OpenRail ConceptStation

Creating a New File

From the backstage, click New to display the New dialog:

Navigating the Map and Defining your Concept Location

To easily find a location, use the search tool to type in a location name.

Starting to type displays suggestions and once selected, the map zooms to this location.

Also navigate the map using the Zoom In, Zoom Out tools or by panning in order to precisely locate the concept location. Use the Define concept location tool to draw a rectangle on the map that represents the extent of your project. If no region is drawn on the map, the currently displayed view will be used as the extent of the concept.

Note: You can browse for a KMZ file to define the location of the new file by clicking the icon.

User Selection



Specifies the name of the file to be created.

File Location

Specifies the location to store the file.

By default, a system seed file is used. Use the browse to specify your own seed file. A seed file is another DGNDB from which the new file will be based, reusing the same settings, configurations, assigned coordinate system, templates, favorites, and repository.

Seed File

  • If the Seed File contains elements:
    • Lock Coordinate system and Concept Extent to the seed values.
  • If the Seed File does not contain any elements:
    • If the Concept Extent is defined and Coordinate System is defined:
      • Set the Default concept extent to the seed concept extent.
      • Set the Default Coordinate system to the seed coordinate system.
    • If Concept Extent is not defined and Coordinate System is defined:
      • Set the Default concept extent to the Coordinate System Horizon.
      • Set the Default Coordinate system to the Seed coordinate system
Coordinate System

The coordinate System list is pre-filtered based on the current displayed extent on the map (based on your project location). From this list, search for a specific coordinate system if known. You can also use the Legacy toggle to display legacy coordinate systems in the coordinate system drop down list.

In case of doubt, use the proposed default.

Every file to import will be projected into this coordinate system.

Note: The coordinate system has to be selected carefully since it can't be changed once there is content or attachments to the dgndb file.
Note: If there is no Internet connection, the map does not display. The coordinate system list will contain all UTM84 coordinate systems. The concept extent is then based in the selected coordinate system horizon (entire coverage).
Note: Click the button to view more detailed information about the selected coordinate system.

Create button

Creates the DGNDB file.

The Context Data Import dialog displays (unless Don’t ask again option is checked) to specify how to import the Context Data.

User Selection


Import from Local Files

Opens the Import dialog.

Use GeoCoordination Services

Opens the GeoCoordination Services dialog.


Opens the Conceptualize view, from which you can start designing your concept.

Note: Creating a concept without a terrain won’t provide optimal results. However, it is possible to do so.

Cancel button

Cancels the operation. A new file will not be created.