OpenRoads Tip: Point Controls Targeting MicroStation Graphics in Corridors

Written by: Bob Mecham

Point Controls can be used to override the template in areas where lanes are widening or working with ditches.  By using point controls you can minimize the number of templates you are using in a corridor.

In OpenRoads you have the ability to target a simple MicroStation graphic.  In the example below new lines were drawn in the 2D model to show a shoulder widening and concrete kick out.  By using these lines the corridor points will follow these lines horizontally, vertically or both.

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1. Open the Corridor Objects dialog and on the left hand side select Point Control.

2. Along the top of the dialog select New icon and follow the heads up prompts to define the stationing start/end. Then use the Control Type Linear Geometry and locate the MicroStation graphic.

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4. The linear graphics will be added to the Corridor Objects dialog and the corridor will reprocess overriding the points in the template to the new graphics.

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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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