OpenRoads Tip: Reference Terrain and Display Override

Written by Bob Mecham

It is common to reference your design file that has the Terrain Element to your geometry or sheet models.  However, you may not see what you want for display graphics when it is attached.  Maybe you don’t want to see the triangles or you want a different contour interval displayed.  The following steps will show you how to change the display of your referenced OpenRoads Terrain Element.

1. Attach the reference file that has the Terrain Element.

openroads-terrain reference override symbology

2. Select the referenced Terrain Element and from the mini-toolbar select Properties.  The heads up display properties of the Terrain Element will appear.

3. In the Reference section of the properties change the Override to Yes then deselect the element.

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4. This time re-select the referenced Terrain Element and pick the Element Information from the Primary toolbar or Right Click Hold and pick Element Information from the fly-out.  The Element Information dialog will appear.

5. Look in the General section of the Element Information dialog.  Template should have black text meaning that is able to be modified. From the Template drop down select a new Element Template definition for the Terrain element.  The Terrain Element should redisplay and now when you use the quick properties from the mini-toolbar you will be able to toggle off the contours, triangles and other calculated features.

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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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