In the road construction process, a civil engineer commonly uses software to outline the horizontal and vertical road alignment on a topographical map. The software then calculates the amount of earth that needs to be excavated, or filled, at certain points of the alignment as well as pavement costs, land costs and other expenses. Softree, the partner company, provides such software. There is currently no commercial software that offers the user an automated optimization of the alignment based on the total cost.
Softree Technical Systems Inc has been providing innovative software solutions for surveying, mapping and engineering for more than 15 years. Softree's main mission is to provide high quality software applications in land development, civil engineering and the naturalresource industries. Recently, the company has developed a robust software to process the terrain data gathered from a LIDAR system. The main objective of the application is to provide the user with the ability to draw, label, manipulate, and extract some features of the terrain.