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Civil Worksuite: How OpenSite Designer, OpenRoads Designer, and OpenBridge Designer are positively affecting the past, present and future at HUB Engineers

OpenBridge Designer, OpenSite Designer, and OpenRoads Designer form a trio of Bentley Systems’ leading purpose-built software. These individual applications are part of Civil WorkSuite, a collective solution that address bridge, site, and roadway civil projects–supporting workflows in a unique way and making them essential for deliverables.   Bentley Systems–the infrastructure engineering software company that empowers people to design, build, and operate better and more resilient infrastructure–offers a way to bundle what you need, when you need it, to deliver complete projects. This bundle is called Civil WorkSuite, a collection of nine Bentley solutions that cover the needs of any type of civil project.  One user of Civil Worksuite is Holloway, Updike and Bellen, Inc. Consulting Engineers (HUB Engineers), a multidiscipline firm offering the full spectrum of engineering services that include surveying, transportation design, storm water solutions, and construction services in Oklahoma. With their decades of expertise, Dwain Garner and his team have designed and overseen the successful completion of numerous projects of different magnitudes.    HUB Engineers views problems as opportunities to discover solutions. The company recognized the need for a comprehensive collection of software that addresses the site projects that they have undertaken in recent years, road projects that they

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Bridging the Design Gap with Pennoni

Managing last minute design changes to your bridge project. Your bridge project is almost finished—but stakeholders have dictated additional changes. How do you accommodate those changes without extensive rework and delaying the project? Michael Alestra, a senior engineer at Pennoni, faced that exact challenge. As head of an important bridge project that was designed for pedestrian and bicycle access in a complex urban area, he and his team needed to relocate a pier in a four-span, 390 foot long steel plate girder bridge based on stakeholder feedback. The team quickly realized they needed an easy and effective way to manage design changes dynamically with minimal risk and without causing project delays. Previously they had used a software program that allowed them to analyze and design different types of bridges, but any changes were extremely time consuming and required 2D drawings, reports and quantifications to be redone. This was both extremely frustrating and tedious, and the team faced the constant risk of omitting something or presenting errors in the final drawings. Using OpenBridge Designer, software from Bentley Systems,  Michael and his team discovered they could analyze, model, and report on all project data within a single model. They could model the pedestrian

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Build a Bridge in Under Five Minutes with OpenBridge Bridge Wizard

These models typically require x, y, and z nodes and the classification of each line with material and size – a process that could take a considerable amount of time.  Within the 3D parametric OpenBridge Modeler software solution, there is a simple tool called the Bridge Wizard. This feature makes it easy for any design engineer to create a 3D bridge model with just a few inputs—and eliminates the need to think of nodes or coordinates to generate every line in your bridge.

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3D Modeling Advantages for Design and Plan Set Production

Traditionally, as bridge engineers in Texas designing bridges for TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation), we used MicroStation to produce our plan set. The sheets for bridge details and layouts were done in 2D. In the past, we used Geopak to check for some elevations and to make sure we were programming our alignment correctly into bridge design software (PGSuper, BGS, etc.).  

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What is Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM)?

Bridge information modeling (BrIM), or BIM for bridges, is an advanced methodology for the bridge design and construction industry. Intelligent, physical 3D bridge models provide a perfect graphical and functional representation of a bridge and its design results, improving design quality, constructability, and collaboration.

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