Roadway Design with OpenRoads

A 3 month course on how to build roadways using Bentley's OpenRoads Designer.

  • Domain : CIVIL
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A Quick Overview

"Roadway design with OpenRoads", is about designing roadways with the latest software technology available in the market. Roadway design has been done since ages. The industry has seen the use of different softwares ranging from various input files till graphically driven 3D software. Bentley OpenRoads Designer is one of the best technologies available and used by many government transportation/highway agencies across the globe.
This course gives an understanding of some basic concepts, workflows of roadway design and will take the user through the entire roadway design modules from scratch through end. This course will help the user have a very strong skill set in one's resume. The course is broken down into short timed videos which will keep the user engaged. 


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Course Syllabus

1Roadway design fundamentals

  • Project workflow – What all activities are involved in roadway design process.
  • Processing of topographical survey.
  • Typical sections
  • Geometric design standards – horizontal and vertical
  • Superelevation design
  • Plan set

2Introduction to Bentley OpenRoads Designer

  • Evolution of OpenRoads technology; Native products used and recent technology
  • Introduction to the entire “Interface”
  • Explaining in detail use, importance of the various interface tools
  • MicroStation basics for OpenRoads use
  • Understanding MicroStation models
  • Understanding Reference tool

3Workspace, Settings & basic tools

  • What are workspaces
  • How to read delivered workspaces
  • How to create your own workspaces
  • What are managed workspaces
  • Understanding the settings before start working in the dgn file
  • Understanding Feature Definitions

4Surface creation / Terrain modelling

  • Introduction to all the tool set of terrain modeling
  • Create terrain model by various methods
  • Modifying terrain model methods
  • Analyze terrain model tools
  • Exporting, Importing surfaces

5Alignment design

  • Introduction to Horizontal geometry tools
  • Horizontal geometry simple creation tools
  • Horizontal geometry complex tools
  • Understanding civil rules
  • Design an alignment and site layout
  • Introduction to vertical geometry tools
  • Vertical geometry simple creation tools
  • Vertical geometry complex tools
  • Designing profile and options

6Corridor modeling & 3D modeling

  • Introduction to corridor modeling tools
  • Template design introduction to the tool
  • Template design
  • Creating corridor
  • Creating Point Controls
  • Superelevation design and modeling
  • Transition design
  • Curve Widening
  • Cross Section viewer
  • 3D Linear modeling
  • 3D Surface modeling

7Intersection design & modelling

  • Introduction to civil cells
  • Designing intersection
  • Creating intersection design by civil cells
  • Modifying placed intersection
  • Miscellaneous tools with civil cells

8Quantity take-offs and reporting

  • Quantity take offs from corridor
  • Earth work computations from cross sections
  • All kind of Reports from the OpenRoads


  • Creating plan and profile drawings
  • Creating only plans
  • Annotation set and styles
  • Creating cross sections
  • Annotating cross sections
  • Printing PDF by single and batch plotting

Projects Overview

Project 1


A 20-30 hr project on designing Roadway Geometry using Bentley OpenRoads Designer.

Key Highlights:

  • Designing the mainline alignment.
  • Designing the intersecting street/crossing street alignments.
  • Creating the existing ground profiles for all of the above alignments.
  • Designing proposed profiles/ground for all of the above alignments.
  • Designing the parking lot peripheral alignment and retaining wall alignment.
  • Creating existing ground profiles for parking lot and retaining wall.
  • Designing the proposed profiles/ground for the parking lot and retaining wall.
  • Using the right feature definitions, names for all the horizontal and vertical alignments.
  • Tying in of crossing street profiles to the mainline profiles carrying the cross slope of the mainline.
  • Use the ROW file, Survey file as reference for the horizontal layout.
  • Export all the geometry designed above to XML.
  • Generate Geometry reports and save it to PDF.


  • All .DGN, XML, PDF files related to the project.
  • The summary Excel spreadsheets linked to the .DGN files
  • Design assumptions in the excel sheet.

Project 2


A 40-50 hr project on designing a 3.0 Mile Roadway using Bentley OpenRoads Designer.

Key Highlights:

  • Designing the roadway proposed layout viz. edge of pavement, curb returns, etc. of the entire stretch including the crossing streets.
  • Use right feature definitions for the proposed layout elements.
  • Develop a template(s) as required with the typical configuration given. (Make sure all the points, components, end conditions are having correct feature definitions, superelevation flags, etc.)
  • Develop the mainline corridor using above designed template(s).
  • Use point controls as necessary.
  • Develop the superelevation model using design standards. Apply the same to the corridor.
  • Revisit the crossing street alignments/tie in locations with mainline (designed in project 1, mini project) and review the tie-ins with respect to the corridor modelled with superelevation. Make necessry changes to the crossing street profiles, as required.
  • Consider the above changes and reprocess your mainline corridor.
  • Place civil cells at the intersections and clip with the corridors as required.
  • Create earthwork quantities and component quantities. Save the reports in PDF.
  • Generate plan and profile drawings for 1000' matchline/cutline at scale of 100:10 (H:V)
  • Generate double stacked plans (plan on top of plan) for roadway layout plans at scale of 100 (H). matchline at 1000'.
  • Generate proposed cross section drawings at an interval of 50' from start to end of the mainline covering the ROW.


  • All .DGN files of the above. (proposed roadway layout, corridor, superelevation, all separate drawing sheets - all in different DGN files)
  • The summary Excel spreadsheets linked to the .DGN files
  • Any assumptions made in project 2.

Project 3


A 10-20 hr project on designing roadway widening using Bentley OpenRoads Designer.

Key Highlights:

  • Use the same alignment designed in project 1.
  • Design the proposed roadway widening layout as per the conditions given.
  • Develop the template for roadway widening.
  • Develop the corridor and assign the above template.


  • All .DGN files of the above.
  • The summary Excel spreadsheets linked to the .DGN files
  • Any assumptions made in project 3.


  • Civil Engineers, can be freshers, completed their bachelor’s in engineering. Also, experienced professionals, who are willing to learn the new software technology


Bentley OpenRoads Designer, Connect Edition

Bentley OpenRoads Designer (ORD) has evolved from the best tools of its predecessors viz. InRoads, Geopak, MxRoads, industry demand & trend of software technologies, product management studies and development. ORD provides complete detailed design capabilities for surveying, drainage, subsurface utilities, and roadway design that supersedes all capabilities previously delivered through InRoads, GEOPAK, MX, and PowerCivil. 


  • Top 5% of the class will get a merit certificate
  • Course completion certificates will be provided to all students
  • Build a professional portfolio
  • Automatically link your technical projects
  • E-verified profile that can be shared on LinkedIn

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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who can take this course?

Civil Engineers, can be freshers, completed their bachelor’s in engineering. Also, experienced professionals, who are willing to learn the new software technology.

2What is included in this course?

This course includes audio video recordings of OpenRoads workflow for designing roadways. It will also have basics of the roadway design in form of power point slides which will be explained with audio. The contents will be something like below stated –

           1. Roadway design fundamentals
           2. Introduction to Bentley OpenRoads Designer – Interface
           3. Workspace & settings
           4. MicroStation basic tools
           5. Surface creation
           6. Alignment design
           7. Corridor modeling
           8. 3D Modeling tools
           9. Intersection design & modelling
         10. Quantities
         11. Cross section drawings
         12. Plan & Profile drawings
         13. Reports

3What will the student gain from this course?

Those who will take this course will gain knowledge about Bentley OpenRoads technology which is a geometric design software for roadway design. They will learn the basics of OpenRoads software, the complete workflow of designing, modelling and production of roadway design projects. Also, they will gain the latest software technology to design roadways from this course.

4What software skills are you teaching and how well are these tools used in the industry?

OpenRoads is the software technology which will be taught in this course. This technology is upcoming in the industry and highly appreciated and welcomed due to intensive parametric modelling, change management, etc. There are many projects being done using this technology in India and outside India.

Also, MicroStation basic tools will be covered which are required with OpenRoads.

5What is the real-world application for the tools and techniques will you teach in this course?

Geometry design i.e. alignment and profile, designing the typical section in the form of parametric template design, taking out component quantities and earthwork quantities which will be directly used for cost estimation. Techniques will be taught on how to approach for a design, change management, etc.

6Which companies use these techniques and for what?

All prominent companies use this software

7How is your course going to help me in my path to MS or PhD?

This roadway design with OpenRoads course will be helpful to gain expertise as you implement on your projects, which can be useful to do a project in master’s course.

8How is this course going to help me get a job?

This technology is in very much in-demand in the industry. If you practice it well in addition to your technical expertise, this will help you to get a job. There are various advantages over other technologies available in the market, which helps the companies to save cost and time.

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  • Mode of Delivery : Online
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  • Email Support : 12/month
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