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Novapoint 18.10.FP2c

Release date: 2012-02-16

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Updates in Novapoint Base

Version 18.10FP2c 32 bit

Draw Map from Terrain Model

  • Fixed: Using AutoCAD Map products took a very long time (hours).
  This is changed to produce LW Polylines directly to avoid problems with Convert in AutoCAD Map.
  All Polylines will if possible be LW Polyline.
  This will reduces time to draw map and will also reduce the AutoCAD DWG size significantly.

News and updates in Landscape

Version 18.10FP2c 32 bit
  • NOR/FIN: New textbased plantdatabase in Landscape for planting design.
  • New functionalities: Draw single alignement and Draw setup configuration in Landscape > Construct Lines and polygons

Updates i Novapoint Road

Version 18.10FP2c 32 bit

Draw Standard Cross-section… under Road - Drawing Generator is no longer available

Recommand use of Road - Draw Cross-Section - Draw Cross-Section from Road Model… and draw a sutiable profile for your standard cross section.

  • Road Model - Stake out - Surface edge line: Road models that had used inner slope, did not get road bed geometry outside inner slope in the stake out LandXML file. This is now fixed
  • Road Model - Stake out : For all layers in the superstructure the LandXML file will no longer extend each layer with surface edge lines from top surface (this caused problems for Scanlaser machine guidence and it also gave strange cross section when inner slope was used). That means “All Layer” export to LandXML (Mikrofyn) now works within the Scanlaser machine Guidence, Visual Digger.
  • Road model - stake out - Cross section: We have added a new combined layer, that combine road bed and ditches from closed drainage to LandXML crossSec format Trimble Access can read this format
  • Roundoff error fixed when generating contours of road model (both 2D and 3D)
  • Exporting road bed with ditch activated
  • Control of min. road bed thickness

In 18.10 FP2 a new switch has been added to the road bed dialog. When this switch is activated the road pavement calculation checks to ensure that the minimum road pavement thickness is achieved across the whole cross section. So if a user makes a change to the road bed form which gives a road pavement thickness less than that defined the whole road bed will be moved down to ensure the minimum thickness. If a user wishes to specify a road bed without the control of the minimum thickness the switch should be deactivated. Below an example with the Switch active and deactivated.

Control of min. road bed thickness active.

Control of min. road bed thickness deactivated.

The switch can also be turned on/off in the Model – Settings dialog under the Element tab:

The default value is active. A warning is given if the road bed cuts an upper road pavement layer. It is recommended that the road model is built from the Model – Build menu. Apply in the road bed dialog will not update the model when the switch is changed.

  • Draw road model - road model elements can now be drawn to DWG in 3D directly
  • Draw road model - draw contours now also works for elevation below zero
  • Draw cross sections - the DWG-file for title fields can now be in AutoCad 2010-format
  • 3 new Excel-based reports for detailed information from road model (can be found under the international reports, only English language for the time being: 1. Road pavement: Superstructure for every used surface, whith thickness, area and volume per Superstructure layer in each station and total. 2. Cut volume separated per Soil-type, per station and total 3. 2D and 3D area, width and slope for all used surfaces per station)
  • Fixed: Wire frame models complete for profiles above 10.000 meter
  • Fixed: VR-viewer shows complete terrain again
  • Fixed: Improvments to Finnish long profiles and drawing of horizontal alignments
  • Fixed: Using a line as surface edge now works for 4-series surfaces

All configurations

  • Improvement: Added option for specifying insulation distance when generating the 3D-Train.

News and updates in Tunnel

  • Flexible functionality for reading of different ASCII-based point cloud formats
  • Triangulation functionality for scanner data
  • Dynamic functionality for cross-section inspection of scanned and triangulated surface against designed tunnel
  • Advanced cross-section AutoCAD drawing generation. Several layout drawings can be generated in one session. Scanner data information (scanner data surfaces and area/distance calculations)can be included on the cross-section drawings.
  • Improved 3D drawing functionality for both designed tunnel and scanned tunnel
  • Distance Calculation Plan Drawing is now included
  • Excel reports for volumes and distances between two triangulated surfaces are now included
  • New functionality for geology- and rock support registration: Background images, importing MWD-data, registration of water and freezing protection, registration of documents at face.
  • More Excel export functions from geology and rock support registration: Q-value data, discontinuity data
  • Improved LandXML export. Possibility to export just a part of the tunnel.
  • Several errors are corrected. General stabilizing of the system.
  • Several errors in the LandXML export are corrected

Updates in Novapoint Water and Sewer

Version 18.10FP2c 32 bit


  • Fixed: WS-config did't remember all settings in predefined pipe/connection matrix. As a result the height of the top cover for the manhole was not copied to the manhole in the created trench.


  • Fixed: When changing Project-ID the previous WS model was still active if some of the drawing functions had failed (memory was not updated).
Version 18.10FP2b

Novapoint Base - DTM Viewer

  • Fixed: Stabilized import/editing of Existing object


  • Fixed: Missing cover type in configuration caused error
  • Fixed: Delete object in WS config before delete in construction caused error
  • Fixed: Wrong focus in construction tree view for connections outside node
  • Fixed: Wrong vertical geometry on pipe when using arc approximation and then move pipe endpoint in plan
  • Improved: Corresponding presentation in horizontal and vertical graphic for manhole taper position
  • Improved: Added controle for not allowing Trench names with .(dot)
  • Improved: Taper position on manholes in new trenches is set to default follow “pipe out-direction”


  • Fixed: Closing with File - Exit, did not save changes

Presentation - Plan

  • Improved: New drawing application for Cable/WS
  • Improved: New drawing configuration for Cable/WS

Presentation - Cross section

  • Fixed: WS Cross Sections to Road Cross Sections > WS foundation not correct presented in Road Cross section

Presentation - Long section

  • NPE - Wrong presentation in databand with different cross section
  • NPE - add check box for drawing Bend elevation
  • New UI - Draw node in long section presentation

Presentation - 3D

  • Updated UI for 3D solid layer name
  • Fixed: 3D export did not produce pipe if pipe name contained comma


  • Improved: Added “Select All” check box
Version 18.10FP2a

Novapoint Base

  • Updated Quickship to read WS config file (SDF).


  • Improved Import-function. Problems if trench with undefined cross section was imported.
  • Fixed crash when trench was created with two pipes with equal names.

Presentation - Drawings

  • Fix in old Long section drawing: Wrong manhole width if start > station 0, and manholes were drawn outside frame.
  • Fix in new Long section drawing: Application crashed in some cases when long section was drawn two times in a row.
  • Fix in new Long section drawing: In sections with arc approximation vertical elevation markers are removed. Only radius is drawn.

Presentation - 3D

  • Fix in 3D solid export: Pipe diameter and shape for first section was presented for whole trench, regardless of different diameters in other sections.


  • Fixed crash in distance analysis.
Version 18.10FP2

Added new, and extended existing, functionality for supporting Cable design


  • New function for designing trench with depth relative to terrain, by digitizing breakpoints or select polyline in drawing
  • Applied arc approximation on trench section vertical geometry. The function work the same way as for existing horizontal geometry.
  • Updated user interface for trench relative/attached to road model. New checkbox to enable “vertical approximation - trench relative to terrain”;

• If checkbox is NOT marked ⇒ pipes are design linear between nodes (as existing functionality). • If checkbox IS marked ⇒ pipes (trench) follows relative to terrain with depth set as default frost proof depth in configuration.

  • New settings under Tool menu to view the pipes and connections with the correct dimensions and wall thickness in the design graphic.
  • Extended model and updated construction dialog for connections;

• Now possible to design sircular and rectangular mannhole base, -taper and -adjusting unit. Also possible to add info about top cover type. • Added rotation for connection

  • On node right click menu added possibility to turn text info on/off
  • Updated user interface on trench- and section level with possibility to change the cross section description


  • New definition for rectangular pipes and manholes in Connection Material menu
  • New reference point Center, and check box for Pressure type in Pipe menu
  • New tab connected to pipe material to describe Virtual Map texture name. Texture name, if given, will be added as suffix in pipe layer name for “3D SOLID export to drawing”.
  • New “sub level” on Crossection level to add extra info to a reference pipe


  • Updated user interface with possibility to calculate cross section “From – To” station


  • Updated user interface for generating Reports.

• The existing report dialog is “divided” in two. Now the trench selection part is popping up first. Then the report selection part is shown after clicking OK. (Now the data is stored in a temporary database from where the output to the reports is selected). Virtual Map

  • Updated Virtual Map WS plugin to read rectangular shaped object directly from WS data model.
  • Now possible to view the manhole- and pipe information is presented in the properties dialog by activating the object info button in VM Viewer.

Presentation - Plan drawing

  • New functionality for drawing Cable plan presentation.
  • New drawing config application and drawing editor mode function added in WS main menu and WS toobar.
  • In existing version all Longsection and Cross section styles are predefined. Now drawing config is updated to read the existing configuration database (*.sdf).

Presentation - 3D

  • 3D polyline export;

• Added reference point (small circles) on specific layers • New layer name suffix added for manholes: _MBC=Manhole Bottom Center, _MTC=Manhole Top Center, _MTO=Manhole Top Offset (center of the adjusting unit/rotated top cover)

  • 3D SOLID export;

• Updated user interface with possiility to add prefix/suffix to layer name , and reading Virtual Map Texture input from config database. • Colors for pipes and manholes reading input from config database.

Updates in Novapoint Road Sign

Swedish version

  • Feature: Color standard - New option in settings for using “index color” or “RGB color” (#1340)
  • Feature: Symbol scale - The scale can now be modified in “Information” dialogue (#1369)
  • Improvment: Symbol size - Default size is now set to “Normal” (#1391)
  • Improvment: New signs - D12-1 & D12-2 (#1400)
  • Improvment: New signs - T23-1, T23-2, T23-3 & T23-4 (#1401)
  • Improvment: F1-1 - Added support for two new arrow combinations (#1403)
  • Improvment: J2 - T23-1, T23-2, T23-3 & T23-4 added as legal “mini” (#1455)
  • Bugfix: Font - Characters for É & é was missing (#1339)
  • Bugfix: Information - Data about size was only ok for symbol scale 1:1 (#1365)
  • Bugfix: Outline mode - Was not using the color indicated in settings (#1368)
  • Bugfix: Outline mode - Text in “var. std. signs” was not inserted in outline geometry (#1370)
  • Bugfix: Outline mode - Text was not inserted on current layer in outline geometry (#1392)
  • Bugfix: Outline mode - Text in “var. std. signs” changed back to fill mode after edit (#1393)
  • Bugfix: Edit – It was not ok to edit “colorfield” on rotated signs (#1371)
  • Bugfix: TSTABLE – Rotated signs was not displayed correct (#1372)
  • Bugfix: TSTABLE - Checking content more carefully for each sign number (#1406)
  • Bugfix: TSTABLE - Some signs get the function to crash AutoCAD (#1438)
  • Bugfix: TSEXPLODE – Some content was not explode to correct layer name (#1373)
  • Bugfix: Copy – Sometime Ctrl+C not working when road sign loaded (#1379)
  • Bugfix: E1i - Geometry was overlapping and caused color fill to disappear on rotated signs (#1439)
  • Bugfix: F-signs - Both capital & small characters can be entered for background colors Yellow, Brown, Orange & YellowGreen (#1404)
  • Bugfix: F3 & F6 - The height of plate was not ok when using arrow “90-C_V_M” (#1430)
  • Bugfix: F5 - Left direction was not ok when number (#1363)
  • Bugfix: F5 - Frame was missing between service symbols if no text in sign (#1364)
  • Bugfix: F5 - Implemented support for symbols on row two or 4 in a group (#1405)
  • Bugfix: F8-2 - Some arrow combinations caused fatal error (#1412)
  • Bugfix: F8-2 - Some arrow combinations resulted in wrong plate height (#1413)
  • Bugfix: F8-2 - Option for increase width between arrows was not working (#1414)
  • Bugfix: F8-2 - Option for decrease width between arrows was not working correctly (#1415)
  • Bugfix: F11 - List of legal TH was not correct (#1344)
  • Bugfix: F13 - List of legal TH was not correct (#1345)
  • Bugfix: F14-1 & F14-2 - Preview of content was sometime not ok (#1433)
  • Bugfix: F38-2 - Arrow was is missing (#1346)
  • Bugfix: Plate - Should be possible to move “mini” in front of “road number” (#1390)
  • Bugfix: Plate - Only arrow as visible object is now supported on F3, F4-1, F4-2, F6, F8-1 (#1419)
  • Bugfix: T22 - It was only support for capital letter on blue & green background… (#1399)

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