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OpenRoads Designer ll


This course is designed for civil engineers and designers who currently use OpenRoads Designer (ORD) for design and evaluation of highway or other corridor projects. It goes above and beyond the basic ORD course to enhance the students’ productivity and troubleshooting skills with the software using the topics listed below as examples, with a primary focus on corridors and the creation of 3D models.

The course is presented as a series of design scenarios that are accomplished using the topics below, with an overall focus on efficient use of templates and producing corridors with accurate detailing. Design scenarios include: Superelevating a corridor with proper shoulder rotation through Rollover Locks, adding and dropping lanes, accurately modeling a shoulder wedge that undercuts a ditch or shallow fill, creating Overlays with Milling and Leveling as well as lane widening based on a saw cut line, controlling ditch grades with vertical alignments, cut Benching to elevations and with RDZ terrains, modeling Embankment Benching, modeling Entrances, using Civil Cells for repetitive modeling, modeling Corridors that interact with each other as well as MicroStation elements such as walls, and creating Final Design terrains.

Target Audience

Civil Engineers and Designers who currently use OpenRoads Designer and want to delve more into the modeling of corridors. 


To be successful, students should aready know the basics of OpenRoads, which are not covered in this training class. Students should come to class knowing how to create terrains, horizontal and vertical alignments, templates and corridors.


Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive a certificate awarding you 28 contact hours of professional development.


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What you’ll learn in our ORD ll training
Beyond the basic Template
  • Parametric Labels

  • Feature Name Overrides

  • Component Name Overrides

  • Rollover locks on multiple segments

  • Parent-Child components

  • Display Rules for an adaptive shoulder wedge

  • Overlay and Stripping Components

Digging in to Corridors
  • Superelevation from CSV files

  • Creating control alignments ruled to the centerline

  • Setting up Point Controls

  • Saddlebag templates for overlays plus lane widening

  • Projecting adjacent linework onto a Profile

  • Creating ditch grade alignments and using them to model

  • Using End Condition Exceptions to ‘swap’ end conditions for a station range

  • Adding a ditch in fill (surface ditches)

  • Creating a simulated RDZ surface

  • Three cut benching scenarios:

    • Standard-height benches

    • Set elevation benches

    • Benching to an RDZ surface

  • Setting up and modeling Embankment benching

Modeling with Multiple Corridors
  • Creating entrance horizontal geometry ruled by stations and offsets from the mainline

  • Creating entrance verticals ruled by elevations from the ground and the corridor

  • Creating return geometry ruled to the entrance

  • Using Surface Templates to create the pavement portion or ‘backbone’ of the entrance

  • Using Linear Templates to create corridors for entrance sideslopes

  • Overriding the toe of slope to create a ‘smoother’ catch line using Target Aliasing

  • Using Parametrics to match slopes where the entrance ties to the mainline

  • Clipping the Corridor with the entrance

  • Clipping the Corridor using Display Rules and a clipping switch in the template

Vertical Geometry
  • Vertical geometry is created directly on a dynamic (or temporary) profile. Using tools similar to the horizontals, you'll build a vertical alignment and use the handy table editor to make changes. 

Civil Cells
  • Using an agency Civil Cell for an entrance

  • Using Bentley-delivered Civil Cells to model when agency’s aren’t available

  • Adapting Bentley-delivered Civil Cells to agency standards

Final Terrains
  • Creating final Terrains from multiple Corridors

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