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Novapoint 17.20.FP1

Release date: 2009-06-26

Links: Base | Road | Area Planning | Landscape | Terrain Design | Railway | Noise | Bridge Design | Tunnel | Water & Sewer | District Heating | Road Signs | Road Marking | Land Acquisition Planner

Updates in Novapoint Terrain


There has been some problems concerning preview of sections. This is fixed so section are available in the Flatmod UI.

Volume between triangle models in drawing

There has been some problems concerning calculation of square cut. This has been releated to the way Existing and Planned surface has been added to the calculation. This fix should avoid this. There is also made some adjustments to layer structure, words and phrases, thus it should be easier to use the calculation. Volume curves are now drawn at delta z-elevation and as curves at Planned surface.

Updates for Novapoint Base

2D polyline to 3D polyline

New tool added to make 3D polylines from 2D polylines in AutoCAD + elevation from DTM

Updates in NP Landscape

Levelling Tools 2.1

We proudly present Levelling Tools 2.1! New functions are added, some functions are enhanced and limitations are removed!

New overall settings

  • There will be 2 menu categories and toolbars containing levelling tools - Levelling Tools, containing functions for designing and Levelling Tools II , containing functions for drawing management. Functions within Annotation are repositioned into the other 2 categories.
  • In earlier versions point elevations have been dependent of ucs and rotation settings. We have had to just rotate the text and not the ”+” in order not to spoil the relations between point elevations. In version 2.1 we have got ridden of these limitations. We are now able to use ucs and rotation in any way we want, without disturbing any relations or chosen settings.
  • Point elevations will maintain chosen rotations and positions when edited.
  • We will now be able to copy and paste elevation designs within or between drawings.
  • We can now choose whether point elevations shall relate to NP scale or not - this is set in the style of the point elevations.
  • There are now 2 default styles - one new for existing point elevations. We may now create styles with automatic attributes set - for instance point elevations from existing terrain may automatically get an underline!

New functions and features

  • Point elevations from terrain (grid) - new function! Generate point elevations from terrain in a grid, or every intersection between lines we choose.
  • Point elevations from 3D-poly - new function! Generate point elevations in every node of a 3D-poly.
  • Copy point elevations - new function! Copy designs within drawing.
  • Copyclip point elevations and Pasteclip point elevations - new functions! Copy and clip designs into other drawings
  • Point elevation setupNew check box in style manager - automatically follow NP scale or not
  • Point elevation setupNew option in style manager - set attributes like underlines, parentheses or box
  • Point elevation setup“Default style - existing” applies automatically on generated point elevations from terrain
  • Draw 3D-poly from point elevations Possibility to undo within command - go backwards to earlier chosen point elevations.
  • Edit Slope arrow Possibility to use mouse wheel to roll slope value up or down.
  • When setting out point elevations there is a new option on command line - Height & slope where we chose next elevation height and slope and then get the distance.
  • Landscaping point elevations will now appear inside Novapoint Base: Get point elevation from terrain - 3D will appear in menu category Terrain Model

Updates in Novapoint Road

Existing Objects in Road Applications

It is now possible to see the existing objects defined in terrain model in road applications. They are available in alignment design vertical window and road model cross section window.

1. Existing object(s) must be defined in the terrain model.

2. Existing object is available in the alignment design vertical window.

The existing object is presented with a circle of radius 1m. The centerpoint of the circle represents the crossing location on the alignment. Other properties of the existing object (diameter, shape, additional information) are not available in this version.

3. Existing object is available in the road model cross section window with the given properties.

4. Existing objects are available when the longitudinal profile from road model is drawn.

Setting for drawing existing objects must be enabled in the terrain profile settings when the longitudinal profile is drawn:

Existing objects are drawn to the longitudinal profile drawing. Also the station, elevation and nominal diameter is shown:

5. Existing objects are available when the cross sections from road model are drawn.

Setting for drawing existing objects must be enabled in additional drawing objects when the cross sections are drawn:

Existing objects are available when the cross sections are drawn. Also the station, elevation, diameter and the material thickness is shown:

Designed Objects in Road Applications

It is now possible to present design objects in road model cross section window. Design object is a dwg-file (curbstone, guardrail) defined by user. The insertion point of the dwg-symbol must be at 0,0,0. Designed objects do not take part in volume calculation.

1. User creates a design object, a dwg-file representing for example a guard rail. Dwg-file is saved to disk with the desired insertion point as 0,0,0. The insertion point is used to attach the object to road model.

2. Designed objects can be defined in the road model by selecting Data→Design Objects

3. Objects are defined in the Design Objects –dialog.

Chainage, first-last The first and last station of the design object is defined. The columns are sorted on re-opening the dialog.

DWG Filename The name of the design object (dwg file) is selected.

Insertion point - Method The method of insertion points is selected. Surface refers to a road surface where the design object is inserted. The end point of the surface is used. An alignment (with or without vertical information) can also be used.

Insertion point - Value The value of the insertion point is selected. A road surface or an alignment.

Offset Hor/Ver An offset value of the insertion point can be given. The value is in meters, positive value outwards from the centerline, negative inwards.

Rotation Rotation can be set to follow the road surface (As RoadSurfce), or None.

4. Road model needs to be re-built in order to see the design objects in the cross section window.

5. Design objects are available when the cross sections from road model are drawn.

Setting for drawing design objects must be enabled in additional drawing objects when the cross sections are drawn:

Design objects are available when the cross sections are drawn. A hatch is drawn by default, but the layer containing the hatch can be turned off by user.

Display External Models in Road Applications

It is now possible to present an external road model in the active road model cross section window. The external model is presented with full information including pavement description. External models do not take part in the active road model volume calculation.

1. External models are attached by selecting File→Properties in the active road model.

2. In the road model properties a new tab “External Models” is introduced. The path to the external model (.GEN) can be browsed by selecting Add. An external model can be removed by selecting the desired model, and pressing Remove.

3. When the active road model is re-built, the external models are available.

4. External models are available when the cross sections from road model are drawn.

Setting for drawing external models must be enabled in additional drawing objects when the cross sections are drawn:

External models are available when the cross sections are drawn:

Save Alignment Design Input to DTM

In 17.20 fp1 and later versions you can get the alignment information that you used to get from the drawing from the DTM. This is because 17.20 fp1 also saves the information in DTM.

If you are using your project both in 17.20 fp1 and in earlier versions you should use the center line from drawing to avoid losing valuable data.

Vehicle Track Analyzer

  • feature: 3 new vehicle types added in Danish config → MVT1a, MVT2 and MVT3 (“Road Trains”)
  • bugfix: The draw template function was crashing AutoCAD

Road Bed

A new method has been added in Road Bed: 2 - slope to original pavement.

When this method is used next point in the road bed will be the intersection point between this slope and the next surface in the road bed.

In Surface 3 the slope is defined as a decimal value = -0.025. The result is then:

Road model - Rounding

If having different values for Left and Right side in the rounding, it created 2 lines in the dialog, this is now fixed.

Ditch Depth

Previously the min dith depth was calculated from the top surface of the road. This is now corrected to be calculated from the road bed.

Alignment design – Connect

Connecting alignments that have a vertical geometry should now work correctly

Alignment design – Type of arcs

UI adjusted so that long arcs are always long

Perspective viewer – Sight lines

Sight lines are now correctly updated in the perspective viewer

Road model – Cut/fill situation

The cut/fill situation is now correctly determined even without any ditch (4.x) surface

Cut ditch

Cut surfaces can now continue after meeting the terrain to design top ditches

Alignment design – Parabolas

UI adjusted for parabolas in the vertical alignment

Updates in Novapoint Railway

Changes and fixes:

Railway alignment reports

  • CSV-export: Fixed error in height and horizontal position of the vertical points (SE and HBP/LBP).

NPE: Horizontal Belgium.Railway style

  • Fixed missing information.

Known issues:

NPE: Cross-section

  • Belgium.Railway fails when displaying UI. Will be fixed in next update.

Switch design

  • Delete switch does not remove text from rail joint and switch type. This applies only to the Belgium style. Will be fixed in next update.


Also take a look at release notes for Road, as some of them also applies to railway.

Updates to Novapoint Water Sewer

News and improvements:


  • Improved to include manhole wall thicknesses.
  • New function for generating branch trenches or converting trenches to branch trenches.
  • New function for moving nodes and connections along the profile line in the vertical window.
  • New function for turning on and off pipes in the construction graphics.
  • New function for turning on and off information about connections in the construction graphics.


  • New function in plan drawing, possible to draw selected trenches.
  • Improved plan drawing, the pipes are trimmed or extended in the angles so that there is no overlap or gap.
  • Improved drawing of satelites, the text is rotated according to the angle of the UCS.
  • New function for updating the longitudinal profile from the WS model.
  • New function for drawing ditch slopes to dwg.

Setting out data

  • New function for export of setting out data for pipes and manholes in KOF format.


  • Several functions concerning trench geometry are corrected / improved.

Updates in Novapoint Road Sign

All versions

  • feature: Save image now support PNG-format with transperent background
  • improvments: The image quality is improved in save image

Belgian version

  • feature: F-group supplemented (F1xx - F3xx)
  • bugfix: Many of the signs in H-group was not correct in size

Danish version

  • improvments: The organisation of the signs is imroved on the group level
  • bugfix: Connecting pole and sign was in some case not ok when using another scale than 1:1

Finnish version

  • bugfix: 611 - radius of arrow was too small
  • bugfix: information of the reference lines have not saved to dwg
  • improvments: 648 - possibility to add several symbols

Norwegian version

  • bugfix: 711 - Alignment of information was somtime not correct if using arrow pointing right
  • bugfix: Numerous bug fixes to explode road sign

Updates in Novapoint Road Marking

All version

  • improvments: Improved support for copy/paste object using the clipboard (Ctrl+C & Ctrl+V)

Danish version

  • bugfix: Hatched areas was not working in some case using polyline as reference object

Estonian version

  • bugfix: The lines 923a, 923b, 923c and 923d was missing from library

Updates for Area Planning

The Norwegian version has been updated to comply with the new planning and building legislation of 2008.

Updates in Novapoint Land Acquisition Planner

  • bugfix: Import ASCII-file was crashing on some machines

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