Bentley InRoads

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Running atop Bentley’s flagship product, MicroStation, InRoads Suite provides complete drafting capabilities, powerful mapping tools, and design automation for civil transportation professionals.

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InRoads review by <span>Ryan M.</span>
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A great but becoming outdated civil design package

What do you like best?

It's a great civil design package that contains almost all the tools you need for a complete civil design. While it's a bit old and the replacement for it looks very promising, it's still the most stable way to go until it's replacement is fully ready for production.

What do you dislike?

It's getting old and and outdated and is missing turning template data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep an eye on OpenRoads which is the replacement for InRoads. It looks to have great promise, but is still very young.

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

Civil roadway, water and sewer line designs. It is an efficient design package and allows us to give the clients what is needed.

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InRoads review by <span>Kris S.</span>
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Good/Average Road/Site Analysis Software

What do you like best?

InRoads is a great program to process any point surveys or 3-dimensional surveys. Very similar to geopak software in the sense you can process and create surface models for any project requiring any topographic features.

What do you dislike?

Compared to geopak, the user tools and settings can be a bit frustrating when you are trying to develop quality plan sheets and cannot get the settings to work in your favor. Many times, I just opt out using inroads to label any plan notes and just stick to the microstation software because it is easier for me to change the settings to my liking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If choosing between Geopak or InRoads, my preference is with Geopak. I feel geopak allows you to work with a variety of different things. As for InRoads, I think it is a good program if you have a simple job where you just need to process surfaces. The user tools are very simple to use.

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

Good to establish survey data and create any proposed surface model files. I work with a lot of roadway designs and site designs and I am required to create proposed surfaces and profiles for drainage purposes. InRoads allows me to do that.

What Civil Engineering Design solution do you use?

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InRoads review by <span>Michal K.</span>
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Complex and specific tool

What do you like best?

I am working with Inroads since before SS and i can see how product develops. The best change for me from previous versions is added graphical template development - very interactive and intuitive. Also comparing to other similar software i like Inroads for its independence from the platform. (Unfortunatelly Openroads environment abandoned this idea, but we will see how it goes) Thanks to this independence i can display what i want whenever i want it. Most tools are easy to use and self explanatory.

What do you dislike?

I had to setup my preferences couple of times, as there were never good default preferences set to start with. In my opinion without proper guidance and at least basic training its very hard to learn on your own. Road design in inroads has a certain workflow and you have to get used to it. Once you do it feels natural, but until you do its a wall of frustration, as you have to pay attention not only to design, but also to proper setup, preferences, etc. Also annotating cross sections could be as easy as annotating profile as sometimes it is pain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a bit of warning really. SS2 and SS3 are vey different. In my opinion SS3 is a future of design, but i had little to do with it yet (only presentations and overall workflow) I wouldn't invest time and resources in SS2 and head towards SS3, but again! i have seen SS3 crash on various tasks (like not following workflow - applying changes to horizontal - recalculating corridor and forgetting about superelevetions for example) i also had a word that due to new specific workflow SS3 and Projecwise doesn't go together well.

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

Once you are fluent with using Inrods it speeds up 3d/2d modelling significantly. What once took days, now it can take hours. There are many tricks to do various tasks. Now if you hit a wall - there are many learning paths, forums, blogs, vlogs, bentley community etc. to solve problems efficiently.

InRoads review by <span>Ryan Y.</span>
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InRoads for Interchange Design

What do you like best?

I like the ability to build pieces of templates, then build full templates using the pieces. The end conditions are also very powerful as you can have multiple end conditions as well as smart end conditions using programming language.

For alignments, the regression tools make it quick and easy to fine tune alignments. The ability to have multiple vertical alignments within one horizontal alignment allows for profile options to be explored without running multiple designs. However multiple horizontal alignments will require multiple designs.

The Modeller portion of the software is easy to use to build a model and design it according to your site constraints. Point controls, overrides, parametric constraints allow designs to be fine tuned without changing alignments and templates.

What do you dislike?

The menu layout can be quite overwhelming as there are a lot of options in every part of the program.

For the modeller, a model can quickly become very complicated to work with if too many point controls, overrides, and parametric constraints are used.

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

Interchange design, quantity estimates, and outputs for construction. We can quickly produce 3D polylines to be used for machine controlled construction work, and 3D models that are able to retain most design connections when alignments are changed.

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What do you like best?

Inroads allows for easy and effective alignment and profile creation and editing. Table editing and curve editing allow for alignment and profiles to be designed and edited depending on a variety of constraints.

What do you dislike?

Inroads, alignments and profiles are not dynamic once displayed. Being an application in microstation, vs fully integrated causes a few extra steps and a lot of extra clicks to view design elements and start tools. Also site grading is cumbersome with feature lines.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Most DOTs use InRoads so knowledge of this tool is a must.

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

Roadway design and corridor creation is a breeze with InRoads. Also their drafting tools within inroads are effective and simple, once the preferences are created.

InRoads review by <span>Neal S.</span>
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Powerful, quick and reliable modelling software

What do you like best?

I like the ability to edit my own templates and create complex corridors with varying end conditions

What do you dislike?

The new ways to edit superelevation and in SS4 the way I have to edit alignments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be careful about updating. I would be willing to try out OpenRoads Designer and see if many of the bug fixes are fixed.

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

I am able to create large roadway models quickly and efficiently.

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