ASE Project Work Flow diagram
 

Profile Output

Overview

The Profile Generator provides the fastest, most stable means of creating existing & finished ground road profiles. The wide selection of output formatting options and extensive use of block objects gives the user maximum flexibility for customizing the end product to suit the needs of virtually every designer or local approving agency.

 

Not only does ASE Civil feature highly detailed centerline, 3-line, and 4-line (median roadway) stacked profiles, but it also provides tools for easily repositioning labels for legibility. In addition, ASE will remember where the labels were moved so that each time the profile is redrawn, labels will return to their user-specified locations, even after elevation changes. This means a designer can raise or lower an entire site, and then regenerate profiles with labels displaying the new elevations with little or no cleanup. 

Specifications

 

Standalone Profile Drawings

A Profile drawing must be created for each alignment. The Profile drawing will later be attached to improvement sheet drawings as an XREF by ASE Civil's Profile Display System.

Production Output Only

Profile Generation is an output-only feature. Changes cannot be made to the finished profiles then sent back to the Design Marker system.

Life-Cycle

Each generation cycle completely refreshes (Destroys and rebuilds) all elements of the profiles and the frame they are contained within. The output is dynamic. Any changes to the existing ground surface or the finished road design that have taken place since the last generation cycle will be included in the next generation.

 

Requirements

 

Dedicated AutoCAD .dwg

For storing finished profile output and subsequent attachment to the production plan & profile sheets.

ASE Paving Design Data

Road design data describes the configuration of paving features on an alignment. This data is created for each active alignment during the paving data share cycles.

Civil 3D Data

Requires ASE or Civil 3D alignments and Civil 3D surfaces.

If both ASE and Civil 3D alignments are visible on the same project, Civil 3D alignments will be ignored.

 

Drawing Setup

Create a Dedicated Dwg
  • Start a new drawing

  • Save the drawing in the desired project folder

 

Set ASE project data folder
  • Select the ribbon icon

  • Browse to and select a folder

Setup Civil 3D Environment
  • Set the "Working Folder" in the "Data Shortcuts" node of the "Prospector", inside the "Toolspace" palette.

  • Create a data shortcut to the existing surface (Recommend "No display" style)

  • Create a data shortcut to the alignment (Recommend "No display" style)

 

Profile Generation

Setup Region Preferences

Only required before generating a profile the first time.

  • Select (menu) [profile] -> Preferences -> Frame

  • Verify / adjust settings as-needed

  • Close dialog

Generate the Profile

First-time ASE profile generation requires alignment selection

  • Select (menu) [profile] -> Generate Profile

  • Select the alignment from the dialog

 

The finished ground profiles (w/eg profiles) will be created.

Troubleshooting

Some reasons profiles don't appear correctly:

  • Paving Feature(s) defined incorrectly

  • Drawing scale settings

See the Troubleshooting Guide for more

 
 

PVI Labels

Displaying Offsets

Show or suppress display of offset values in PVI labels.

  • Open an ASE profile generation drawing

ASE Alignments

(Ribbon) Select "Offset Labels" in the [profile] -> "Preferences" panel

In the dialog, format how offset values will be displayed in PVI labels

 

Or...

Civil 3D Alignments

  • Associate the profile drawing with a Civil 3D project

  • Create a data shortcut to the alignment associated with the profile

  • (Ribbon) Select "Offset Labels" in the [profile] -> "Preferences" panel

    • In the dialog, format how offset values will be displayed in PVI labels

 

After the profile is regenerated, the PVI labels will include offsets

Exceptions

The following profile elements do not display offsets in the PVI label:

  • Centerline features

  • Offset features located at C/L (Culdesacs, typ.)

  • Vertical Curve BVC & EVC labels

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