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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Altair Inspire is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Altair Inspire

90%
2 Ratings
8.1

OpenRoads Designer

81%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Altair Inspire

100%
2 Ratings

OpenRoads Designer

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Altair Inspire

This software is incredibly intuitive and really does provide a great finished product. The software runs relatively quickly and will usually throw an error right away, which is a nice feature. I didn't use the geometry editing parts of the software, but it looks promising to be able to edit files directly in the program.
Alfredo Jimenez | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenRoads Designer

ORD is really focused on modeling of roads infrastructure projects, but includes a few design workflows that are in other disciplines such as stormwater and drainage design and site modeling tools for developments. This is really handy because you don't need a third-party application that you have to transfer your design files over to to carry on with the project. Including LumenRT for free with ORD is by far the most helpful feature because of the visualisation capabilities which most software does not include.ORD is well-suited for what the name of the product says - designing roads. I wouldn't say there are any scenarios in road design that it is less appropriate for.
Warren McLachlan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Altair Inspire

  • Defining the actuators, pin joints, sliding joints is very easy.
  • Defining a motion sequence is straightforward.
  • The UI tends to make you follow a sequence of steps to be successful in doing a motion simulation and finite element analysis study on a design.
  • The motion simulation results are automatically transferred to the FEA solver.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenRoads Designer

  • Creating linear models, since the app is based on alignment models and templates to extrude along the alignment.
  • Precise long section/profile along horizontal alignment. The app practically flatten the horizontal alignment for profile generation.
  • Template control. Though the template creation takes a bit of effort to create due to the point rulings. However when done right allows the model to be specifically modified with use of functions like super-elevation, point control, widening, parametric etc.
Lina Monica Ali | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Altair Inspire

  • I think the tools to create CAD are a bit difficult to use. Consequently, it is now easier to develop the part in other software, which is bad since we need to use more than one tool at a time.
Alfredo Jimenez | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenRoads Designer

  • 3D rendering.
  • Ability to manage large Engineering projects.
  • 3D manipulation capability.
Martin Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Altair Inspire

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

OpenRoads Designer

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Support Rating

Altair Inspire

Altair Inspire 10.0
Based on 2 answers
When I needed clarification on how do use a feature or best way to define the constraints for a design problem, the response was quick and solved my needs.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenRoads Designer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Altair Inspire

Working Model, MathCad, Dynamic Designer, Algor, and Mathlab had poor UI's and poor ways to define actuator and motor motion profiles. The force results and vectors were not easy to input into the FEA software. SOLIDWORKS Motion does not have an excellent way to define a linear actuator or its motion profile.Altair provides a UI that guides you through defining your linear actuator or motor's motion profile quickly.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenRoads Designer

I have used Bentley's Geopak before OpenRoads Designer (ORD) and definitely see that ORD is more powerful and advanced than Geopak in the task of design, analysis, and production of the road/highway projects. ORD makes Geopak obsolete.
Tejsingh Rana, P.E. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Altair Inspire

  • In my personal opinion, we think that this product does not have any negative aspect that makes us feel very uncomfortable.
Alfredo Jimenez | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenRoads Designer

  • Efficiency in designing (and visualising) alternative designs. Huge positive as clients are expecting this to be standard now.
  • A negative would be the learning curve (as mentioned, training material is a bit lacking). The time taken to learn the software when the pressure to produce designs is on sometimes hurts the bottom line.
  • It's helped us win projects where we were competing against other consultants who didn't have software that could produce alternative designs to the same level of detail as quickly.
Warren McLachlan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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