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User Manual

Version 6.0






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Fortitude Valley Qld 4051






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Fax +61 7 3352 6619




Copyright © 2001 Creative Engineering Australia Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.


HighRoad is a registered trademark licensed to Creative Engineering Australia Pty Ltd. Apple, Macintosh, Imagewriter and LaserWriter are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Windows 95, 98, 2000 and NT4.0 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. MacForth is a trade mark of Megawolf Inc.


This manual was written by Chris Baker and Sue Thomson, with style advice from Sally Bick and Holly Robertson. Portions edited by Anne Cummings and Heather Knight. HTML version of manual created directly from NisusWriter.


HighRoad® has been written by Chris Baker (Copyright © 1986 - 2004) using MacForth (© Megawolf Inc.). Portions adapted from code provided by Megawolf Inc. Portions licensed from Ardi Inc.


Both this physical document and the right to use it are owned exclusively by Creative Engineering. This document may not be reproduced in any form either in part or in whole without the express written consent of Creative Engineering. Use of this document by others is licensed by Creative Engineering under the terms of the HighRoad Software License Agreement.


Before using HighRoad, carefully read the License Agreement. The licensee is required to check all calculations and drawings produced by HighRoad for accuracy and suitability for purpose.






How to use this manual


Learning HighRoad


Chapter 1 Getting started

Getting ready

Using your computer

Copying HighRoad

Connecting the HighRoad key

Installing HighRoad on a hard disk


Chapter 2 HighRoad tutorial

Creating a terrain model

Designing a road

Designing an intersection and side road

Creating a cul-de-sac

Designing a building pad and dam

Printing your design


Using HighRoad


Chapter 3 Survey data

Format of survey data

Point data -- via a text file

Converting a text file

Uploading points to a data logger


Chapter 4 Terrain model

The Plan window

Feature strings

The survey points

Defining the perimeter

The terrain model

Adding another stratum

Constructing a road or pad



Chapter 5 Road alignment

Laying out the horizontal alignment

Multiple control lines

Locating a point on a control line


Chapter 6 Building pads

Designing a building pad

Viewing the building pad


Chapter 7 Typical sections

The Typical Section window

Drawing a typical section

Kerbs and vee drains

Surface properties


Chainage range

Drawing a series of typical sections

Typical sections in a rock stratum

Attaching a typical section to the ground

Attaching a pavement to a feature

Typical Section library


Chapter 8 Profile

The Profile window

Designing a road grade line

Synchronised IPs

Adjusting a group of IPs

Displaying cross sections

Grading through a given point

High points and low points

Batter limits


Earthworks balance/full bench levels


Chapter 9 Transitions

Superelevation calculation method

Application of superelevation

Plan transition


Chapter 10 Cross sections

The Cross Section Plot window

Cross section layout

Viewing cross sections


Chapter 11 Cul-de-sacs

Preparing for a cul-de-sac

Creating a cul-de-sac

Adjusting a cul-de-sac


Chapter 12 Intersections

Preparing for an intersection

Creating an intersection

Side road

Kerb return

Interaction of variables

Intersecting batters

Interrelated intersections


Chapter 13 Plan

The Plan window

How the plan is drawn


Chapter 14 Quantities

Earthworks quantities

Monitoring construction quantities

Balanced earthworks

Full bench construction

Mass haul diagram

Volume to a datum


Chapter 15 Perspective views

Drive through simulation

3D viewing


Chapter 16 Rockfall simulation


Chapter 17 Drawing production

The Drawing window

Selection tool

Text tool

Line tool

Rectangle tool

Plan frame tool

Profile frame tool

Cross Section frame tool

Using drawing tools


Chapter 18 Printing

Preparing to print

Printing the plan

Printing the profile

Printing typical sections

Printing cross sections

Printing drawings

Printing earthworks quantities

Printing a text file


Chapter 19 Plotting

Connecting a plotter

Plotting the plan

Plotting the profile

Plotting cross sections

Plotting drawings


Chapter 20 Exporting information

PICT files

DXF files

CivilCAD ASCII files

MOSS files

Listing points and observations

Listing quantities

Listing setout

Listing horizontal alignment

GDL files

Quickdraw 3D files

Exporting points to a data logger


Chapter 21 Cross section survey

Cross section data

Horizontal alignment

Plan view

Converting survey data to a DTM


HighRoad reference


Chapter 22 HighRoad commands



Dialog boxes

The or menu

The File menu

The Edit menu

The View menu

The Window menu

The Active menu

The Survey menu

The Profile menu

The Section menu

The Quantities menu

The Plan menu

The Drawing menu

The 3D View menu

The Transitions menu

The Text menu


Chapter 23 Troubleshooting

Triangulation problems

Plotting problems

Cross section difficulties

Plan view problems


Chapter 24 Technical information






How to use this manual


Welcome to HighRoad, a road design, building pad design and terrain modelling application for Macintosh and Windows. This manual is divided into three parts.


1. Learning HighRoad

This section teaches you the basics of HighRoad through self-paced exercises. You will learn how to create a terrain model, design two roads (with an intersection and cul-de-sac) and a building pad and a dam.


2. Using HighRoad

This section presents a detailed explanation of various elements of road design as implemented in HighRoad. These techniques are listed in the order you would generally use them.


3. HighRoad reference

This section outlines the elements of the HighRoad package. This section provides a directory of HighRoad commands, HighRoad's specifications, and descriptions of the algorithms used to calculate the elements of the design.


Note: The examples and diagrams in this manual are shown in metric units. You can choose to work in either metric or imperial units when using HighRoad. We recommend that, to avoid confusion, you use metric units when following the examples. Choose Preferences from the Edit menu and select Metric. The diagrams in this manual may look slightly different depending on which operating system that you are using.

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