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  • Kevin Vollet
05/4/2018 7:46 AM
​The CADD files for this year’s DOMInno presentation “Best Practices in Plan Efficiencies for ADA Jobs” is now available in following ProjectWise location: 

PW:\MoDOT\Documents\User Shared Files\SW\ADA Ramp Template Library\ 

Transportation Project Designer David Peyton from the SW District Staff was one of the main presenters on this subject at the DOMInno conference. 


5/4/2018 7:46 AMNoNo
  
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  • Kevin Vollet
05/3/2018 8:57 AM

CADD Support has added two ProjectWise folders called “User Shared Files" and “Training Sandbox".

The “User Shared Files" folder is a location where Districts can store and share files with other districts.  Information stored in this location should be files that a District utilizes in their plans production that other Districts might find beneficial.    

The “User Shared Files" folder will be accessible to everyone but only ProjectWise Power Users in that region will have Read/Write access to modify files.  By request, CADD Services can add other key individuals that will need access to their District's location.

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The "Training Sandbox" folder is a location where Districts can download​​ training files or datasets to for any On-Demand CADD Training.  District Users will only see their region's Training Sandbox folder and will have read/write access to modify files in that location.

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5/3/2018 8:57 AMNoNo
  
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  • Chad Green
04/30/2018 10:58 AM

​CADD Support has pushed out of few changes in PowerGEOPAK to all district servers.

 

#1 - Patterns in the Tasks are now annotative driven.  The patterns have also been consolidated into the task group of Graphic Scales - Patterns - North Arrow.

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#2 - Links tab in Project Explorer has been updated to correct web sites for the CADD Wiki and CADD Services Support Page, which contains manuals, videos, PDF files, etc. on CADD related items.

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#3 - MoDOT Pavement Marking report has been added to Bentley Civil Report Browser.

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4/30/2018 10:58 AMNoNo
  
Picture Placeholder: William Politte
  • William Politte
04/25/2018 2:42 PM

​The link below is to the February online monthly meeting video

http://design.modot.mo.gov/CADD/CADDadvisoryGROUP/CAG_April.html

 

4/25/2018 2:42 PMNoNo
  
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  • Stephen D. Atkinson
04/16/2018 2:56 PM

ConceptStation online training is now available on MoDOT U.  The training videos can be accessed directly for later reference by clicking the CADD Services Support icon on the CADD Home Page.

The current version of the software is 10.00.06.47.  Contact pwaccess to have ConceptStation software installed, updated or to have a Bentley ID created. 

4/16/2018 2:56 PMNoNo
  
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  • Randall Hoskins
04/16/2018 10:42 AM

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We have changed the name of our Power GEOPAK Support Page on our Sharepoint Page to CADD Services Support.  This page will still have all the Power GEOPAK material, but it will also contain material for other software we support.  It will also have links to all of our training manuals, files and videos.

4/16/2018 10:42 AMNoNo
  
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  • William Politte
03/22/2018 2:37 PM

​The link below is to the February online monthly meeting video

http://design.modot.mo.gov/CADD/CADDadvisoryGROUP/CAG_March.html

3/22/2018 2:37 PMNoNo
  
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  • William Politte
02/28/2018 8:08 AM

The link below is to the February online monthly meeting video

http://design.modot.mo.gov/CADD/CADDadvisoryGROUP/CAG_02_February.html

2/28/2018 8:08 AMNoNo
  
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  • William Politte
02/6/2018 8:45 AM

The link below is to the January online monthly meeting video

http://design.modot.mo.gov/CADD/CADDadvisoryGROUP/CAG_January.html

2/6/2018 8:45 AMNoNo
  
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  • Geoffrey Franks
11/19/2018 8:18 AM

​Any advice on how to administer a project with multiple designers? The problem is the template library file.

Do we use a single project library file to create templates to drop into a corridor file?  Sounds good, but there is an issue...Changes made to a dropped template can be made in the design file and updated to the library later. However, if the project library file is checked out, the template in the design file is locked. Therefore, no changes can be made to the template in the design file until the file is checked in.

...Or, does each designer create their own template library file per corridor they are working on, then merge the .itl files into one project .itl at the end of the project? Also sounds good, but... Won't merging template library files into a single file break every corridor file that has a template pointing to a specific template library file?

... Or should we submit corridor specific .itl files as a part of the e-deliverables? There will be several, but it seems the cleanest way for multiple designers on a single project.

What have others done with projects using multiple designers?

William Politte1/26/2018 1:18 PMNoNo
  
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  • Michael S. Smith
11/8/2018 1:03 PM

You may have noticed that sometimes when you change a corridor in some way, such as clipping, the existing ground or other 3D surfaces will lose their material assignments and just become a solid color.  This is a bug that Bentley knows about, but no real fix for it. Bascially, what we have discovered is that the surface simply loses it's link to the feature definition it has been assigned.  If you open the properties in the heads up display you can change the feature definition to a different feature and then change it back and it will reappear.  Here is a short video on this (no sound)

http://design.modot.mo.gov/CADD/BentleyCivil/Corridor_Modeling/Surface_Losing_Material.wmv

Michael S. Smith1/8/2018 3:31 PMNoNo
  
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  • Michael S. Smith
01/8/2018 12:54 PM

​A new video has been created that shows how to create a force tie slope to a 3D element.  This can be used in any corridor, and can be used to help two intersecting corridors mesh well where the tie slopes intersect or overlap.  This is similar to "Resolving Intersecting Slopes" video from Bentley, but shows how to use this technique using MoDOT Specific templates and feature definitions.

http://design.modot.mo.gov/CADD/BentleyCivil/Corridor_Modeling/ForceTieSlope.wmv

1/8/2018 12:54 PMNoNo
  
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  • Chad Green
012/11/2017 3:29 PM

The i_d2bs.dgn file has been updated in ProjectWise.  In addition, a QuanTab excel sheet has been created that contains all the i_d2bs information in it.  It is called D2BS_Quantity_Sheet.xlsm.  If you have any questions about these two file, please contact the Engineering Policy Group (EPG) since they maintain/update these files.

 

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12/11/2017 3:29 PMNoNo
  
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  • Chad Green
210/20/2017 11:25 AM

​CADD Support has made some updates on a few linestyles.  These changes were done to give our surveyors more flexibility on coding utilities like electric, cable tv, and telephone in the field.

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The title sheet has also been updated to incorporate these changes.

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Andrew R. Markiewicz11/15/2017 6:51 AMNoNo
  
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  • Chad Green
010/23/2017 12:42 PM

CADD Support would like to share a few tips with you all on when you use the Make PDF Request application for creating contract plan documents.  I am sure a lot of you have heard of some of these tips already, but some may not have or may have forgotten.

 

#1 – Annotation patterns

Please make sure you don't have any annotative patterns, hatching, or crosshatching in the file.  This is one of the main causes that will hang up the Make PDF Request application, since the application was created quite a few years ago and it doesn't know how to handle the annotative patterns properly. 

Easy way to check this is to simply change the annotation scale to something different and see what the patterns, hatching, or crosshatching does.  If it scales up/down with the annotation scale, it needs to be changed.

If you need assistance on getting the annotative patterns, hatching, or crosshatching changed, just call CADD Support and we will show you a few ways to get it changed.

 

#2 – Raster Images/PDF

If you have attached a raster image or PDF file into a file and it needs to be part of the contract plans PDF file, that raster image/PDF file needs to be stored inside of ProjectWise in order for the Make PDF Request application to see it as part of the set for the creating the contract plan PDF.  Raster images or PDF files that are attached outside of ProjectWise will not be part of the contract plan PDF file.

Also please deattach any raster images that are not needed as part of the PowerGEOPAK file.  This will speed up the download process on when it is creating the PDF file.

 

#3 – Copying Attributes to all files

Once you have applied the proper attributes for a dgn file, you can apply those attributes to all the files that need it by using the Copy Attributes and Paste Attributes options in ProjectWise.  Instructions for doing that is included in the link below.

http://design.modot.mo.gov/CADD/Manuals/Raw_Manuals/ProjectWise/04_Make_PDF_Process_for_Contract_Plans.pdf

 

#4 – Limit the number of files on a request

Please limit the number of files on a request to around 10 for sheets like Traffic Control, Erosion Control, Plan/Profile, Typical Sections, etc. if possible.   This makes it easier for us to troubleshoot issues when we have a problem with the Make PDF Request application. 

 

New Make PDF Request application!!

Now the good news is we are testing a new version of the Make PDF Request application.  This application should be more dependable, stable, and will give us more flexibility on how the PDF files get created.  It will also allow us to use the annotative pattern, hatch, and crosshatching in the PowerGEOPAK.

Thanks everyone and feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. Thanks again.

10/23/2017 12:42 PMNoNo
  
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  • Geoffrey Franks
010/5/2017 6:42 AM

​I don't know the specifics of how the Micrstation multiple file plot feature works. From observation it seems to take the list of files you have specified and checks each one out to plot.

You would think that it would plot out the most recently checked out file because it just checked it out!

However, I have noticed that it will randomly plot an older version of a file in your plot list. There's no logical reason for it picking which file to plot the older version of except that the file in the plot list has at least one older version in the local projectwise folder.

Solution: I've gotten into the habit of purging file copies in my local projectwise folder before using a multiple file plot and/or delete the temporary folders under the local projectwise folder.

P.S. This solution also works for those occasions where the feature plots files in the plot list with repeated files. That is, if I want to plot sheets 1 thru 10, it will plot sheets 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 7, 8, 8, 10.

 

10/5/2017 6:42 AMNoNo
  
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  • Stephen D. Atkinson
09/11/2017 7:36 AM
  • ​The GEOPAK Blog is an informal discussion about MoDOT's software tools for roadway design.  It mostly focuses on PowerGEOPAK but can include any design software used by MoDOT.   
  • MoDOT employees are encouraged to post a new topic or reply to an ongoing discussion.  The blog is monitored by CADD Services staff and they work to make sure all posts have responses. 
  • Below is a link to access the blog from outside the department network.  Unfortunately the external link does not allow replying to posts.  Otherwise it is the same.   Please share with consultant partners.  Non-MoDOT visitors can work around this posting limitation by emailing me the post or reply and I'll post it for them.

    External Link: 
    https://spexternal.modot.mo.gov/sites/de/Lists/GEOPAK/Sticky.aspx 

 

9/11/2017 7:36 AMNoYes
  
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  • Kevin Vollet
07/14/2017 7:34 AM

​​

The following is Bentley's 17 Tips to Faster Processing.

We have learned a lot about processing corridors with OpenRoads Technology over the past few years.

Many suggestions have shed some light about changes that directly impact the speed at which a corridor is processed.

From engineers, to designers, to developers, this presentation will summarize all of our findings to date.

Remember these are “SUGGESTIONS” and you should consider each one in your particular environment.

 

Click on link below:

Tips and Tricks for Optimizing Corridor Processing Speeds 

 

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Stephen D. Atkinson9/11/2017 7:04 AMYesYes
  
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  • William Politte
09/6/2017 9:28 AM

Power GeoPak Issue: Drape Existing Ground tin option not working with SS2 GeoTech Tools.

CADD Support Response: Can reproduced, submitted to Bentley Support on 9-1-2016

Bentley Support Response: Created an SR (7000552681) for GEOPAK SS2 Support to investigate.

Workaround: Unknown at this time.​

Michael S. Smith9/6/2017 2:23 PMNo
  
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  • William Politte
09/6/2017 10:57 AM

The following is Bentley's 17 Tips to Faster Processing.

We have learned a lot about processing corridors with OpenRoads Technology over the past few years.

Many suggestions have shed some light about changes that directly impact the speed at which a corridor is processed.

From engineers, to designers, to developers, this presentation will summarize all of our findings to date.

Remember these are “SUGGESTIONS” and you should consider each one in your particular environment.

 

Click on link below:

Tips and Tricks for Optimizing Corridor Processing Speeds

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9/6/2017 10:57 AMNo
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