BIM software for the design of railways
The parametric dynamic design in BIM
Projects in BIM with an ease that is incredible
Design and BIMThe design activities, geometric-informative modeling and the definition of the interoperable model take place simultaneously and in a single work environment. Insert the axes, define the typical sections, set the characteristics of the BIM model and with one click you have the finished project, the drawings and the information models. BIM increases the value of your design.
Modification and check in real timeIt is possible to control the design like never before, drastically reduce designing time thanks to 3D real time cross-section on planimetry. By changing a parameter everything is updated automatically. The result can be immediately checked even before creating the final project. Maximum control over the entire design and over every detail.
M3 Framework DatabaseAll data relating to design, geometric and information modeling are stored in the M3 Framework Database managed by SierraSoft Rails. The M3 Framework Database stores all the parameters and data of the project, geometric modeling, information modeling and information exchange. SierraSoft Rails generates, starting from the data contained in the M3 Framework Database, all the necessary information documents and information models, with content and level of detail based on the requests. The M3 Framework Database is the only reference for information and guarantees consistency between project data (plans, profiles, sections), information documents and information models.
Create a digital reproduction of the territory
Acquire the informationAcquire and use the information on the territory necessary to create a digital reproduction of the existing. You can acquire information from topographic surveys, maps, GIS data, point clouds and BIM models (IFC and LandXML).
Point cloudsEasy handle one or more point clouds of any size. Loading and display are really fast, drawing and extraction functions occur in real time.
Terrain modelingAutomatically generates the triangular slope model of the surveyed terrain (DTM) defining, if necessary, inclusion, exclusion and breaklines constraints. From the triangles model you automatically get the contour lines.
As-Found Information modelCreate new objects from the acquired data, defining the geometries and their information content. Get a complete information model that is highly useful for your design.
Create horizontal and vertical alignments in a natural wayA system with a few essential commands allows to solve complicated cases in a natural way through grips, properties and intelligent objects.
Horizontal alignmentThe horizontal axis is defined through straights, circular curves, clothoid, parabolas. Widenings and superelevations are automatically calculated during the geometry annotation. Everything is displayed in real time, calculated and verified according to the set legislation. The drawing of the geometry annotation plan is complete with all the dimensions of the various elements that make up the alignment. The drawing is customizable thanks to the numerous dimensioning options available.
Longitudinal profileThe terrain profile is automatically returned based on your settings. You can get profiles from different sources: 3D models, axes, sections, polylines, etc. You can extract and analyze edges, walls, ditches and any other element of the section, directly on profile. The project profile is defined with grade lines, circular curves, parabolic curves. The graphic representation of the profile in the desired scales is complete with all the design elements. Profile dimensioning is fully automated and customizable.
Typical sections and typical objects
Parametric and programmable for maximum efficiency and flexibilityCreate and manage the typical section within a specific environment by assembling parametric objects included in the software or defined by the user. Standard objects include roadways, layers, ditches, channels, walls, railway objects, generic objects. The creation of the typical objects takes place in a dedicated environment. You can parameterize features and data, and if that's not enough, you can program them using the included scripting language.
Automatic and always consistent with the information modelExtract all data wherever they are: from triangle models, from point clouds, from other axes, from information models (bridges, tunnels, ancillary works), from cartography. The insertion and management of the project typical section takes place completely automatically on the basis of the data settings of the parametric design. The drawing of the sections, completely customizable, includes the tables of quantities, the dimensions, the annotations box and the fills.
Calculation of quantities
You decide what to calculate and how to calculate itExtraction and calculation of quantities from different sources: sections, objects, surfaces, BIM entities, etc. Definition of the quantities to be calculated (cut, fill, topsoil, etc.) based on the processes entered. The results are stored within the information model and made available as printouts.
Free to design where you preferCalculations, checks and policies checks: SierraSoft Rails checks if your project complies with the policy. Check the congruence of the design parameters of the axes with the selected policy. Generate the speed diagram. The calculation of the superelevations and widenings takes place automatically. The calculation of the overhangs and widenings takes place automatically. Get a detailed report of the verification, element by element, with the provisions of the policy. The software will suggest, where possible, the maximum and minimum values to be adopted. Several policies are already present in the software, and thanks to an open and intuitive system, you can extend the existing regulations with the new ones you need.
Non linear 3D design
Design and model complex three-dimensional geometriesGo beyond the traditional design method for axes and sections. Generate complex 3D surfaces and solid compounds with SmartPolylines. Work directly in 3D creating everything you need: sideslopes, benches, terraces, embankments, pools, ramps, parking lots, etc. Interactively design, with extreme precision and speed, 3D geometric models from which to extract sections and calculate volumes.
Obtain valuable information in relation to the presence of waterObtain important information for hydrographic and hydrological analysis of the territory and of new projects. Analyzes the hydrological problems related to the territory and facilitates decision-making processes relating to new projects. Get, starting from a point, the path of the water or the contour line. Displays slope vectors, valleys, ridges, tributaries, flat areas, maximum and minimum points on the terrain or project surface. Calculate the filling volume of a basin.
Information and geometric modeling
Define your BIM model in detailThe information modeling takes place simultaneously with the design based on specific customizable settings. The structure of the model, the elements that compose it, the geometric representation of the objects and their information content are defined. Thus you create an information model according to the specifications required in the BEP. The geometric information model is created while maintaining information consistency with all the information documents created.
Interoperability and multi-disciplinary integrated design
Share information models and manage federated models for railway infrastructuresShare project information in IFC (3x2, 4x1, 4x3) and LandXML formats for export to other software such as Revit, Tekla, ArchiCAD, Trimble Connect, etc. Import information models of ancillary works such as bridges, tunnels, art works for the integrated design and management of federated models.
Automatically generates the required information documentsStarting from the project data and from the data of the information model, it automatically generates drawings and reports of various types including:
Information models in open formats
Create information models in open formats that can be customized according to the specifications of the pGI.Design in detail and create information models in IFC format by defining version, domain, spatial structure, elements, graphical representations and properties. Export information models in LandXML format with all project data. Deliver information models in open formats following the specifications defined in the pGI.
Positioning and construction
Generate reports, drawings and models for use in positioning and constructionExport the information for the topographic positioning of the project using the staking out functions. Export models that can be used by “machine control” systems by automating the design and construction processes.
Platform for coordination and integration
SierraSoft Rails with M3 Framework is the platform for the integration and coordination of design and work flows in BIM.SierraSoft Rails with M3 Framework is also the platform to coordinate multidisciplinary design by allowing you to share models. You can import bridges, tunnels, buildings, minor works to create aggregate models to support design choices.