Using the Explore Objects Command - Tip of the Week #13
There are many data review tools in TBC, from Properties, Spreadsheets, and the Project Explorer. But, did you know about the Explore Objects command?
When you explore objects, such as linestrings, alignments, or stored cross-sections, you can see geometric values from specific locations or stations, selectable in a graphic view.
For this tip, let’s look into the Explore Objects command for horizontal alignments.
With a roadway half defined with templates, as shown below, launch the Explore Objects command (available in the Corridor tab) and click a horizontal alignment. Move the cursor along the alignment and notice the magnet snap which displays the station and elevation along the horizontal alignment.
Click when you’ve gotten the desired station or enter the station value into the Station text box.
Horizontal Alignment Coordinate, Horizontal Segment, and Vertical components are listed at the station and offset along the alignment selected. In this example, the station is 3+83.25 and offset is -41.384 (negative offset is to the left of the alignment).
An additional application is to use the Reference Line to view information about an element, like a polyline in this example, relative to another, like a horizontal alignment, as shown.
Click when you’ve gotten the desired station or enter the station value into the Station text box, as before.
The Coordinate On Line, Horizontal Segment, and Reference Geometry information can be used for planning a cross-slope tie line, as in this example.
Give the Explore Objects command a try for linework (polylines, linestrings, polygons, breaklines, CAD lines, and sloping lines), horizontal and vertical alignments, and stored cross-sections.