End-to-end Detailed Road Design Capabilities in One Application

Main Street or highway, you can design and engineer road projects from start to finish with OpenRoads Designer. It has everything you need for plan and construction documentation, surveying, stormwater design and analysis, visualization, geotechnical, underground utilities, and so much more.

What is OpenRoads Designer?
OpenRoads Designer is a comprehensive and fully functioned detailed design application for surveying, drainage, subsurface utilities, and roadway design that supersedes all capabilities previously delivered through InRoads, GEOPAK, MX, and PowerCivil.
• You Don’t Work in a Silo and Neither Should Your Software From integrating existing conditions to working with other project partners, OpenRoads’ model-centric approach makes it easy to work with different data types, disciplines, and distributed teams.
• It Is All About the Details Reduce highway design time with a complete toolset for survey, drainage, utilities, and roadway detailed design in one application. Start with real data, and create accurate, georeferenced 3D designs with real-world context through the seamless integration of reality data and design information.
• 2D, 3D, and Beyond Whether you need to produce traditional 2D deliverables, advance to 3D modeling, support digital transformation, or all the above, OpenRoads is the choice for road design.

Create road designs with construction-driven engineering and analysis

OpenRoads Designer is an extremely versatile civil design application that is used for all types and sizes of civil projects around the world. The application addresses a wide variety of complex tasks such as interchange design, roundabout design, earthworks, surveying, sanitary and stormwater network design, subsurface utilities, and production of construction staking reports. Traditional 2D methods are manual and tedious, full of communication and data gaps, leaving you frustrated, exhausted, and with a project that costs you accuracy, time, and money. From survey through plan production and construction documentation, OpenRoads Designer is the one application you need to meet project requirements on time, every time, regardless of change.

Data and design integration

OpenRoads makes collaborating on 2D and 3D models easier and more efficient than ever. From team-level, work-in-progress collaboration to project-level, multidiscipline coordination, project managers, reviewers, site workers, and inspectors can view designs, perform virtual walkthroughs, query model information, and analyze embedded property data. You can 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.

Detailed road design

OpenRoads is all you need for geometrics, survey, drainage, utilities, quantity takeoff, cut/fill, site grading, lane configurations, and mobility. 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. Roadway designers and engineers require software that seamlessly collaborates across disciplines, addresses growing industry demands, and includes automation to remove tedious manual work. Whether you need to produce traditional 2D deliverables, advance to 3D modeling, support digital transformation, or all the above, OpenRoads is the choice for road design.

2D, 3D, and beyond

Even as the transportation industry is moving towards the creation of 3D models, the need for a variety of deliverables continues to be part of the project workflow. With OpenRoads, you can create whatever deliverables you might need. 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. Whether it is 2D or 3D, plans or models, digital or paper, OpenRoads is designed to allow you to work in all these arenas simultaneously, leveraging information from one to help populate the other. Our 3D models can be leveraged for 4D scheduling and 5D cost estimation, bringing your design to constructed fruition, on time and on budget.


• All MicroStation functionality
• Production drafting
• Create parametric solids, surfaces, meshes, and feature models
• Item types for custom attribution
• Reporting and tables
• Easily integrate hundreds of geographic coordinate systems
• Printing and plotting
• Integrate CAD data in many formats: DGN, DWG,DXF, PDF/U3D, IFC, Rhino 3DM, STL, VRML World, and SketchUp SKP
• Integrated visualization capabilities
• LumenRT visualization
• ProjectWise integration


• Read and write standard raw survey formats
• Survey data reduction
• Feature coding for custom survey feature connectivity, display, and annotation
• Adjustments: least squares, compass, crandall, and transit
• Dynamic graphical and tablular editing of survey field book data


• Parking lots
• Pad layout
• Parcel layout
• Horizontal geometry (arc or chord)
• Horizontal geometry – clothoid spirals
• Vertical geometry (parabolic or circular)
• Horizontal and vertical best fit
• Customizable geometry reports


• Query gINT® project files
• Display borehole locations
• Display borehole cross sections
• Display borehole fence diagram
• Annotate boreholes


• Plan and profile sheet generation
• Cross section sheet generation
• Sheet and object annotation
• Reporting
• Synchronization with iModelHub
• Export to common formats: DWG, DXF, LandXML, and IFC

Drainage and Utilities

3D models of drainage and utilities are quickly becoming a necessity; however, road design, drainage design, and utilities modeling are often completed by separate team members utilizing different software. Working in a vacuum leads to lack of coordination across disciplines, costly mistakes from out-of-date data, and missed opportunities to address conflicts. OpenRoads can help you with everything from the creation of models from 2D artifacts and external data, through steady and unsteady state hydraulics and hydrology, to BIM and plans production.
• 3D modelling of utilities, storm, and sanitary drainage
• Steady-state (e.g. rational method) hydraulic design and analysis
• Culvert design and hydraulic analysis
• Unsteady-state hydraulic analysis
• Pond design and analysis
• Hydraulic analysis of low impact developments


• Site grading optimization
• Profile modeling
• Dynamic cross sections
• Earthworks – triangulated volumes
• Earthworks – end area volumes
• Customizable earthwork reports
• Superelevation
• Corridor modeling

Reality Modeling

• Raster images
• Attach point cloud
• Attach reality mesh
• Point cloud classification
• Reality mesh edit, drape, and extract tools
• Scalable terrain models

Terrain Modeling

• Import from LandXML
• Label contours and spot points
• Display contours, triangles, spots, and flow arrows
• Import from 20+ common formats (graphics, point clouds, ascii, InRoads®, GEOPAK, MX, LiDAR, and DEM)
• Import from Esri, USGS, and SRTM services
• Create complex and delta terrain models
• Edit terrain models
• Transform terrain models