OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition

Profile by Vertical Offset from Element

Used to define the profile of an element based on a vertical offset.

You can access this tool from the following:

  • Ribbon: Geometry > Vertical > Element Profiles split button

Use the Define Profile by Vertical Offset from Element tool to define the profile of an element based on a vertical offset. The results are similar to Profile by Variable Slope tool, except that, instead of transitioning two slopes, two vertical offsets are used.

  1. Select the Define Profile by Vertical Offset from Element icon.

    • The Define Profile by Vertical Offset from Element dialog opens.

    • Checking the box next to any of the fields locks in the associated value.

  2. When you move the cursor into the View, it is equipped with a command prompt requesting that you choose a "Slope Style", so navigate the options by striking the up or down arrow key then strike the Enter key.

  3. When prompted to "Locate Plan Element to Profile", data point, example, left-click on the element that you wish to give an elevation.

    Options for slope style are:

    • Constant - uses a constant fixed slope
    • Linear - slope transitions between a start and end value using a linear method
    • Reverse Biquadratic - slope transitions between a start and end value using a reverse biqudratic transition method
    • Reverse Cubic - slope transitions between a start and end value using a reverse cubic transition method
  4. When prompted to "Locate Reference Element", move the cursor to the element that will serve as a reference for the profile then data point.

  5. Use one of the following methods to set the Start Distance:

    • As you move the cursor, a value is displayed on the prompt. Data point at the desired value.

    • Enter a value and strike the Enter key then data point.

  6. Use one of the following methods to set the End Distance:

    • As you move the cursor, a value is displayed on the prompt. Data point at the desired value.

    • Enter a value and strike the Enter key then data point.

  7. When prompted to provide the desired Vertical Offset, enter the value and strike the Enter key.

Note: If the style is other than Constant, you will enter a start and end vertical offset.