How to show 3D lines/objects in OpenRoads Profile?

How can you view 3D elements in the profile view for OpenRoads?

What I'm trying to accomplish is when we create our profiles, we need to know where cross drainage features are and their size/height, etc. etc. With the Geopak Classic method, this isn't an issue because you draw the culverts into the design model normally and draw your profile around this. However, with the dynamic nature of OpenRoads this isn't as clear cut. If I draw a 3D box for a culvert, the culvert is shown in the cross section view as expected (and hoped), however, it isn't displayed in the profile. How can we reference information into the profile for designing the profiles?

  • I wish we could attach reference files to profile views or as you wrote draw culverts, bridges, geology subsurfaces, etc in profile view. It is realy cumbersome to designe your profile without that information. Displaying crossing features of 3D objects it is not enough. Simple example. to import previously designed profiles from graphic I need to use old InRoads tools.

    What are OpenRoads development plans for profile designing? I am sure there are some.



  • The only objects that can be shown in the profile model as crossing features are geomteric (3d or horizontal geometry with active vertical alignment) lines which have an assigned feature definition and an element template with crossing point defined.  Nothing else will disply in this view.

    Adam, for your simple example, if you have a profile window developed using legacy profile tools you can copy/paste graphics from this profile into the profile model of OpenRoads.  You just need a common point of reference (i.e. lower left corner of the profile window) to use as the copy/paste origin.


  • Marc,

    Thanks for your tip. Just need to remember about profile exaggeration. We need to ensure that graphic scale is not exaggerated prior to copy/paste operation. It works fine.


  • Can you give more detailed direction for this - to show additional 3D information in the OpenRoads profiles? I have an element template for a ditch centerline.

    1. What in the element template needs to be set?

    2. What specifically needs to be set in the feature definition?

    I'm using Geopak SS3 and Microstation SS3

  • Exactly my dilemma in designing a sheet piling wall along a river. My profiles need to show the wall, almost as if it were an elevation view, or at least projected into the profile; our local Dept of Environmental Protection requires this. The best I can do now (but I may be missing something) is to do a model "cut" along the profile, but that only picks up the object(s) that actually intersect the profile; the Z–fold sheet pilings only follow along their back planes, so there are "missing" gaps all along the profile. I then have to go to my corresponding profile drawing models and hand draft all the connecting pieces —needless to say, a major pain and all lost when the alignment shifts.

    So I for one am eager for this to get further developed.