Wondering is there anyway to associate 1 alignment with a .VCL file containing multiple surfaces. Our cofferdam design features multiple filter/material surfaces that all follow the same alignment. With lots of features and grade breaks it is important for the field crews to have access to the cross sections which I believe are only available in .PRO format so I need to recreate every single design (100+) as a .PRO. If I could utilize the cross section functionality of a .PRO within the .VCL file format allowing me to see the section of any selected design based on 1 alignment added to to the .VCL that would be awesome.
Any help greatly appreciated.
The VCL will allow you to export a number of surfaces plus a single HAL - you can only do that using the VCL export from the Export command. When you load that in Siteworks you can select the surface you want to work with and the alignment can be selected graphically and you will get Station Offset and Elevation to the surface, however unless the surface is defined as a corridor model you cannot get the cross section view for the model yet in Siteworks.
If you create a corridor model from the surface using a surface instruction you shoukd be able to get the cross secrion view up - but unless it is defined as a corridor set of node instructions I don't think you will get any node features in the sections.
I will post more on this tomorrow as ut is a good question as to how to get the best out of this type of info
Be aware that VCL files will carry all dependent objects data so that the model can be recreated downstream - that means surfaces carry all the lines and points that maKe up the surface and if a surface tie is made that reference es the existing then the existing will be taken also - so the files can get large if you aren't careful.
From my understanding Siteworks will only give you cross section view when the source surface is a corridor surface model. If it is a surface that is an alignment based surface or a surface only and an alignment you will not get the section view. I also don't believe that a surface made of breaklines that is added to a corridornas a surface instruction will give you the breakline nodes as named nodes - you will only get named nodes when the corridor has node instructions in the template.
If you want to share the data with me I can experiment with it to give you the best result
Thank you for the reply Alan. I will email you the data right away. I was hoping to be able to see the cross sections without having to recreate each design as a corridor as I would never be able to keep up with the constant revisions & updates. It would be great if the functionality could be added for regular surfaces just like the surface slicer in TBC but bind it to the alignment ensuring the cross section is always perpendicular to the alignment itself.
Rory and I traded a few emails on this today - here is the content of the emails that I sent him after reviewing the model data and the best approach to take.