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neilyj
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Swept Path software

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02-15-2013 12:32 AM

I'm looking at two programs for swept path analysis (primarily for wind turbine transportation applications ) i.e. AutoTRACK and AutoTURN.

 

Has anyone any experiences with either/both of these programs or indeed any others that they'd be willing to share?

 

Thanks

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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 05:47 AM in reply to: neilyj

We use AutoTURN, but almost exclusively for simple truck turning patterns (fire truck, 18-wheeler, garbage truck, etc) in small site plans where this type of data is important to the design. Not much to report other than it works for our needs.

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jmayo
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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 06:14 AM in reply to: neilyj

I have been using AutoTrack for a number of years now. Like Randy I am using this primarily to demonstrate emergency vehicle and large truck accessibility for our site plans. Love using it. Great support.

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neilyj
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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 06:33 AM in reply to: jmayo

As I'm on the contractor side of the fence I need to be able to justify reasons for buying.

 

In addition to wind transporter road design checks, I had thought of demonstrating suitability of traffic management proposals, temporary access roads/haul roads for trucks etc

 

Any more??

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dasindog
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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 06:44 AM in reply to: neilyj

I've been using this for a while.It does a nice job and hey it's free! It's not very user friendly but I would suggest giving it a shot. I've read that it uses appropriate swept path analysis calculations just like Autoturn.

 

http://hawsedc.com/gnu/turn.php

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troma
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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 06:48 AM in reply to: neilyj

I've used AutoTURN too.  Got a good library of vehicles and I believe it alows you to design your own, although I never tried it.  I'm in Canda so that's the library I've used, but it has a list of other countries too.

 

It allows you to drive along a polyline or drive by hand (with the mouse), set a speed, playback afterwards, draws the centre, front & rear wheel paths, swept path of overlapping corner etc.

 

Our primary uses have been for smaller sites, to show larger vehicles will be able to access the loading area.


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neilyj
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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 06:55 AM in reply to: dasindog

Thanks for the link - will check it out

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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 11:22 AM in reply to: neilyj

We use AutoTURN on a regular basis to check road / haul access for construction vehicles and verify parking lot layouts and restrictions for complex site designs. Sometimes for garbage removal or semi-trailer access, things like that. 

 

AutoTURN does have a design vehicle library, but they clearly enjoy sticking it to the customer by breaking out numerous design vehicles separately into packages. You end up needing to buy additional design vehicles that are packaged up strategically to ensure you buy more add-ons. So your actual cost will vary depending on what vehicles you "need".

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neilyj
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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 11:36 AM in reply to: LeafRiders

Yes it seems tricky trying to establish exactly what is supplied as standard

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neilyj
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Re: Swept Path software

02-15-2013 12:23 PM in reply to: neilyj

Just downloaded it......

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