Project Creation and The Project Manager

The Design process can be managed using GEOPAK's Road Project Manager with Working Alignments. Using the Project Manager (PM) allows the user to define and organize working drawings, elements, job number, and design data.  This allows data to be remembered and reloaded, thus saving time and gaining efficiencies buy avoiding retyping and having to remember redundant data.

The three basis step to create a project are;

Create Base DGN Files in ProjectWise

The Project Manager uses five base files for design data of a working alignment.
To start a new design project create five (5) base DGN files

The most efficient method is to create all five files in one operation.  In ProjectWise, open the working directory folder and then go to Document> New> Multiple Documents.  Enter the number documents to be created.  Select OK.
ProjectWise create multiple documents

Then Select Advance Wizard.

The Welcome to the Advance Document Creation Wizard dialog appears, Select Next.

The Select Target Folder dialog appears, typically State \Project\Development\CADD\Design\ is the target folder, confirm the destination folder, then Select Next.
Select target folder menu

Next, the Select Template Dialog appears. Choose Use ProjectWise document as a template and use the Select button to navigate to seed files.
Select template menu

Seed files are located in PW at \Documents\PW_ Resources\Bentley\MicroStation\Seed\ under the corresponding \English or \Metric folder.  Seed files are working unit specific.  Select the appropriate folder and unit specific seed file and then select Open. See Seed Files for more information.
Select target file menu

The Select Template dialog will have the template populated, then Select Next.

The Define Document Attributes dialog appears.  Fill in the Designer field and Units field, then Select Next.

The Define Secondary Document Attributes dialog appears, Select Next.

The Document Properties dialog appears. Use the naming convention to name the PW document and file.  It is important fro GEOPAK to have the PW name match the file name.
Best practice is to use the File Naming Convention when creating files and also use the description field to help manage files.
Document properties menu

The Create a Document dialog appears, Select Next.

The file is created and the Completing the Advanced Document Creation Wizard dialog appears, Select Finish.

The process automatically starts again four more times with the Welcome to the Advance Document Creation Wizard dialog, Select Next and the Define Document Attributes dialog appears.  Fill in the Designer field and Units field, then Select Next and the Document Properties dialog appears live the figure directly above.

The five DGN files created using this example scenario would be:


Shown here in PW
ProjectWise file window view

Create Project and GPK file using GEOPAK's Project Manger

The Project Manager is a best practice tool to manage design files and runs.  Runs allow for automated design functions.
Steps to utilizing the Project Manger are:

Create a Project

Open one of the newly created DGN files and Select the Project Manager
Project Manager icon

Go to Directory > Current Working Directory.  This used the current directory as the working directory.
A best practice is to establish the current working directory as the working directory (even in PW).
This ensures you are looking for Project manager file in the proper location.
Project Manager open project menu

Go to Projects > New
Project Manager, new project command

Create a short and concise project Name
Do not use Working Directory
Enter a gpk job number or select a GPK file that has already been created. Use only three alpha numeric characters.
Enter a good project description, preferably the official Project Name and Number
Select Preference
Create new project menu

English Setting for User Preferences. Select Feature Preference and COGO Preferences
User Preferences menu, US Customary

Metric Settings for User Preferences. Select Feature Preference and COGO Preferences
User Preferences menu, Metric

Feature Preferences.  The Feature Database file (smd) used is WFL_Survey.smd. To load proper file select the spyglass and navigate to ProjectWise path; Documents\PW_Resources\Bentley\GEOPAK\SMD\WFL_Survey.smd. Scale must be set to 1.0
User Preferences, Feature Preferences menu

COGO Preferences
COGO Preferences menu

Select OK under Create New Project. This creates the GPK file in the PW Production Folder (C:\drive).
Make note of the Folder name and location you will need to move the Jobxxx.gpk file from this directory to your PW working directory.
Select OK to create GPK file
GPK file creation alert

A project has been created.  Note the creation and use of critical files such as the project file (.prj) and the Job Number file(.gpk).
Select the Project and then OK
Project Manager open project menu

The Project Users menu appears.  Go to Users > New
Project User select menu

Enter user data, then Select OK
New User data menu

Select No to password
User password menu

Select user, then selct OK
Project Users select menu

The Project Manager main menu will appear.  Note the project data appears on the menu palate.
A Working Alignment will need to be Created then DefinedPress Select
Project Manager main menu

Cerate a Working Alignment.  The working alignment basically is the five (5) base files and their defined elements.
Select Working Alingment menu

Give the Working Alignment a meaningfully name. Such as road oad name, number, and alternative description, then select OK
Working Alignments can be use for alternatives and nearby alignment such as intersections
Working alingment, New Run Name menu

Select the new Working Alignment and OK
Select Working Alingment run menu

Working Alignment had been created.
Next select Define to define working alinment files and objects. The "Working Alignment Influence Runs" box is checked by default and should be checked. The influence runs allows the working alignment definition to be preloaded into the runs.
Project Manager working alingment field

The Working Alignment definitions will be the five base files that were created.
All the design data is not defined at this point. Updated the Working Alignment definition as your design progresses.

Plan View definitions or HA file
Working Alingment Definition menu

Pattern File definitions or PAT file. The data shown is considered search criteria except...
The Placement box.  This will auto-load the placement data when placing Pattern lines in the design steps to follow.
Working Alingment Definition overview

Shapes definition or SHP file. Standard and Best practices is to use a DGN file containing the superelevation shape.
Working Alingment Definition shape field

Profile definitions or VA file. Again, update the working alignment definition as data is produced.
In the case below once a Existing ground profile and and design Profile is defined, an update would be necessary.
Working Alingment Definition profile view field

The Profile Location is used fro the Port Viewer.  Update this information if the Port viewer will be used.
Working Alingment Definition profile location field

The Cross Section view or the XS file.
Working Alingment Definition cross section view field

Cross Section, exiting ground definitions.The data shown is considered search criteria except...
The Placement box.  This will auto-load the placement data when placing Existing Ground Cross Section lines in the design steps to follow.  
Working Alingment Definition existing ground field

Proposed Finish grade is not necessary, but will help when notes when staking notes are developed. A simple sample is below.
Working Alingment Definition proposed finished grade field

DTM definitions can be useful whenever a tin is required during the design process. This will allow for automated definitions.
The tin should always reside in the \Project\Mapping\Active_ Data\Design\ folder or...
Corridor_ Data\Survey_and_ Mapping\Active_ Data\Design\ folder.
Working Alingment Definition DTM field

Press OK after all data has been entered in the Working Alignment Definitions menu.
Then exist from the Project Manger.
Prokect Manager exit command

Close the current DGN and check in all documents in ProjectWise using the Local Document Organizer.
Note the files that have been checked out and created while configuring and using the Project Manager. These files will be managed in PW by Project Manager.
A best practice is to fro the user to check in all files when done for the day or update server copy to work on file the next day.  Weekly if not daily check in are requires to maintain file backups.

Check in all files. Note the lack of the important GPK file the yellow files are the base DGN files. The green files are Project Manager files.
Note that all of the Project Manager files contain the project name.  Another reminder to keep project names short and concise.
ProjectWise Local Document Organizer checked out documents

GPK File Management

The Project Manager creates the GPK file in the C:\MyFiles\PW_Production\ directories.
The GPK file is the storage file for Coordinate Geometry and is needed when creating and storing alignments and profiles.

The alert given earlier when creating the project and the GPK is shown below.
GPK file creation alert menu

Go the file location in Windows file explorer and drag and drop the gpk.
After transfer of the GPK file to the ProjectWise working directory, delete the GPK file in C:\MyFiles\PW_Production\ dxxxxxxx.  The folder id number will be unique to each PW project design folder.
ProjectWise C:\drive file location

With the GPK file moved to ProjectWise working directory.  Use ProjectWise to check the GPK file in and out.
Note, the GPK file should always be checked out. when making alignment changes or adding COGO data.
The projdbs folder is the Project manager database folder and contains user data and run data
The project name.prj file is the Project Manager definition file.  These fiel are mangaged by ProejctWise and teh ProjectManager automaticaly.
PW GPK file checkout command

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