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  • Codeware COMPRESS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

COMPRESS

100%
1 Rating
4.7

OpenRoads Designer

47%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

COMPRESS

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0 Ratings
1.0

OpenRoads Designer

10%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Codeware

Codeware Compress is a very powerful ASME design tool. It is very intuitive and easy to learn. Anyone engaged in ASME related design projects will greatly benefit from investing in this software. It has tools for all types of ASME code products (pressure vessels, heat exchangers & boilers). Codeware is always improving the software. New features are included in almost all new releases. Their customer support is also great. They are quick to respond to questions. The web portal has great support tools. The ability to export the ASME design into 3D CAD formats is a huge time saver. The software can also be very handy for other types of non-ASME tank design work as well. For instance, you can use it to explore leg support structures for elevated tank designs.
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Bentley Systems

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.
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Pros

Codeware

  • Codeware Compress has a great user interface and is a very robust ASME design tool.
  • Compress has a very well built 3D CAD export interface module that works well with SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor.
  • Codeware has a great user support network.
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Bentley Systems

  • 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.
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Cons

Codeware

  • Add more CAD functionality to create custom support structures and support brackets (clips, ect..)
  • Partner with a major CAD platform (such as Autodesk, SolidWorks) for an "In CAD" solution. Which would allow quick customization of the ASME design model without leaving the native CAD environment.
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Bentley Systems

  • 3D rendering.
  • Ability to manage large Engineering projects.
  • 3D manipulation capability.
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Pricing Details

COMPRESS

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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

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    OpenRoads Designer

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    OpenRoads Designer editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Codeware

      No answers on this topic

      Bentley Systems

      We would not use ORD if is was not for clients' contract requirement to use ORD.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Codeware

      I have only tried a brief tutorial on PV Elite so I can't provide a worthwhile comparison on features.
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      Bentley Systems

      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.
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      Return on Investment

      Codeware

      • Codeware Compress is a huge part of our ability to design and release pressure vessels quickly. It has greatly reduced our engineering design cycle. We have built standards that allow us to release designs to fabrication in hours instead of days.
      • The ability to export the 3D CAD files makes quick work of developing quotes and proposals.
      • Codeware Compress greatly reduces the chances of errors related to meeting ASME code compliance. The software developers keep the software in sync with the current editions of the ASME code. That allows users to focus more time on the design aspects of the project and less time worrying about the actual nuts and bolts of the extensive ASME code rules.
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      Bentley Systems

      • 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.
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