Tech Tips


Road Template Editor

This Tech Tip explains the new Road Template Editor.
 

TechTips

Template Editor

Select Roads Mode > Tools Menu > Template Editor



This is the new Template Editor. To create a new template, click on the New button. Existing templates can be viewed or edited by using the Load button.



Selecting either Left Compulsory or Right Compulsory, activates the Edge buttons.

The Edge buttons allow you to add, delete or edit an existing edge from a compulsory, median or cut/fill assembly.



When adding or editing an edge, the special vertical movement codes can also be input via the drop down list of the Ver. list box:

The Cross Fall Grade option extends the horizontal offset at the crossfall or superelevation grade (777 code in earlier versions).

The Previous Grade option extends the horizontal offset at the same grade as the previous edge (888 code in earlier versions).

Selecting either Left Cut/Fill or Right Cut/Fill conditions, also activates the Condition buttons.



The Condition buttons allow you to add, delete or edit an existing cut or fill condition.



Features, this area displays the available features. Features are items such as side drains, sidewalks, retaining walls or catchwater berms that are added on to the active assembly.

Features will be explained in a separate Tech Tip.



Display Area, This area displays a graphical representation of the template.



Right click in this area to bring up a menu with additional options.



The various options available on the right click menu:

Show All

Show all the compulsory additions, cut and fill slopes

Show Current

Show only the active assembly

Show Custom

Show only the assemblies selected in the custom setup

Show Custom Setup

Select which assemblies to show: 





Mirror Current

Mirror the current assembly to the other side of the template

Delete Current

Delete the current assembly

Highlight Assembly

 Highlights the active side. When active (checked) greys out the inactive assembly, if you click anywhere in the greyed area it becomes active

Add Ground

 Add a ground line

Automatic Ground

Automatically show a ground line relevant to the specified height range

Predefined Ground

Show one of a set of predefined ground lines:





Export to drawing

Save the template to a .DR4 or .DWG file. The saved file is also added to the recent file list, for convenience to use later.

Import from drawing

Import a assembly from a drawing. 

Perspective Draw Below is what the template will look like in perspective draw.




Template File



New

Click on this button to create a new template file. This will clear all current entries. You will be given the option to save the current template if it has been changed.

Load

Click on this button to load an existing template file.  You will be given the option to save the current template if it has been changed.

Save As

Click on this button to save the template to a new template file.

Print

Click on this button in order to generate a listing of the current template details.



Active Assembly



There is an assembly section for the left and right hand side of the road.

Left/Right Compulsory

Select this button to add to or edit the left/right compulsory additions.

Left/Right Cut

Select this button to add to or edit the left/right cut condition(s). If more than one height range has been defined you may select the relevant height range from the list.

Left/Right Fill

Select this button to add to or edit the left/right fill condition(s). If more than one height range has been defined you may select the relevant height range from the list.



Setup



Carriageway

Display the Carriageway Setup. Here you may specify if the road is a single or dual carriageway as well as the widths and cross falls.

Kerbs

Display the Kerb Settings where you may load and select kerbs from the kerb library.

Layers

Display the layer settings in the Data Setup spreadsheet.

Data

Display the Data Setup spreadsheet showing the active assembly detail.

Display

Display the template Display Settings.

Export

Export the template as a .dr4 or .dwg drawing file.


This section brings up the same dialogs as we had in the previous versions of the template editor.

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