish structure, appearance, and symbology in the design.
Model, analyze, and design complete stormwater and sanitary sewer networks
  • Create, manipulate, design, and analyze stormwater and sewer networks that are fully integrated with your civil infrastructure project. You can manipulate networks in plan or profile views, displaying not only the drainage model but also other utilities.
Perform design-time analysis
  • Ensure visibility into overall project performance with design-time analytics to achieve optimized design outcomes for a wide variety of analysis such as drainage, terrain, safety, grading, site visibility, and more.
Reuse common design layouts
  • Use civil cells to ensure standards are implemented, increase design quality, and eliminate the need to repeatedly design common configurations. If you can design it, a civil cell can handle it. There is no limit to the simplicity or complexity of a civil cell.
Visualize designs
  • Experience your designs in real time with constraint-driven templates, a context sensitive intuitive interface, and dynamic 3D modeling. Visualize the design at any time and on demand within the modeling workflow. No translations, software, or special workflow process is needed.
Work in a personalized environment
  • ​You can confidently work in the right context for each project because the required settings and standards are automatically applied. You can also take advantage of personalized recommendations to help you get the most from your use of the software.