Industrial Uses

Road Design

Accelerate design, optimization, and documentation of road network and bridge projects. Work with an intelligent model-based approach for surface and corridor modeling, drainage layout, and plans production.


Civil 3D + ReCap Pro + InfraWorks + Dynamo

Create conceptual design in-context, complete detailed design, and automate repetitive tasks. (video: 2:42 min.)

Civil 3D + InfraWorks + Revit

Use parametric modeling tools to better coordinate multidiscipline teams on bridge projects. (video: 2:56 min.)


Intersection design

Create dynamic models of 3-way (T-shaped) or 4-way intersections. Model roundabouts according to standards that blend with existing or planned roads.

Corridor modeling

Create dynamic, flexible 3D models of road corridors. Simulate driving through the corridor and visually evaluate sight distance and influence analysis.


Download, create, analyze, and adjust survey data. Streamline the transfer of field-captured data to the office.

Drainage design

Perform storm water management tasks, including storm sewer design. Define pipeline paths, optimized with hydraulics/hydrology analysis.

Road rehabilitation

Automate assembly generation for your rehab corridor design model. Optimize mill and overlay to balance costs vs. performance.

Design automation

Use visual programming to generate re-usable scripts that automate repetitive and complex tasks.

Materials and quantities

Use materials information to create reports for volumes along an alignment, comparing design and existing ground surfaces, and quantity takeoff.

Plan production & documentation

Create plan production sheets that automatically display station ranges of alignments and profiles that are based on predefined areas along an alignment.

Speeding up a complex interchange project

BIM helps deliver a multi-layered solution to a major highway reconstruction project in China.

Chongqing Architectural Design Institute (CQADI)

Site Design

Get your projects off the ground quickly with tools to help you prepare and shape ground surfaces for roadway, subdivision, and other site projects.


Civil 3D + ReCap + InfraWorks

Leverage conceptual designs to improve site project layout, site grading, and drainage design. (video 1:49 min.)

Civil 3D + Revit + InfraWorks + Navisworks

Share coordinate systems to improve coordination between architects and civil engineers. (video 1:59 min.)

Keys to effective context modeling

The aggregation of LiDAR, drone data, GIS, and other data sources is critical to generating a real-world context model of your project.


Terrain modeling

Create comprehensive digital models of ground topography for studies such as land-use feasibility, transportation system planning, and water flow simulations.

Corridor modeling

Create dynamic and data-rich corridor models for designs such as residential roads, curbs, and sidewalks, swales within a subdivision, and parking lot design.


Download, create, analyze, and adjust survey data. Streamline the transfer of field-captured data to and from the office.

Vehicle tracking

Use swept path analysis to speed planning and evaluate safety standards compliance. Animate vehicle paths with 2D or 3D animations using multiple camera angles.

Stormwater and sanitary sewer

Model storm and sanitary sewer systems. Analyze networks to resize pipes, reset inverts, and compute energy and hydraulic grade lines according to HEC-22 standards.

Stormwater analysis

Integrate stormwater and wastewater analysis during planning and design of urban drainage systems, storm and sanitary sewers.

Materials and quantities

Use materials and sectional or profile information to create reports for volumes along an alignment, comparing design and existing ground surfaces, and quantity takeoff.

Design automation

Use a visual programming application to generate scripts that automate repetitive and complex tasks. Save these scripts in a library and reuse them as needed.

Pressurized utilities

Lay out horizontal and vertical 3D design of pressure networks. Model deflected-curve pipe segments, and use design and depth checks to meet project standards.

Modeling civil works faster, cheaper

WDI Studios had just 3 weeks to interpret raw survey data, model civil works, and visualize improvements to reduce site development costs.

WDI Studios

Rail Design

Model and analyze rail projects more efficiently. Speed-up the planning, design, and delivery of transit stations and rail networks using Civil 3D.


Civil 3D + ReCap Pro + InfraWorks + Revit

Establish context and perform conceptual and detailed designs of horizontal and vertical structures.

Trends in the future of rail

High-speed rail, VR, mobility simulation, and other trends are affecting the future of rail design.


Alignments and profiles

Use rail alignments to create rail lines with common stationing based on specified tolerances that adjust with changes to parent rail alignment geometry, profile, and cant.

Special trackwork design

Design turnouts for branching alignments and crossover switches connecting parallel alignments based on a library of turnout and crossover types that you can edit, delete, or supplement.

Corridor modeling

Build 3D track corridor models including alignments, profiles, and assemblies. Incorporate designs for switches, turnouts, platforms, and calculations for cant.

Platform edge design

Design platform edges for light or heavy rail using single or dual platform subassemblies with a dynamically updating platform edge running along a track.

Design Automation

Use visual programming to generate scripts that automate repetitive and complex tasks including electrification, signaling, and other system elements.

Saving time with automation

By automating the design in a light rail renovation project, Arcadis was able to adjust the design with just one click.


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