OpenRail Overhead Line Designer

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Rail network design software

  • Rapidly model design intent of rail overhead lines
  • Address industry BIM requirements
  • Design in reality context

About this software subscription: This Virtuoso Subscription includes a 12-month practitioner license of this software, that comes with Keys (credits) to unlock training and services.

Perform BIM-enabled rail electrification designs

Designing rail overhead line infrastructure projects presents unique opportunities and challenges for rail designers and engineers. OpenRail Overhead Line Designer combines OpenRail Designer’s proven technology with Siemens Sicat Master enabling you to quickly identify the optimum design choice while ensuring you have the necessary data to generate more detailed modeling later in the design stage.

The application’s BIM enabled design workflows simplify preliminary and detailed design saving time and money for rail overhead line infrastructure projects of all sizes.

A complete rail design solution

OpenRail Overhead Line Designer contains all the capabilities from OpenRail Designer including detailed railway design, roadway design, site development, sanitary and stormwater network design, subsurface utilities, and construction
drawing production. With built-in Siemens Sicat libraries, OpenRail Overhead Line Designer enables you to effectively manage your project compliance or create your own standards and user-defined libraries with easy-to-use editing functions.

Better deliverables faster

OpenRail Overhead Line Designer helps you produce more accurate project deliverables faster. Sophisticated algorithms quickly calculate accurate optimal longitudinal span length for detailed analysis of wire geometry and its interaction with the pantograph range. You can select components with precision using static load calculations on poles together with their built-on parts. Moreover, with productivity capabilities like reusable catenary installation blocks, efficient project planning and engineering is ensured.

Address industry BIM requirements

You can perform a wide variety of overhead line electrification design cases, such as long-track segments and complex yard/station areas and tunnels. Adapting to virtually any rail design and maintenance workflow it is suitable for light rail, metros (transit), heavy rail, and high-speed rail. Powered by a BIM-enabled MicroStation-based platform, the created models adhere to contemporary asset-centric information management requirements. Underlying CONNECT technology, supporting a connected data environment ensures close collaboration across multidiscipline teams.

Designing in reality context

OpenRail Overhead Line Designer excels at data acquisition, enabling users to consume multiple data types to effectively
understand site and existing conditions. From photogrammetry and total station surveys to GPS LiDAR, point clouds, and reality meshes, the application can upload, analyze, and manipulate field data, while preserving the source of the original data. The software allows you to rapidly capture the as-built condition of an existing site or asset using Bentley’s ContextCapture to quickly produce 3D models from photographs.


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Process Data Module

  • Material data
    • Elasticity module
    • Maximum tensile strength
  • Environmental data
    • Wind velocity
    • Ice loads
    • Assembly loads
  • Operating conditions
    • System height
    • Stagger
    • Valid pantograph range
    • Maximum tensile force

Catenary Design Module

  • Pole positioning
  • Drawing of catenaries
  • Functions for creating, editing, and deleting of overhead contact line elements
    • Catenary
    • Attachment points
    • Poles
    • Cantilevers, multiple track cantilevers
    • Tunnel supports
    • Cross spans and yokes
    • Switches, insulators, connectors, section insulators
    • Traction power lines
  • Calculation and check of run of catenaries in dips
  • Insertion of section insulations and tension assemblies from an extensive library
  • Functions for automatic dimensioning and labeling
  • Check of wind deflection
  • Rule-based automatic and manual determination of material quantities
  • Comfortable track layout-based copy-and-paste function of complex groups of overhead contact line objects

Plan, Profiles, and Cross Sections

  • Flexible, symbolic view of overhead contact line elements (symbol size, customer specific adaption of symbols)
  • View of cross sections
    • Visualization for each pole position
    • Calculation of structure height and dimensioning
    • Visualization of structure gauges and standard sections
  • Longitudinal profiles
    • Graphical view of catenary dip
    • Graphical view of vertical run of feeder and reinforcement lines
  • Create plans, profiles, and cross section directly from the 3D model and support federated multidiscipline models
  • Automatic user-defined annotation of points and segments
  • Additional annotation tools available for one-offs

Model Design Intent

  • Build associations and relationships among civil elements
  • Ensure the design project is reflective of engineering intent to improve design efficiency
  • Assure model consistency with rule-based association of overhead line elements
  • Relationships between components are checked and updates of the affected parts take place automatically
  • Create and group commonly used design elements including catenary block capabilities
  • Save a detailed overhead line design for one section as a catenary block and applied to different segments of the track
  • Use preconfigured commonly used 2D and 3D geometric layouts, such as siding or yard layouts

Integrate Multiple Disciplines

  • Integrate data from different disciplines to improve collaboration
  • Ensure the latest model is used in all phases of the design
  • Work in the live model to reduce risk by utilizing the data interactively
  • Work among rail, road, bridge, drainage, subsurface utilities, geotechnical, and other design teams
  • Identify conflicts earlier and eliminates construction errors and delays
  • Employ a comprehensive modeling environment
  • Share data that is relevant to the project to enrich project understanding, identify potential risk, and make more-informed engineering decisions in the design phase

Adapt to Change

  • Produce models that provide information beyond documentation and construction, into operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation and back to design if necessary
  • Use a model-centric approach, designs are dynamically updated throughout the model, guaranteeing that the current design is readily available for all team members
  • Make more-informed decisions earlier in the design process with more complete conceptual designs, while eliminating errors and omissions in the documentation process by having fully synchronized documentation from the model
  • Explore and analyze many options to maximize the performance of the asset in the real world, and reuse information to improve construction and operations of the asset

Improve Project Deliverables

  • Automate the production of a complete array of design deliverables
  • Use flexible, symbolic representation of overhead contact line elements to provide detailed 2D layout plans with annotation
  • Create high-quality models for your BIM workflows using corresponding 3D representation of the structures
  • Obtain directly from the modeled elements detailed cross-section drawings with material lists and dimensions together with material reports
  • Get design, volume, and cross-section data in XML industry standard format for data exchange and reporting
  • Use project data in multiple formats, including Excel spreadsheets, HTML or text files, PDFs, printable documents, and other output
  • Utilize reporting capabilities to automate the production of a variety of standard reports, including horizontal and vertical alignments, quantity takeoffs, clearance reports, stakeout, legal descriptions, surfaces, and more

Visualizing Designs

  • Experience designs in real time with the software’s constraint-driven templates, context sensitive, intuitive interface, and dynamic 3D modeling
  • Drive through the 3D corridor model
  • Visually evaluate overhead line structures, rail and sleeper placement, signal sighting, station designs as well as try out multiple aesthetic treatments to reach the desired result
  • Seamlessly integrates with LumenRT to create models and high-impact visuals and animations to effectively communicate the project to stakeholders for project approvals

Intel Pentium-based or AMD Athlon-based processor 2.0 GHz or greater.

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 8 and 8.1 (64-bit)


8 GB minimum 16 GB recommended. (More memory typically results in better performance)

Disk Space

9 GB minimum free disk space (which includes the 5.6 GB install footprint for a complete installation)


See the graphics card manufacturer for latest information on DirectX drivers. 1024 MB of video RAM or higher is recommended

Screen Resolution

1600 x 1200 or higher


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