OpenSite Designer

Profile Line to Element

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

You can access this tool from the following:

  • Ribbon: Geometry > Vertical > Line split button

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

  1. Select the Profile Line to 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 Line to Element dialog opens.

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

  2. When prompted to "Locate Reference Profile", move the cursor to the element to which you wish to draw a line then data point on it.

  3. Establish the Vertical Offset with one of the following methods:
    • Key in the desired distance and strike the Enter key to lock then data point to accept.

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

  4. Establish the Delta Slope or Length; choose between the two by striking the left or right arrow keys to toggle between them.

    • Key in the desired distance and strike the Enter key to lock then data point to accept.

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

  5. 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.

Use of ALT key

During the operation of the command, the ALT key can be used to switch between alternate solutions. When Delta Slope is locked, pressing the ALT key switches between the two alternates.

Dialog Customization

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

Manipulators

Manipulators are available for:

  • Station of endpoint

  • Elevation of endpoint

  • Drag a grip to dynamically adjust end point location

  • A manipulator is available for Offset so long as the value is not zero.

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

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