ASE Project Work Flow diagram
 
 

ASE Project Data Folder

Overview

ASE uses a dedicated folder for each project. Information that must be shared between drawings within the project is stored in this central location.

 

Before ASE can be used, the project folder must be created in a location that is readable and writable by all team members using ASE Civil functions.

Requirements

Folder Naming

Any arbitrary name may be used. No restrictions apply.

Location (Path)

The ASE project data folder may exist in any desired location. However, the path to the must be visible to all project team members.

Anyone should be able to browse to the folder location using a standard Windows (file) Explorer.

 

Accessibility

The ASE data folder must be assigned READ & WRITE access universally among all project team members.

 

Folder Creation

Create an ASE Project Data Folder

Use any desired Windows file browser (Windows Explorer, My Computer, etc.) to create a folder in the desired location, within which ASE Civil will store all of the relevant project-specific data, files and preferences.

 

Set the ASE Project Data Path

Use the following procedure to set the active ASE project data path for any drawing that will use ASE Civil:

From the ASE ribbon: [1]

  1. Select the [Mgt] tab

  2. In the "Data" panel, select the "Data Folder Select" button

  3. In the dialog that appears, browse to the location of the ASE project data folder to be used with the current project.

  4. Click "OK"

  5. The selected path will be displayed in an AutoCAD alert to verify your selection.

  6. Close the alert

  7. Save the drawing to record the ASE project data path.

From the ASE menu:

  1. Select the [Mgt] → "Data Folder" → "Select" menu fly-out

  2. In the dialog that appears, browse to the location of the ASE project data folder to be used with the current project.

  3. Click "OK"

  4. The selected path will be displayed in an AutoCAD alert to verify your selection.

  5. Close the alert

  6. Save the drawing to record the ASE project data path.

Notes

[1] If the menu is not displayed, make it visible.

 

Display ASE Project Data Path

Use the following procedure to display the active ASE project data path:

From the ASE ribbon:

  1. Select the [Mgt] tab

  2. In the "Data" panel, select the "Data Folder Show Path" button

  3. The active path (if assigned) will be displayed in an AutoCAD alert. Otherwise an error alert will be displayed.

  4. Close the alert

From the ASE menu: [1]

  1. Select the [Mgt] → "Data Folder" → "Show..." menu fly-out

  2. The active path (if assigned) will be displayed in an AutoCAD alert. Otherwise an error alert will be displayed.

  3. Close the alert

Notes

[1] If the menu is not displayed, make it visible.

 

Advanced Concepts

Using Multiple Project Data Folders

A project may contain more than one ASE data folder. Various versions of the design or program settings (e.g., Profile Generator preferences, paving model files, Base Map Control files, ASE Alignment reference files, labels styles, Sheet View customizations, etc.) could potentially be stored in any selected data folder.

Referencing Alternate Designs

When an alignment's paving design data is shared from a vertical design drawing, a paving model file is created for that shared instance and stored in the active ASE project data folder. The paving model file is then read by the individual drawing file that is created to generate the finished profile output.

 

If a vertical design drawing is cloned along with the active ASE project data folder, the new copy of the design could then be assigned to the copied version of the ASE project data folder, leaving the original version intact. The vertical design drawing clone could then be modified independently from the original version. This method allows free exploration of multiple design concepts.

Profiles and labels created with ASE Civil outside of the vertical design environment, will reference whichever design version is contained in the ASE project data folder being referenced.

 

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