For Release June 2001
announced that HighRoad Version 7 will be available in July 2001.
Version 7 includes realistic visualisation of road designs, including
the creation of drive through movies.
To create a
drive through movie, all that the road designer needs to specify
is the design speed and a sight distance. The resulting movie provides
a realistic simulation of driving along the road - an ideal medium
to show non-technical stakeholders.
a highway design engineer, HighRoad's key objective has always been
to put simplicity and useability back into road design software.
"3D views can be created without any extra work by the road designer,"
says Chris Baker, director for Creative Engineering. "All the textures
such as pavement, concrete and grass are automatically applied."
In today's world
clients and other stakeholders demand impressive visual presentations
of engineering designs. Because the visualisation process is part
of HighRoad, no additional work is necessary. Gone are the days
of hiring specialised graphic designers to create simulations. Now
the road designer can create movies with just one click.
Not only does
this produce a photo-realistic movie, but it also provides the ability
to judge whether sight distance requirements have been met. This
is especially useful in cases of complex combinations of vertical
and horizontal alignment. Such cases can be very difficult to analyse
using old methods.
perspective view of a proposed project is an ideal way to assess
its environmental and visual impact. Because the perspective view
is based on precision road design data it is also a reliable way
to determine the visibility of the project from key vantage points.
simulations can be deployed on the Internet for viewing by stakeholders
at their own time and pace.
The 3D viewing
enhancements are integrated with HighRoad's 'intelligent object'
well as having built-in capability to do calculations behind the
scenes, the projectÕs objects now also store information about how
they should appear in a 3D view. Commonly used objects (ie typical
sections) can be stored in a library for reuse, and these become
the building blocks of road networks.
interconnected roads can be synchronised so that changes in any
one of the roads are carried through to the other related roads.
Even a small change in the width of a road can affect the vertical
and horizontal geometry of an attached side road and HighRoad handles
this without prompting.
are adaptable to a wide variety of civil construction tasks, and
because the graphical interface can be learnt quickly, it is proving
to be productive for earthmoving contractors. In addition to designing
buildings pads and access roads, the tools can be used for ring
tanks, drainage channels, and irrigation storages. Designs can easily
be transferred to the ground for construction by uploading direct
to electronic survey equipment.
Chris Baker, "The overriding design consideration at Creative Engineering
is that engineers should not have to spend months becoming proficient
in the software that they use. By hiding the complexity of calculations
behind an elegant graphical interface, HighRoad allows users to
focus on the job at hand, rather than getting bogged down by complicated
commands or engineering calculations."
is versatile enough to be used across the world from designing roads
in the world's highest city, La Paz, Bolivia, to highway construction
on the plains of Minnesota, USA. Other projects include designing
a yacht basin in the Caribbean, seawalls in Ireland, highway design
optimisation for design and construct projects in Sydney, cane farm
irrigation in North Queensland, temporary coffer dam for mine construction
in NSW, cobbled street rehabilitation in Belgium, urban arterial
motorways in Colombia, and forestry road construction in the rugged
Coast Range of western Canada.
software is an Australian product. Creative Engineering is a wholly
Australian owned company and was established in 1986 to develop
advanced road design software. This software is used around the
world and has been sold in 38 countries. It is available in languages
other than English, such as Japanese (Kanji), Italian and Spanish.
run on Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT 4.0 and Macintosh, and uses industry
standard formats for road design and terrain data.
kit is available for download.
Baker 07 3356 6271