Detailed Rail Track Design and Analysis in One Application
One software application for all your metro, light rail, commuter rail, or high-speed rail design project needs. Save time on the design and maintenance of track, station, and yard assets while significantly increasing productivity.
What is OpenRail Designer?
OpenRail Designer introduces a new, comprehensive modeling environment for streamlined project delivery of rail network assets. This environment unifies design and construction from concept through commissioning and completion.
- Design and analyze rail corridors
- Design and place rail signals
- Outline rail track drainage systems
- Automate drawing production
*Prices vary per region. For more options, see licensing and subscriptions section.
— Daniela Aprea, BIM Manager, Italferr S.p.A.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Perform conceptual or detailed design on a wide variety of rail projects large and small with tasks such as yard/station design, tunnels, turnout and switch placement, overhead line electrification, site development, and more.
The price of OpenRail Designer varies per region. While there are various types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Bentley’s eStore. When you purchase through the eStore, you get a Virtuoso Subscription. This means you get the software and “Keys” (tokens) to redeem for customizable training, mentoring, and consulting services.
Yes, unlike other civil design software, OpenRail Designer provides tools specifically built for the design of railways. This includes an extensive library of standards for cant, turnouts, geometry, and regression analysis. That means that you no longer have to produce rail specific calculations like cant manually and import into the software, or place turnouts as simple geometry. When using OpenRail Designer for your rail projects, you eliminate the errors and loss of productivity that can occur when utilizing road design tools for rail projects.
Yes, OpenRail Designer provides detailed OLE design capabilities and provides standards to allow flexible design of different systems. Parametric component libraries are used to create 3D assemblies of OLE equipment. Drawing production tools create planimetric drawings and cross-sections that can be used in production.
Yes, OpenRail Designer addresses BIM Level 1 and beyond with great use of the 3D model facilitating advancement into BIM Level 2 and beyond. The application supports interoperability and object modeling with 2D and 3D modeling that produces linear, surfaces, and 3D mesh artifacts directly and stores in the file providing real-time visualization that surpasses other civil design tools in the market. You are assured of open information mobility via the 3D model collaboration and i-models allowing the sharing of data from multiple vendors, disciplines, and organizations.
OpenRail Designer also provide greater scalability and level of detail in the design stage to support construction. The application also provides a comprehensive geometric rule engine to address model update requirements and delivers design intent and automatically updates the model to encapsulate change.
Yes, OpenRail Designer offers an open modeling environment to ensure data integration across disciplines to improve collaboration and ensure all users are working from the latest model. Working in the live model mitigates risk by using the data interactively and working among site, rail, road, bridge, drainage, subsurface utilities, geotechnical, and other design teams to help identify conflicts earlier in the process and eliminate construction errors and delays.
Yes, OpenRail Designer is built to help manage change within the design and reflects all edits and updates to ensure both 2D and 3D high-quality construction deliverables. You can produce cross sections, plans, profiles, plan sheets, and more from the 3D model. The model is dynamically linked to the production of plan sheets so you can annotate plans directly in the model and ensure all project standards are reflected in deliverables. You can easily segregate, extract, and package specified data to contractors while ensuring standards are enforced via workspaces and worksets. The application also outputs standard formats for Trimble, Topcon, and Leica for machine-controlled grading and machine guidance.
No, OpenRail Designer is a 3D modeling application that helps you experience designs in real-time and enables you to move through the 3D site model and visually inspect the design for any deficiencies or physical conflicts. You can fully view site features in 3D QA to check grading issues, utility conflicts, and site performance. The software fully integrates with Bentley LumenRT to create models and high-impact visuals and animations to easily communicate the design to stakeholders and clients for project approval.
Intel Pentium-based or AMD Athlon-based processor 2.0 GHz or greater.
Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 10 x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 x 64
16 GB minimum (more memory typically results in better performance)
9 GB minimum free disk space (which includes the 5.6 GB install footprint for a complete installation)
Mouse or digitizing tablet (Digitizing tablet requires vendor-supplied WINTAB driver or Bentley’s Digitizer Tablet Interface, the latter included with OpenRoads Designer installation.)
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