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    Bentley Subsurface Utility Engineering

    Know what is underground

Subsurface Utility Engineering Software

Mitigate the risk of building in a utility-congested underground environment with Bentley Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE). The software’s 3D modeling capabilities allow you to automatically create 3D models from survey information, CAD artifacts, GIS, Excel spreadsheets, databases, and more. Bentley SUE maintains a relationship between CAD and GIS utility source and target civil features to help you ensure that data is always synced and up to date.

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  • Acquire and incorporate surveys

    • Work with any type of field-data survey, ASCII, GPS, LiDAR, contour maps, photogrammetric, and many other forms of data. You can modify and process the data as needed and when the design is complete, upload design data to data collectors for stakeout or automated machine guidance for site preparation.
  • 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.
  • Generate civil project deliverables

    • Generate consistent, high-quality paper and digital deliverables such as paper plots, reports, 2D/3D PDFs, and 3D physical models. Automate and speed annotation, display styles, and reports by generating them directly from the embedded properties of objects. The software provides design, volume, and cross-section data in XML industry-standard formats for data exchange.
  • Incorporate topography and aerial imagery

    • Jump-start the conceptual design process by importing imagery and topographic data from USGS to view the design in a real-world setting. Drape imagery on TIN surfaces for quick 3D surface visualization. You can readily view the site’s capabilities in any location to gain insight in the design.
  • 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 roadway designs. You can manipulate networks in plan or profile views, displaying not only the drainage model but also other utilities.
  • Perform clash detection

    • Mitigate risk of building in utility-congested area by knowing where existing subsurface utilities are located. Perform conflict analysis of proposed changes to save time, eliminate building errors, and reduce project costs. View clashes in 3D or in table format.
  • Produce 3D subsurface utility models

    • Create 3D models automatically from survey information, CAD artifacts, GIS data, Excel spreadsheets, Oracle databases, and other industry-standard sources of information.
  • Resolve subsurface utility clashes

    • ​View conflicts in the 3D model or run a conflict detection report to identify all subsurface utility clashes. The errors are marked with a conflict node and stored in a database so you can easily query and resolve clashes to mitigate potential construction errors.
  • 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.
  • Synchronize geospatial data

    • Maintain a relationship between CAD and GIS data sources while working on the project. You can modify civil design features and post updates back to the GIS data source so that data is always current in your subsurface utility design.
  • 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.
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