SUDA Tip: Create a New Feature Definition

Written by:  Robert Garrett

You will note that there are 6 types of feature definitions which can be defined from the Project Explorer.

OpenRoads SUDA Node
  • Linear, Point and Surface Feature Types are applicable to the road and site tools of OpenRoads.
  • Conduit Type – this is used to define conduit feature definitions for subsurface utilities. While conduits are, in fact, a variation of the Linear Feature Definition type used in OpenRoads geometry, the Conduit type includes additional properties specific to utilities making Conduit types and Linear types of feature definition non-interchangeable. Examples of conduit types are pipes, cables and ducts.
  • Node Type – this is used to define node feature definitions for subsurface utilities. While nodes are, in fact, a variation of the Point Feature Definition type used in OpenRoads geometry, the Node type includes additional properties specific to utilities making node types and point types of feature definition non-interchangeable. Examples of node types are catch basins, manholes, poles, pull boxes, etc.
  • Polygon Type – this is used to define feature definitions related to hydraulic calculations which are area in nature. The most common usage is to define the catchments (drainage areas) for computing overland flow that feeds an inlet in a storm drainage network or cross-drain. Other uses are for pond feature definitions and Low Impact Development Structures (LIDS).

EnvisionCAD can assist you in building your Feature Definitions for SUDA. Contact us so you get started on the right path.

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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