I've started to really dig deep into the use of the Side Slope command. I think it's going in the right direction but its not 100% there yet. The circumstances i am currently using it are to build corridor type features on sites and in intersections. I also use it to quickly create multiple vertical offsets of final design linework to be used in subgrade surfaces. Currently if a side slope is added to a linestring, it runs the full length of the line from the pre-defined start station and if a second template (side slope) is added to that line they will overlap. Also, currently you can only use the Finish material in order to build your linestrings. The great ability of this command is for me to be able to build my multiple layers all at the same time.
The changes i would like to see are;
- As I am building multiple materials(subgrades) at the same time, I am currently copying linestrings out to a design layer for the final model. When copied out, if the "master line" is changed, the copied geometry is automatically deleted, and the original template created linestrings are updated on its source layer. I would like any copied out linework to lose the referenced definition and remain untouched regardless of changes to the template or master line.
- Remove the Side Slope Layer option and Line Layer option. As the material boxes do not currently work in the command (except "finish" to get linework), rather than associate the materials with a surface like corridors, associate the material with a layer. This could be as easy as under the corridors "material manager" adding a column for each material defining a layer. Then when the side slope command is run, it can use that base layer and create 2 additional variations of that layer (eg. Material Layer: Finish, Variations: Finish_SideSlopes & Finish_Breaklines. Once these are layer dependant, when you pick materials in the command, it will automatically create linework and on a layer specific to the material you are referencing.
- Similar to a past request of mine and others; please add template instruction grouping, saving and import and export
- Currently if you apply two templates to a master line (one at beginning and the other at the mid point), both templates will be created and starting at the midpoint, the first template will carry through as well, creating an overlap of linework. Similar to corridors, please add the ability to terminate an template with the creation of following template. That can include templates transitioning from one to another or even just the simple adding of a blank template. This would also allow for master lines to remain full length without the need to break for specific templates. At minimum, if multiple templates will not be allowed, then a template end station should be allowed as called out by Patrick;
- My last request is a little more in the weeds. Once you have sorted out the application of multiple materials in one side slope template, material above drop downs applied, allow for the ability to link a templates material cross sectional areas and the templates total lineal footage to be applied directly to a "New Site Improvement" under the "linear with cross-sectional area tab" under the MSI Manager.#
All in all, I'm pretty excited about the command and think it has the potential to reduce model prep and takeoff time.