2D Templates: Decks, Beams, Columns, and Barriers
These template types are drawn as 2D shapes which can then be used along the length of the bridge or pier column.
Template Drawing Rules
- Deck, beam, and barrier templates are assumed vertical (i.e., plane parallel to the global Z axis of a model)
- All lines should close to form complete geometric shapes.
- The working point (WP) should be used as the reference point. It does not necessarily need to be the top-center of the shape, but this is typical.
- There is no need to draw any chamfered or filleted corners, as these are parametrically controlled in the template properties.
Limitations on Column Templates
- Cross sections cannot be extruded from on to another (i.e, no lofting)
- Each length of a column in a variable type can only have one column cross-section template with a specified thickness.
- User-defined columns can be transferred to RM Bridge, but not to LEAP Bridge Concrete or LEAP Bridge Steel.
- Column templates cannot vary (as with decks).