OpenRoads Designer – Integrate Multiple Disciplines

OpenRoads Designer – Integrate Multiple Disciplines

September 12, 2019 0 By Bernardo Ryan


With OpenRoads Designer,
we focused on several critical business issues and one of those is being able to integrate
multiple disciplines within our 3-dimensional design model. Now, why does it matter whether
or not I might be able to integrate multiple disciplines into a design model. Being able to integrate data
from a bridge model or a drainage model or a utility model into a composite single
model allows us as designers to get a full view of the project and all of the data that’s
interacting and working together within the project. In the long run,
what does this do? It improves collaboration, it
reduces the risk and ultimately on every project it reduces or minimizes change orders. It gives us visibility into the
project earlier in the process so we minimize errors and conflicts later on. Let’s take a look and I’ll
show you how OpenRoads Designer allows you to integrate multiple disciplines. As we begin, let’s start at the
ground level or actually below ground level with our subsurface data. In this example, we’ve extracted
our geotechnical borehole information and incorporated that in 3-dimensions
geospatially correct within our interchange design model. We can see that, again, placed
visually within the model and within correct location of the other elements. In addition to that geotechnical
data, we want to be able to incorporate a bridge model. So, here I’m referencing in
the bridge model for the fly over ramp of this interchange. We can see the relationship just
at a very basic level being able to see the relationship of the bridge model relative to the
roadway models gives us feedback and the ability again to make decisions more clearly
and more effectively. Here we’ll just rotate the
view around and we can see the location of piers and footings. And we’ll again make a note
that we have an area here that we need to make a modification. In addition to being able
to visually inspect data, to be able to incorporate it, we also want to be able to
incorporate and integrate data so that we can design more effectively. Here, we’re laying out an
outfall structure and we’re doing that in relationship to the roadway model as well. So, we’ve laid out that outfall
structure along with the head wall so now we can just simply be able to access and
analyze that data. So, OpenRoads Designer gives us
a common modeling environment so that we can lay out, so that we can design and
analyze data in one environment. Here, we’re taking advantage
of the conflict detection tools in OpenRoads Designer. We’re going to look for conflict
points between a waterline and a drainage network. Now, we can do that simply
by selecting the features that we want to compare, so, we’ll select the feature
definition for a waterline and the drainage structures and we’re going to process that. You can also select
features based off their symbology as well. Now, the conflict points from
our model are then compiled. We can look at those within
a report that you see here. Notice that the conflicts have
been put in a tabular format. We have the ability to see
which elements are conflicting. We can see options
for resolution, who might be the responsible party for resolution as well as the geospatial
location for those conflicts. Now as we think ultimately about
being able to integrate design data into a composite model for better decision making, we
want to be able to integrate data from multiple sources and multiple formats. So here, I’ve just simply
integrated or referenced in a building model. Now, we’re going to
take a look at this in the cross-section view, again to ultimately analyze and
evaluate these different data, design data from different disciplines and see how
they work with one another. So, we open up the cross-section
view, we see the drainage pipe in relationship to the roadway in addition to the
building model as well. Thank you for taking
time to join me as we looked at integrating multiple disciplines within our design models
with OpenRoads Designer. I hope you found it useful and
I hope it was enlightening. If you’d like more information
on OpenRoads Designer, check us out at Bentley.com or just use the link provided in the video.