23 – Modeling Barrier Rail and Retaining Walls
Some design features are so common that we often don’t think about them until it is time to model them. Modeling barrier rail and retaining walls in 3D can be difficult to get right but it is very important and in this episode of the podcast I talk about some of the things you should consider before you get started.
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Modeling Barrier Rails and Retaining Walls
Why is it important?
- More realistic
- Safety features are growing in importance
What are the challenges?
- These areas are very custom and designed by engineers
- This means you usually can’t have a barrier rail or retaining wall be part of your road section
- Most of this modeling needs to take place separately from the roadway prism
How do you do it?
- Loft tool
- You can use the create road tool in InfraWorks
- Helpful if you can bring the linework in from CAD so you know it is in the right spot
- Don’t forget the batter
- Should there be a fence on top of this retaining wall?
- Don’t forget the architectural features!