AutoTURN

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Advanced vehicle swept path and turn simulation software for the transportation and engineering professional.

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AutoTURN review by <span>Andrew S.</span>
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Autoturn Vehicle Path Analysis Software

What do you like best?

I like that Autoturn is simple in the fact that it comes pre-loaded with many catalogs of vehicles to choose from. It is nice that I don't have to go searching to download and install the vehicle that I want (and if I did want something special, I could use something already in the catalog and just edit the dimensions).`

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the software can be sluggish (although it actually might be my computer and AutoCAD that exaggerate this).

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Autoturn, as it is a proven software that has been around for a long time and is widely recognized. They are trying to improve along with the industry by adding 3D elements to their software (although I haven't personally tried that yet).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Autoturn we are able to analyze if we have adequate radii on curb returns or the edge of pavement that we design for roadways for driveways and median crossovers. It also helps for choosing where to place pavement striping for turning movements through intersections as well as ensuring vehicles will be able to make it safely through a work zone.

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AutoTURN review by User in Architecture & Planning
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What do you like best?

Works well and has continued to improve since inception. Realistic sized vehicles and turning radii. Works well once you have the hang of it.

What do you dislike?

Difficult to maneuver at times and manipulate existing autoturn scenarios. No standard american SUV and sedan sized vehicles. For a sedan you must find a size that fits that is typically European or Asian with a strange name.

Difficulty maneuvering larger vehicles (such as WB-55) and manipulating to align with loading per se.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Works as described. A little tricky to get a handle on, but works well once you are familiar with the software and how to get what you want.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Parking layouts and turning radius for vehicles within garages and on site plans. Verify limit of curb is appropriate for vehicle maneuvering.

What Civil Engineering Design solution do you use?

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AutoTURN review by <span>Ryan Y.</span>
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Intersection and roundabout design - turning templates

What do you like best?

I like how comprehensive the vehicle catalogue is. I like that I can drive the vehicle freehand or using CAD linework for the pathing. I also like that the software uses different colours to clarify what part of the vehicle is tracking where. This software is essential to intersection design, especially roadways with large commercial vehicles.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was more ability to create custom vehicles. If your vehicle is not in the database you have to contact transoft to create it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn to use it, it is very useful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When dealing with large commercial vehicles such as a WB-36, we can truly determine if the designed geometry will allow the vehicle to turn through the intersection/roundabout. Since the software will show if it is a tire or the edge of the truck tracking over an area, we can decide if the over tracking is acceptable or not.

AutoTURN review by User in Design
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Making the right curve fit

What do you like best?

I takes the guess work out along with all the countless hour calculating the curves for trucks, trailers, aircrafts and large or long equipment of all makes sweep path for maneuvering for safety.

What do you dislike?

There are no dislikes, just a few limitations regarding to all makes and models of cars, truck, planes and special equipment. You may have to use a vehicle or equipment close or near equal to the vehicle you intend to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes, I would recommend this product to anyone doing parking designs, facility designs, that require vehicle maneuvering around fixed equipment or buildings with small or tight areas for safety/health vehicle and cranes equipment to mobilize repairs and/or replacement.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving time is the greatest benefit and a headache or two from running curve calculations.

AutoTURN review by User in Design
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What do you like best?

Autoturn is an effective tool to determine turning movements and clearances for vehicles.

What do you dislike?

Some of the tools are as user friendly as I'd like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Autoturn simply works and has large vehicle libraries. Also being compatible with both bentley and autodesk products is a very beneficial feature.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In site civil design autoturn is an effective tool to verify vehicle movements. It give you the piece of mind with simple visuals, to verify your design vehicle will not have movement issues onsite.

AutoTURN review by <span>Jon L.</span>
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Only Software Available to do Turning Movement Analysis

What do you like best?

-Software is recognized by all of the DOTs and Localities to do turning movement analysis and loading dock analysis

-Extremely easy to use

-Seamless integration within AutoCAD and Microstation

-Easy to create custom vehicles

What do you dislike?

-There's been virtually no enhancements or improvements to the software in the past 5 years.

-You have to create your vehicle turning path in the correct layer; once the turning path is created, it is not possible to change the layer of the AutoCAD block it creates and then turn that layer off in a viewport. This is extremely frustrating and annoying because you normally have to make sure each vehicle turning path is in a separate layer since you are typically analyzing multiple vehicles or different geometry alternatives.

-In order to get the AASHTO 2011 vehicle libraries, I had to purchase an upgraded version; it would've been nicer to have had just an option to buy that one vehicle library separately for a reduced cost.

-The base version of the software is missing just about every type of construction vehicle in case you wanted to analyze how a loader or haul truck would access an urban construction site.

-They should re-think the way you initially place a vehicle as it takes too many trial and error attempts to get the vehicle placed in just the right spot at the perfect rotation.

-Once you finish creating your turning movement, you can't use the vanilla AutoCAD MOVE command to move the created turning movement block and then come back and adjust the turn as doing so will move it back to the original location it was created in

-For some reason using AutoTURN in a CAD file will always result in the creation of a bunch of unpurgeable layers and blocks in your CAD file permanently even if you delete all of the file's AutoTURN created objects

Recommendations to others considering the product

To my knowledge, AutoTURN is the only product available or at least the only product officially recognized by DOTs and localities to do vehicle turning movement analyses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use AutoTURN to design proposed curb lines, median noses, fire accesses, parking garages, loading docks, puppy track markings, etc.

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