For Release 25th March 2001
WINDOWS VERSION LAUNCHED
to world-wide demand, Creative Engineering has announced the release
of HighRoad for Windows. Previously known as MacRoad, the advanced
road design software has been available on other platforms for the
last 13 years.
a highway design engineer, HighRoad's key objective has always been
to put simplicity and creativity back into road design software.
"The art and skill in creating an elegant road design lies with
the road designer," says Chris Baker, director for Creative Engineering.
"The software needs to aid with this process, not to get in the
this need by hiding its complex road geometry algorithms behind
a responsive user interface. Its visual environment and familiar
tools allow road designers to work quickly both graphically and
are designed using familiar road objects (such as kerbs and pavements)
with embedded intelligence. These graphical 'intelligent objects'
perform calculations automatically behind the scenes to make work
faster and easier. Commonly used typical sections can be stored
in a library for reuse, and these become the building blocks of
The design of
road intersections is handled automatically. An intersection is
created by clicking the point on the road where the it is required.
The vertical and horizontal geometry is then calculated to match.
The geometry of an intersection is kept synchronised with the roads
it belongs to and any change in these results in automatic recalculation.
You can override HighRoad's decisions when necessary.
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 effect the vertical
and horizontal geometry of an attached side road and HighRoad
handles this without prompting.
a drawing manager to lay out drawings that are automatically updated
with progressive design changes. This means the same drawing layouts
can be used for all stages of design - they are immediately updated
to show the latest design information.
Chris Baker, "The overriding design consideration at Creative Engineering
is that road designers should not have to spend months becoming
proficient in the software that they use. They should only need
to know how to design roads. By hiding the complexity of calculations
behind an elegant graphical interface, HighRoad allows road designers
to focus on using their design skills and creativity, 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 highways on the
plains of Minnesota, USA. Other projects include designing a yacht
basin in the Caribbean, seawalls in Ireland, subdivisions on the
Gold Coast, winery car parks in the Hunter Valley, cobbled street
rehabilitation in Belgium, urban arterial motorways in Colombia,
and forestry road design 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 in use around the
world and has been sold in 38 countries. It is available in languages
other than English, such as 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 online
Contact Chris Baker 07 3356 6271