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'One or more target heights missing from file' Alert when opening an FWD
3D Alignment Location Different than 2D Alignment
AASHTO 2011 SUP files for InRoads SS2
Add Custom TIW to Files of Type
Add Horizontal PI Command Only Allows One Input
Add TIW to the Import Survey Data Dropdown Menu
Add User Data Fields to Drainage Database (*.sdb)
Add Window Clearance in Cross Sections
Add-ins for SELECTseries 3
Additional Cross Sections Displayed in Custom Cross Sections
Adjust Grid in Plan & Profile Generator
ALG Access Control in ProjectWise
Alignments are Locked
All Horizontal elements start with a station value of 0 from LandXML Import
Alphanumeric Cogo Points
Annotate Bottom of Manhole Using Place Profile Note
Annotate Cogo Point Name
Annotate COGO Points Inside a Fence
Annotate Cross Section - Only Display Positive Slopes
Annotate Station Offset of Survey Points
Annotating Left and Right EOP
Apply Button Greyed Out in Edit Style Dialog
Applying elevations to 2D graphics
Are edits made with the Change Triangle Edge command permanent?
Assign Function Key to Open InRoads
Associate a DGN with InRoads in ProjectWise
Build Extended Descriptions is not working
Can you import modified components from cross sections into a Surface?
Cannot Load IRD File
Cannot Select 'From' and 'To' Drainage Structures for a Drainage Profile
Change Alignment Direction
Change Alignment POB
Change Cogo Point Style
Change Curve Definition
Change Precision/Format in Bentley Civil Report Browser
Change Stationing of Vertical Alignment Only
Change Tracking Precision For Latitude and Longitude
Changing Degree of Curve versus Radius
Check Integrity is Greyed Out
Civil 3D Data to InRoads
Clearance Report on Alignments, Cogo Points, and Features
Clipped Components Not Displayed in Cross Sections
Close and Report on Survey Closure
Combine Existing and Proposed Surface
Combine Geometry Projects (Alignments and Cogo Points)
Component Display in Cross Sections
Confirmation of AutoCAD Compatibility
Contour Labels Will Not Display
Contract and Expand Options for Explorer Windows
Control Cells with Bylevel Symbology
Control the Display of Cogo Points when Placing Points
Convert Previous Version Preference Files to XIN
Convert Survey Data Units
Converting InRoads DTM to different Civil Software surface formats
Copy Corridor From One IRD into Another IRD
Copy Preferences from One XIN to Another
Create a Surface DTM from Graphics Drawn in a Cross Section
Create Alignment by COGO Points Symbology
Create an InRoads DTM from Google Earth
Create Best Fit Alignment Along Surface
Create Cogo Points from Control Points
Create COGO Points with Same Point Name as Alignment Points.
Create Drainage Network at Offset from Existing Network
Create Surface Dialog Box appears automatically when selecting commands.
Create Template from Graphics
Create/Edit Alignment by Cogo Points - Point Name Not Found
Creating Associations to GEOPAK and InRoads in ProjectWise
Creating Breaklines from CSV data
Creating New COGO Points - Unable to Datapoint to Desired Location
Cross Section option is missing in SS2
Cross Sections Not Recognized
Cross Sections Will Not Stack
Current Working Units
Curve Automatically Placed When Using Add Vertical PI /Insert Vertical PI
Customize Files of Type in Data Acquisition Load File
Cut and Fill Volumes Reported as Zero in Roadway Designer
Data Acquisition Surface File Formats
Default Grid Factor in Project Defaults Rounding to 1
Define Origin of Elevation as a Decimal
Define Text Symbology for Survey Graphics
Deflection Angle Report
Delete All Superelevation
Deleting JPEG from Design File
Design Calculator Not Available
Determine Volume Between DTM and GSF Files
Difference between Grate and Median Drop Inlets
Difference Between Template Origin & Dynamic Origin
Difference Between TIN Filter and TILE Filter
Different End Area Volume When Using Station Equation
Different Results Annotating Points in Cross Section
Differentiate Cut and Fill Slopes
Display Drainage Pipes in 3D
Display Existing Ground in Roadway Designer as Dashed Line
Display features from the DTM
Display Features Within Elevation Range
Display Filled Component Shape when Running End Area Volumes Annotation
Display Line in Plan View Representing Cross Section
Display Manholes as Cones
Display Multiple Vertical Alignments
Display Only Cut/Fill Features Created in Roadway Designer
Display Rights of Way In Cross Sections
Display Survey Points
Display Vertical Alignment in Profile with No Surface
Displaying Horizontal Annotation with Dual Dimensions
Distance Between Alignments
Drafting Note Placement Mode
Drainage Structure Not Placed in Correct Location
Draw Cell to Z=0
DTM Created from LandXML Produces Contours Different from Original
DTM File Size
Duplicate Alignment Name message when running Multicenter Curve command.
Edit Horizontal & Vertical Alignment Stationing
Edit Station Equation Vertical Options
Edit Transition Point
Edit Vertical Alignment Outside of InRoads
End Area Volumes Area Does Not Match MicroStation Area
End Condition Exceptions List
End Condition Exceptions Not Populated
Error Message: "Document is checked out by another user. You cannot check in or free documents that are checked out by another user."
Error Message: "Invalid DEM file '<path to file>'. Only 7.5 minute data accepted."
Error Message: "Invalid Radius"
Error Message: "The DTM File version is incompatible with the current software" OR "Invalid file type"
Error Message: Invalid Cogo Description
Error Message: The command is unavailable because the cogo buffer has read-only access.
Error: From and To Drainage Structures are not in the Same Drainage Network
Export *.ASC and *.SOE Files
Export COGO Points
Export Cross Section Tab Missing from the LandXML Translator
Export InRoads SDB file to SHP
Exporting Component Description to XML Report
Exporting to Trimble Format
Feature is Not Being Created for Template Point
Field Book Entry in Bold Type
Fill Color-Coded Elevations Triangles
Filled Shape Display in Template
Filter Button is Grayed Out in Dialog Boxes
Function Key to Open InRoads is not Working
Geometry from Graphics
Graphic Elements Disappear
HGL is not continuous
Horizontal Alignment Closure Report
How are End Area Volumes Calculated in InRoads?
How do I Interface with Micro Drainage from Storm & Sanitary?
How do you remove unwanted elements from the cross section view?
How do you set Window Clearance parameters in Plan and Profile Generator?
How long does Bentley “officially” support a product?
How to Completely Erase Superelevation?
How to Import Carlson Raw Data Files
How to Import Leica into InRoads Survey
I Cannot Add Styles For Survey Points
Import ASCII Cross Section Data into InRoads
Import ESRI grid file
Import LandXML Surface Using Data Acquistion
Import SDMS Survey Data
Improve Surface Processing Speed
Include Null Points in Surface
Incorrect Spread Calculation for Sump Inlets
Inlets are Randomly Displayed
InRoads - Import Survey Data error "Failed to Import"
InRoads - View Stationing Preferences between XM to V8i
InRoads and Activate Map
InRoads Cross Section Set Names Appear as Chinese Letters
InRoads Import Caice .LHZ Files
InRoads on AutoCAd - 64bit Operating System?
InRoads on Microstation SS2 & SS3 on same machine
InRoads SELECT series 2 upgrade to SELECT series 3
InRoads SS3 on AutoCAD
InRoads Suite / Rail Track Multiple Installation
InRoads Suite Product Comparison
InRoads V8i Compatibility with AutoCAD on Windows 64 bit Operating System
InRoads will not Start
InRoads with AECOsim build of MicroStation
Insert Delta (Δ) Symbol as Prefix
Insert PI Along a Tangent Maintaining Exact Bearings
Installation error message: Fault in the command lin of this page
IRD and ITL Multi-user Capability with ProjectWise
Launching InRoads from Projectwise causes a ProjectWise Log in dialog before the DGN wil load
Launching Specific InRoads Products
License Usage is Reported for Products That Are Not Being Used
Licensed Product Will Not Activate
Material Volume Not Displayed in Volume Report
MicroStation Key-In values for InRoads commands
Missing InRoads Explorer
Move offsets in profile to above and below the centerline
No Applications Menu in MicroStation when opening a DGN
No Applications Menu When Double-Clicking DGN to Open
No Roadway Designer in InRoads SELECTseries 2
Object Snaps Not Working in AutoCAD
Omit Station Equation Name in Drafting Notes
Opening SDB Error Message: "Unsupported database version."
Order of Installation for InRoads/MicroStation
Parametric Constraint Labels are not Recognized
Partially Deleting a Feature
PI Annotation around Vertical Curve
Place Line by Station and Offset
Place Profile Note Terminators
Plan and Profile Cumulative Station
Plan only Sheets with Plan & Profile Generator
Preferences, Style Manager, Symbology Manager, XML Reports are All Blank
Profile Displays Incorrect Elevations of Offset Surface
Profile Offset Elevations
Profile Range within Plan and Profile Generator
Profile Slope, Changing Ratio to Percentage
Profiles and Cross Sections in DWG Mode Are Not Recognized
Profiles Cutting Off in Plan & Profile Generator
ProjectWise File Check-in
ProjectWise Integration with RailTrack/InRoads
Random Drainage Structures
Remove Entries from "Files of Type" In File>Import>Survey Data
Remove User Data Command
Rename COGO Points
Rename Cogo Points With an Equation to Maintain number Differences
Rename Horizontal Alignment Point Name
Report on Station of Alignment A and Elevations of Alignment B.
Report Station and Offset for Cogo Points but include Elevations from the Surface
Results are Reporting Arc Lengths Instead of Chord Lengths
Reverse Transition Command
Right Pane Empty in Data Acquisition Category in Design File Settings
Roadway Designer - Missing Alignments
Roadway Designer Report
Roadway Designer Surface Limits
RWK - Difference Between Add & Update
Same Preference, Different Angle Readout Results
Save ALG to previous version
Set Default Location of Style Sheets (*.xsl)
Set Default XIN File
Set Elevation Command Error Message: "Status Not Changed"
Set Elevation Command: Unable to Select Graphics
Set Linear Feature Stroking Tolerance for Surface Creation in Data Acquisition
Set Precision for Elevations Displayed in View Survey Data
Silent Install of SS2 Update 1 (08.11.07.566)
Site Modeler is Missing from Menu
Slope Along Existing Surface
Specify Start Station for Drainage Profile
Station Equation Alpha Character
Station Equations error: "Duplicate ahead station"
Station-Base Vs. Station-Offset
Stationing Format in Report
Styles are not Available when Creating Templates
Superelevation Points Not Available in Pulldown List
Surface Annotation - Angle Relative to Object not honored
Surface from Cross Sections
Surface Line Not Displayed in Cross Section
Surface Size Limits (DTM) - 'Failed Allocating Memory' Error
Survey FWD is not loading information into the InRoads Fieldbook
Survey Import of custom CSV format is not working
Survey Planimetrics are not being Displayed
Symbology for Active Horizontal Alignment
Target Specific Elevation in Template
Template Features from XIN are not Loading.
Terrain Model Edits
Text Is Missing From Plan When Adding Horizontal Event Points
Toolbar Icons are Incorrect
Transfer Data from AutoCad to InRoads
Translate GEOPAK SMD file to InRoads XIN File
Transparent Dialog Boxes
Triangles Do Not Disappear with Delete Triangles Command
Try again, unable to lock file – error message
Tunnel Surface command
Two Surfaces Represented in One Surface
Unable to Access Overlay Tools
Unable to Add Multiple PIs
Unable to Annotate Circular Pipe Widths
Unable to Annotate Segments in Cross Sections
Unable to Annotate Width of Circular Pipes
Unable to Change the Number of Views in Plan and Profile Generator
Unable to Choose Cell in Point Symbology
Unable to do a Product Add-in into an InRoads product
Unable to Free Locked Alignment and/or Cogo Buffer
Unable to Load DBA (*.dba) File in InRoads
Unable to Place Place Note with Structure ID/Invert Elevation
Unable to Save Preferences
Unable to Select Planimetrics in the DGN
Unable to Select Reference Line in Generate Longitudinal Feature Command
Unable to Select Surfaces When Creating Cross Sections/Profiles
Uninstall the 08.11.07.566 Update
Unit and Format Items Greyed Out
Updating Changes in Template Library in Roadway Designer
Vertical Curve Set - PI Placement at Precise Values
Vertical Design Checks
Vertical Lines in Cross Sections
Video: InRoads Bridge Functionality
Video: InRoads Horizontal Regression Analysis
Video: InRoads Lot Layout Commands
Video: InRoads Vertical Regression Analysis
Video: Survey Data to Drainage Overview
View Contours Dialog Box is Not Displayed
View Geometry > Active Vertical updates ALL profiles with the active Vertical Alignment..
View Horizontal Annotation: XML Report is Not Created When Using Tabling
View Surface Elevations with Different Colors
What Does "-1" Indicate in XIN File?
What is a K Value?
What is the Difference in Importing BM’s as Cogo Points vs Random Points?
What Products are Included in the Bentley InRoads Suite V8i download?
When Translating a Surface to LandXML, Deleted Triangles are Retained
Where are Affixes Set for Annotation?
Where are the Horizontal and Vertical Element Tools?
Where are the units defined for XML Reports?
Where is Site Modeler in InRoads SS2?
Where is the dialog for the Vertical Curve Set commands?
Where is the End Area Volumes command?
Where is the precision set for XML Reports?
Where is the Update Cross Section Command?
Where is the Variable Manager command?
Where to find curve widening tables (*.wid)
Where to Set Preferred Preference
Which Version of Microsoft Access is Recommended for Editing an SDB?
Window Clearance Parameters in Plan & Profile Generator
XML Report of Station/Offset of Cogo Points
XML Volume Report Does Not Display Road Material Volume
LandXML Translator - Enable Cross Section
Profiles, Cross Sections & Volumes
Video: Export Alignment Points to Cogo
XIN is Blank - Preferences and Styles Lists are Empty
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Create an InRoads DTM from Google Earth
Bentley InRoads Suite
Chris Key, Bentley Technical Support Group
How can I create a DTM in InRoads from a Google Earth Terrain?
Load Google Earth and zoom to the terrain view you wish to use as an InRoads DTM.
Load Microstation and InRoads V8i.
Set the Coordinate System of the design file (Tools > Geographic >
Select Geographic Coordinate System)
Capture the Image (Tools > Geographic >
Capture Google Earth Image - datapoint)
Follow Google Earth View (Tools > Geographic >
Follow Google Earth View)
This displays a wireframe of the terrain, to get an image we need to change the display to a smooth style. (Settings > View Attributes > Display Style = Smooth)
To get the image in color, you need to go back to Google Earth and Save the Image (it can be saved to the same name). Then save the settings of the Design File (File > Save Settings), close the DGN and re-open it. The image should now be in color.
Set the view back to a Wireframe display (Settings > View Attributes > Display Style = Wireframe)
InRoads V8i has the ability to import the wireframe as a surface from graphics. (InRoads - File > Import > Surface) One thing to note is Google Earth being a free product, limits the information you can bring from the terrain, therefore you will only get 121 points which isn’t very precise if working with a larger site. NOTE: This can be done multiple times in different areas, imported into the same surface to get a DTM that is a little more precise.
You can now display InRoads DTM Triangles, contours and surface properties to the elevations were pulled from the image.
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