Jodi Soper with Invarion let me know about their software package Rapid Plan – a standalone software package (it can be integrated with CAD or GIS software) used to create temporary traffic control plans. I'd never heard of it.
When I started my career 15 years ago, I prepared a lot of signing/striping plans for roadway reconstruction projects. I also prepared plans for detour signing and temporary traffic control plans for the contractors to follow while they were building the road. It's been years since I've done one of these plans though.
I was blown away while watching the demo. It looks like this software would save at least 75% of the time I used to spend creating these types of plans. I'd be interested to hear from any current users of Rapid Plan (or competing products like Cone Zone).
I'm thinking about testing out the software for my traffic studies. It looks like a quick way to show traffic control improvements on an engineered/to scale drawing.
Jodi told me they don't have set pricing, but work on a quote basis because they sell the software around the world and have different modules to represent local traffic control practices. However she did tell me it costs less than AutoCAD, which my quick online search put at about $4,000 per license. Jodi promised a great deal for me or you readers if we email her directly (email@example.com). This is definitely a niche software, but I'm guessing it would have a very quick payback for a regular user.