OpenSite Designer

Profile Line from Element

Used to construct a profile line, at a delta slope, from a reference element to a designated location.

You can access this tool from the following:

  • Ribbon: Geometry > Vertical > Lines split button

Use the Profile Line from Element command to construct a profile line, at a delta slope, from a reference element to a designated location.

  1. Select the Profile Line from Element icon.

    Note: If your View isn't in Profile mode, a message will indicate that you need to Open Profile Model.
    • The Place Profile Line 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 Profile View, it is equipped with a command prompt requesting that you "Locate Reference Profile", so move the cursor to the element from which you wish to draw a line then data point, example, left-click on it.
  3. Establish the Vertical Offset with one of the following methods:
    • Key in the desired distance then data point.

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

  4. Identify the Start Point along the offset line at the location where the profile line should cross.
  5. To establish the Delta Slope or Length, strike the left or right arrow keys to toggle between them then perform one of the following:
    • Key in the desired value then data point.

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

  6. To trim the element at the intersection with the Profile line or to extend the element to intersect with the Profile line, strike the up or down arrow keys to choose a Trim/Extend option.

Dialog Customization

Right-click on the Place Profile Line from Element dialog to customize it for specific tasks or to personal preference.

Manipulators

Manipulators are available for:

  • Offset from base element (not shown here)

  • Delta Slope

  • Length

  • Drag a grip to dynamically adjust start and end distance

Properties

To View the new element's properties, equip the Element Selection tool.

Select the element in the View then let the cursor hover over the selected element. Click the Properties icon to access rule data for the chosen element.

Custom Tool

These pre-customized versions provide a simplified prompt sequence for many common construction tools. Right-click on the Profile Line from Element icon then choose Show/Hide Arc from Element Tools to access the following option:

  • Tangent Profile Line from Element - Creates a profile line from another element at zero deflection, applicable only when the From element is a profile curve, Offset locked at zero