OpenSite for Land Developers - 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 land developers use OpenSite?
  5. User Success Story LOWES
  6. How long will it take to get started with OpenSite?
  7. How can land developers learn OpenSite SITEOPS and OpenSite Designer?


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. With SITEOPS land developers can within hours:

  • Identify lot yield
  • Generate earthworks quantities
  • Confirm project feasibility
  • Produce budget estimates

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. For land developers, their engineers will benefit from: 

  • Automated manual work
    The elimination of tedious repeatable work, so they can spend more time on design and less on drafting
  • True site engineering software
    Increased productivity with purpose-built capabilities vs struggling to make transportation software meet their needs
  • BIM, not broken workflows
    Easy project partner collaboration, reduced communication lags, errors, 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?

Civil_OpenSite_OSD vs Other Solutions Infographic


How do land developers 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 land developers will leverage are: 

  • Topo Import (acquire surface data in minutes)
  • Automated parking layout (design layouts in minutes)
  • Optimized Grading (one-click cost-driven grading design and analysis)
  • Export design files (gives engineer consultant a better start to finish plan)
  • 3D visualization (use included LumenRT Design to create visualizations)

What are some examples of how land developers can use OpenSite?

Benefits of OpenSite for Land Developers Create Conceptual Design in 100 Clicks 500 Lot Subdivision in 1 Hour
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OpenSite SITEOPS User Success Story David Shelton, Former SVP Real Estate, Engineering, & Construction, LOWES

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How long will it take to get started with OpenSite?

Many people view learning new software as too complex and time-consuming, but you don't need to learn every tool in any application. Whether you're a surveyor, developer, planner, architect, or engineer, every user type benefits from OpenSite. Since everyone comes to OpenSite with different levels of experience, as a land developer, here's what land developers can expect in the first year using OpenSite.

Day 1 -  Out of the Box

The best part of OpenSite is you don't have to worry about lag time to train.  Out of the box, it comes with numerous preloaded land development defaults (parking sizes, lot dimensions, road widths) and libraries of background information so you can get hands-on quickly. Its artificial intelligence automates the introductory features below so you can start designing on day 1.

Create a Parking Lot Create a Subdivision Grade a Site
Create a 3D Model Automatically Profile a Road Create a Small Site
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First 30 Days

Thirty days in you have hit your stride and are in a routine using OpenSite. You can quickly create sites, share designs, sketch multiple site iterations in minutes, and edit elements to fit your plan. At this point, you are ready for the next level. In this phase you will start refining designs, adjusting individual spaces, applying retaining walls and grade breaks as well as rolled curbs.  

Day 30 Capabilities

  • Detailed Parking Adjustments
  • Applying Templates
  • Building stormwater networks
  • Performing StormCAD analysis
  • Applying automatic retaining walls
  • Adding labels and printing drawings

6 months 

Six months to a year of using OpenSite, you are proficient. You are creating a variety of intricate designs and training team members to use OpenSite. If you are interested in visualization you'll be exporting design to LumenRT, you'll have fluid application of controlling profiles and alignments, and you'll be designing unique multi-condition templates to react in relation to existing conditions. You are starting to see the following benefits

  • Reduction of plan design time by 20%
  • Delivery of detailed risk assessment in 48 hours without engineers or additional staff
  • Taking on more projects without new staff because of OpenSite's speed and agility
  • Saving time and money and preventing deals on risky projects


How can land developers 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
  5. Read how your engineers can benefit from OpenSite

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