BIM Ready Solutions for Channel and River Engineering Design

Aquaterra is a professional 3D CAD software for channel and river engineering design. It integrates MIKE FLOOD or HEC-RAS hydraulic calculations with flood protection design, torrent and landslide control, and irrigation systems design.

Based on layout, profile, and cross-sections, it creates 3D solid channel and river bed models, supports QTO data export, and offers plan production tools. Carefully designed UI and workflows are consistent with the engineering practices. This makes Aquaterra surprisingly fast-to-learn and easy-to-use.

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Product Details

Digital terrain modeling

The Surface creation tool is included in CGS Labs software to produce detailed Digital Terrain Model (DTM) based on various surveys or other input data: total station data files, points, break lines, blocks, etc. This offers the possibility to use Aquaterra on plain AutoCAD or BricsCAD.

River alignment design tools

Aquaterra provides a wide range of advanced alignment, profile geometry design, and editing tools. They include P(V)I design, floating and fixed elements design, alignment design created from the existing polyline, or ultimately creating a best-fit alignment based on existing channel or river bed survey data. A number of alignment labels, reports and data export options give you the flexibility to cover a wide range of user requirements.

Water level representation and smart lines definition

Water level lines represent data obtained from hydraulic calculation software (MIKE FLOOD or HEC-RAS). They are displayed relative to the specific alignment in the drawing. To present side objects like channels, dykes, property limits, etc., you can define smart lines in the layout and project them to profile and/or cross section views. The Smart lines functionality is connected with the point’s projection, which offers similar projection options, but dedicated to point objects along any alignment.

Cross sections design and editing capabilities

Enter 1D, 2D water levels or combined calculations and design new or edit existing channel and river bed cross sections geometry. Add dykes and other objects using the large set of tools available. Recalculate water levels and check geometry changes impact for accurate project evaluation.

Quantity take-off (QTO)

Aquaterra calculates material quantity take-off and features a QTO data export tool with custom defined Pay Item (Bill of materials) options. It gives users the possibility to link material defined in the drawing with a material database in cost estimate software, thus supporting digital data transfer and fast cost recalculation when project changes arise.

River groins

Groins are a rigid hydraulic structures built from a bank in rivers that interrupt water flow and limit the movement of sediment. Aquaterra supports design of groins along selected banks as 2D elements with varying gradient values.

3D Surface and 3D Solid Model

Channel and river bed 3D model can be created as 3D surface or 3D solid model. 3D surface model can be generated automatically from 3D channel or river bed cross sections definition and terrain model, or it can be built with the grading function. 3D solid model is created on the basis of cross-section areas, with materials and volumes defined as extended data. All solid models, including extended data, can be imported into Autodesk Infraworks, Navisworks and can be used in various BIM workflows.

Horizontal and Vertical Regression Analysis

Ferrovia provides advanced and comprehensive technology for alignment and profile regression analysis and geometry optimizations options. Based on various input survey data and multiple editable parameters, alignments with appropriate transition curves are generated automatically, giving users the possibility to create realignment projects of any scale. Single regression elements are supported as well.

Options for converting surveyed rails to centerline review and edit regression points with point exclusion or inclusion in regression analysis lead to significant improvements in alignment or profile best-fit geometry. Multiple diagram options give users detailed information on curvature, transition areas, applied cant, and slew. All regression data is dynamically updated when changes occur.

Side-Track Objects Offset Analysis and Insurance Data Calculation

The side-track objects offset analysis tool give designers the tools to inspect any objects position alongside any alignment investigated in order to get offset data from side track masts, platform edges, retaining walls, tunnel contour, side track or road edges, etc.

For rail track realignment purposes insurance values can be calculated between fixed side objects (like overhead power line masts for example) and surveyed rail track position data in order to get absolute track layout data.

Dynamic Data Model

Ferrovia stores all design data inside a .dwg data file, making for quick geometry updates and data exchanges within CGS Labs software solutions, and Autodesk software. LandXML and AutoCAD Civil 3D data exchange interfaces are available. Dynamic updates to all geometry changes or design parameters are supported within single or multiple drawings with separated layout/profile and cross sections data.

Supporting Large Projects

Ferrovia easily handles large projects with very long alignments and thousands of cross-sections within seconds. Projects are neither limited in size nor is the performance critically affected while working on large-scale projects, including extra-long and multiple alignments, profiles, and cross section views. Cross sections can provide a high level of details with on-demand synchronization options, great processing speed, and consistent data.

Collaboration Capabilities

Easily and efficiently, divide up large rail track projects among multiple team members, who can then work simultaneously. Projects can be developed as a single drawing, or split into several drawings, separating layout, profile, and cross sections.

Ferrovia is available in several languages and supports country specific rail design standards, drawing layouts, etc. Customers are entitled to use any country specific version of the software in case of designing projects for the foreign countries. Currently supported country/language versions are:

  • English (International)
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia

Extend Ferrovia’s functionality with point cloud data processing software – 3Dsurvey

3Dsurvey is a standalone software solution for point cloud data processing. Use any UAV with Lidar, a digital camera, DSLR, or a GoPro to capture images and process them in 3Dsurvey. Create orthophoto data or digital terrain models, calculate volumes, profiles, and even more. Export digital terrain models to Ferrovia to create rail projects based on detailed surface model, calculate material volumes, and export 3D rail surface models from Ferrovia back to 3Dsurvey to create stunning aerial or drive-through visualizations.

3Dsurvey is available as add-on (bundled) software solution.

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