Today a quick example of few technics you can use to model simple tunnel head.

https://youtu.be/dHBNFzaVxT0

• ## How to create your own command: Create Spiral Between Element (with no Offset)

Would you like this command without the offset ?

Remember that you can customize commands so that it will open with your own setting. I didn't find yet how to Save As to create a new command.
it is easy and fast. Just a right click on the dialog.

Your settings, or last used command settings, are saved here for 2022R1: C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Bentley\OpenRailDesigner\10.0.0_1\prefs\civil_commands

The file…

• ## Cant Editor

OpenRail Designer at least until 2022R2

We know that cant editor must improve: performance, usability, ...

Meanwhile we can find best way to use:

• row navigator is quicker than scrolling and you can type the line you were editing after the cant has refreshed and moved to row 1
• you can also export to csv, as a report, backup, to identify row to edit on long alignments
• display the minimum number of rows to speed up refresh…
• ## Profile Offset Transition

A command that could help and that you may have missed: the Profile Offset Transition

The advantage compared to Profile by Vertical Offset From Element is that you keep a geometry and not only linestring.
Simple usage is to offset a profile (complex or element) to create a new profile above or below existing.
Example here where I raise the centerline by 50mm above profile created using regression tools.

• ## Turnout Bending Method

I think we must discuss this subject in detail.

Rail Track or OpenRail users well know the 2 bending methods:

• Swiss
• German

What's the difference? The formula for branch radius.

• Swiss: R= (Rmain x Rturnout) / (Rmain +/- Rturnout)
• German: R= (Rmain x Rturnout) - TriangleLength ^ 2 / (Rmain +/- Rturnout)

It was well documented in Rail Track. It explains why Swiss method introduces non-collinearity in the branch geometry…

• ## Geometry Connector Example

There are many questions about Geometry Connector, so maybe good to give some few examples of use.

Here is a "simple" case with 2 things not that obvious:

- it is not finding a solution if there are an infinity of solutions. Geometry Connector should improve to identify such case.

It is not always easy for the user to understand what is happening

- spiral parameter is free even it is fully determined because spiral…

• ## Give an idea

We are catching ideas from our users here: Bentley OpenCivil Product Ideas (aha.io)

And votes are useful to set priorities.

• ## Bentley is proud to announce the release of OpenRail ConceptStation Update 15!

Conceptual Rail Network Design Software

OpenRail ConceptStation lets you jump-start your projects by rapidly creating conceptual designs and improving the decision-making process. OpenRail ConceptStation offers railway, overhead line and bridge design capabilities to help rail and land development engineers create intelligent models in context. Explore conceptual design options with real-world data and cost analysis to improve…

• ## How to save a selection set

In the regression from points workflow we do a lot of selection to select points to include in regression line.

It is not always that selecting all and use tolerances give good result.

Sometimes it is easier to manually select the points, at least give the feeling to have full control.
But it could be time consuming. So what if you delete the regression line ? Start from scratch !

So it could be useful to save the selection…

• ## 2021 R1 - Annotation of vertical change in plan

In 2021 R1 there is an issue with slope annotation when annotating the vertical changes in plan.

The slope has a factor 0.10, so 1% is displayed as 0.1%

It is fixed in the upcoming version that should be released by the end of this year.

• ## New Release of OpenRail ConceptStation Update 14!

Bentley is proud to announce the release of OpenRoads ConceptStation Update 14!

Conceptual Rail Network Design Software

New edition to the product includes tools for:

• Custom Materials
• Transparency for Base Terrain
• Enhanced Reporting
• Component Order/Direction
• Modification for Pier Cap Dimension
• Hide Unhide Intersection and Roundabout Islands
• Draping of furniture on Mesh Objects
• ## OpenRail Designer: Slew from Track to point

Until current release 2021 R1 (10.10.00.81) slew information in the regression point properties is the offset measured from the geometry to the point.

It means that if you move the track to the right of the point, the slew value is negative.

In many countries we used to annotate/report this as positive, so slew is measured from the point to the geometry.

It is already logged and is targeted for 2021 R2:
Enhancement 1131174…

• ## Select by Graphical filter

You may forget this tool, as I often do, because a bit hidden in Geometry>Design Elements.

Usually quicker to access using the search ribbon field (top right, F4).

As an example you can set one for volumes and include all feature definitions you are using for what is being created by the cut/fill volume command.

A quick way to select and delete if you want to run the create cut/fill volume in the same file.

• ## Turnout as Civil Cell - Plan/Profile annotation

Just as an exercise I created a civil cell for turnout that creates the vertical as well.
French bending method is applied. Main purpose is to give idea not to replace turnout functionality.

I also added Features/Features Definition to allow quick annotation on plan and profile.
It can be enhanced to do more.

https://youtu.be/CNyFtlp35do

• ## Rail Track (ALG) + OpenRail workflow

We all know that regression tools are still better in Rail Track (ALG) than in OpenRail and we are looking forward 2020-R3 for new capabilities.

However, Rail Track SS10, preferred to any other v8i because it includes new licensing system, can do the job.
Then you can continue modelling in OpenRail.

So the question is what's happening if I change the geometry in the ALG ?

As long as you import from the same Geometry…

• ## Cant Editor and Validate data / Editeur de dévers et validation de données

In 2020-R2 (10.08.01.33) you may find an issue with validate data dialog that looks empty.

It is probably due to incorrect or missing setting file under %localappdata%\Bentley\OpenRailDesigner\10.0.0\prefs\civil

I attach files to this post.

In the french version both cant editor columns title and validate data properties are in english.
That is why you will find files with suffix "- EN" and "- FR".

• ## Unable to place turnout - Turnout doesn't fit

Sometime you get this message and don't understand why because the alignment you place the turnout onto is long enough.

https://youtu.be/4OvqN9_McDI

• ## How to make planar elements (like at 0 elevation)

I often want to get some planar elements when I want to use them to create regions. It is one example from many.

A new command has been introduced with MicroStation Connect Edition. It is MicroStation, no need for other software.

Search the ribbon for:

SET ELEMENT ELEVATION

You may have found issue accessing the local help. It should be possible using File>Settings>User>Preferences: Help Settings but it doesn't work well and it does always open Online Help.

You could change MS_HELP_LOAD_USEBROWSER to 0, to force using local help.

You could also let everything as it is and add a button to the ribbon with following keyin:

%explorer "C:\Program Files\Bentley\OpenRail Designer CONNECT…

• ## High resolution draping and export to Lumenrt

The best workflow is to create a reality mesh (3SM).

Scalable Terrain Model still exists but 3SM offers greater capabilities.

The good thing is that the workflow is almost the same than using STM.

1. Open Reality Modelling workflow
2. Open Attach ribbon
3. Create New reality mesh from the Reality Mesh group
Set the coordinate system, always better