Have You Tried? Civil 3D Rail Design


By nathaniellewis

Are you looking for ways to simplify the complex design process of a rail system? We’ve got you covered. 

Our latest Have You Tried article is all about rail design in Civil 3D. We’ll cover all the features you need and walk you through how to use them. 

Here’s a quick look at each of the rail features and what they do: 

  • Alignment: Design rail alignments by layout or by converting object geometry 
  • Platform Edge: Determine the size and placement of platform edges found on each, or on both sides of a railway.  
  • Cant: Create, edit, and view the amount of cant for the rail. The amount of cant is illustrated in a cant view.  
  • Crossover: Create, edit, and delete a set of turnouts and a connecting alignment that allows rail car travel to be transferred between two alignments.  
  • Turnout: Create, edit, and delete a turnout object type for branching rail alignments.  
  • Turnout Table: Generate an AutoCAD table of the data used to describe each turnout in the drawing or a selection of turnouts. 

Why use it? 

The rail design features allow designers to expedite the planning, design, and delivery of rail networks. They are great tools that help you create and modify rail system components. 

They can be used with other Autodesk AEC Collection products such as InfraWorks and ReCap Pro. Users can also gather important information for a rail project using the Autodesk Connector for ArcGIS. 

If you have not yet tried rail design features, head over to the Have You Tried Topic in the Civil 3D learning center to learn more about it.    

Civil 3D accelerates detailed design and construction documentation. Extend your workflows using InfraWorks conceptual design software to model, analyze, and visualize design concepts within a real-world context. Learn more about our leading civil infrastructure design tools – Civil 3D, InfraWorks, AutoCAD, Revit, and more – which are all included in the AEC Collection.  

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