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Updated July 27, 2022

This article applies to:
  • Terrain 3D
  • Terrain Forestry
  • RoadEng Civil
  • RoadEng Forestry
  • Softree Optimal
Softree Optimal uses a MIPL Solver Engine to do the base level optimization calculations. The solver engine can be either CBC or CPLEX. CBC – is free open source engine. CPLEX – is a commercial product produced and supported by IBM. Softree has established an agreement wherein Softree customers can deploy CPLEX in Softree Optimal at a significant discount. The key benefit of using CPLEX over CBC is speed. Difficult road optimization problems can take hours. CPLEX has proven to be consistently faster and robust. Speed improvements in the order of 10 times faster are quite common.
Once the desired equipment and logging system parameters have been entered you may start analyzing various cable roads for deflection, clearance, load, and tensions. In the following example you will analyze the deflection of a predefined cable road using the previously defined equipment and logging system.
Large data sets need to be loaded in such a way that they use the least amount of memory possible. In the next section, you will load a prepared LiDAR import format from an LAS file.
Softree Optimal API
It is possible to create a site plan quite quickly by exporting a Location design into the Terrain module. There are some limitation however as illustrated in the example below.
This example will demonstrate how to calculate the volume between several as-built surfaces (original ground, stripping and final surface) using the Average End Area method.
It's often useful to create skewed sections in location for things like utility crossings and culverts.
To download these collections use the e-Library function in the Line-type Editor.
Terrain module can create surfaces that do not follow a linear alignment. You can create new surfaces with the Grading tool.
Drive through mode. 3D visual. 3D visualization. Road Design
Terrain Tools is not a sophisticated 3D rendering program, however, it is capable of producing reasonably good 3D visualizations for public and client presentations. This example will illustrate how to 'drape' the plan window over a 3D model.
This example we will illustrate the use of template parameter overrides by creating a landing. To do this we will set the road width a several stations. In between these stations the width is interpolated.
This example will demonstrate how to: • create sections with the original ground surface and a designed pond • calculate volumes using the Average End Area method. • create a profile showing Existing and Proposed elevations.
Creating a Terrain Surface with Bore Hole Data
Calculating a Stockpile's Volume with a Laser Rangefinder
The following steps explain how to create a landXML file (*.xml) in Terrain and then import it into the Civil 3D.
Designing a Widening Only Template
Ditch Profiling Using a Reference Alignment
Driveway Entrance Component
Exporting a LandXML Design Surface File from Location to Civil 3D
Exporting a LandXML Surface File from Civil 3D to Terrain
Exporting a Terrain File (*.terx) to an ArcView Shape File
New Zealand-based forestry road layout and design using RoadEng Forest Engineer software. Topo surface created from a LiDAR data set, point of commencement and termination imported from a shapefile.  
Quick video covering combining LiDAR Datasets using the Merge Terrain function in Terrain Tools / Terrain module of RoadEng. This workflow applies to more than just LiDAR data, it applies to all topo data formats.
This video demonstrates two workflow options for a stream diversion project using Terrain Tools and then full RoadEng.
In this short video, we show you how to get elevation data used by Google Earth. Google Earth most often utilizes SRTM 1-arc second data - we will demonstrate how to get it from the source, USGS Earth Explorer. We also demonstrate how to create a digital terrain model using it.
Create an output sheet in Terrain 3D with plan and profile views using the easy and built-in multi-plot tool.
This web seminar demonstrates two methods for the design of culverts using RoadEng software: Minor culverts. We demonstrated how to add simple culverts using the culvert editor panel in RoadEng's Location Module. Major culverts. We demonstrated a workflow in RoadEng to create major culvert and fish passage sites. We also calculated earthwork quantities and created construction documentation.
Quick introduction to the new Live Maps feature of RoadEng & Terrain Tools 3D (version 9). It provides direct on-line access to free imagery and DEM data. Automatically georeferences it and brings it into your project.
How to Fillet an Intersection using RoadEng software. This is an extension to the support tutorial:
There are two primary methods for adding in an ortho photo to a Softree Terrain file: (1) Using Live Maps (automatically geo-referenced imagery from the web) (2) Importing a Custom Photo (. ie. .ecw)
Quick preview video describing the technical capabilities for designing a complex structure in RoadEng. This example focuses on a culvert with wing wall, but the capabilities apply to other structures, such as bridge abutments, culvert headwalls, dams, etc.
How to control pagination in Location Multi-Plot.
How to update the Road Class Specifications
This powerful visualization tool is now available in the Plan window. It provides an ability to control shading and display by cut / fill zones, surfaces, template codes, and various other attributes.
Direct Export to Avenza - Export Plan window data from RoadEng's Terrain and Location modules directly into georeferenced PDFs built for Avenza Maps.
It's easy to import conventional survey data (including data collected from total stations and RTK GPS systems) file into RoadEng once you know how to set it up correctly. This webinar covered working with Total Station / conventional survey data to create accurate terrain models, including setting up a reusable import format, creation of breaklines, identification and fixing of crossing breaklines, and techniques for exporting data to a Total Station or machine control for slope staking & construction.
This webinar focused on the Terrain module (Terrain Tools), for site design and grading. Site design is made easy in Terrain with intuitive grading functions, feature creation and design of polygonal shapes such as ponds, pads, pits etc. We explored a variety of terrain functions including: digital terrain modeling, contouring, volume and earthwork calculations, design, grading, visualization and report generation, for use in a dam site design project.
In this example video, we combine georeferenced data from various sources using Terrain Tools 3D.
How to Locate and Move Default and Layout Files
Compatibility with different data formats is important. This RoadEng webinar focused on the various input formats and output formats that the software works with and demonstrated workflows for utilizing them.
Quick video demonstrating pond design using Terrain Tools 3D (also known as the Terrain module of RoadEng).
Learn how to fix the issue of crossing breaklines in Terrain Tools 3D (also known as the Terrain module of RoadEng). Terrain Tools includes a special window for the quick and easy identification of crossing breaklines.
Displaying a Switchback in RoadEng Multi-plot
Import of a Total Station survey file in ASCII format. Creation of a TIN model with contours. Review in 3D. Review of the importance of break lines in the creation of a TIN model.
Finishing Your Design: Creating Output Sheets
New in RoadEng Version 9 - you are able to use an additional horizontal alignment as a reference feature. This is particularly useful for controlling ditch alignments. In this video, we will use a reference feature to control the elevation of the bottom of the ditch.
Creating an Independent Ditch Profile in RoadEng
Using Slope Vectors and Plan Shading in Softree Terrain Module (Terrain Tools)
How to Combine LiDAR Datasets
Check out this one-minute tour of RoadEng Civil Engineer with Softree Optimal software. It allows you to design access roads, pad sites, and platforms for wind farm projects. Perform a wide variety of engineering functions without a steep learning curve. Quickly create designs, optimize and calculate earthwork quantities, then easily export to machine control. More information here:
How to Create & Edit Features in 3D using Terrain Tools (Version 10 Preview)
Methods for Channel Design using Terrain Tools & RoadEng
In this workflow video, we demonstrate how to design a major culvert using the Location module of RoadEng. New in Version 10 (released May 2022), RoadEng includes new corridor surfaces functionality that makes these types of projects much easier than before.
Short presentation on using Terrain Tools Forestry alongside LiDAR data for cable logging (deflection) analysis.
Importing LandXML Files (using RoadEng Software)
Video introducing multiple options for implementing curve widening in RoadEng and interfacing with vehicle swept path analysis software.
Quick workflow to taper between two cross-section templates in RoadEng.
Top 10 Concepts you Need to Learn about Cross-Sections Templates