OpenRoads Tip: Use Plan View Snap to Lock Civil Accudraw in Profile

Written by:  Bob Mecham

Did you know that with Civil AccuDraw you can work both in the plan view and profile view while placing a geometry element.  In this example, we will show you how to place a profile starting at a culvert location used in the plan view.

Start by opening a profile view and setting Civil Accudraw Profile to station/profile offset.


Keep the profile view active, but TENTATIVE snap to something in the plan view (for this example the center of a culvert). Hit the Enter key and the station will be locked.

There is also a rule created to the element that you snapped. By tentative snap and then lock the station, you get more than a station rule. You get a snapped rule such that if the plan element moves, the profile updates. This is not terribly intuitive to discover, but pretty powerful once you know it.

civil accudraw plan view station lock

Move your cursor back into the Profile View and the station will be locked. Tab down to the profile offset field and enter a value. In this example we keyed in -4.

civil accudraw profile station offset lock


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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