I recently completed a task that took advantage of COGO points in Power InRoads Ss2. I have found a myriad of traditional and non-traditional uses for COGO Points over the years.
Over time, as I understand it, Open Roads will incorporate more and more of the native Civil/Site tools until at some point, there will only be Open Roads. Will Points in Open Roads have all of the capabilities of COGO Points in the native tools?
Believe it or not, we still find uses for ICS input files. And I recently needed to filter my points with an XML Report based upon a Fence. Will these continue to be available?
I guess, if there were no plans for this, I'd like to make a motion that the capabilities of traditional COGO and the native XML Reports are carried forward into Open Roads. Please feel free to second the motion if you agree.
Robert GarrettSenior Product EngineerBentley Systems Inc.
Absolutely AGREE.....I used cogo point for designing special ditches. I know end conditions can solve what I am about to explain but here goes. This solution reverts back to the days when we were using decision tables....V8.1 - V8.5. 1.) I would run the modeler and create cross-sections 2.) Using Microstation tools (line by active angle) I would create lines to represent my ditch bottoms. I had created settings groups for active angles to relate to the slopes that I wanted to create. 3.) Once the ditch bottoms were created, I used the drafting tools to find the ditch bottom, station, offset and elevations. 4.) Then I would store cogo points in a 3d file and chain up the points. (I suppose you could have wrote a TIW, but keying them and storing for me was quicker) 5.) Import the linework as a Horizontal and Vertical alignment. 6.) In the point controls I would target the ditch bottom alignment in the end condition. This has been my preferred method. I am sure there are other ones out there. But, this is one way that I have used cogo points. Another use that I had for them was for survey field edits. I would be given an ascii or text file and after some editing I used the TIW to store and display the points in a 3d file. I would then update the mapping DTM using these points. Very handy and useful command to make our life's simple in the design world.
User Since TDP in the 80's,
Vax based Unix Workstations - Interpro32,
from the Intergraph Corp.
Charles (Chuck) Rheault CADD Manager
MDOT State Highway Administration