Bentley Geopak, first impression

bentley geopackSimilar (not so much) to what AutoDesk Civil offers 3D, Geopak is a series of Bentley applications for Civil Engineering with which work is done for topography, digital terrain models, road design and some geotechnics. Although this last one we already know that it will be catapulted after the acquisition of gINT Software.

Run Geopak

bentley geopackOnce installed, it does not create a particular icon for Geopak, when running Microstation it is activated automatically. If it does not happen, it is done in Applications> Bentley Civil> Activate Bentley Civil

That includes Geopak.

At the generic level, as Bentley Civil includes several functionalities, Power Civil is a variant with fewer tools and some adaptations to the Hispanic environment such as Power Civil for Spain.

bentley geopackThe functionalities of Bentley Civil are:

  • Drainage
  • Landscape
  • Road
  • Site
  • Survey
  • Water sewer

Although the sancocho tool has been improved with the Task navigation where they are listed at the task level as follows:bentley geopack

  • Cadd Tools
  • Survey
  • Geomtry
  • DTM Tools
  • Site
  • Drainage
  • Water Sewer
  • Plans Preps & Quantities
  • Landscape
  • Geotechnical

This is a better way to operate, although some are repeated, it is easier to use them because they are grouped based on common uses such as:

Survey: Includes tasks to import topography / gps equipment data, edit them, make differential corrections, export to other formats, send back to the field, etc.

Website: It includes the handling of volumes, preparation of platforms, cuts, design of roads and urbanizations, etc.

DTM Tools: This stays at a generic level to build digital models, contours, profiles, etc. Although the necessary tools for Site and Survey are shared there, such as the creation of slope maps, functions to import or export, etc.

Preliminary Conclusion

In terms of functionality, the world is very different from Civil3D, which I find more practical because it is divided between objects and configurations, while Geopak remains at the level of tasks, projects and templates. Like Microstation with AutoCAD, Bentley Civil takes a few days to reset the logic of mortals, but it has remained consistent, if you compare Bentley Site V8i with SiteWorks 95.

Regarding equipment performance: my respects. The process of the 230,000 lines of the IGN dwg that you sent me Guatemala's friend the other day, in Civil3D causes the machine to collapse after four minutes, releasing a blasphemous message of insufficient memory. In Geopack 42 stayed minutes, rotating the pleca and indicating how many objects he had, but finally he entered them as breaklines in a gsf and converted it to TIN in 2 minutes. The CPU reached an 49% and meanwhile, the memory of the PC was regular to continue doing other matters.

bentley geopack

We'll see how to do the same routines that we saw before with Civil 3D.

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