Creating User-Defined Profile Settings

Applies To 
Product(s): SewerCAD, StormCAD, SewerGEMS
Version(s): CONNECT Edition, V8i SELECTseries 2 or later
Area:  Output and Reporting
Original Author: Scott Kampa, Bentley Technical Support Group


This TechNote will detail the steps needed to create a user-defined profile settings, including default annotations and annotation properties in the Engineering profile.


Between the upgrade from Bentley StormCAD and SewerCAD version 5.6 to the current build (V8i), a number of changes were made to the Profile feature within the product. The biggest change was with the layout of the profile. StormCAD V8i and SewerCAD V8i offer two different methods of profiling a system: the standard profile introduced with V8 XM and the engineering profile similar to the profiles available in version 5.6. However, during the conversion to V8 XM, the ability for the user to create custom default annotations was lost. As of a recent release of StormCAD V8i and SewerCAD V8i, this feature is now available in the engineering profile. It is also available in SewerGEMS and SewerGEMS Sanitary.

Creating Custom Default Annotation Property Settings

Bentley StormCAD V8i and Bentley SewerCAD V8i have a default setting for the link and node annotation property settings in the Engineering Profile. However, it is now possible for a user to create custom annotation property settings. Please note that the default settings that come with the product will be used unless overridden by the steps that follow.

To create a custom default annotation property for a node, right-click on the label for a manhole or catch basin and select "Annotation Properties..." This will open the Annotation Properties manager. This is where changes to the justification and rotation of the label, as well as additions of lead lines and arrows, are made. In the lower left of the manager is a checkbox that says "Save as Default."


Selecting this will save the settings as the default setting. After checking the box and selecting "Okay," the user will get a prompt that says "Would you like to apply these new default settings to all existing Node Annotations?" Selecting "Yes" will set the default.


Note that this step is cannot be undone. Also, changes to the conduits or channels (or links) must be made separately. Right-clicking on the link label in the engineering profile will open the Link Annotation Properties managers.

Once the default settings for the profile are set, this will now apply to the current profile as well as any profiles created later. Existing profiles can be easily updated to reflect the new default settings. This is done by right-clicking on the link or node annotation in the profile and selecting "Reset All Link/Node Annotation Properties to Default."


Note: this must be done separately for the link and node annotations.

Creating Custom Default Definition Settings

In addition to changing the default annotation properties, additional functionality has been added so the custom defaults can be applied to all future projects on a given workstation. In doing this the annotation definitions set up in the Task Pane for all elements will then be applied to all future profiles. The annotation definitions for already existing profiles will not be changed.

In order to create the custom default definition settings, first set the annotation definitions in the Task Pane for the individual elements.



Next, select the Tools icon and select "Save Annotation Definition Settings as Default." These annotation definition settings will then be saved as the default settings.

Note: This step cannot be undone.



If you wish to move these settings from one machine to another, you will need to copy the XML files that are created during the process. Browse to the following file path:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\(user name)\Local Settings\Application Data\Bentley\StormCAD\8\

Windows 7: C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Local\Bentley\StormCAD\8

Copy the following files: EngineeringProfileAnnotationDefinitionDefaults.xml, EngineeringProfileLinkAnnotationPropertyDefaults.xml, and EngineeringProfileNodeAnnotationPropertyDefaults.xml

Note that the last two listed above are only applicable in you have "Saved as Default" for the link and node elements, respectively. If you only save new defaults for the node element, for instance, only EngineeringProfileNodeAnnotationPropertyDefaults.xml will be created.

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