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OpenSite for Land Developers – Site Design with Topo Import, Automated Parking Lot Layout, Grading Optimization and more

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Amy Heffner, Industry and Product Marketing Director

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How Do Land Developers Use OpenSite? 



OpenSite has capabilities for all types of land development projects from residential to commercial and industrial. Common features that land developers will leverage are:

  • Topo Import (acquire surface data in minutes)
  • Automated parking layout (design layouts in minutes)
  • Optimized Grading (one-click cost-driven grading design and analysis)
  • Export design files (gives engineer consultant a better start to finish plan)
  • 3D visualization (use included LumenRT Design to create visualizations)



Benefits of OpenSite for Land Developers


Create Conceptual Design in 100 Clicks

52 Click Site Plan


500 Lot Subdivision in 1 Hour


OpenSite SITEOPS User Success Story David Shelton, Former SVP Real Estate, Engineering, & Construction, LOWES


How Long Will It Take For Land Developers To Get Started With OpenSite?

Many people view learning new software as too complex and time-consuming, but you don’t need to learn every tool in any application. Whether you’re a surveyor, developer, planner, architect, or engineer, every user type benefits from OpenSite. Since everyone comes to OpenSite with different levels of experience, as a land developer, here’s what land developers can expect in the first year using OpenSite.

Day 1 –  Out Of The Box

The best part of OpenSite is you don’t have to worry about lag time to train.  Out of the box, it comes with numerous preloaded land development defaults (parking sizes, lot dimensions, road widths) and libraries of background information so you can get hands-on quickly. Its artificial intelligence automates the introductory features below so you can start designing on day 1.


Create a Parking Lot


Create a Subdivision


Grade a Site


Create a 3D Model


Automatically Profile a Road


Create a Small Site

52 Click Site Plan


First 30 Days

Thirty days in you have hit your stride and are in a routine using OpenSite. You can quickly create sites, share designs, sketch multiple site iterations in minutes, and edit elements to fit your plan. At this point, you are ready for the next level. In this phase you will start refining designs, adjusting individual spaces, applying retaining walls and grade breaks as well as rolled curbs.

Day 30 Capabilities

  • Detailed Parking Adjustments
  • Applying Templates
  • Building stormwater networks
  • Performing StormCAD analysis
  • Applying automatic retaining walls
  • Adding labels and printing drawings

6 months 

Six months to a year of using OpenSite, you are proficient. You are creating a variety of intricate designs and training team members to use OpenSite. If you are interested in visualization you’ll be exporting design to LumenRT, you’ll have fluid application of controlling profiles and alignments, and you’ll be designing unique multi-condition templates to react in relation to existing conditions. You are starting to see the following benefits

  • Reduction of plan design time by 20%
  • Delivery of detailed risk assessment in 48 hours without engineers or additional staff
  • Taking on more projects without new staff because of OpenSite’s speed and agility
  • Saving time and money and preventing deals on risky projects

How can land developers learn OpenSite SITEOPS and OpenSite Designer?

  1. Virtuoso subscriptions come with custom training and mentoring
  2. On-demand courses via Bentley’s Learn Server
  3. 15-minute free on-demand product demo
  4. Chat with us to ask questions or request a trial license

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