Supplemental Resources: Cross Sections

Cross Sections - Creating Cross Sections

Historically, proposed cross sections were created using criteria, after the existing ground sections were cut from a TIN file utilizing the Draw Cross Sections from Surfaces tool.  The Corridor Modeling method does not automatically draw the proposed cross sections into a CAD file like the criteria method.

The Draw Cross Sections from Surfaces tool is used to draw both the existing ground surface and proposed cross sections into the CAD file at the same time.

NOTE:  This tool is an enhanced version of the tool included previously in GEOPAK.  A new feature of the tool is support for a DTM created by Roadway Designer.

Proposed cross sections created from a Roadway Designer DTM include all template components (pavement layers, shoulders, sidewalk, tie slopes, etc.).

Draw Cross Sections from Surfaces

Accessing the Dialog

The dialog is invoked via the GEOPAK Road tools or menus as always, but for convenience it can also be invoked by clicking the Draw Cross Sections from Surfaces icon on the Corridor Modeling dialog.  The tool works exactly the same no matter where it is accessed from.


The prerequisites for generating cross‐sections utilizing digital terrain modeling are:

Each surface to be drawn must be added to the list box.  This is accomplished via the action/edit buttons on the right side of the dialog.  Each surface draws a cross section line or line string.  When the list box is populated, clicking Draw in the upper right corner commences the processing.

Cross Section Symbology

Existing ground symbology is controlled from “By Level Symbology” or “By Feature”.

Proposed cross section symbology is controlled by Roadway Designer.  The same symbology that is used in Roadway Designer to display the design template will also be used to draw the proposed cross sections.  Symbology must be set in the Draw Cross Sections from Surfaces dialog, but that setting will be ignored when the cross sections are processed.

Cross Section point symbology is controlled by the active MicroStation settings when the cross sections are processed.

Three action/edit icons are located on the right side of the dialog.

Cross Section Cell

Location of the cross section data for each pattern to be drawn into the CAD file.  The cross section cells are created when cross sections are processed.  The cross section cell provides the following reference information about a given cross section:

All labeling, sheet layout and other cross section‐related software references these cross section cells.  Additional cross sections drawn into the same design file will be placed in the far right column above the last cross section previously drawn.  If the cross sections are out of numerical sequence, they will be "sorted" into order when sheet layout is utilized.

The cross section cells are drawn into the user‐defined CAD file.  The cells are drawn from bottom to top in columns containing approximately twenty cells per column.  By default, GEOPAK spaces cross section cells every 500 master units vertically and every 1000 master units horizontally.

Viewing Cross Sections

Cross Section Navigator

Since GEOPAK Cross Sections are created in a column format on cross section cells, a special viewing tool is needed.  This tool is known as the Cross Section Navigator.  The Cross Section Navigator provides a quick and simple method of scanning through cross sections or locating specific sections.

Accessing the Cross Section Navigator

To access the Cross Section Navigator, select Applications > GEOPAK > ROAD > Cross Sections > Navigator or click the Cross Section Navigator icon.  The Cross Section Navigator also provides several tools that can be used to draw cross section lines and set active angles.  These tools will not be discussed.  For more information on these and other tools, see the online HELP.

Viewing Options

The preferred methods for viewing cross sections are the Scrolling Buttons and the Available Stations List.

Scrolling Buttons

The Scrolling Buttons enable the user to quickly scan both forwards and backwards within the cross section range. The single arrows move forward (>) or backward (<) one section each time the button is pressed. The double arrows move to the first section (<<) or last section (>>). The navigation maintains the same relative positioning and window size. The Reset Navigator (center button on the dialog) returns the user to the first section, and the entire section is placed on the screen. Therefore, the relative window is not maintained.

Available Sections List

The Available Stations List is utilized to view cross sections at specific stations or scroll through a series of cross sections.

Cross Section Labeler - Labeling Cross Sections

Cross Section Labeling automates the composition and placement of plan labels onto cross sections. The Cross Section Labeler dialog allows you to define where to place labels. Many options are available for placing proposed feature labels, existing feature labels and labels for right-of-way features. Subgrade offset and elevation labels can also be placed.

When you have defined the labels using the Cross Section Labeler dialog, click Place Cross Section Labels. The software draws the labels for all selected points on the cross sections starting from the station defined as Begin Station to the station defined as the End Station.

To access the Cross Section Labeler, open Corridor Modeler. and select the icon as shown below:

Corridor Modeler

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