Forest Engineering Software

Good engineering can reduce the costs associated with road building and logging.

That's where our software is key.

Forest roads are an essential part of forest harvesting operations. Their location and construction have significant impacts on harvest efficiency, operational costs and on environmental impact

Softree is recognized as a leader in forest engineering software solutions. Proven and field-tested, our software is used by thousands of consultants, companies, universities and governments worldwide.

We recognize that most forestry professionals spend a lot of their time in the field--not in front of a computer screen. That's why we have put a great deal of effort into keeping our software simple and intuitive, and helping engineers first find road locations from their office.

Recommended Product: RoadEng Forest Engineer with Softree Optimal 

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Road Locations in Minutes

Path Explorer AI is a quick & easy, preliminary road locating tool inside of the Terrain module. It is built to find optimized routes between two points, A & B, and does so in minutes!

You can include constraints like max grade,  min cut / max fill, no-go zones, high-cost zones, and crossing costs.   (*Part of Softree Optimal add & annual support exclusive feature.)

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Forest Road Design

Design access roads from start to finish with constant feedback from real-time window interactivity. Enter survey data, create accurate terrain models, design horizontal and vertical alignments, edit cross sections, and perform earthwork calculations. A template editor allows you to easily create turnouts, widen curves, and put in bridges, landings and cut benches.

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LiDAR-Based Route Planning

Both RoadEng and Terrain Tools handle more than 10 million LiDAR points with ease and include functions for LiDAR thinning outside your areas of interest. Design and cost multiple roads in the context of each other. Plan road networks. Evaluate road options before going into the field. Take your LiDAR map & preliminary design with you to the field, if you want to.

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Site Design

RoadEng and Terrain Tools both contain tools for creating site plans for bridges, log-dumps, major culverts, fish passage and stream restoration projects.

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Culvert Design

Interactive culvert editor panel allows you to modify culvert position, diameter, type, length, skew and gradient. Add, edit and remove culverts using the culvert editor panel. Design options available for both natural stream crossings and cross drains.


Volumes and Costs for Improved Estimation

Make informed decisions about what the cost drivers for road construction are, including how much material is being handled and how far it is being moved.  RoadEng will continuously keep track of expected earthworks volumes and material movement.

Automatically calculate expected construction costs in real time using user defined excavation, placement, and material movement costs.

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Survey Data Management

Entry of Traverse or P-Line data. Boundaries, tie lines, cable deflection lines, and road & site surveys can be entered in a variety of formats. Create a Terrain model (TIN) from large point sets (including LiDAR) with over 10,000,000 points. 



Cable Logging Analysis

Analyze payload, clearance, and line tensions. Evaluate different types of equipment and logging configurations. Plot various carriage positions for a given midspan deflection (third point method). See more on cable analysis.


Field Solutions

Designed to work on all Windows 10 enabled tablets and compatible with most internal/external GPS devices. GPS integration in all modules allows you to view where you are in Plan, Profile, or Section view at any time. Create GPS tracks on your primary survey data.

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Multi-Plot Report Builder

Easily share and showcase your design with Multi-Plot Report Builder. Print out plan, profile, and cross-section data as one document. Simplify your presentation of deliverables with single document control.

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Hydrology & Watershed Tools

Watershed Boundaries— Creates a set of boundaries that represent the catchment areas for individual watersheds.

Streams & Ponds— Creates features that represent streams and ponds. The flow lines are based on a grid operation.

Drainage Area to a Point—  Determines the area that is draining to a specific point. Useful in considerations for culvert-size. 

Product Options

Forestry - RoadEng


RoadEng Forest Engineer

Complete road and site design software. Includes all the features: Survey Data Management, Terrain Modelling, Mapping, Site Planning, Cable Logging Analysis, Road Design.

Forestry - Terrain Tools

Terrain Tools Forestry

3D mapping and site design software. Friendly to use and inexpensive. Create 3D terrain models and engineering designs for a wide variety of projects. includes an extra module for manual p-line data entry, as well as a special function for cable logging.

"Softree continuously improves upon their software suite and support…either by their software updates or by leveraging current technologies to assist in solving specific queries.


Recently, we had the benefit of having their support team deliver a customized training session that was very well received by all attendees. The session provided a hands on opportunity to learn and familiarize the use of the software when interacting with LiDAR information.

Over the years, the staff at Softree have provided an excellent product, and have consistently been able to trouble shoot any of our issues. "

-- Jon Moore, RPF, Operations Engineer, A&A Trading Ltd, Vancouver, BC

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