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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. The application delivers a high performance, immersive, 3D modelling environment that enables instantaneous and interactive parametric modeling of rail corridors.

OpenRail Designer provides modelling and design capabilities for metro, light rail, commuter rail, or high-speed rail design projects. You can save time on the design and maintenance of track, station, and yard design, as well as overhead line electrification (OLE), while significantly increasing productivity.

  • Bring real-world settings to your project by gathering context data quickly from a variety of sources, such as point clouds, 3D reality meshes, terrain data, images, and geospatial information.
  • Enable project information sharing across teams, locations, and disciplines with precision and security.
  • Perform regression analysis, horizontal and vertical alignment, cant design, and turnout placement to international standards.
  • Design OLE systems with customizable design standards and 3D modeling of wires and structures.
  • Improve asset quality and reduce rework with a fully localised application.
  • Share realistic visualisations with the public and stakeholders to gather feedback, improve public engagements, and speed project approvals.
Analyse rail and sleeper placement

Rail placement capabilities ensure calculation of precise rail coordinates and joints with track widening tables and cant data. You can also create simple and long sleepers based on your geometry and turnout locations.

Analyse rail track regressions

​Convert surveys of track data into full alignments using regression analysis. Determine the best fit geometry alignment of your track from a range of survey data types, including transition types and cant. You can then use this geometry to produce design changes.

Automate rail drawing production

Utilize the Documentation Center for automated production of high-quality drawings, including multi-discipline documentation sets that 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 sheets and OpenRail Designer will update the source geometry.

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 analyse rail and road 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 railway in a single, parametric presentation. You can move rapidly along a corridor at controlled intervals, viewing and dynamically designing all railway components in concert.

Design and place rail signals

​Configure and place signals within a rail model. Build signals interactively from items such as hoods, aspects, and masts. Then use linear referencing to place and orient your signals relative to the track. Geographic and schematic views of the same signal scheme can be produced if required.

Design in context

Clearly understand existing conditions and accelerate design modeling workflows with the ability to easily integrate imagery, point clouds, and 3D reality meshes into design and construction models. Integrate geospatial information to ensure that models are precisely geospatially located.

Design rail track drainage systems

Ensuring appropriate drainage is included within rail designs is vital to ensuring the availability of the railway. Preventing storm or floodwater from damaging your rail network through effective design will reduce maintenance costs and increase availability of the network.

Design track geometry

​Combine survey, design rules, and operational requirements to generate optimal geometry for your track. Use engineering workflows to produce horizontal and vertical alignments and cant design that comply with local design rules.

Design yard, station, and siding

With easy-to-use geometry capabilities and a comprehensive turnout library, you can create yard, station, and siding designs. Rule-based track elements ensure easy adaptation to design changes.

Design rail overhead line systems

Use local standards and geometry of the underlying track to make span calculations, locate foundation locations, and calculate height and stagger values for your wire runs. Parametric design capabilities enable modeling of cantilever sets, masts, and portals. Produce schematics and 3D models of your OLE system.

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.

Visualise 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.