OpenSite for Engineers - Site Design and Business Tool in One

What are OpenSite SITEOPS and OpenSite Designer?

OpenSite is a conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design application created specifically for site design and land development. Known for its ability to identify constraints early, its automation to reduce manual work and risk, and its ability to generate multiple design alternatives with financial and project feasibility, OpenSite ensures you can make informed decisions in hours.  

Table of Contents
  1. Who uses OpenSite?
  2. What is the difference between OpenSite SITEOPS and OpenSite Designer?
  3. Why is OpenSite better than other civil site solutions?
  4. How do engineers use OpenSite?
  5. How do engineers benefit from OpenSite?
  6. How can engineers learn OpenSite?


Who uses OpenSite?

Because all infrastructure projects begin with a site, land development spans many industries. With this in mind, OpenSite was built with features and functions to benefit all land development stakeholders, including engineering consulting firms, architects, landscape architects, government agencies, and land developers. 

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What is the difference between OpenSite SITEOPS and OpenSite Designer?


OpenSite SITEOPS (included with OpenSite Designer) is a conceptual site design software that evaluates more information in the early stages of a project, designs more efficiently, and minimizes site development costs. Since SITEOPS is built using strong engineering principles to simplify work for users, you don't have to be an engineer or CAD expert to use it. Its patented generative design capabilities solve incredibly complex engineering feats, comparing millions of layout, grading, and piping combinations for a site within just a few hours. Revisions are easy and can be done on the fly. For example, simply adjust a building’s location and watch as the software automatically redraws parking, driveways, islands, grading, stormwater piping, and dynamically generates cost estimates.

SITEOPS can be used to identify improved layout solutions and grading savings on sites from a single-acre retail parcel to distribution centers, shopping centers, schools, industrial projects, and mixed-use projects. Engineers, benefit from SITEOPS ability to:

  • Generate conceptual designs in hours, not days
    Stop spending days on a project before winning the bid
  • Produce detailed risk assessment in 48 hours
    Identify constraints, produce multiple solutions, and provide project feasibility with cost estimates
  • Produce realistic visualizations without hiring a specialist, LumenRT is built-in
    Easily communicate design intent with stakeholders

OpenSite Designer

A true site engineering software, OpenSite Designer includes a complete detailed design set of capabilities for rapid site modeling and analysis, earthwork optimization and quantification, drainage and underground utility design, and automated project deliverables. It allows users to take concepts to plan production, whether you need to produce traditional 2D deliverables, advance to 3D modeling, or support digital transformation. Plus OpenSite supports BIM, so it's easy to integrate existing real-world conditions, work with a variety of disciplines and data types, and work with distributed teams. OpenSite Designer provides these key benefits to engineers:

  • Automated manual work
    Eliminate tedious repeatable work, so you can spend more time on design and less on drafting.
  • True site engineering software
    Increase productivity with purpose-built capabilities vs struggling to make transportation software meet your needs.
  • BIM, not broken workflows
    Improve collaboration across stakeholders. You'll reduce communication lag, error, and overspending.

Read OpenSite product data sheet for more details on capabilities

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Why is OpenSite better than other civil site solutions?

OpenSite differs from other civil site design software because it was built by civil engineers and land developers. Most civil site design software focuses on producing plan deliverables, not the best design. OpenSite tools are better than others due to using parametric design elements along with earthwork optimization to help deliver better solutions in a faster time frame. Being able to easily work in a 3D environment lets designers interact with different parts of the project helping to identify any potential issues during the conceptual phase not later during documentation prep where it takes a lot of time to revise designs and will cause delays to your project delivery.

Civil_OpenSite_OSD vs Other Solutions Infographic

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How do engineers use OpenSite? 

What types of projects can I use OpenSite for?

OpenSite has capabilities for all types of land development projects from residential to commercial and industrial. Common features that engineers will leverage are: 

  • Topo Import
    Acquire data such as existing topography and imagery in minutes instead of hours.
  • Automated Parking Layout
    Use parametric parking design tools to create layouts in minutes and adjust just as fast to find optimal layouts.
  • Optimized Grading
    Reduce grading time from days/weeks to minutes. OpenSite's one-click optimization tools grade and analyze designs in minutes.
  • 3D Visualization
    Provide stakeholders with stunning visualizations that typical 2D software cannot deliver. OpenSite includes LumenRT Designer which turns your project into an amazing model for creating realistic images and videos.
  • Download the product datasheet for a full list of capabilities

What are some examples of how engineers can use OpenSite?

Benefits of OpenSite for Engineers Automated Site Layout Optimized Grading

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How Do Engineers Benefit From OpenSite?

Get Back Time: Decrease Civil Site Design Time by 20%

As an engineer, you are always looking for more time to create numerous iterations of design alternatives to evaluate the best use case of a client's land. OpenSite allows you to produce best-case scenarios and meet deadlines without working overtime or hiring more staff. Its built-in automation, parametric, and optimization tools allow engineers to reduce manual drafting work in exchange for more design time. In the first 30 days of using OpenSite, engineers will:

  • Produce conceptual design alternatives in hours, not days
  • Reduce frustrating, tedious, manual work
  • Free up more time to receive and implement client feedback
  • Deliver optimized site designs they are proud of
  • Improve ROI with a happy return client base (and potential to attract new clients!)

Reduce Client Risk: Produce Optimized Designs and Detailed Budgets in Hours

Clients come to engineers not only as design experts, but the experts on potential risk too. The movement of dirt has so many unknowns. Do I need a wall, imports, exports, how expensive will this be? OpenSite's ability to identify risk in the conceptual phase, produce multiple solutions, and provide detailed budgets allows clients to make informed decisions fast.  Its ability to do this in hours also ensures your team isn't losing time or money on a project before winning the bid. The ability to generate project feasibility with full transparency will keep clients coming back time and time again.

Overcome the Fear of New Technology: Ease Adoption of OpenSite

Adopting new software can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Most engineers are familiar with 2D CAD design tools. In OpenSite you are essentially using CAD tools to create a 3D model. To make adoption easier, OpenSite Designer comes with the companion product OpenSite SITEOPS. SITEOPS has the same 3D drawing tools in a much easier-to-use interface. You can design any type of project; multi-family, single-family, non-commercial, or commercial, and then export it to your favorite CAD program to create construction documentation.

Knowing that engineers won't make a shift from one workflow to another overnight, SITEOPS allows you to benefit from its speed NOW while you work towards learning OpenSite Designer. In addition, OpenSite comes with LumenRT Designer and you don't need to be a visualization expert to use it. LumenRT allows you to create life-like visualizations with just a few clicks of a button. With this feature, you can easily communicate design intent to stakeholders. Your competitors aren't doing this, quick win to stand out!

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How can engineers learn OpenSite SITEOPS and OpenSite Designer? 

  1. Virtuoso subscriptions come with custom training and mentoring
  2. On-demand courses via Bentley's Learn Server
  3. 15-minute free on-demand product demo
  4. Chat with us to ask questions or request a trial license

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