Showing crossing pipes on a road cross section

This Tech Tip explains how to show crossing pipes on generated road cross sections and how to modify the sheetfile to show additional information about the crossing pipe.

Generating the cross section plot

Once the road has been designed, the cross sections will be plotted using the standard cross section sheetfile provided with Civil Designer.

Plot Menu › Generate Plot

Select the cross section sheetfile.


Depending on which version of Windows you have installed, the default sheetfiles are stored in different folders

If you are running Windows XP, the sample sheetfiles are stored in the following folder:

c:\documents and settings\all users\shared documents\knowledge base software\examples\sheetfiles

If you are running Windows Vista, the sample sheetfiles are stored in the following folder:

c:\users\public\public documents\knowledge base software\examples\sheetfiles.

Once the sheetfile has been selected and the sheet size, click Next to continue.


Make sure the Display Crossing pipes option is selected. If this option is already selected, deselect and then reselect, a dialog will appear allowing you to select which pipe(s) to show on the cross section.


In the Available Services columns click on the service you want on the cross section (1), then click on the Select button (2) to select the service, the selected service (3) will appear in the Plot Crossings for column


To remove any service, click on the Remove button.

Once the crossing pipes have been selected, click on the OK button to continue.


Click on the Finish button to generate the plot.


The sheetfile may also be customised to show additional information for the crossing pipe.

Customising the cross section sheetfile

With the sheetfile selected, click on the Sheetfile Editor button.


The sheetfile will open in the Sheetfile Editor.


Once the sheetfile has been opened, click on the Cross Section tab (1), then on the Layout tab (2) and then scroll down and right click on the Crossing Pipe Text value (3)

The Crossing Pipes Setup dialog appears.


In this dialog, you may change the text that is displayed on the cross section for the crossing pipe. Right clicking in any of the empty space provided brings a list of predefined options.


Make the required selections, you may also change the pen colour, font etc used for the text.


Click OK to accept the changes.


Click on the Save As button to save the changes. it is a good idea to save the modified sheetfile under a new name.


The cross section now showing the service, with the name and pipe size shown.

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