OpenRoads Tip: Working with Survey Settings

Written by: Bob Mecham

In OpenRoads Technology (SS3 and beyond) standards are managed through the use of *.dgnlibs. This includes settings for survey items such as Link Codes, Import Formats, Text Size, and Terrain Model creation. However project specific Survey Settings that deviate from established standards can be made.  For example, when you import your RAW data you need the Link Code Position to be After Point Feature Definition vs. Before Point Feature Definition. The workflow for accomplishing that task is to copy the standard settings into the CAD file you will be processing data in.

1. From the Project Explorer dialog select the Civil Standards tab.

2. Expand the DGN Libraries that are loaded go to Project Settings > Survey_Features_Definitions_Imperial.dgnlib

3. Expand the Survey section and the Default Settings will be shown.

4. Right Click the Default Settings and Copy the settings to your clipboard.

Project Explorer Civil Standards Survey Settings OpenRoads

5. Expand the Drawing file to Project Settings > Survey and Paste and Rename the Settings.

Project Explorer Civil Standards Survey Settings Rename OpenRoads

6. Right Click on the new settings and select Properties. The Element Information dialog will appear.

7. Expand the section Linking Codes and Change the Link Code Position to either Before or After Point Feature Definition.

Element Information Survey Settings OpenRoads

Note: These Survey settings are now stored in the DGN file and will stay with the survey data. The settings will be saved automatically so there is no need to Save Settings on exit.

We will be writing more OpenRoads tips moving forward but we will still have InRoads tips as they come up.  If you want to learn more about OpenRoads read our previous blogs.

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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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