I've started with a new company and I've started modeling more in OpenRoads with SS4 and Geopak. OpenRoads is new to me, but I do have experience with InRoads modeling. I've been watching another engineer working on his station recently and noticed how slow it is to process and how he has to separate the model to allow the computer to keep up. I have some other colleges at other firms that do modeling that have killed multiple computers modeling and have convinced their firm to get them a high end gaming computer.
I'm curious what everyone else is using and get an opinion on what is economical and efficient for working in modeling with OpenRoads.
The computer they just got me is an Intel Xeon 3.3GHz with 16 GB of RAM on Windows 10. This is similar to the other engineer using a Xeon 3.6 GHz with 16 GB of RAM on Windows 7 mentioned that separates everything.
Thank you in advance.
I use Civil 3D and Power Civil SS1. Power Civil is lightning fast compared to Civil 3D. In fact Civil 3D is so slow I often think about giving up on it and moving to Microstation/Openroads. I haven't tried Openroads however. It sounds like my hopes for better performance from Microstation/Openroads is unrealistic.
Neil Wilson (aka Neilw)
Power Civil v8i 08.11.07.245
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018
I suggest you do a trial/pilot of ORD and see if it caters for how you deliver projects. Most of the enthusiastic team members we have who use OpenRoads are those who came from a Civil3D background - legacy users of products like MX, Inroads, etc. not as much.
We went from MX to trialling Civil 3D and other products before making the move to ORD full-time. For large projects, ORD is exponentially faster than Civil 3D, however, workflows and setup are very fundamental in getting it to work with speed and stability. That being said, the legacy software will always be faster (for now) due to the lightweight model elements compared to all the new civil objects. A lot more information, but at a cost.
There are bugs and issues, but we're looking to where ORD is going and not necessarily where it is now. It does seem to be developing quite substantially at a fast rate - however, project delivery right now, while this is getting sorted, can be challenging at times.