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Bentley Systems’ OpenSite Designer Now Available

OpenSite Designer uniquely integrates modeling, optimization, and automated deliverables to accelerate digital twin advancements for civil site designers.


Bentley has announced the availability of OpenSite Designer, in an integrated application for civil site and land development workflows that spans the gamut from conceptual, preliminary and detailed design phases. OpenSite Designer advances BIM through comprehensive 3D site design, spanning reality modeling of site conditions from drone imagery and scans, geotechnical analysis, terrain modeling, site layout, and grading optimization, stormwater drainage modeling and analysis, underground utilities modeling, detailed drawing production, and enlivened visualizations.

OpenSite Designer

Utilizing contextural information through point-clouds, reality meshes, GIS, and other sources, OpenSite Designer allows for quick iterative conceptual designs; it can interoperate with PLAXIS and SoilVision, Bentley’s geotechnical engineering solutions for adding soil condition properties to site plans.

Key Takeaway

Bentley is offering the civil engineer a completely unified single application for handling the multiple and complex demands of engineering and designing building and other types of infrastructure sites. Today civil engineers rely on multiple applications

OpenSite Designer allows users to create intelligent 3D containing site information, terrain data, parking lots, building pads, driveways, sidewalks, parcel layout, and related site features. During preliminary design, the site engineer can complete and subjectively improve the layout while relying on further automated optimizations, all of which respond to the engineering changes. OpenSite Designer completes a project’s project deliverables by fully supporting all site engineer detailed design requirements.

With OpenSite Designer, users can create intelligent 3D models for civil site projects complete with site information, terrain data, parking lots, building pads, driveways, sidewalk, parcel layout, and related site features.

“The collaborative nature of digital workflows converging analysis and simulation with design and modeling is exemplified in our new OpenSite Designer,” said Dustin Parkman, VP, civil infrastructure, Bentley Systems. “We’re excited that for the first time there is a complete solution for site design and land development to accelerate site engineers doing digital.”

Michael Semeraro, Jr. PE, PP, managing principal, EVP, Langan International, stated, “Langan is always looking for opportunities to differentiate ourselves from the competitors with technical excellence and expertise. We have depended on SITEOPS for site optimization, earthwork analysis, and cost identification in our planning phase. We now look forward to using OpenSite Designer to also produce our detailed designs and documentation.”

Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, said, “Interestingly, after three decades of leadership in civil engineering software scope advancement, the culmination is OpenSite Designer—a very accessible and widely-needed application which combines complete fitness for purpose with unprecedented ease of use and adoption.”

To learn more about OpenSite Designer visit here.

Architosh Analysis and Commentary

OpenSite Designer is a complete single app solution for civil engineering site projects. The application also features reality modeling technologies, geotechnical, stormwater drainage and visualization along with detailed drawing production. Through a connected data environment the application also supports a full BIM process for site and building development. 

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