OpenSite Designer

Profile Curve From Element

Used to construct a vertical curve between an existing element and a point you will designate.

You can access this tool from the following:

  • Ribbon: Geometry > Vertical > Curves split button

Use the Profile Curve from Element tool to construct a vertical curve between an existing element and a point you will designate.

  1. Select the Profile Curve from Element icon.

    Note: If your View isn't in Profile mode, an error message will indicate that you need to Open Profile Model.
    • The Place Profile Curve 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 curve then data point ( i.e., left-click) on it.

  3. Use one of the following methods to set the Vertical Offset:

    • 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.

  4. When prompted to choose an Start Point, so move the cursor to the point at which you wish the curve to originate then data point.

  5. Use one of the following methods to provide a "Vertical Curve Parameter" (navigate the options by striking the left or right arrow keys):

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

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

    • Enter a value for Vertical Curve Parameter and strike the Enter key then data point.

  6. When prompted to choose an End Point, so move the cursor to the point at which you wish the curve to terminate then data point.

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

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

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

  7. To trim the element at the intersection of the curves or to extend the new curve to intersect with the old, your Offest value must be zero. Strike the down arrow key to choose the Back option then strike the Enter key.

Vertical Curve Type

The option for curve type can be changed in the dialog or by pressing Shift key on keyboard. Supported curve types are:

  • Parabola - Symmetric Parabolic Curve
  • Circular - A simple curve defined by radius

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 Curve from Element icon then choose Show/Hide Arc from Element Tools to access the following option:

  • Parabola from Element - Creates a parabola from an element, Offset is locked at zero

  • Circular Curve from Element - Creates a simple profile radius from an element, Offset is locked at zero

Note: Customized versions are pre-configured to select parabola or curve types negating the need to use ALT key to cycle types.