COGO Usage with OpenRoads Designer Produced Survey Data

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With the implementation of the OpenRoads Designer application into the survey and design phase workflows at the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), the Coordinate Geometry (COGO) functionality that existed within the previous versions of the Bentley Civil Design applications no longer exists. As per Engineering Instruction PM-16-002: Coordinate Geometry (COG) Usage for DelDOT Projects, DelDOT continues to require that COGO be utilized for establishing horizontal alignments, right-of-way limits, property boundaries, and permanent and temporary easements.

Bentley has been working towards integrating a variation of the "COGO-Like" tools into the OpenRoads Designer application, with tools like "Geometry Builder" and "Points", but these tools have not evolved to a point where they can be considered substitutes for the current COGO workflows at DelDOT. Until these tools have evolved to a point where they can replace the use of COGO, DelDOT is utilizing the following procedures with regards to using COGO in conjunction with OpenRoads Designer survey and design data.

  • Process collected survey data utilizing the OpenRoads Designer Survey Workflow.
  • Export a listing of survey shot data out to an .ics file for use in the Power InRoads SS10 application.
  • Import survey shot data .ics file into Power InRoads SS10 utilizing the Power InRoads SS10 Design Workflow.
  • Utilize currently established practices for creating the required design elements via the use of COGO.

OpenRoads Designer Survey Workflow - Processing Data for use Inside of PowerInRoads SS10

1. Select the Survey workflow from within OpenRoads Designer

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2. Select the Field Book tab, and then choose the Details icon to open the Survey Details dialog.

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3. From within the OpenRoads Designer Explorer dialog, navigate to the Survey > Survey Data > Default > Field Books > <insert field book name> > All Point Features.

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4. Once you selected the "All Point Features" the Survey Details will display a list of all of the points contained within the field book.

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5. Verify the Survey Details dialog has focus, then select all points using the "Ctrl + A" shortcut.

6. Right-click in the far left column of the Survey Details dialog and select the Report on selected items. menu item.

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7. This will launch the Bentley Civil Report Browser and open to a default reporting stylesheet (SurveyPointsCompleteTable.xsl).

8. Select from the left pane of the Bentley Civil Report Browser the CivilSurvey > DelDOT_ExportSurveyPoint_ICS.xsl stylesheet option.

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9. From the Bentley Civil Report Browser dialog, select File > Save As.

10. From the Save as type: option at the bottom of the dialog, select the All files (*,*) option.

11. Save the file as an .ics file with the following format: <projectNumber_pointData>.ics

12. Provide this file(s) to the Engineer of Record / Designer.

Power InRoads SS10 Design Workflow - Importing .ics file into .alg file for use Inside of PowerInRoads SS10 Legacy Tools

1. Create a new Geometry Project inside of "Power InRoads SS10 legacy tools dialog. (Legacy tools dialog resembles the InRoads SS2 dialog)

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2. Enter the appropriate project values into the Name and Description fields. Select the Apply button, then the Close button.

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3. From the Power InRoads SS10 legacy tools dialog, select File > Import > Geometry.

4. From the Import Geometry dialog, select the ICS tab, select the Browse button and select the ICS file that was delivered to you by the Survey Section. Select the Apply button to import or process the data.

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5. The COGO Buffer should now display the point data that was delivered by the Survey Section.

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6. If you were provided multiple .ics files, repeat step 4 for each file.