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Model and analyze rail projects efficiently

Speed the planning, design, and delivery of transit stations and rail networks.

Rail design

What you can do with Civil 3D

  • Alignments and profiles

    Use rail alignments to create rail lines with common stationing based on specified tolerances that adjust with changes to parent rail alignment geometry, profile, and cant. (video: 1:46 min.)

  • Special trackwork design

    Design turnouts for branching alignments and crossover switches connecting parallel alignments based on a library of turnout and crossover types that you can edit, delete, or supplement.

  • Corridor modeling

    Build 3D track corridor models including alignments, profiles, and assemblies. Incorporate designs for switches, turnouts, platforms, and calculations for cant. (video: 54 sec.)

  • Platform edge design

    Design platform edges for light or heavy rail using single or dual platform subassemblies with a dynamically updating platform edge running along a track. (video: 1:01 min.)

  • Design Automation

    Use visual programming to generate scripts that automate repetitive and complex tasks including electrification, signaling, and other system elements. (video: 2:42 min.)

Workflows and use cases

  • Civil 3D + ReCap Pro + InfraWorks + Revit

    Establish context and perform conceptual and detailed designs of horizontal and vertical structures. (video: 2:18 min.)

  • Trends in the future of rail

    High-speed rail, VR, mobility simulation, and other trends are affecting the future of rail design.

See how people are using Civil 3D for rail design

Video: Arcadis used design automation to deliver a large light rail renovation project in record time


Saving time with automation

By automating the design in a light rail renovation project, Arcadis was able to adjust the design with just one click.

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