The Future of 3D Street Section Creators


Road design has been an integral part of city planning and infrastructure development for centuries (at least). At the heart of this evolution lie road section creators, a simplified approach to street design that brings the vision of urban landscapes to life. Over time, software solutions have made street and road design using typical sections more functional. As we tread further into 2023, this niche of civil engineering software is about to take a giant leap forward with new advancements and the emergence of trailblazing tools like Beyond Typicals and potential new road section creators from other software publishers like Autodesk, Trimble or Bentley.

The Future Starts with Beyond Typicals

A sneak peek into the world of the future starts with our own software, Beyond Typicals. Our third version, set to be released later this year, promises modest and robust improvements which will continue to revolutionize road section creation. Watch for updates in the coming months with more details, but improvements will include cloud features, better assets, bug fixes, all-new features and more.

We also have plans for new products to be launched alongside Beyond Typicals for even more abilities for our users to design and communicate their products.

3d bridge street compositing in Beyond Typicals
Photo compositing within Beyond Typicals

Other Potential Entries to the field

Aside from our Beyond Typicals, Autodesk, a powerhouse in the world of design software, is rumored to be releasing its own road or street section creator, potentially as a part of their Infraworks product or AEC Collection. Although the specifics are yet to be unveiled, if it follows Autodesk’s tradition of robust, highly functional products, the industry can look forward to a new level of professionalism and precision in road section design.

However, Beyond Typicals and Autodesk aren’t the only players in this dynamic field and other companies may also be venturing into this domain, including ESRI, exploring novel ways of integrating AI and VR/AR technologies into their products, setting the stage for a robust competition that will inevitably lead to the betterment of the sector as a whole.

Improvements to other section creation solutions, like Streetmix, Streetplan or Remix may also be in the works for 2023 and beyond.

The Road Ahead

The future of road section creators will likely be a blend of advanced AI, immersive VR/AR experiences, and improved graphical interfaces, paving the way for smarter, efficient, and more interactive design workflows. In this exciting era of rapid technological advancement, it is tools like Beyond Typicals that will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible, driving the industry forward into a new age of design and innovation.

Stay tuned for more updates on the future of road section creators and a closer look at the groundbreaking features of Beyond Typicals V3.