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Customise your HighRoad software with modules to suit your particular project:

Extra Roads/Pads Module
This module allows you to design up to 100 roads and 100 building pads. It extends the HighRoad S model which designs one pad and one road (this module is included in HighRoad Plus and Pro models).

Extra Points Module
The Extra Points Module increases the current point capacity by ten times. For example, HighRoad S has a capacity of 500 points. Adding one Extra Points Module increases its capacity to 5,000. Adding a second Extra Points module will increase it to 50,000 points and so on. You can continue to increase the capacity up to a maximum of 500,000 points.

Intersections Module
This module provides for the automatic design of intersections and cul-de-sacs and is one of HighRoad's most powerful features. It automatically calculates the horizontal and vertical geometry of intersections, maintaining the geometry as you make changes to any of the components of the associated roads (eg. vertical or horizontal alignment, and typical section width and crossfall). You really have to see this in action to appreciate the enormous amount of work that is being done behind the scenes.

Datalogger Module
The Datalogger Module allows upload and download from electronic data loggers and electronic total stations from various manufacturers. The module includes translators for these data formats:

  • TOPCON FC4, related data loggers and total stations using this format,
  • Wild/Leica GSI,
  • Geodimeter HP48, and
  • Sokkia/Sokkisha SDR.

The data from these data loggers can be downloaded by direct connection to the serial port of your computer. This requires a suitable cable which is not supplied by Creative Engineering, however we can provide technical notes with pinout information.

Total stations which use memory cards, known as PC cards (used to be called PCMCIA cards), can be used. You will need either a computer with a card slot or separate card reader attached to your computer. Some data loggers (such as some Wild/Leica models) have a proprietary communications protocol and require download software provided by the manufacturer.

Import/Export Module
The Import/Export module includes translators for these data formats:

  • DXF. You can import terrain data in DXF format such as topographic map contours, so it can be used to create a triangulated terrain model. The DXF import includes a filter to reduce the number of data points. This is particularly useful when data is in the form of contour lines which often have far more points than are needed to create a triangulated DTM.

    You can export drawings of plan, profile and cross sections as 2D DXF files representing drawing sheets which make up a project. These can then be used in a CAD program to finalise the drawings for construction and pricing purposes. You can also export the terrain model in 3D DXF format for use in other software for the purpose of visualisation or other modelling.

  • NTF. This data format is developed by the UK Ordnance Survey for topographic and cadastral maps. It includes terrain information such as breaklines. This module's NTF translator allows the import of NTF data to create terrain models.

  • MOSS. You can import terrain in MOSS format and export road design data in MOSS format. This format includes terrain information such as breaklines.

  • CLIP III. Cross section data can be exported in this format.

  • CivilCAD. You can import and export terrain data in this format. This format includes terrain information such as breaklines.

  • GDL. This allows you to export the terrain model in a format to suit ArchiCAD. You can read this into ArchiCAD as a library item.

  • Quickdraw 3D. This translator allows you to export the terrain model in Quickdraw 3D metafile format. Many Macintosh programs allow you to view Quickdraw 3D objects (eg the SimpleText application that comes with MacOS can read and display Quickdraw 3D objects).

3D Visualisation Module (Macintosh only - available for Windows soon)
This module is used in conjunction with the road design module and allows you to visualise driving along the road. This is useful to show road design projects to non-technical stake-holders such as community groups. It is also useful from a design point of view to indicate areas of alignment which have poor sight distance.

The drive through simulation is created as a Quicktime movie and can be viewed on most computers. It can also be placed on a web site for viewing and individual "birds-eye" views can also be created.

Drawing Manager Module
The Drawing Manager module provides a window where you can lay out a set of drawings for a project. You can place parts of any plan, profile, or cross sections onto a drawing sheet. Each part is placed in a frame which can have its own scale and display options and a link is still maintained with the design data. Therefore, any changes to the design are automatically carried through to the drawing layout. The benefit for you is that you need only lay out the drawings once, and then plot or export them whenever design changes are made.

Extra DTM Module
This module allows you to create an additional terrain model to model a rock layer or to be used for tracking construction progress on a road contract.

When used as a rock layer you can extract reports of excavation volumes. When used for progress tracking you can run quantities whenever a progress claim is to be submitted or evaluated. HighRoad will list work done, and work remaining at each cross section of a road, and at whatever interval you require.

Rockfall Simulation Module
This module allows the dynamic modelling of rockfall and is based on the Colorada Rockfall Simulation Program. You can use this module to help in the design of rockfall protection measures such as gabion walls above highways, railways and other assets that require protection.
Contact Creative Engineering for more detail about this module.


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