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What is Site3D?

Site3D is a fully featured software product for the engineering design of highways, drainage and residential developments. Quickly and accurately design whole sites including roads, junctions, roundabouts, footways, surface interfacing, contours, volumes, drainage, housing and more. Site3D is a powerful software tool for the 3D engineering design of road schemes and infrastructure.

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Microplot Ltd
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"Ease of use, great price point"

What do you like best?

Site 3D’s easy user interface is very simple to negotiate and manoeuvre around. It’s flexible payment structure and keen price point are essential for a small practice like mine, where price is the key consideration. Using Site 3D has saved me a lot of time in producing long sections for Clients and to include drainage long section details - something which I produced manually as many drainage packages were prohibitively expensive. One of the best things that I have found has been their support after purchase. Whenever I had a few teething problems, they were more than glad to help me out - indeed asking for the specific technical details so they could be proactive about solving common user issues. All in all if definitely recommend Site 3D, bey easy to use, keenly priced and particularly for a smaller practice like mine, does everything that you will need and more!!!

What do you dislike?

Nothing yet but have only begun using the product

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cutting of long sections and including drainage element to include in the sections. Site 3D has saved me a huge mount of time, which is particularly beneficial when tight timescales are the order of the day.

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"SITE3D - Review - Nearly Perfect"

What do you like best?

Ease of use and clear fast real time workflow.

Ability to render 3D on iMAC with Parallels (Windows). (Most programs won't as the video codecs etc say cannot work.

Support from the software team is excellent. Very personable and not like the big corporate software suppliers.

What do you dislike?

Would like to be able to increase Icon size. (I use a 5K video monitor so graphics are pin sharp but menus are small. I have come across the occasional glitch with levels on triangulations disappearing into the depths of the z-axis but I do think most of the short comings are down to my own skill in using this software.

One issue that I have come across with roundabout designs is the ability to compromise adopted design standards. I refer to those that lie outside roundabout design standards e.g. compound curves on exits / entries and the smaller tweaks you need to do in detailed design to fit designs into real world constraints. Again it may be my lack of experience with Site 3d but it is easy to push your site3d design into autocad so you can "draw" changes.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you use the likes of Autodesk I would strongly recommend you try Site3D. You can test out a free trial and see for yourself how much easier and quicker it is to use.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently using Site3d on a £4m roundabout design and the outputs from Site3D are back and forth to Local authority for design iterations etc. They use autocad civils and have shown interest in Site3d because of the speed of tweaks.

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"La perfección para diseño de infraestructuras y piezas"

What do you like best?

Site3D es una aplicación muy fácil de usar e intuitiva a la vez. Gracias a esta aplicación soy muy productivo porque puedo dividir mis proyectos en distintas fracciones de tiempo. Lo mejor es que puedo hacer diseños rapida y fácilmente modificables por si me confundo al hacer algo o quiero retocarlo. Otro punto positivo es que al modificar un elemento del modelo en 3D el resto de los elementos se mueven y adaptan de manera automática. Me gusta que cuando pongo un elemento interactúa con otros y así sé cuales son sus efectos. Por último, me gusta que puedo ver los proyectos desde distintos puntos de vista en 3D y en vista de plano o aérea, permitiendo ver la alineación vertical de los elementos

What do you dislike?

Lo peor es que algunas de las herramientas y opciones que ofrece esta aplicación no están muy desarrolladas y pueden ser mejoradas. Tampoco me gusta que esta aplicación no soporte algunos formatos al guardar los proyectos. Los recursos que ofrece el sitio tampoco son útiles. El soporte técnico no es multi bilingüe por lo que cuesta comunicar el problema. Es un programa que para mí, me parece excesivamente caro para lo que ofrece comparado con otros programas del mismo tipo

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No hace falta que utilices un ordenador de nueva generación para que funcione de manera rápida. Muy buena herramienta para ver arquitecturas y estructuras desde distintos puntos de vista. También muy útil para crear piezas. ¡Tienes que probar este fantástico programa !

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Me sirve para revisar de manera rápida y sencilla el diseño de los módelos. También me sirve para diseñar algunos planos en 3D añadiendo carreteras, pozos, montañas, lagos, ríos...

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"Perfect for residential design, roundabouts are incredible!"

What do you like best?

The dynamic updating of roads/junctions saves so much time for us. Creating roundabout designs in Site3D is a dream compared to using other products available out there.

Site 3D is very intuitive and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Cut and Fill tools need to be expanded further so you can get into more detail but so far many of our suggestions have been taken on board and updates come out on a regular basis so i am sure it will keep getting better.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Main benefit of the software for us is time. Layout updates have always been a big problem but as Site3D is so dynamic updating your design becomes a much less arduous task.

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"Design software specially tailored for road and infrastructure design."

What do you like best?

This is software that is specifically tailored for road and plot design, as well as the infrastructure for and around it. It is intuitive, easy to get up and running quickly, and can design a highway layout very quickly. The tangentials of the alignments - horizontal and vertical - are self checking and once one element is changed, it automatically updates the connecting elements.

What do you dislike?

Some tools can be improved, such as interfacing between the road and existing ground, and there are more features that can be added. I've been told these are being worked on so I expect more and more and better tools as this software is developed. The crashing problem has vastly improved and hasn't occurred to me for some time now.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is definitely worth a try.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

On site road design. Earthwork design such as ponds and landscaping. S278 road design: modifying existing roads including roundabouts, priority junctions and signal junctions. The benefits is it's speed and easy checking of the design.

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"New user, soon be an expert."

What do you like best?

Easy to learn and use. The program has its limitations but for designing highways and drainage etc to recognised design standards it's brilliant. New features are being added and they are very responsive to new ideas and requests. Doesn't need a super computer to run it and can import/export with many different design packages.

What do you dislike?

When the architect's layout is something out of the ordinary it can be tricky to build a suitable alignment. Something like pds is more flexible but takes so, so, much longer.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Check the licencing T&C with your current product. Site3D doesn't lock you in.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Combining external works and drainage in a single model, showing clash detection and integration in 3D.

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"A new piece of software that is on its way to replace some of the established civil engineering soft"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use even if you have never used any highways design software before. Very quick with some design elements such as junctions and roundabouts.

What do you dislike?

There are some tools and features can can be improved: drop kerbs, cut and fill analysis etc. But more importantly, the lack of a "3D polyline" element. We should be able to draw a polygon and simply assign a level to each one of the points of the 3D polyline. The earthworks tool is tedious to use and sometimes it doesn't give the right answer.

The drainage tool can also be improved and its data updated to the latest revision of SfA.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Specially suited for the design of residential schemes and much quicker than other civil engineering design software.

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"Civil design software that holds up against more established competitors"

What do you like best?

Site3D is easy to get to grips with, versatile and very forgiving if revisions are required to the model. The ability to view changes in output data, such as longitudinal sections and manhole schedules without having to manually regenerate them means that any problems or changes required can be resolved or performed quickly and efficiently. This is something that puts some competitor software to shame.

What do you dislike?

Whenever it crashed! Thankfully wasn't too often and the file recovery mechanism always allowed me to carry on where I left off.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When using Site3D in the past, it was for modelling of highways and drainage layouts to serve residential developments of varying scale. Having the ability to design both the highways and drainage networks within the software and being able to easily export drainage data into a drainage modelling software for testing such as WinDes was very useful.

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"Site 3D Review"

What do you like best?

We appreciate how easy it is to test different designs and environmental conditions. This is a very important part of our safety assessment process and other software has not facilitated this process as well as Site 3D does.

What do you dislike?

It would b nice if it accepted more file types. We typically use DWG files and they need to be converted using another piece of software before they can be uploaded to Site 3D.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Highly recommend for smaller companies very useful in tandem with any safety and environmental assesments

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple to train engineers on site 3D as it is functionality similar to AutoCad (which many engineers lean in university). Also appreciate that a basic license is free.

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"My Experience of Site3D"

What do you like best?

For me the best feature of Site3D is its ability to work so well with other software programmes vital to my design work such as AutoCAD and Microdrainage.

A microdrainage model can be created exactly as designed with a click of a mouse.

One or all elements of a model can be pushed to AutoCAD and converted in DWG format to effortlessly build engineering drawing packages, including fully customisable longsections.

What do you dislike?

Site3D does on occassion crash and get stuck in an infinite loop, however fortunately it has a handy autosave function which makes regular backups of your work so all is not lost.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Site3D intuative modelling tools and push/pull to AutoCAD feature rapdily speeds up design work and production of drawing packages saving our company countless hours of man hours.

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"Site 3D - A must buy to assist the efficient delivery of projects"

What do you like best?

I like the dynamic capabilities offered.

What do you dislike?

It would be great to be able to customise the appearance of long sections and change the order or how information appears.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Download the trial version to get a feel for the software. It's relatively easy to pick up. There are plenty of help videos available on Youtube as well.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Site 3D has enabled us to deliver complex projects efficiently. The dynamic operation of the software is very useful and enables a large amount of information to be produced quickly.

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"Road System and Housing development design software"

What do you like best?

I like how quick and accurate this software is. The design of housing and foot-ways seem like fluff but actually help to create a full visually understandable image. It also helps make the design look more professional and real.

What do you dislike?

The UI seems outdated, and the graphics are pretty basic. Although the functionality is there, this tool is only an engineer/ technicians tool as the finally product is not visually that appealing. AKA you will still have to hire a graphic designer if you want to show these designs to prospective buyers.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This tool does what it is supposed to and doesn't crash that often. A good tool for the belt.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Planning out new subdivisions and where roads and sidewalks will be.

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"I like suing Site3D"

What do you like best?

Producing detailed designs is easy with Site3D. I like its ability to incorporate field data which is essential for producing quality designs of drainage among others.

What do you dislike?

It's good for designing real estates but It is not perfect for designing exits.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is cheap to install.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used it for a while and it really saved me time in designing compounds and creating elegant designs.

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"Quick and efficient and still a long way to be perfect"

What do you like best?

Great tool for preliminary design. Some scepticism due to its automatic features, but hoping to be proven wrong. So far enjoying it and was a speedy solution.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see the option to determine your own way of displaying items for long sections, cross sections, drainage schedule and earthworks. Dropdown boxes for setting up project specific values. S38 or S278. Speed of road which then determine certain K values, crest and sag and shout when it out of tolerance.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Road design, drainage design. Speedy solution with dynamic changes and quick export. Room to improve but this is true for all design softwares.

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"Quality Software for 3D Infrastructure Design"

What do you like best?

The facility to link with CAD & MicroDrainage

What do you dislike?

I have not found anything which I do not like

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would highly recommend Site 3D to other consultants as from my point of view is a very high level quality software for infrastructure design.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ground Modelling Design

Foul and Surface Water Drainage Design

I have improved the velocity at the time to get the design done as Site 3D allows me to get the jobs done faster

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"Excellent civils design program"

What do you like best?

How quick it is to design a site from roads to drainage to earthworks and how its export functions to other programs saves huge amounts of time.

What do you dislike?

I wish that the constructions lines tools were in their own separate tab.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have created complex models of housing developments all within site3d. The fact that I can have the roads, sewers, structures and earthworks all in one model allows me to view the design from a comprehensive standpoint meaning any problems can be quickly identified and easily resolved.

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"Great piece of software."

What do you like best?

The best thing about Site3d is that it is very easy to pick up, and simple to use. It works seamlessly with other software programmes such as AutoCAD and Microdrainage.

What do you dislike?

Some very useful funtions of the software are hidden away from the main toobars which is somtimes an issue.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Highway design and foul and surface water design.

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"Excellent software which has improved our productivity"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of the user interface and the speed of the software to provide updates in 2d and 3d simultaneously.

What do you dislike?

Fairly regularly crashes. The snap tools are a bit glitchy.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Production of civil engineering designs.

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"Not big in United States- local compatibility l"

What do you like best?

The simplistic interface is nice but not user efficient. The interface is not intuitive.

What do you dislike?

No one has this software in the US. Everyone is using Civil 3D so compatibility is an issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use Civil 3D so you dont have to deal with compatibility in the United States

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Site development

Site3D Features

  • Drawing Tools
  • Editing Tools
  • Text Editing Tools
  • 3D/solid modeling Tools
  • Rendering Tools
  • Import Files

Site3D User Ratings

9.1
Ease of Use
Average: 8.0*
8.7
Quality of Support
Average: 8.5*
10.0
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.5*
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