What's New in OpenRoads Designer 2021 Release 1

We are pleased to announce that OpenRoads Designer 2021 R 1 is now available.

Below are just a few of the enhancements you’ll encounter in this release.

General Enhancements

  • Update of Power Platform (V10.16.00.80).
  • Added support for side-by-side installations.
  • Changed product branding to reflect release name (e.g. 2021 Release 1).
  • Optimized printing/plotting to increase performance by 5x.
  • Updated right-click options in Sheet Index and Project Explorer to include all available options.
  • Integrated the Downgrade Civil Model tool with ProjectWise.

Drawing Production and Annotation Enhancements

  • Enhanced the Text Favorite Manager to be the single source for the creating, editing and managing text favorites, including Survey, Drainage & Utilities.
  • Enabled the annotation of Survey and D&U crossing features in cross sections.
  • Enhanced both the Element Annotation and Drawing Model Annotation tools with an option to use “Override Annotation Group”.
  • Added a new Civil Labeler tool.
  • Added the ability to create cross section sheets from existing cross section drawing models.
  • Added a new Cross Section Navigator tool.
  • Enhanced drawing production options to allow for the separate naming of Views, Drawing Models and Sheet Models.
  • Added a new reference option (Synchronize View > Settings from Design Model) allowing the levels and view options displayed in sheet models to be controlled from a container file.

Drainage and Utilities Enhancements

  • Profile runs can now show the conduits that connect to a node, that are not part of the profile run.
  • Annotation of multiple conduits in cross section drawings can be automated using an Annotation Filter, which now lets you select conduit feature definitions.
  • The Extract Utilities from Graphics command now lets you select a feature definition for nodes, as well as conduits.
  • You can now import and export a Utilities submodel, as well as a Drainage submodel using a .sqlite file.

Item Types Enhancements

  • Added the ability to define pick lists in an excel file.
  • Added the ability to define multiple Item Types per Feature Definition.
  • Added the ability to define default values for each Item Type property per Feature Definition.
  • Added synchronization of Item Types between 2D, 3D, and profile models. The synchronized Item Type can be viewed and modified from any of the three views/models.

Please refer to the ReadMe for a comprehensive list of changes and enhancements.


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  • Errick - Yes. I just posted this to the announcements forum.

    We regret that we have found an issue with OpenSite/OpenRoads/OpenRail 2021 R 1 ( The issue in question would have prohibited users from being able to create or modify cross section annotation definitions. Being so early in the release, we thought the proper thing to do would be to pull the release and re-post, which will be done very shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will publish another announcement in the next few hours with an alert when the new build is posted. Thanks for your understanding.

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