A Smart Tool Service Bundle
By selecting a pavement marking pay item, and setting a few placement properties, our client can now draw several miles of striping with a couple of clicks. The real power, however, comes from the data tracked on each stripe element.
Figure 1: Program GUI – Pavement Marking Properties are Selected by the User
How does this work? When the designer wants to add stripes to a drawing, the only data that needs to be set is the pay item for the inside (and outside stipe if different). Users search and select from the data tree.
Figure 2: Data Selection from Tree View
With this single selection, the program can determine the pay item name, the level/layer, a long description, stripe length, and skip length when needed. Data about the stripes is further extended by calculating the total length and all of this is tracked. In Open Roads we use item types, and in Civil 3D xdata is used.
The designer then adds the stripes. In this example the alignment is selected, and the stipes are drawn along the edge of the pavement.