Quantm System Overview

The Quantm Alignment Planning system supports road and rail planners and

engineers through the complex process of selecting and generating 3D corridors

and alignments. Its unique route optimization technology generates millions of

alternative alignments and returns up to 50 of the most cost efficient options for

review by various stakeholders.

In over 20,000 km of delivered alignments, the system has consistently enabled

planners and engineers to reduce project planning time, substantially lower

alignment construction cost, and deliver improved alignments that meet

environmental, heritage, urban constraints, and design standards set by each

project.

Quantm alignment optimization is available in two user methods:

  • The Quantm System uses a thin client and advanced IT technology to access data that is processed on the Quantm server. Suitable for road, rail, and mine access projects of unlimited distance, the Quantm System is implemented on a consultative project-by-project basis.

  • The Quantm Desktop software has been optimized to process alignments locally

on the user's computer. It is ideal for short distance road projects up to

20km x 20km (approximately 25 square miles) such as local and regional roads,

bypasses and ring roads and others. The Quantm Desktop also allows the

customer to use the software for multiple projects rather than on a

project-by-project basis.

The Quantm Desktop software has been optimized to process alignments locally

on the user's computer. It is ideal for short distance road projects up to

20km x 20km (approximately 25 square miles) such as local and regional roads,

bypasses and ring roads and others. The Quantm Desktop also allows the customer

to use the software for multiple projects rather than on a project-by-project basis.

Overview

Quantm Alignment Planning Solution simultaneously considers all environmental, cost, cultural and community issues involved in planning a new road or rail project, thus substantially reducing the planning time and alignment construction cost. A project planner or engineer can investigate literally millions of alternative alignments for any given set of constraints. The system enables a holistic approach that integrates all elements and delivers a range of alignment alternatives that best meet the relevant environmental, cultural, social, engineering and cost constraints. The resulting options can be analyzed quickly to address stakeholder concerns and maintain the momentum of the road project. The Quantm System outputs are customer friendly and beneficial for public presentation through the NEPA or other planning processes. The final approved alignment can be easily exported using industry standard formats, such as LandXML for detailed design.

Improved Community Relations

Communities globally are increasing the influence they have over where new

roads are created. The combination of community input and the need to avoid

certain urban areas, cultural heritage zones and areas of environmental sensitivity

have made the planning process extremely complex. The Quantm Alignment

Planning System allows community input to be integrated into the planning study.

Community "no-go" constraints can be added in just minutes. Cost implications

and alignment alternatives can be reviewed almost immediately for projects under

20km and within 48 working hours for larger projects. The National Cooperative

Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and the Transportation Research Board

(TRB) Research Results Digest 304, describes eight technologies that can be

used by transportation agencies to improve the consideration of environmental

concerns in transportation decisions. The Quantm Alignment Planning System

was identified as one of these emerging technologies that support the integration

of environmental considerations into transportation planning.

Reduced Project Planning Time and Delays

The current industry approach to road and rail planning addresses each constraint issue in series, which often leads to conflict between the stakeholders and requires numerous subsequent impact studies. This can lead to a planning spiral that delays, or even terminates, a project. The Quantm Alignment Planning Solutions encourage cooperation between the road/rail project planners and stakeholders from the onset. Planners can quickly investigate alignment and cost implications of numerous 'what if' scenarios simultaneously. As a result, planners can demonstrate they have considered all feasible alignments and substantially improve the quality of the alignment without project delay or cost increase.

Road/Rail Construction Cost Savings

The Quantm Alignment Planning Solution delivers substantial alignment construction

cost savings while meeting the defined environmental, community, heritage and

design constraints. Typical alignment construction cost savings, in undulating or

rougher terrain, are in excess of 15% for highways and 20% for rail, when compared

to results determined using the previous industry best practice planning method.

Reports and Audits

As more governments require extensive impact studies and supporting

documentation, the Quantm Alignment Planning Solutions have become essential tools for road and rail planners. From stakeholders and governments, through to environmental groups, community organizations, and project financiers, numerous groups want to know that their concerns are being addressed when creating new roads and railways. Planners and engineers can use the Quantm Alignment Planning Solution to prepare in-depth impact studies and public presentations. The software allows presentations to display the complete route or zoom-in demonstrating how an alignment impacts or avoids a particular zone or landowner, including the earthworks footprint.

The planner can also provide a process audit that tracks individual scenario investigation, consideration of alternatives and costs, and document the methods used in reaching a 'preferred' corridor or alignment.

Project where C A Group has successfully used the Quantm system include:

  • Pyramid Highway US 395 Connection EIS, Washoe County, NV

  • ​SR-160 Alternatives Analysis

  • Boulder City Bypass Phase 2 - US 95 to Hoover Dam Bypass, Boulder City, NV

  • Toluca-Puebla Highway, Mexico City, Mexico