SUDA – Which Property Panel Should I Use?

You may have noticed that there are two locations to access the properties for utility features in OpenRoads. This is seen in the context toolbox:

Also, if you select a utility feature, you see some information which can be edited in the Element Information property panel and a lot more information in the Utility Properties.

  • The Utility Properties lists every available hydraulic SUE property available, including user-customized properties.
  • The Element Information panel lists the CADD properties such as level and color, the feature definition and a subset of the hydraulic and SUE properties.  Bentley attempted to anticipate the most commonly edited hydraulic properties and placed them in the Element Information property panel.

The reason for two property panels is that the Subsurface Utility tools represents the merger of two very different technologies.  OpenRoads builds the 3D models of the utilities but Bentley’s Haestad technology performs the analytic modeling for hydraulics and Subsurface Utility Engineering. Current releases of SUDA reflect an incomplete merger of these technologies which Bentley has stated plans to finalize in later versions.

In the meantime, what is the best way to approach these property panels? My recommendation is the following:

If I can edit the value in the Quick Properties, then I do.  It is quick and easy and presents many of the common edits.

If the property is not shown in the Quick Properties, then I skip Element Information and go straight to the Utility Property panel.

By reviewing and editing properties in this way, I avoid the major points of confusion which results from having two property panels.

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Robert Garrett

Robert has over 25 years experience as a practicing engineer and is licensed in the State of Tennessee. After graduating from Tennessee Technological University, Robert worked for the Mississippi State Highway Department, Bridge Design Division. Then he spent 12 years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation in the Roadway Design Office and later served as Regional Manager in the Design Survey Office.From 2000 to 2006, Robert worked for Robert G Campbell and Associates in Knoxville, TN where responsibilities included roadway, site, and utilities design projects.Joining Bentley Systems in March 2006, Robert wrote specifications & documentation for software development. Duties included testing, customer feedback and ensuring the products met the needs of the civil engineering user base. He also developed training material for education both internally to Bentley and for outside organizations. He served as Product Manager for Utilities Products, including the new OpenRoads Subsurface Utilities Design and Analysis software. Robert also provided guidance and implementation services for new technologies.He is a frequent presenter and trainer at user conferences.


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