OpenRoads Tip: 5 Things to Know When Working with Superelevations

Written by:  Bob Mecham

Working with superelevations in the OpenRoads SS4 release is much different from previous versions of InRoads or GEOPAK. Here are 5 things to know when when you start defining your first superelevations.

1. Superelevation has to be built in its own CAD file

Once the 2D file is created it is referenced and associated with the corridor.

2. Superelevation in a Color Coded Display

After you have created your superelevation sections and lanes you will want to view your superelevation in the MicroStation view.

openroads superelevation color coded display
  • In the View Attributes dialog toggle ON Fill

3. Superelevation Flag

For each template point that you wish to be controlled by superelevation, you need to toggle ON the Superelevation Flag.  Allowing OpenRoads to control the point even during horizontal transitions.

openroads superelevation flag

4. Adjust Superelevation in the view using Textual Manipulators

By selecting the calculated superelevation graphics in the MicroStation view; the Textual Manipulators will appear allowing you to modify either the station value or the superelevation value.

openroads superelevation textual manipulators

5. Place Temporary Dimension Lines to help evaluate your superelevation

In cross section view, consider placing a temporary dimension line to evaluate lane slope and width.

openroads superelevation place temporary dimension lines
Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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