MAGNET Office: Roads module (part 4 of 8) - Working with templates

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Accessing the template table

Now that the horizontal and vertical profiles have been designed, navigate to Design > Template/Tables > Templates.

The Road Template dialog box appears. Click New, which by default will have the name Template1.

If the user wishes to modify an existing template from the list instead of typing everything from a blank screen, it is often easier here to select from the library by clicking CopyFromLib.

The template information entered in this image is element to element, unlike the workflow for manual road entry.

The following key fields are highlighted in blue:

  • HDist (horizontal distance) 
  • VDist (vertical distance) 
  • Slope
  • Label (or code—which will be used later to create a road string and also in pavement parameters)
  • Plot

If the template is uniform, it can be mirrored from one side to the other by entering in one side and copying to the other (highlighted in green).

Finally, once completed and named, it is a good idea to copy it to the library for future use (highlighted in red).

Selecting the Template

Once created, assign templates by navigating to Design > Selection > Template.

This opens the Template Selection dialog box.

The user selects the templates to be used and also the station to which they should be applied.

If one template is selected from Station 0, then it will run the full length of the alignment.

The image shows two templates selected: Pro Corridor and Pro Corridor Left. The latter is changed for slope or width, for example.

The templates are assigned at set stations (highlighted in blue), and Activate template transition is checked (highlighted in green). This means that stations 0 to 500 will hold the Pro Corridor template. Between stations 500 and 750, it will transition to the Pro Corridor Left template, where it will hold to station 1250. Then it will transition back to the Pro Corridor template between stations 1250 and 1600, where it will remain for the rest of the road.

When completed, click OK.

Updating the design

Now select Compute Design at the far right of the Design tab.  

The road cross section will be generated and displayed in the graphics in both Alignment view and CrossSection view.

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