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Advanced Road Design V13 - New Features
Advanced Road Design V13 is our most comprehensive release ever!
In 2011, we surveyed our customers in order to create a list of time saving tools and functionaility to implement in the software. Since then, we have been working hard to implement these improvements and develop the most dynamic, easy to use, and most cost effective road design package on the market.
New features include dynamic plan drafting and modelling, driveway creation tools, improved roundabout creation tools, and a multi setout routine.
We have developed our own surface modelling and alignment creations tools, which allows this versatile version of the software to also work in both an AutoCAD and BrisCAD environment.
Below is a list of some of our major improvements in ARD V13:
Linework representing roads/strings from Total Model and other design models will now be produced automatically. The linework will also automatically update when changes are made to the design. The colour and linetype of the linework can be customised by the user and users can toggle the linework on/off in the new Toggle Surface Display command.
The new ARD Quick Surface is used to created dynamic design surface models that will automatically update when changes are made to the design.
The display of these surfaces can be controlled in the new Toggle Surface Display command and surface styles can be assigned using the new Create/Edit Surface command. The Create/Edit Surface command can be used to assign an analysis such as a slopes analysis to the surface.
Superseding the Model Manager and Build Models commands, Model Builder is a new tool that allows users to graphically stitch together a design model. The Model Builder command is an improved version of the Build Models command and the model being created/edited is displayed in model space, rather than in a dialog box. By default, an ARD Quick Surface is produced. This surface will automatically update when design changes are made.
The new Driveway Creation Tools allow users to design roads and other design features, and simultaneously check driveways for vertical clearance. Driveways can be easily defined using AutoCAD Polylines and vertical design checks are applied automatically when vertical changes to a road are made. Users have the ability create their own layback shape and also vehicle clearance templates.
The roundabout creation process has been simplified and streamlined as follows:
circular alignments are now supported - no need to have a small gap at the end (Civil 3D 2013 only)
in the Create Roundabouts form, there is a new button to auto populate the Roads and Kerb Returns that make up the intersection - one click button to establish the intersection details
the surface build process in the background has been streamlined and the 'Roundabout' surface will automatically update as design changes are made to the Road and/or Kerb Return Strings - users will only need to edit the central island to enforce an update of the roundabout intersection
In the Vertical Grading Editor, the software will detect alignments that are closed (within a gap tolerance) and the start and end IP elevations will be automatically set to match on another (so, moving the first IP up/down will automatically reset the last IP levels to match)
Superseding the existing Setout command, the new Multi Setout command allows users to setout multiple roads or strings using a setout style. A setout style can be created by the user and is setup to define what features of the road/string are to be setout, how the point data is displayed, and how the information is to be reported.