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Upgrading to OpenRoads Designer


Struggling with the new OpenRoads (ORD) software? Here’s your solution! Our training course guides you through a roadway workflow using terrain models, civil geometry, dynamic profiles, creating templates, corridor modeling, dynamic sections, volumes, plottable sections, plan and profile creation as well as proposed terrain model creation. What’s the difference between this class and ORD I? Basically Templates. This class covers what has changed with templates. But it also covers more information on upgrading project data. In other words, if you are upgrading but this class is not available, you can take ORD I training and snooze during templates. Or who knows? You may even pick up some new techniques.

Target Audience

Civil Engineers and Designers who want to apply OpenRoads Designer to corridor-type projects.


To be successful, students should aready know the basics of MicroStation (or ORD drafting), which are not covered in this training class. A familiarity with Civil terms and concepts is also a must (i.e. alignments, cross sections, profiles). While a background in SS2 is advantageous, the software is so different you can take this course without previous SS2 knowledge. If that's the case, you will need to learn template creation elsewhere or on your own as they are the one portion of the software that has not changed much.


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


We’re now offering our same great training classes via Zoom! We bring you the next best thing to in-person training complete with a workbook, in-depth lectures with Q&A, lab activities, and private consultations with the instructor. Check them out!

What you’ll learn in our ORD Upgrade training
The User Interface

OpenRoads Designer (ORD) has MicroStation CONNECT built in, so you have access to all the MicroStation tools as well as the ORD tools. Here, the new ribbon interface is covered in-depth including how to access all the tools for drafting as well as design including shortcuts.


Terrains are the new DTMs. In this section, you’ll learn the ins and outs of accessing and utilizing these surfaces. How do you view contours? How to you add a boundary? How do you use a terrain when it’s in a reference? All valid. All covered here.

Horizontal Geometry

In order to create corridor models, you need to start with a  horizontal alignment. Here, you’ll get your first look into civil geometry which allows you to create smart (or ‘ruled’) alignments with MicroStation type tools. Setting stationing, modifying, checking or designing with AASHTO criteria - we’ve got your workflows here.

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. 


Templates make up the one area of ORD that has changed little since the SS2 era. Here, we’ll look at what has changed and what you’ll need to do to use an SS2 template in the new software.

Corridor Modeling

Corridors are where everything starts coming together - terrains, horizontal and verticals and templates are brought together to build a 3D model of your desired corridor. It’s all interactive and you’ll even be able to evaulate on the fly using dynamic cross sections.


Here, you’ll learn how to calculate superelevation using AASHTO criteria and apply it to your corridor. If you prefer to do your own calculations, you can use the superelevation commands to import a text file.

Corridor Edits

Change is inevitable. Prepare yourself by learning to use multiple templates, point controls and parametrics to adjust your corridors. There's pros and cons to each method and times when one is required over the other. Here you'll find out how to negotiate the differences.

Cross Sections and Volumes

ORD contains multiple methods for computing quantities. You’ll explore those methods in this section and then create cross sections and generate the sheets for plotting. There are also different methods of annotating and you’ll be learning them so you can annotate your sections in batch or individually.

Plan and Profiles

Sheets are generated for plans and profiles using the MicroStation Design > Drawing > Sheet model approach. In this section, you’ll use this method to lay out your sheets, match the profiles to the plan sheets and set them up for plotting.

Proposed Terrains

The corridors you build can be used to generate proposed terrains. Different methods are explored so that you can choose which is best for your situation.

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