The road network tool could get a rough profile started. If the profile were dropped by the desired pipe depth it could be used to annotate the pipe profile as well since we would want vertical curve data. The pipe offset would be zero from the reference surface in this scenario. This is what I was thinking anyway.
Good idea about setting the sample interval to the length of a piece of pipe Michael. We can get deflections angles and vertical curve data where needed.
Only Mathew can say if it will work for his scenario, but its certainly a "left field" idea thats plausible.
Your idea is this:
Create a Horizontal alignmnet along the proposed pipe path.
Create an existing surface profile along the path. Then design a profile along the path that approximately replicates the desired vertical geometry of the proposed pipe profile. (this is the tricky step of course...)
Then use the Horizontal and proposed vertical alignment to create a Site Modeler surface. Using Comp section with a left and right offset and zero slope would do this pretty quickly. There are other methods of creating the surface (as you are aware).
Then use this surface as the pipe reference surface in the Water/Sewer tools.
If the pipe length is used as the elevation interval when creating the pipe profile in Water/Sewer, then the elevations gained would be at the ends and the pipe deflection angles at each joint are immediately available through the Water>Edit Profile tool.
Very good idea!
I'm no expert on Power Civil or the water tools but I am wondering if this could be done by creating a COGO profile for the pipes. Once a profile is created it could be used to build a surface model. The pipes would then use that surface as a reference surface and would follow the desired vertical curves. The COGO profile could be used to annotate the curves.
Could this concept work with some tweaks?
Matthew - When you create the water line, set the profile interval to a value which matches the standard pipe length. Then when you create the profile you will only have vertices at joints. Then you can edit the vertices and in conjunction with Accudraw build in the max deflection angle at each joint.
I'm afraid that is about as good an answer as I can offer in GEOPAK Water/Sewer.
Robert GarrettSenior Product EngineerBentley Systems Inc.