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Using Road Templates with Civil Designer Software

Using Road Templates with Civil Designer Software

Road templates allow the civil engineer to set up the parameters of a road within a template, and thereafter, to model any road cross-section where the required widths, cross-falls, layerworks, surfaces, components (including sidewalks, retaining walls and gabions) and the barriers are automatically represented.

Not only does this save considerable design time, allowing the application of pre-defined road templates as required, it also facilitates collaborative workflow processes because a design team can make use of specified, shared templates according to the project at hand.

Road Template Editor The introduction of new safety regulations, the impact of greater traffic density, new vehicle types and changing environmental factors mean that it is frequently necessary to alter or rehabilitate existing roadway infrastructure to comply with new standards. Where there are alterations in roadway design criteria, editing an existing template ensures that the necessary changes can be made with the minimum impact on the existing road design. Click to enlarge the Template Editor screen .

Creating Road Templates in Civil Designer Software

Civil Designer's Road Template functionality makes it easy to design a road profile and view the end result. The program's testing function allows the designer to see how the end-product is going to function. The Template Editor also has interactive design features for compulsory additions, cut and fill slopes, kerbs and layerworks. Pre-defined features such as retaining walls, side drains, sidewalks and parking areas can be added to the template simply by drag and drop. It is also possible to import road template control points from a drawing as well as create a CAD drawing from an existing road template.

Creating Road Templates for Different Road Segments

Where different design criteria apply to different sections of the same road, for example during rural to urban environment transitions, Civil Designer allows the engineer to split a single road into segments where each segment implements the required road template, without the need to change the existing design model. It is also possible to define certain parameters that must be applied within the same template, based on the varying cut and fill conditions of the roadway.

The video below demonstrates how easily you can test your road cross-section template and adjust the drainage components, embankment grades, retaining walls and guardrails to achieve the optimum design.




"Civil Designer allowed us to do more than ever in a short time frame and was used to create 50kms of road in one model with 47 intersections." Moegtaar Madatt, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald.

Using Road Templates with Civil Designer Software
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