SUDA Tip: Editing Utility Profiles

Published on September 12, 2016

Written by: Robert Garrett

When editing profiles for SUDA conduits, the visual feedback provided in the profiles view can be a little confusing.

Consider a water line profile as shown below.  The initial profile was generated with an offset from the existing ground terrain.  I want to refine the profile under the roadway to go straight across (as indicated by red line) since this better predicts the true location.

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The utility profiles are the same technology as used by road profiles so I can partial delete the portion of the water line profile which is incorrect.  However, when I do this the visual feedback from the software is incorrect and confusing.  In this next image, I have completed the partial delete from ditch to ditch under the road, but this is not easily seen in the profile view because there is no gap.

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Rather than partial delete first, it works better if I design the portion of profile to be replaced first. Notice that snap was used at each ditch low point.

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By doing the profile redesign first, then I have the new profile to guide me after the partial delete is finished. Yes, it is still a little less than ideal but at least I have something.

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And I make a new complex profile element of the profile components using Profile Complex by Elements command.

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Finally, make the new complex profile active.

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Contact us on how we can help you implement SUDA for your utility design work.


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