Transportation engineering software

Learn how the latest tools can help you stay ahead of the curve.

Highway and tunnel in the Alps, Austria

Meeting transportation demands with modern capabilities

Today’s transportation industry is faced with unprecedented demands to keep the world moving despite global challenges from labor shortages to poor communication. To keep the industry moving forwards, it's critical to advance your tools, resources, and capabilities. Interoperability, digital workflows, and cloud collaboration are key ways to win more projects and speed past the competition.

The latest trends and updates in transportation

Shift toward digital transformation

The transportation industry is accelerating and digitally transforming how everyone works. By continuing to digitally transform your business, it's possible to facilitate smarter decision-making, expand capabilities, design to optimize asset resiliency and deliver top-notch projects on time.


Updated information management standards

In transportation, ISO (International Standards Organization) 19650 is becoming the information management standard. IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and BCF (BIM Collaboration Format) are now the deliverables.

Decarbonization and reducing emissions

Along with combating our crumbling infrastructure, governments are pushing net-zero emissions plans to accelerate the decarbonization of the industry. Supporting owner-driven sustainability initiatives has become a key part of transportation projects. 

Integrating land development and building design

The global population continues to grow and there are continued urbanization calls for integrated land development and building design solutions. Interoperability and integration across tools and cloud-based workflows help address growing demands.

What you can achieve with Autodesk solutions

Retain top talent

With modern tools, address high turnover, talent gaps, increased workloads, and low staff issues. Enjoy a more resilient, stable workforce.

Improve win rate

Prevent lost projects and work backlog, and move toward increased ROI and mandates to meet evolving standards and stay competitive.

Enhance collaboration

Move past siloed teams and the inability to share work. Gain cloud interoperability and collaboration across disciplines.

Cut time and complexity

Get more efficient workflows and improved design quality. Tackle more complex projects with interoperability and cloud.

See how firms are moving forwards

Digital planning becomes a reality

The German railway is working toward several digitization goals in an effort to achieve more efficient, effective projects.

Test driving a smart city

The Municipality of Genoa obtained a fully navigable and immersive reality model of building and underground utilities.

Project delivery with BIM and GIS

VolkerWessels takes advantage of BIM and geographic information system (GIS) integration to unlock innovations and enhance project delivery.

See the acceleration in transportation


BIM paves the way for digital transformation

Learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) can support digital transformation efforts across the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.


Best practices for DOT efficiency

Discover four best practices Departments of Transportation (DOTs) can use to move toward digital transformation and increase efficiency.


The combined power of BIM and GIS

Explore how architecture, engineering, and construction projects can benefit from the power of BIM and GIS.


Digital railway technology supports sustainability

With connected digital railway technologies, rail systems can better achieve sustainable transport and shipping.


VR, GIS, and BIM in railroad design

Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), GIS, and automation are enhancing railroad projects in Scandinavia.


Boost infrastructure cybersecurity with innovation

New technologies and perspectives can help prevent and manage cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.


Smart roads for an eco-friendly future

Smart roads help adapt to new forms of mobility and meet growing demands for smarter, more eco-friendly transportation.


Next-gen sustainability with plastic roads

To address both plastic pollution and climate change, one Dutch startup is creating future-ready, recycled plastic roads.

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Roads and highways

Support each stage of your road or highway project.


With reduced complexity and increased quality, deliver best-in-class rail infrastructure.


Let's talk transportation

Contact us to learn more about how Autodesk software can transform your transportation workforce.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is transportation engineering?

Transportation engineering is an area of civil engineering relating to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of transportation systems for both public and private use. Any system that provides a means to transport people and goods from one location to another is considered transportation. Those transportation systems include transit and rail, road and highways, airports, oil pipelines, and traffic control systems.

Who uses transportation engineering software?

Public transportation owners (such as state DOTs, local municipal governments, rail owners and operators, and airport agencies) use engineering software to determine existing conditions and evaluate maintenance operations and expansion needs. Engineering service providers and general contractors also use engineering software to determine efficient designs and construction methods for implementing the design intent for the transportation assets.

Which transportation design solutions does Autodesk offer?

The AEC Collection and the Autodesk Construction Cloud are excellent offerings for virtually any transportation project. The platforms within the AEC collection help ESPs and owners design, review, and maintain the transportation asset in all the lifecycle phases (plan, design, build, operate). The Autodesk Construction Cloud acts as a central storage location for design files, project criteria, meeting summaries, design reviews, comments, and issue tracking, as well as many other critical project documents.

What are the key technologies driving digital transformation in transportation projects?

Design automation, digital project delivery, and AI all are influencing the transportation engineering industry.


Design automation is helping owners and engineers save time by processing design routines faster and more efficiently. Dynamo for Civil 3D and Revit help automate time-consuming or complex tasks in a fraction of the time and with greater accuracy.


Digital project delivery involves creating intelligent models that can be used in maintenance processes and act as a basis for future projects. Owners can provide better services to the public when they have more knowledge about the public infrastructure. They can also communicate critical details to stakeholders and designers with the digital models and details.


AI is quickly becoming part of a system that helps improve quality of infrastructure while communicating in real time with owners and stakeholders about infrastructure conditions and dynamics.

What are the benefits of adopting smart transportation solutions in urban areas?

Smart transportation solutions allow owners and operators to evaluate systems to determine if they are working effectively. They can also assess problematic areas and establish reasonable solutions to improve overall public infrastructure.

Which technologies are driving decarbonization efforts in the transportation industry?

The Autodesk AEC Collection accommodates third-party applications. Some third-party software has the ability to determine carbon impact of materials and usage of transportation infrastructure.

What are Autodesk software solutions for managing and optimizing smart transportation systems and intelligent infrastructure?

Infrastructure models, such as those created in the Autodesk AEC Collection, are based on existing condition details. These models contain geometric details and valuable metadata such as material types, quantities, and installation records. This information can be readily used by smart transportation systems.

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